Basilicata

Basilicata (UK: /bəˌsɪlɪˈkɑːtə/,[4] US: /-ˌzɪl-/,[5] Italian: [baziliˈkaːta]), also known by its ancient name Lucania (/lˈkniə/, also US: /lˈkɑːnjə/,[6][7] Italian: [luˈkaːnja]), is an administrative region in Southern Italy, bordering on Campania to the west, Apulia to the north and east, and Calabria to the south. It has two coastlines: a 30-km stretch on the Tyrrhenian Sea between Campania and Calabria, and a longer coastline along the Gulf of Taranto between Calabria and Apulia. The region can be thought of as the "instep" of Italy, with Calabria functioning as the "toe" and Apulia the "heel".

Basilicata
Lucania
CountryItaly
CapitalPotenza
Government
  PresidentVito Bardi (FI)
Area
  Total9,995 km2 (3,859 sq mi)
Population
 (3 October 2012)
  Total575,902
  Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Demonym(s)English: Lucanian
Italian: Lucano (man)
Italian: Lucana (woman)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeIT-77
GDP (nominal)€12.6 billion (2018)[1]
GDP per capita€22,200 (2018)[2]
HDI (2018)0.853[3]
very high · 17th of 21
NUTS RegionITF
Websitewww.regione.basilicata.it

The region covers about 10,000 km2 (3,900 sq mi). In 2010 the population was slightly under 600,000. The regional capital is Potenza. The region is divided into two provinces: Potenza and Matera.[8][9]

Its inhabitants are generally known as Lucanians (Italian: Lucani), although this ethnonym should properly refer to ancient Lucania's populations.