Italian Culture

Religion

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Accordingly, 80% of Italians identified as Catholic, 12.4% identified with no, and a smaller portion of the Italian population identify with other religions.

Amongst Italy-born people in Australia, Roman Catholic Christianity (91%) was the major religious affiliation according to the 2011 Census. 3.3% stated “no religion” (a statistic lower than Australia’s population [22.3%]) and 2.1% did not state a religion.

Although not all Italians actually attend church services, the Catholic Church continues to have a strong influence on Italian culture and it remains especially important to the older generation of Italian Australians.
Italy
  • Population
    62,007,540
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Italian (official)
    English
    French
    Spanish
    German
    Other regional dialects
  • Religions
    Christianity (80%)
    No Religion (20%)
    Islam (1.67%)
  • Ethnicities
    Italian
    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
    174,042
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Italy.
  • Average Age
    68
  • 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