Calabria is a fascinating fusion of hundreds of miles of wonderful coastline with mountainous hinterland, as the imposing Pollino chain in the North, the Sila forested plateau in the center and the Serre and Aspromonte chains in the South. Being the mountains so near to the sea, the rivers are all very short: called "fiumare", they stay dry for long part of the year.
Calabria was always a land of emigration, due to the scarcity of good arable lands, and the population is concentrated in the plains and along the coast. Industry development is low and agriculture is not very productive, because of the rugged terrain, but tourism has been steadily on the rise in the last few decades.