Top 10 Smallest Countries in the World
Maybe just little of people know that in this world there were 10 smallest countries in the world that the width not more than 200 square miles or approximately 300 km2. The smallest country on this list Vatican which is only 0.2 square miles, and the largest is the Republic of Palau or Belau popular with the title of State, 191 square miles (less than 500 km2).
Maldives – 115 square miles – Only 200 of the 2000 Indian Ocean islands that make up this country occupied by 340,000 residents. The islands gained independence from Britain in 1965.
Seychelles – 107 square miles – 81,000 residents of the Indian Ocean island group have been independent from Britain since 1976.
8. Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis – 104 square miles – This Caribbean country of 39,000 gained independence in 1983. Nevis is a small island of two and is guaranteed the right to secede.
7. Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands – 70 square miles – The atolls (including the world’s largest, Kwajalein), reefs, and 34 islands (population 58,000) became independent in 1986, they used to be part of the Trust Territory Pacific Islands (and administered by the United States).
Liechtenstein – 62 square miles – This microstate of 34,000 is located in the Rhine River between Switzerland and Austria in the Alps.
5. San Marino
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, which had been founded in the fourth century.
Tuvalu – 9 square miles – Tuvalu is composed of 9 coral atolls along the 360 mile chain in Polynesia. They gained independence in 1978. Former Ellice Islands, home to 12,000.
Nauru – 8.5 square miles – The 13,000 residents rely on the Pacific island of Nauru phosphate deposits is reduced. The state became independent in 1968 and formerly known as Pleasant Island.
Monaco – 0.7 square miles – a small state of Monaco lies along the French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast of France near Nice. An impressive 32,000 people live in this country known for its Monte Carlo casinos and Princess Grace. It has been independent off-and-since the 13th century.
1. Vatican City
Vatican City – 0.2 square miles – the smallest country in the world, the Vatican has a population of 770, none of them are permanent residents. Small 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. Vatican is the smallest country on this list of top 10 smallest countries in the world.