10 Smallest Countries in the World
1.Vatican City – 0.2 square miles – The world’s smallest state, the Vatican has a population of 770, none of whom are permanent residents. The tiny country which surrounds St. Peter’s Basilica is the spiritual center for the world’s Roman Catholics (over 1 billion strong). Also known as the Holy See, Vatican City is surrounded by Rome, Italy.
2.Monaco – 0.7 square miles – The tiny state of Monaco lies along the French Riviera on the French Mediterranean coast near Nice. An impressive 32,000 people live in this state known for its Monte Carlo casinos and Princess Grace. It has been independent off-and-on since the 13th century.
3.Nauru – 8.5 square miles – The 13,000 residents of the Pacific island Nauru rely on diminishing phosphate deposits. The state became independent in 1968 and was formerly known as Pleasant Island.
4.Tuvalu – 9 square miles – Tuvalu is composed of 9 coral atolls along a 360 mile chain in Polynesia. They gained independence in 1978. The former Ellice Islands are home to 12,000.
5.San Marino – 24 square miles – Located on Mt. Titano in north central Italy, San Marino has 29,000 residents. The country claims to be the oldest state in Europe, having been founded in the fourth century.
6.Liechtenstein – 62 square miles – This microstate of 34,000 is located on the Rhine River between Switzerland and Austria in the Alps.
7.Marshall Islands – 70 square miles – The atolls (including the world’s largest, Kwajalein), reefs, and 34 islands (population 58,000) gained independence in 1986; they were formerly part of the Trust Territory of Pacific Islands (and administered by the United States).
8.Saint Kitts and Nevis – 104 square miles – This Caribbean country of 39,000 gained independence in 1983. Nevis is the smaller island of the two and is guaranteed the right to secede.
9.Seychelles – 107 square miles – The 81,000 residents of this Indian Ocean island group have been independent of the United Kingdom since 1976.
10. Maldives – 115 square miles – Only 200 of the 2000 Indian Ocean islands which make up this country are occupied by 340,000 residents. The islands gained independence from the U.K. in 1965.
I had the chance to visit 3 of the most smallest countries on the lists and I will blog it soon! But first, let’s start the tour with Liechtenstein.
Where the heck is Liechtenstein?! Honestly, I don’t even know that this country is existed until I researched it online prior to my travel.
Liechtenstein is the nation with the highest GDP per capita in the world and has the world’s lowest external debt. It has the second lowest unemployment rate in the world at 1.5% (Monaco is first).Liechtenstein is known as a principality as it is a constitutional monarchy headed by a prince. It is located between Switzerland and Austria and their official language is German.
I only spent 40 minutes on this country eating breakfast so there wasn’t much time for me to explore and take photos but I was impressed on the metal sculptures displayed around the park. If you happen to visit this small country, you can have your passport stamped for a few euros in their tourist info booth.
Will be going to Austria on my next post!