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Molise
Flag of Molise
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Coat of arms of Molise
Coat of arms
Molise in Italy.svg
Country Italy
Area
 • Total 4,460.65 km2 (1,722.27 sq mi)
Population
 (1 January 2017)
 • Total 310,449
 • Density 69.59726/km2 (180.2561/sq mi)
Demonym(s) molisani
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
GDP/ Nominal € 6 billion (2006)
GDP per capita € 20,100 (2008)
NUTS Region ITF
Website www.regione.molise.it

Molise is one of the twenty regions of Italy, in Southern Italy on the Adriatic Sea. The capital is the city of Campobasso.

Molise previously formed, with the Abruzzo region, the old region of Abruzzi e Molise. Molise was separated from that region in 1963, making Molise the youngest region in Italy.

Geography

The region is located in South Italy bordered by Abruzzo to the north, Lazio to the west, Campania to the south, Apulia to the southeast and the Adriatic Sea to the east.

Molise, with a total area of 4,460.65 km2 (1,722.3 sq mi), is the second smallest region after Valle d'Aosta. The main rivers in the region are:

  • Fortore, 110 km (68.4 mi) long.
  • Trigno, 85 km (52.8 mi) long.
  • Biferno, 84 km (52.2 mi) long; it is the main river of those that flow only in the Molise region.
  • Volturno, 175 km (108.7 mi); it is the main river in South Italy by its length and its discharge.

The highest mountain in the region is La Meta (its eastern summit) (41°41′18″N 13°56′33″E / 41.68833°N 13.9425°E / 41.68833; 13.9425 (La Meta-Anticima Orientale)), in the Isernia province, with an altitude of 2,185 m (7,169 ft).

Provinces

Molise is divided into two provinces:

Map of region of Molise, Italy, with provinces-it
Molise provinces
Province Abbreviation Capital Area
(km²)
Population
(1 January 2017)
Density
(inh./km²)
Comuni
Campobasso CB Campobasso 2,925.41 224,644 76.8 84
Isernia IS Isernia 1,535.24 85,805 55.9 52
Total 4,460.65 310,449 69.6 136

Largest municipalities

The 10 communi of the region with more people living in it are:

No. Communi Province Population
(2017)
Area(km2) Density
(inh./km2)
1 Campobasso CB 49,320 56.11 879.0
2 Termoli CB 33,660 55.64 605.0
3 Isernia IS 21,805 69.15 315.3
4 Venafro IS 11,203 46.45 241.2
5 Bojano CB 8,093 52.63 153.8
6 Campomarino CB 8,002 76.68 104.4
7 Larino CB 6,730 88.77 75.8
8 Montenero di Bisaccia CB 6,637 93.32 71.1
9 Guglionesi CB 5,296 100.95 52.5
10 Riccia CB 5,180 70.04 74.0

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Coordinates: 41°41′59″N 14°36′40″E / 41.6997°N 14.6111°E / 41.6997; 14.6111

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