Province of Bergamo
|Province of Bergamo|
Map highlighting the location of the province of Bergamo in Italy
|• President||Matteo Rossi|
|• Total||2,745.94 km2 (1,060.21 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||Bergamascan or Bergamasque|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Telephone prefix||035, 0345, 0346, 0363, 02, 030|
The Province of Bergamo (Italian: provincia di Bergamo; Lombard: proìnsa de Bèrghem) is a province in the Lombardy region of Italy. It has a population of 1,108,298 (2016), an area of 2,745.94 square kilometers (1,060.21 sq mi), and contains 242 comuni. Its capital is the city of Bergamo.
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 Metropolitan City of Milan and the provinces of Monza and Brianza and Lecco to the west. The northern part spans the Orobian Alps with the highest point being 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. Other, smaller but important valleys include the Valle Imagna, the Val di Scalve, the Val Serina, and the Val Taleggio. 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.
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.
The provincial economy is based on SMEs, and varied products are made. The main heavy industries of the province of Bergamo are mineral processing, especially iron, concrete and marble. There is a large tractor plant, in Treviglio, and a large pipe plant, in Dalmine.
Silks, metallurgical products and clothing are also common products. A Heineken Italia brewery makes Moretti La Rossa in Comun Nuovo. Bergamo masons and assemblers are very famous for their ability and dedication to work.
As the end of 2006 the province of Bergamo host 92,000 immigrants from counties 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. Most of Bolivians reside in the town of Bergamo.