Italy Population Case Study

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1 Case Study: Italy. What is population distribution like in Italy?
L.O: To be able to produce climate graphs and draw conclusions from them.To know where most people live in Italy and why population is UNEVEN in its distribution.

2 What did we look at last week?
Be prepared to share!

3 High snow capped mountains.
This coast line is rocky with many coves and inlets This is useful for shipping and tourism?This land is really FERTILE ( lots of things grow in the soil) what job might lots of people do here?High snow capped mountains.It is much hotter down this end of the country can you think why?The beaches here are long and sandy. What would this be a good area for?There are high steep sea cliffs here with bare mountains Can you think why few trees and plants grow here?

4 Complete this paragraph in your book and fill in the gaps
Italy is a long and ………………………… country. Over three……………….of the country is covered in ………………………….. , the highest of these mountains are the ………………. They are found in the ……………. of the country. The Alps are so cold that they are permanently covered in ………………Most of Italy has a pleasant and ………… climate, the summers tend to be warm but the winters and warm and ……………Wet, narrow, mountains,Warm, Alps, snow, North, quarters

5 How does the temperature differ in the North and south
We are now going to produce a climate graph. For Milan.Make some predictions:Is it in the North or south of the country?Do you think it will be hot or cold? Can you give reasons for your answer?How much rain do you think it will get?


7 Now let’s do one for Palermo
Before we start:Do you think it will be hotter or colder than Milan? Why?Do you think it will have more or less rain? WHY?


9 What conclusions can you draw?

10 Where do people live in Italy?
Which cities are most densely populated?What can you learn from the maps?

11 What FACTORS encourage people to live in an area?
Rome.North or South?What can you tell about population?CampaniaNorth or south?Why do you think this?What can you tell about population? Bigger or smaller than Rome? Why

12 What can you tell about population? Why
AlpsNorth or South?What can you tell about population? WhyMilanNorth or South?What can you tell about population?

13 Can you think of FACTORS that encourage people to live in a place?
Reasons to livesomewhere

14 Can you think of FACTORS that discourage people to live in a place?
Reasons not to livesomewhere

15 What factors effect where people live in Italy?
SoilClimateRainfallRaw materialsReliefIndustryCommunication

16 Produce a population bar chart for Italy’s main cities
CityPopulation in (1,000’s)Bologna422Florence417Naples1203Genoa715Bari357Turin1012Milan1464Palermo731Venice324Rome2816

17 True or false?1) The population distribution in Italy is evenly distributed?2) More people live in Rome than anywhere else in Italy?3) The North of Italy is more densely populated then the south?4) Less people live in the south of Italy due to the poor soil and steep mountain slopes?5) There is little industry (factories to work in) in the south so this is why the population is smaller than the north?

Italy will experience a reduction in its population owing to falling birth rates and rising death rates given the size of the population over 65 years. This coupled with an ageing populace is likely to change consumption patterns considerably. Further relaxation of immigration laws could be one way to combat this problem.


Italy’s population growth has been stagnating. In 2006, the population numbered 58.8 million, which has only grown by 3.9% since 1986. This compares with growth of 12.4% for Western Europe. Italy’s ageing population is due to longer life expectancy and low birth rates, which will be magnified by the increased rate of deaths going forward, given the ageing population:

  • Concurrent with the expected reduction in population, those aged over 65 are growing in numbers. They numbered 11.6 million in 2006 compared to 8.2 million of those aged 0-14 years. The former age group has grown by 10.4% between 2001 and 2006 whilst the latter group has grown by 1.9%;
  • There are 12.7 million pensioners in Italy, accounting for 21.6% of the population in 2006 compared with 18.0% for the Western European average.

Consumer demands change as a population becomes older; therefore, the demographic profile of the population can dramatically influence consumption patterns.


The demographic make up of the population is of significant importance to the future health of the Italian economy and consumption patterns:

  • Generally, fast moving consumer goods are bought by a younger demographic. In the current era of quick turnaround in cheap fashion, a younger urban population is key to the success of cheaper retail brands;
  • The latest available data from national statistics for 2005 showed that households comprising of a single person under the age of 35 had an average monthly expenditure of €1,895. This compared with €1,296 for a single person aged 65 and over. The data also demonstrated the spending power of the two households with the young single household spending 6.6% of the expenditure on clothing whilst the old single household spent 3.4%. On leisure activities, the younger household spent 6.5% of expenditure whilst the older household spent 3.5%;

Italian average monthly expenditure by selected household type 2005

Source: National Statistics.
  • Although private consumption has been recovering, growth in 2006 was an anaemic 1.5% in real terms, according to the OECD. House prices have not risen as much in Italy as in some European countries, so the wealth effect on households has been muted;
  • Furthermore, annual disposable income per capita equated to €16,716 in 2006 compared to a UK figure of €20,088;
  • A pensions crisis could arise particularly given that the dependency ratio, i.e. the ratio of non-working age population (aged 0-14 and 65+) to working age population (aged 15-64) per 100, is rising steadily and stood at 51.1 in 2006 compared with 45.8 in 1991. The fertility rate in Italy was 1.3 in 2006, well below the 2.1 replacement rate needed for a developed economy to replace itself naturally.

The flip side of an ageing population is that the quality of the consumer expenditure could improve but volumes would decrease. Older people generally spend more but on less items.


The decrease in Italy’s population, coupled with an ageing demographic, will shape the future consumer profile considerably:

  • A smaller population will have a detrimental effect on the volumes sold of fast moving consumer goods as will an ageing population. Older people tend to spend less on leisure and clothing;
  • An ageing population will also have a detrimental effect on the labour force, which could lead to a lack of skilled workers. This may force the Italian government to relax its immigration policies further to attract labour;
  • Italy’s unemployment rate has been falling down to 7.6% in 2006 versus 9.5% in 2001 due to employment creation. The situation could be helped further through the reduction of employment protection laws which would give the labour market more flexibility. A bi-product of this would be increased consumption as employment participation is elevated;
  • There would be positive implications for the pharmaceutical sector with an ageing population. In order for people to live longer, they will be consuming more drugs to control the conditions that old age brings with it. This could also put undue pressure on the health service resulting in higher government expenditure on health.

Future Scenarios

Italy is expected to experience a substantial decline in its population by 2050:

Resident population projections for Italy: 2015-2050

Source: National statistics.

Real GDP will grow by 1.8% in 2007 and 1.7% in 2008, which is relatively muted and has been dampened by a lack of competitiveness, rising interest rates in the eurozone and productivity issues. Recession could loom if a global shock such as the recent credit crunch in the financial markets, caused by the subprime defaults in the US mortgage market, creates contagion in Europe.

According to the OECD, private consumption growth will plateau in 2007 staying at a rate of 1.5% in real terms and growing by 1.8% in 2008. A declining and ageing population will further exacerbate consumer expenditure growth in the future. Consumption is an important driver of economic growth, given that it accounted for 60% of GDP in 2006.

In 2006, the Italian government considered giving amnesty to around 350,000 illegal immigrants but the move was challenged by the European Commission with a warning that all applications would have to be scrutinised for authenticity, otherwise Italy would face EU sanctions.

However, the government has passed a number of pension related reforms, aimed at extending the life of its labour force and reducing benefits expenditure. It will raise the pension eligibility age for men from 57 to 60 in 2008 and 62 in 2014. Additionally, reforms encourage the establishment of private sector pension schemes.

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