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Italy National Anthem

Italy National Anthem
The Chant of the Italians (Il Canto degli Italiani)

Brothers of Italy,
Italy has awoken,
with Scipio’s helmet
binding her head.
Where is Victory?
Let her bow down,
For God has made her
Rome’s slave.

Let us join in a cohort,
We are ready to die.
We are ready to die,
Italy has called.
Let us join in a cohort,
We are ready to die.
We are ready to die,
Italy has called!

We were for centuries
Downtrodden and derided,
because we are not one people,
because we are divided.
Let one flag, one hope
gather us all.
The hour has struck
for us to join together.

Let us unite and love one another,
Union and love
Show the people
The way of the Lord.
Let us swear to free
Our native soil;
United under God,
Who can defeat us?

From the Alps to Sicily,
Legnano is everywhere;
Every man has the heart
and hand of Ferruccio
The children of Italy
Are all called Balilla;
Every trumpet blast
sounds the Vespers.

Mercenary swords,
they’re feeble reeds.
The Austrian eagle
Has already lost its plumes.
The blood of Italy
and the Polish blood
It drank, along with the Cossack,
But it burned its heart.

Flag History

Adopted in June, 1946, the Italian tricolor flag comes from the standard designed
by Napoleon in 1796. It was once again influenced by the French Tricolore with
horizontal bands but was later changed to the vertical bands that we see today.
Green was said to be Napoleon’s favorite color.

Geographic Coordinates:
42 50 N, 12 50 E
301,340 sq km
Life Expectancy:
80.33 years
Government Type:
$1.76 trillion (2009 est.)
7.7% (2009 est.)
Euro (EUR)
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