Guastalla

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Full Name : Principality of Guastalla

Capital : Guastalla

Adjective : Guastallan

Official Languages : Parmese and Italian

Other Languages : Lumbard

Population : 46,500

Main Industries : Agricultural Technology and Tool Machinery.

Government : Head of State is Prince. Parliamentary democracy. Prime Minister is elected by the Parliament every 4 years. Parliament is composed of a 27 member chamber elected every 4 years.

Current Prince : Francesca II, ascended the throne January 24, 1972.

Current Prime Minister : Teodorato Bianconi, Italian Popular Party, elected on April 20, 2004.

History : Guastalla was sold in 1406 by its Visconti rulers – who had built its castle to the Torelli family, who became its Lords, Counts in 1491 and finally princes in 1555. Napoleon conquered it in 1801 and it became part of the Aemilian Department. It regained its independence in 1919, when after a brief republican government, its original princes regained it in 1923.

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