Thursday, May 7, 2009

Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

The World's Smallest Countries
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Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

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.

Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

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.

Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

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.

Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

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.

Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

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.

Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

6.Liechtenstein - 62 square miles - This microstate of 34,000 is located on the Rhine
River between Switzerland and Austria in the Alps.

Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

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).

Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

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.

Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

9.Seychelles - 107 square miles - The 81,000 residents of this Indian Ocean island group
have been independent of the United Kingdom since 1976.

Top 10 World's Smallest Countries - Vatican tops with just 0.2 square miles

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.

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