Facts and Statistics
Climate: Venice has a humid subtropical climate with cool winters and very warm summers.
Population: 261,321 (January 2018)
Ethnic Make-up: Italian 91, 14%, Romanians 3, 26%, South Asia 1, 26%, East Asia 0, 9 %( 2009)
Religions: Roman Catholic 83,3 % , Irreligious 12,4 % , Muslims 3,7 %, Other religions 0,6 %
Government: Mayor Luigi Brugnaro
- Venezia-Murano-Burano (69,136)
- Lido-Pellestrina (21,664)
- Favaro Veneto (23,615)
- Mestre-Carpenedo (88,952)
- Chirignago-Zelarino (38,179)
- Marghera (28,466)
The Venetian language is a romantic language that is spoken in the area of Veneto by more than 2 million residents. In particular the language is called Veneto or Lingua Veneta. The Italian legislation treats it as an Italian dialect even though it has many differences from the Italian language and should be classified as a separate language. It has been recognised as a language of Veneto since 2007 under the law “tutela e valorizzazione della lingua e della cultura veneta" but there is no official writing system. The Venetian language is different in both grammar as well as phonetics and vocabulary. It is usually classified in the West Romance languages, a branch of Romance in which Italian does not belong to. Some authors include it amongst the French-Italian languages, but it is also treated as a separate language. Typically, Venice has little in common with the French-Italian languages of northwest Italy, even though there is some relation with the neighbouring language of Istria. According to research, about 65% of Venetian people speak the Venetian dialect which is mostly unrecognisable for most Italians.