Province of Bergamo

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Province of Bergamo
Province
Map highlighting the location of the province of Bergamo in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Bergamo in Italy
Country  Italy
Region  Lombardy
Capital(s) Bergamo
Comuni 244
Government
 • President Ettore Pietro Pirovano
Area
 • Total 2,722.86 km2 (1,051.30 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,107,571
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym Bergamascan or Bergamasque
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 24000-24100
Telephone prefix 035, 0345, 0346, 0363, 02, 030
Vehicle registration BG
ISTAT 016

The Province of Bergamo (Italian: provincia di Bergamo; Bergamasque: proìnsa de Bèrghem) is a province in the Lombardy region of Italy. It has a population of 1,098,740 (2010), an area of 2,722.86 square kilometers (1,051.30 sq mi), and contains 244 comuni. Its capital is the city of Bergamo.

Geography[edit]

Sunrise at Bergamo old town.

The Province of Bergamo borders the province of Sondrio to the north, the province of Brescia to the east, the province of Cremona to the south and the provinces of Milan, Monza and Brianza and Lecco to the west. The northern part is made up of the Orobian Alps with the highest point is Mount Coca at 3,052 meters (10,013 ft). Its rivers include the Serio, Dezzo, Cherio, Brembo, and Adda. Its valleys include the Seriana, Cavallina, and Brembana. The southern part is mainly made up of flatlands.

In the east, Lake Iseo forms its boundary which the Oglio from the Camonica Valley flows through. Minerals are found in the area of Trescore Balneario and San Pellegrino (the source of the mineral water of the same name) and other places.

Agriculture[edit]

The low lying areas are rich in pastures along with corn, wine, grain, rice and flax that are cultivated. Hunting is common. Very common is also the breeding of poultry, pigs with modern techniques, and the traditional sheep herding.

Industry[edit]

The province of Bergamo economy is based on SMEs, so it is not easy to speak of main activities as very varied products are made. The main heavy industries of the province of Bergamo are mineral processing, especially iron, concrete and marble. There is also a large tractor plant, in Treviglio, and a large pipe plant, in Dalmine Silks, metallurgical products and clothing are also common. Bergamo masons and assemblers are very famous for their ability and dedication to work.

Population[edit]

As of 2011, the main municipality areas (comuni) by population are:

Pos. City Population
(ab)
Surface
(km²)
Density
(ab/km²)
Altitude
(mslm)
1st Bergamo[1] 121.316 39,6 3064 249
2nd Treviglio 29.334 31,54 930 125
3rd Seriate[2] 25.036 12,41 2017 247
4th Dalmine 23.237 11,6 2003 207
5th Romano di Lombardia 19.472 18,03 1080 120
6th Albino 18.232 31,32 582 342
7th Caravaggio 16.258 32,81 496 111
8th Alzano Lombardo 13.821 13,43 1029 304
9th Stezzano 12.999 9,25 1405 211
10th Osio Sotto 12.083 7,45 1622 182

Demography[edit]

As the end of 2006 the province of Bergamo host 92,000 immigrants from country outside the European union (less than 10% of the total population).

About 15.000 of them came from Bolivia, especially the city of Cochabamba, due to the strong relations of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bergamo and the Archdiocese of Cochabamba.[3] Most of Bolivians reside in the town of Bergamo.

Politics[edit]

Bergamo Provincial Election Results June 2009
Name Party 1st Preference Votes  %
Ettore Pietro Pirovano LN 362.903 59,0
Francesco Cornolti PD 124.683 20,3

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Coordinates: 45°41′42″N 9°40′12″E / 45.69500°N 9.67000°E / 45.69500; 9.67000