Top 9 Smallest Countries in the World

Some of them are smaller than a medium large town, yet they exist like states. It may be odd and uncommon in the world today to have country where everybody knows each other, and can practically walk their own country up and down in less than a day. Back in time the world had much more countries than today, when every city was considered to be independent enough to call itself a state. Today, some of those extra small countries still exist and this following list would present Smallest Countries in the World to you.

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#1. Vatican City

Known as the country without newborns, this city-country is the home of the catholic priests, the Pope, and many cardinals from around the world. This is probably the smallest country in the world in every meaning of the world, having only 800 inhabitants. The fun fact is that you can literally walk the entire country in a few hours, because it is a small circle of the church St. Peter and the Vatican Museum (along with the residents of the Pope and the cardinals). The entire country is surrounded by the city of Rome and has its own telephone system, mail boxes, gardens, radio station, banking system and pharmacy. Tourists are visiting it in large number, but most of the incomes are coming from the Catholics from around the world who are giving money voluntarily. Vatican does not produce anything like food or clothes, but incorporates from other countries. The official language is Latin.

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#2. Monaco

The second smallest country in the world with an area of 1.98 km2, it is like the Vatican despite the small size very a popular tourist destination. It is famous for many things, like the luxurious casinos, the Formula races and of course the royal Grimaldi family, with the beloved princess, the late Grace Kelly. Monaco however, it has lots of inhabitants, because the country has no income tax, making it home to many rich people from around the world who live in extra luxurious homes and yachts. The official language is French, but almost everybody speaks English too.

Monaco
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#3. Nauru

This is a small island country that lies in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean. Its specialty is definitely that it is the only country in the world that does not have an official capital city. People there don’t have to pay taxes which had a positive impact on the standard of living of the population. It is the second least populated country, after Vatican, with only 9378 inhabitants. Fun fact: the electricity is free.

Nauru
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#4. Tuvalu

This is another island country which has area of only 26 km2. It is located halfway between Hawaii and Australia. The biggest problem of Tuvalu as a country is the sea level which rises above it, because the islands lie on average five meters above sea level and therefore they are threatened that they will soon sink. Some of the income they have earned by selling telephone code 900 and an internet domain tv.

Tuvalu
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#5. San Marino

This is the second smallest country on the Apennine Peninsula, and completely surrounded by Italy. San Marino has the size of a small town has a total area of 61 km2. This is the oldest country and republic in the world that still exists.

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#6. Liechtenstein

Another micro-state, located in Europe, between Switzerland and Austria. Lichtenstein, like Monaco is a principality, worldly known for its bank taxes, which makes it the world’s richest small country.

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#7. Marshal Islands

The country is set from 34 smaller islands in the central Pacific Ocean. The country is popular for the not so strict administration regulative, but also as the islands where USA was testing nuclear weapons.

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#8. Saint Kitts and Nevis

Another island country, actually a mix of several smaller islands with an area of 261 km2. Located at the crossroads of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, this country is also known as Saint Christopher Island.

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#9. The Maldives

Worldly known as the paradise islands, this country’s islands are spread over 300 km2 in the Indian Ocean. There are more than 2000 islands, but only 218 of them are inhabited. The country is perfectly known among the tourists who love to rest in those famous water cabins which lie above the clearest turquoise water.

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1 Response

  1. Igor says:

    What about Principality of Sealand? How could you forget them? =)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Sealand