Province of Cosenza
|Province of Cosenza|
Map highlighting the location of the province of Cosenza in Italy
|• President||Mario Oliverio|
|• Total||6,650 km2 (2,570 sq mi)|
|Population (2012) (approx.)|
|• Density||110/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Telephone prefix||0968, 0981, 0982, 0983, 0984, 0985|
It has an area of 6,650 km², and a total population of 734,430 (2012). It is the biggest Calabrian Province. There are 155 comunes (Italian: comuni) in the province , see Comunes of the Province of Cosenza.
The Province of Cosenza includes a community of speakers of the Occitan language (also known as Langue d'oc) in Guardia Piemontese: it was established by members of the Waldensian or Vaudois movement, who emigrated there to escape religious persecution in the 13th and 14th centuries (see this link). There is also a considerable Arbëreshë community, who settled in Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Most common surnames in province of Cosenza:
- Provincia di Cosenza homepage (in Italian)
- Site about Rossano, important city of Cosenza Province (English)