South Tyrol is an autonomous province in northern Italy, one of the two that make up the autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. Its official trilingual denomination is Autonome Provinz Bozen – Südtirol in German, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano – Alto Adige in Italian and Provinzia Autonoma de Bulsan – Südtirol in Ladin, reflecting the three main language groups to which its population belongs. The province is the northernmost of Italy, the second largest, with an area of 7,400 square kilometres (2,857 sq mi) and has a total population of 530,009 inhabitants as of 2018. Its capital and largest city are Bolzano.
According to 2014 data based on the 2011 census, 62.3% of the population speaks German, 23.4% of the population speaks Italian, mainly in and around the two largest cities (Bolzano and Merano), 4.1% speaks Ladin, a Rhaeto-Romance language, 10.2% of the population (mainly recent immigrants) speaks another language as the first language. The province is granted a considerable level of self-government. As of 2016, South Tyrol is the wealthiest province in Italy and among the wealthiest in the European Union. Credit: Wikipedia.
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