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Regione Molise
Capital Campobasso
President Michele Iorio
(House of Freedoms)
Provinces Campobasso
Municipalities 136
Area 4,438 km²
 - Ranked 19th (1.5 %)
Population (2003 est.)
 - Total

 - Ranked
 - Density

19th (0.6 %)
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Map highlighting the location of Molise in Italy

Molise is a region of central Italy, the second smallest of the regions. It was formerly (until 1963) part of the region of "Abruzzi e Molise" (with Abruzzo) and now a separate entity. It borders Abruzzo to the north-west, Lazio to the west, Campania to the south, Puglia to the south-east and the Adriatic Sea to the north-east.

The region covers 4,438 km² and has a population of about 330,000. In the region there are two ethnic minorities: the Molisan Croatians (2,500 people who speak an old dialect of the Croatian-Dalmatian language) and the Molisan Albanians (who speak an old dialect of the Albanian language which is now very different from the Albanian spoken on the other side of the Adriatic Sea). Molisan Albanians are generally of the Orthodox religion.

Many of the communities were damaged during the Second World War. Huge Allied land forces were based in Campobasso which was called "Maple Leaf City" by the Canadian troops. One ancient town which escaped the ravages of war is Larino. Its Centro Storico (Historic Centre) is one of the largest in Southern Italy. The town is preserved, in part, because it is on an outcropping of land surrounded by valleys where construction is strictly controlled by the municipal authorities. Restored following the recent earthquakes (2002), Larino presents an image of life in Molise as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The regional capital is Campobasso. The region is divided into two provinces: Campobasso and Isernia.

Other important towns: Termoli, Larino, Casacalenda, Montorio, Montelongo, Ururi, Campomarino.

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