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Sicily

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Introduction

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. At the crossroads of several civilisations, Sicily has an extraordinary cultural and artistic heritage. Sicily covers an area of 25,708 square kilometres and has over five million inhabitants. It is an autonomous region and Palermo, its capital, is the largest town (676,118 inhabitants) of the island.
Despite partial industrialisation and a growing tourism industry, the weight of agriculture in Sicilian economy is still relevant. The remaining sectors include mostly services, industry and construction. The public service sector plays a key role in the economy. Sicily continues to have an extremely low per capita income and high unemployment. 

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