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India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in Southeast Asia that occupies most of the Indian subcontinent. Its capital is New Delhi. India is the second most populous country and the seventh largest country in the world. The Indian coastline stretches for more than seven thousand kilometers. The country has common borders with Pakistan to the northwest, China to the north and east-northeast, Nepal to the northeast, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Burma to the east-northeast. is. On the Indian Ocean, India is close to the Maldives to the south-south-west, Sri Lanka to the south and Indonesia to the south-east. India also claims a border with Afghanistan in the northwest. India has had nuclear weapons since 1974 after making official tests. India is home to some of the oldest civilizations in the world, the Indus Valley civilization developed there from 3000 BC. The Indian subcontinent was home to vast empires and has been present on trade routes since Antiquity. India is the birthplace of four major religions – Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism – while Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam took root there during the 1st millennium. Hinduism is the majority religion there with around 80% of the faithful. India is today a very diverse country in religious, linguistic and cultural terms.
India has 1.3 billion people, or 17.5% of the world’s population, half of whom are under 25. It is the second most populous country in the world after China and is expected to become the most populous around 2025. Its population growth rate was 1.2% in 2014. India has more than 2,000 ethnic groups, several hundreds of languages belonging to four different families (Indo-European, Dravidian, Austro-Asian and Tibetan-Burmese) and all the great religions of the world are represented there. Ethnic composition: Indo-Aryans 72%, Dravidians 25%, Mongoloids and others 3%.
Sri Lanka (official name since May 22, 1972: Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka), is an island country located in the Indian Ocean, 50 km from India, the two countries being separated by the Palk Strait, but almost connected by the Adam’s Bridge. It has an area of 65,610 km2 and a population of over 20.4 million. The island was known under the British Empire as Ceylon and previously as Taprobane, then Serendib.
The rice fields of Bali
On the island of Bali, Indonesia, the rice terraces are a real natural heritage. The countryside around Jatiluwih is now the flagship natural site recently recognized by Unesco. Its famous rice fields also represent a perfect example of the functioning of the Balinese subak, those irrigation and water management systems that are traditionally anchored in Balinese culture.
France is a transcontinental state. Its overseas territory extends into the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as South America. The only country in the world to exercise sovereignty over territories spread over three oceans and two continents, it plays an important geopolitical role at the global level, thanks to an extensive network of embassies and consulates, and it has military bases on all continents. France has in the seas the second exclusive economic zone in the world, to which is added an extension of the continental shelf of 579,000 km2, and it is one of the leading countries in the world for the variety of its maritime environments and their biodiversity. In 2018, the population of France was approximately 67.8 million inhabitants, 65,018,000 in metropolitan regions, 2,777,200 in overseas regions.
Italy is a country in southern Europe. It is linked to the rest of the continent by the massif of the Alps. Italy makes a very important contribution to Western civilization: it is notably the cradle of Etruscan civilization, Magna Graecia, the Roman Empire, the Holy See, the maritime republics, humanism and the Renaissance. Existing as a unitary state since 1861 following the Risorgimento (Renaissance or Resurrection) led by the Kingdom of Sardinia, Italy has been a republic since the abolition by referendum of the Italian monarchy in 1946. It is a founding member of the European Union and the euro area. There are around 60 million Italians.