Nation profile

South Tyrol
Südtirol

General information
Population
520,447 inhabitants (Istat, 2015)
Area
7.400 km2
Institutions
Autonomous Province of Bozen-South Tyrol, with autonomous Parliament and Government
Major cities
Bozen (Bolzano), Meran (Merano), Brixen (Bressanone), Brünick (Brunico)
State administration
Italy
Territorial languages
German and Ladin
Official languages
German and Italian (throughout the territory), Ladin (in Ladin valleys)
Major religion
Christianity (Catholicism)

Politics

Administration: Province of Bozen
Governor (president) of the Province: Arno Kompatscher, South Tyrolean People's Party (since 2014)
Political system: autonomous province with its own government and parliament
Distribution of seats in Parliament (2013). 35 members: 
  • Südtiroler Volkspartei: 17
  • Die Freiheitlichen: 6
  • Grüne-Verdi-Vërc: 3
  • Süd-Tiroler Freiheit: 3
  • Demokratische Partei (PD): 2
  • Forza Italia-Lega Nord: 1
  • Movimento 5 Stelle: 1
  • Bürger Union: 1
  • L'Alto Adige nel Cuore: 1
Electoral system: proportional
Government: Coalition of SVP and PD

Degree of autonomy: quite wide after the 1972 reform of the Statute of Autonomy. The South Tyrolean autonomy is warranted by a bilateral agreement between Italia and Austria.

Links

Politics
Province of Bozen (in Italian, German, Ladin, English and French) www.provincia.bz.it

Language and Culture
European Academy Bozen EURAC (in Glemany, Italian, Ladin and English) www.eurac.edu

Media
Diari Dolomiten (in German) www.dolomiten.it
Ràdio ORF Südtirol Heute (in German) http://tirol.orf.at/magazin/studio/suedtirolheute