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The World's Smallest Countries

How Big do you think the World's Smallest Country Is? Better yet, What do you Think the World's Smallest Country is? You may be surprised by the Answers.

Here is a list of the world's ten smallest countries (by land area). To give a little bit or prospective, if you were to combine all ten countries, their size would still be less than that of Rhode Island.

1.Vatican City - 0.2 square miles -

Also called the State of the Vatican City, this country is the smallest independent country in the world. Vatican City is an enclave within the city of Rome in the country of Italy. Often thought of as the governmental capital of the Catholic Church, the tiny nation is home of the Pope. Vatican City has a population of 770. However, the majority of the population are not considered permanent residents. In total, Vatican City is 0.2 square miles which is barely one-hundred acres.

2. Monaco- 0.7 square miles-

Also called the Principality of Monaco, this nation is located on the Mediterranean Sea and borders France. The country is a constitutional monarchy. Monaco has a total land area of 0.7 square miles. For prospective, that is less than 500 acres. It is also home to more than 32,000 residents, making it the most densely populated country in the world.

3. Nauru- 8.5 square miles -

Officially called the Republic of Nauru, this nation is a group of islands in Micronesia and is located in the western Pacific Ocean. Oddly enough, the country has no capital. Nauru consists of 8.5 square miles, making it the world's smallest island nation. The country is also home to 13,000 people.

4. Tuvalu- 9 square miles -

This nation used to be called the Ellice Islands. A Polynesian island nation, Tuvalu consists of only nine reef islands and atols. The country is home to approximately 12,000 people, making it the second least populated country in the world. Tuvalu has a total land area of 9 square miles.

5. San Marino- 24 square miles -

This nation is often referred to as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino. An enclave and completely surrounded by Italy, San Marino is located in the Apennine Mountains. The country is said to be the oldest in Europe and perhaps the oldest constitutional republic in the world. In all, San Marino has a population of nearly 30,000 and a land area of 24 square miles.

6. Liechtenstein- 24 square miles -

Also called the Principality of Liechtenstein, this country is a landlocked nation located on the Rhine and in the European Alps of Western Europe. It is bordered by Switzerland and Austria. Liechtenstein consists of 62 square miles and 34,000 residents.

7. Marshall Islands-70 square miles -

Officially called the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), this group of islands is part of Micronesia and is located in the western Pacific Ocean. The nation consists of reefs, atols, and more than thirty islands. In all, the country has a land area of 70 square miles and a population of 58,000 people.

8. Saint Kitts and Nevis- 104 square miles -

This nation is sometimes called the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis as well as Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis. It is located in the West Indies. Together, the two islands have a population of 39,00 and a land area of 104 square miles.

9. Seychelles- 107 square miles -

Officially called the Republic of Seychelles, this nation consists of a cluster of 155 islands in the Indian Ocean just north of Madagascar. In total, Seychelles is 104 square miles and is home to approximately 81,000 people.

10. Maldives-115 square miles -

Located in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is comprised of approximately two-thousand atols and islands. Of these, only about two-hundred are inhabitable. Maldives has a population of more than 300,000 and a land area of 115 square miles.

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