Italian Culture

Other Considerations

  • It is uncommon for Italians to make phone calls between 2pm and 4pm, since this is when many people have a ‘pisolino’ (nap). If they must call during these hours, they will apologise for disturbing the household.
  • Italy has been a key flashpoint in Europe’s migrant crisis. With a large coastline, hundreds of thousands of people have been arriving by sea in the past few years, the majority from Africa. Such migration has been putting social and political stress on the country. Be sensitive if approaching this topic as you may not be able to presume somebody’s position or education on the matter. Avoid making comparisons with Australia’s migration as it occurs under a different context and scale.
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Italy
  • Population
    62,007,540
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Italian (official)
    English
    French
    Spanish
    German
    Other regional dialects
  • Religion
    Christianity (80%)
    No Religion (20%)
    Islam (1.67%)
  • Ethnicity
    Italian (92.0%)
    Romanian (1.81%)
    Asian (1.11%)
    North African (1.07%)
    Albanian (0.77%)
    Other (2.61%)
    [National Institute of Statistics, 2014]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    50
    76
    70
    75
    61
    30
  • Australians with Italian Ancestry
    1,000,006 [Census, 2016]
Italians in Australia
  • Population
    174,042
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Italy.
  • Median Age
    70 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (51.1%)
    Female (48.9%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (86.1%)
    No Religion (7.0%)
    Jehovah's Witnesses (0.9%)
    Other (2.7%)
    Not Stated (3.1%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Italian (94.6%)
    English (1.1%)
    Australian (1.0%)
    Other (3.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Italian (78.6%)
    English (19.4%)
    Spanish (0.3%)
    Other (1.0%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 77.2% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (40.5%)
    New South Wales (28.4%)
    Western Australia (11.0%)
    South Australia (10.7%)
    Other (9.4%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (86.3%)
    2007 - 2011 (2.3%)
    2012 - 2016 (6.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
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