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Verbano-Cusio-Ossola (Italian: Provincia del Verbano Cusio Ossola [verˈbaːno ˈkuːzjo ˈɔssola]) is the northernmost province in the Italian region of Piedmont. It was created in 1992 through the fusion of three geographical areas which had previously been part of the Province of Novara. The area flanking the western shore of Verbano (or Lago Maggiore) forms the eastern part of the province; Cusio (or Lago d’Orta) and its environs form the southern part; while the north and west of the province consists of the Ossola, a region of Alpine mountains and valleys. The ISO code for the province is VB.

Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
Stresa in foreground (Province of Varese across lake)
Stresa in foreground (Province of Varese across lake)
Map highlighting the location of the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in Italy
Country Italy
RegionPiedmont
Capital(s)Verbania
Comuni76
Government
 • PresidentArturo Lincio
Area
 • Total2,255 km2 (871 sq mi)
Population
 (2006)
 • Total161,732
 • Density72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Verbania: 28921-28925, Other areas: 28811-28897
Telephone prefix0163, 0322, 0323, 0324
ISO 3166 codeVB
Vehicle registrationVB
ISTAT103

The province has a total population of some 160,000, distributed over an area of 2,255 square kilometres (871 sq mi), with the biggest population centres being its capital Verbania on the shores of Lago Maggiore, Domodossola the main town of the Ossola, and Omegna at the northern end of Lago d’Orta.

Map of the province


Municipal subdivisionsEdit

There are 77 comuni in the province.[1] The largest by population are:

Comune Population  
Verbania 30,836  
Domodossola 18,362  
Omegna 15,949  
Gravellona Toce 7,595  
Villadossola 6,915
Cannobio 5,113  
Stresa 5,104  

CultureEdit

UNESCO Sacred MountainsEdit

In 2003, the Sacred Mountain of Domodossola and the Sacred Mountain of Ghiffa were inserted by UNESCO in the World Heritage List.

DemographicsEdit

The top eight countries of origin of the inhabitants of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola with foreign citizenship at December 31, 2010 were:[1]

FootnotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ISTAT. "Verbano-Cusio-Ossola". ISTAT. Retrieved 2012-06-06.

External linksEdit