Province of Sondrio
The Province of Sondrio (It. Provincia di Sondrio) is in the Lombardy
Lombardy is one of the 20 regions of Italy. The capital is Milan. One-sixth of Italy's population lives in Lombardy and about one fifth of Italy's GDP is produced in this region, making it the most populous and richest region in the country and one of the richest in the whole of Europe...

 region of Italy
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. Its capital is the town of Sondrio
Sondrio is an Italian town and comune located in the heart of the Valtellina. Sondrio counts approximately 22,000 inhabitants and it is the administrative centre for the Lombard Province of Sondrio.- History :...


It has an area of 3,212 km², and a total population of 176,856 (2001). There are 78 communes in the province, ranging in population from Sondrio (21,790 persons) to Pedesina
Pedesina is a comune in the Province of Sondrio in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 70 km northeast of Milan and about 25 km southwest of Sondrio...

 (only 34 inhabitants) and in size from Valdidentro
Valdidentro is a comune in the Province of Sondrio in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 140 km northeast of Milan and about 50 km northeast of Sondrio, in the upper Valellina on the border with Switzerland....

 (244.41 km²) to Poggiridenti
Poggiridenti is a comune in the Province of Sondrio in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 100 km northeast of Milan and about 4 km east of Sondrio. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 1,869 and an area of 2.9 km².Poggiridenti borders the following municipalities:...

 (2.93 km²) (source: Italian institute of statistics
Istituto Nazionale di Statistica
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 Istat, see this link).

The province borders Switzerland
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 (precisely, the Canton of Grisons) to the north and west, the provinces of Como
Province of Como
The Province of Como is a province in the north of the Lombardy region of Italy and borders the Swiss cantons of Ticino and Grigioni to the North, the Italian provinces of Sondrio and Lecco to the East, the Province of Milan to the south and the Province of Varese to the West...

 and Lecco
Province of Lecco
The Province of Lecco is a province in the Lombardy region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Lecco.On 1 January 2001 the province had a population of 311,452 on a surface of 816 km² divided in 90 communes...

 to the west, the provinces of Bergamo
Province of Bergamo
The Province of Bergamo is a province in the Lombardy region of Italy. It has a population of 1,098,740 , an area of 2,722.86 square km, and contains 244 comuni...

 and Brescia
Province of Brescia
The Province of Brescia is a Province in Lombardy, Italy. It borders with the province of Sondrio in the N and NW, the province of Bergamo in the W, province of Cremona in the SW and S, the province of Mantova to the S, and to the east, the province of Verona and Trentino .Source for statistical...

 to the south and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region to the east.

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