Visit Smallest Country in the World – Top 10
You will be surprised how small the smallest country in the world can get. Interestingly these small nations are also among the top travel destinations. The unique culture, history and geographical location of many of these countries make them quite appealing.
Smallest Country in the World is Vatican City
With a population of just over 800 people living in 0.2 square miles, there is no beating it. Most people consider Vatican City to be part of Italy because of some commonality in architecture and buildings to Rome. Vatican City is home to some of the most famous art in the world and buildings including the St. Peter’s Basilica which is the spiritual center for the world’s Roman Catholics. The official languages of the Vatican City are Latin and Italian. Naturally there is no airport or highways. The best means to enter the country is by train. Another interesting fact is that the country’s economy is entirely supported by Catholics around the world.
Vatican City Attractions
Saint Peter’s Basilica is a late Renaissance church located in Vatican City. The architecture of the church is impressive and the church is unimaginably huge. Arguably one of the finest churches in the world.
Sealand many argue is the smallest country in the world. Fact is that it’s a micronation meaning a nomadic country that is not recognized as a separate country by the world.
Vatican Library located in Vatican City is the library of Holy See. It is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. The library also recently announced that they are going to digitize ancient texts in the library and make them available online.
Apostolic Palace is the official residence of the Pope. It is also know as Palace of the Vatican. The palace is a series of buildings which is arranged around the Courtyard of Sixtus V.
Monaco – the 2nd Smallest Country in the World
Located at the French border along the French Rivera a total of 0.7 square miles make up Monaco. Featured in James Bond movies, Monaco is luxury holidaying at its best. Tourism and gambling make up for the bulk of economic activity, while being a tax haven makes it an administrative hub for many European companies. Yachts, speed boats by the Marina, cruises to St Tropez, winding roads of a city set on a hill top; Monaco is a picture perfect Hollywood movie setting. All this is supported by a population of 35000.
Monte Carlo Casino is located in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It includes a Casino and Monte Carlo Theatre. The Casino is owned by a public company in Monaco. “James Bond” is often associated with the Monte Carlo Casino. This is the best known Casino in the world and is the prime tourist attraction in Monaco.
Oceanographic Museum is a museum in Monaco-Ville of marine sciences. The museum is built into the side of the rocky coastal cliff. There is a world underwater, which you will fall in love with. To see nature so closely is amazing. This is a great museum for kids and for all nature lovers.
At #3 is Nauru
Nauru is rather big compared to the top 2. With a total land area of 8 sq. mi is located in the South Pacific region. the country with a population of 14000 depend almost entirely on the rich phosphate deposits which are fast depleting. The only active jobs are in the government, leading to employment rates in the 85% range. Tourism contribute marginally to the economy. Locals bank on fishing and poultry for their livelihood. The country depends on foreign aid for survival.
Tuvalu is #4
Another Polynesian island, Tuvalu with a land area of 9 sq. mi and 15000 people was once a popular tourist destination. Today much like Nauru, the country is struggling to get tourists. Recently United Nations has listed Tuvalu as a the least developed country in the world. Much like Nauru, the country depends on foreign aid predominantly from Australia, New Zealand and the UN.
Bermuda is #5
Located in the Caribbean, Bermuda is a mere 20.4 sq.mi of which over 20% is water. With a rather big population of over 60,000 residents Bermuda has a strong economy that entirely depends on offshore business (because it’s a tax haven for North American companies) and tourism. Many leading international financial firms operate in Bermuda. Over half a million tourists visit a year, predominantly from the US, Canada and UK.
San Marino is #6
San Marino located near Italy is 24 sq. mi in size and has a population of 30,000 people. Like Vatican City there is no airport or railway service in San Marino. Bus and a hired car are the best options of transport. The 3 towers – Guaita, Cesta tower and Palazzo Pubblico that overlook the country are the popular photo spots.
Liechtenstein is #7
Area of 60 sq mi, Liechtenstein is located by the Alps along Rhine River with common borders to Austria and Switzerland. Being a tax haven and in close proximity to the Swiss has advantages. There are 70,000+ corporate offices for a country with a population of just over 36000. Tourists visiting Austria and Switzerland tend to visit Liechtenstein. Vaduz Castle, Galina Falcon Centre and nearby ski hills of Malbun are popular tourist destinations.
Marshall Islands, Saint Kitts and Seychelles take the 8th, 9th and 10th position in the list of smallest countries in the world.