Italian Culture


The family is an important foundation of Italian society and provides emotional and economic support to the individual. The rural parts of Italy are often more family-orientated. It is not unusual for the immediate family and extended family to live together and maintain close relationships. Preoccupation with bella figura has meant that some Italian families hide any drama or internal conflict from the public eye to save themselves from shame or embarrassment. However, this concern is becoming less significant in modern Italy.

In the North and particularly in larger cities, people are more individualistic and focus on personal fulfilment. The family still plays an important role in creating social cohesion and a sense of belonging, but it is more common for non-traditional family values to be embraced. Furthermore, throughout all of Italy, one parent is often unavailable during the week due to commuting long distances for work.

The elderly are deeply respected in families. The father is often the family patriarch in rural areas; however, today there is little gender role inequality in family duties. Italian women strive to be some of the most independent.

Marriage and Dating
Dating customs in Italy are similar to those in Australia. Marriage is a very respected convention in Italian society, especially among devout Christians. Ceremonies usually follow Roman Catholic traditions. Under Italian law, a couple must be legally separated for three years before a divorce can be granted.
  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Italian (official)
    Other regional dialects
  • Religions
    Christianity (80%)
    No Religion (20%)
    Islam (1.67%)
  • Ethnicities
    Small groups of Romanian, Albanian, German, French, Slovenian and Greek
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 50
    Individualism 76
    Masculinity 70
    Uncertainty Avoidance 75
    Long Term Orientation 61
    Indulgence 30
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  • Australians with Italian Ancestry
    1,000,006 [2016 census]
Italians in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Italy.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (51.1%)
    Female (48.9%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (91%)
    No Religion (3.3%)
    Jehovah's Witnesses (0.9%)
    Other (2.6%)
  • Ancestry
    Italian (93.1%)
    English (1.1%)
    Australian (0.7%)
    Other (2.5%)
  • Languages
    Italian (80.8%)
    English (17.8%)
    Spanish (0.2%)
    Other (0.7%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (74.3%)
    Not Well (24.2%)
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (41.5%)
    New South Wales (27.8%)
    South Australia (11.2%)
    Western Australia (10.5%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (89.7%)
    2001-2006 (1.4%)
    2006-2011 (2%)
Where do we get our statistics?
Country IT Flag