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Size: 0.17 sq. mi. (0.44 km²) Population: 783 (2005 census) Location: Rome, Italy The size of a golf course, the Vatican City [wiki | official website] is the smallest country in the world. It’s basically a walled enclave inside of Rome, Italy. It’s so small that the entire country does not have a single street address. The Vatican City may be small, but it is very powerful. It is the sovereign territory of the Holy See, or the seat of the Catholic Church (basically its central government), which has over 1 billion people (about 1 in 6 people on the planet) as constituents. The Vatican City was created in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty (which was signed by one of history’s most repressive dictators, Benito Mussolini) and is ruled by the Pope, basically a non-hereditary, elected monarch who rules with absolute authority (he’s the legislative, executive and judiciary all rolled into one) - indeed, the Pope is the only absolute monarch in Europe. Another unique thing about the smallest country in the world is that it has no permanent citizens. Citizenship of the Vatican City is conferred upon those who work at the Vatican (as well as their spouses and children) and is revoked when they stop working there. The Vatican City is guarded by the smallest and oldest regular army in the world, the Swiss Guard [wiki]. It was

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Monaco used to be much smaller than it is now .. The official languages of the Vatican City are Latin and Italian. all of which are Catholic unmarried male Swiss citizens. means that the territory is ruled by a fact.hey. Blogroll » Maybe NSFW A Welsh View Acland Brierty All about nothing Amazing Illusions American Inventor Spot Appliancist BetuMan Boing Boing BornRich Cellar IotD Damn Funny Pictures Deep Fun Donandmurph. the Vatican City is supported financially by contributions of Catholics worldwide (called Peter’s Pence .8 sq. which was set up by Guglielmo Marconi (the Father of Radio) himself! The country’s economy is unique: it is the only non-commercial economy in the world. It also has a radio broadcasting service. http://www. Monaco 2 of 11 2/1/07 2:14 AM . called Vatican Radio [wiki]. yet it’s the most densely populated (23.657 (2006 estimate) Location: French Riviera on the Mediterranean Monaco [wiki | official website] is the second smallest country on Earth (it’s roughly the size of New York’s Central Park).. The Swiss Guard’s Renaissance-style uniform was commonly attributed as to have been designed by Michelangelo .660 people per k m²). Enter email to subscribe: Go 2. Monaco was ruled by princes of the Grimaldi family from Genoa. The Vatican City has a country code top level domain of .200 mails per person) than anywhere else in the world.neatorama. (1. For the last seven centuries. mi. there is more mail sent annually per inhabitant from this country (7.Neatorama » Blog Archive » The 5 Smallest Countries in the World. even the Pope accepts credit cards!). its ATMs are the only ones in the world that offer services in Latin! And here you thought that Latin is a dead language… For a country that has no street address. Only their uniforms seem antiquated: most of the Swiss Guards carry pistols and submachine-guns.about 100 acres were reclaimed from the sea and added to its land size. the sale of postage stamps and Dump Trumpet Fosfor Global Spot Jaf Project Jasonspage Kahsoon Look At This. At the narrowest. Monaco is only 382 yards wide! The Principality of Monaco. Lastly. the Vatican City has no taxes. Actually.. as an ecclesiastical paradise. and domains [wiki].va . mental_floss Mighty Optical Illusions Miss Cellania Obscurious Okfuture Our Strange World Pennylicious Random Good Stuff RealityCarnival Say No to Crack Shurebit Special Farm Strange New Products Stuff On Fire TechEBlog The Huge Entity The Human Marvels The Presurfer The Warehouse Trend Hunter Size: 0.this was actually incorrect: the large "skirt" pants were a common style during the Renaissance. now the army (also personal bodyguards of the Pope) number 100.currently there are only 9 publicly known . its formal name. In fact. originally made up of Swiss mercenaries in km²) Population: 35. (The whole thing started one night in 1297 when François Grimaldi disguised himself as a monk and led a Unique Daily Watch Reports Weird Daily Weird News Today Woosk Powered by BlogRolling User Login Register New User Top Commenters Author Profiles Neatorama by Email. the Vatican City has a very efficient post office: an international mail dropped in the Vatican will get there faster than one dropped in Italy just a few hundred yard away . Instead.

