Lombardy

Inhabitants: 
9.800.000 (2009)
Area: 
23.850 km2
GDP: 
318,4 billion euro
GDP/capita: 
32.490 euro
Main industry sectors: 
Machinery, Metallurgy, Textiles, Wood, Rubber, Plastics and other Products, Coke and Petrochemical Production.
Description: 

Lombardy is one of the 20 regions of Italy. The capital is Milan. One-sixth of Italy's population lives in Lombardy and about one fifth of Italy's GDP is produced in this region. The gross domestic product in Lombardy (equal to over _298 billion in 2005.) accounts for almost one quarter of the total gross domestic product of Italy. When this measure is considered by inhabitant, it results in a value of _31,600 per inhabitant, which is almost 25% higher than the national average of _24,300.

Lombardy's development has been marked by the growth of the services sector since the 1980s, and in particular by the growth of innovative activities in the sector of services to enterprises and in credit and financial services. At the same time, the strong industrial vocation of the region has not suffered from it. Lombardy remains, in fact, the main industrial area of the country. The presence, and development, of a very high number of enterprises belonging to the services sector represents a favorable situation for the improvement of the efficiency of the productive process, as well as for the growth of the regional economy.

The region can broadly be divided into three areas as regards the productive activity. Milan, where the services sector makes up for 65.3% of the employment; a group of provinces, Varese, Como, Lecco, Bergamo and Brescia, highly industrialized, although in the two latter ones, in the plains, there is also a rich agricultural sector. Finally, in the provinces of Sondrio, Pavia, Cremona, Mantova and Lodi, there are a consistent agricultural activity, and at the same time an above average development of the services sector.

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