they do not have to pay any income taxes. http://www. Monaco had no income taxes and was a tax haven for wealthy foreigners and international corporations. When the reigning prince realized that most of Monaco’s natural resources were on the land that got bartered away. he decided to bet the whole economy on … what else. (Monaco can rest easy (2005 estimate) Location: Western Pacific Ocean Nauru [wiki] is the world’s smallest island nation. 3. The coat of arms of the Grimaldi bears the image of monks with swords!) Now. gambling (see. In 1861. also stipulated that Monaco would lose its independence (and become French) should the reigning Grimaldi prince died without leaving a male heir! When Prince Rainier III took over. This caused a unique thing about Monaco’s population: most of its residents are not native . the Prince shares legislative authority with a National Council. it also helped burnish Monaco’s image as a glamorous place to be for the wealthy. he ended up marrying Hollywood actress Grace Kelly [wiki] . Its natural citizens are forbidden from entering casinos. In 1918. Nauru Size: 8 sq. casinos aren’t only for American Indians. and 3 of 11 2/1/07 2:14 AM . small army to conquer the fortress guarding the Rock of Monaco. however. Monaco relinquished half of its territory to France in exchange for cash and independence. Monaco entered a treaty with France for military protection . For a long time. However. a new treaty with France stated that the Principality will remain independent even without a male heir). he was a bachelor and most Monegasques (that means people of Monaco) were gloomy about the country’s future. but to make up for fact. a region of Monaco well known for its glamorous casinos (a setting for Ian Fleming’s first James Bond Novel Casino Royale [wiki]) and its Formula One Grand Prix.Neatorama » Blog Archive » The 5 Smallest Countries in the World. Monaco started to impose income taxes on all of its residents who are not born there.. After a long dispute with France. it’s a time-tested. the smallest independent republic.the marriage not only produced a male heir. universal solution!) And so began Monte Carlo [wiki].the treaty. mi (21 km²) Population: 13. only about 1 in 5 people are native Monegasques.

leaving paying customers stranded on the tarmac!) didn’t help either.for a long time.Neatorama » Blog Archive » The 5 Smallest Countries in the World. As if that’s not bad enough. and lavished free medical care and schooling for its citizens. Nauru decided to become a tax haven and offered passports to foreign nationals for a fee. Nauruans are poverty-stricken and fat . it may not even exist in the next 50 years if sea level continue to rise (a controversial claim. Even if the sea level does not rise. For a while. With total land area of just 9 square miles. the only republic in the world without an official capital.441 (2005 estimate) Location: South Pacific Tuvalu [wiki] is basically a chain of low-lying coral islands. Nauru was a paradise . This led Nauru to another extraordinary money-making scheme: it became a detention camp for people applying for asylum to Australia! 4. Tuvalu is not only a teeny tiny island in the Pacific Ocean. The government employed 95% of Nauruans. Nauru is also beset by obesity problem. This proved to be both a boon and a bane for Nauruans .neatorama.over 40% of its population is affected. Most didn’t take advantage of this offer: only one-third of children went on to secondary school. This attracted the wrong kind of money (but a lot of it): the Russian mafia funneled over $70 billion to the tiny island nation. Nauruans were even amongst the richest people on the planet. Tuvalu Size: 9 sq. Things got so bad that most big banks refused to handle transactions involving Nauru because of money laundering problems. The adults didn’t really work. in the 1990s. http://www.for a brief moment in 1970s. other problems such as population growth and coastal erosion still make Tuvalu a very vulnerable country. With no natural resource left. During World War II. jagged mining wasteland. Wasteful investments (like buying hotels only to leave them to rot) and gross incompetence by the government (former presidents used to commandeer Air Nauru’s planes for holidays. Decades of leisurely lifestyle and high consumption of alcohol and fatty foods have left as many as 9 out of 10 people overweight! Nauru also has the world’s highest level of type 2 diabetes . thousands of American troops were stationed on the islands of 4 of 11 2/1/07 2:14 AM . Nauru only has one significant source of income: phosphates from thousands of years’ worth of guano or bird droppings.. Nothing lasts forever and sure hours were flexible and the most popular pastime was drinking beer and driving the 20-minute circuit around the island. (26 km²) Population: 10. Nauru’s phosphate reserves soon dried up and left 90% of the island as a barren. mi.. nonetheless there were evacuation plans to New Zealand and other Pacific Islands). either . with its highest elevation being 16 feet or 5 meters above seal they are trying to turn things around. So now. its residents enjoyed a relatively high level of income as the country exported its phosphate like there’s no tomorrow.

Feed: RSS 2. In a constant reminder of its role in the Ads by Google Posted on Thursday. but finally proved to be the largest source of income for the country. San Marino was such a good neighbor that it was hardly ever conquered by larger enemies (it was briefly conquered in the 1500s and the 1700s. depending on who you ask). Tuvalu also derives income from renting out its Internet country code top-level domain . based on a constitution written in 1600. it’s not surprising that San Marino has got lots of charms. http://www. January 4th. Today. Neatorama Only.neatorama. who your Love Soul Mate is. Today. San Marino was amongst the poorest countries in Europe. was seeking escape from religious persecution. This scheme got off to a rocky start (the original company who tried to do it failed to raise the necessary funds). with more than 3 million tourists visiting every year (half of San Marino’s income is derived from tourism). who along with a small group of Christians. San Marino is the world’s oldest republic. (61 km²) Population: 28.Neatorama » Blog Archive » The 5 Smallest Countries in the World.Predict exactly. he left San Marino alone. Who's your Soul Mate? . today rusting wrecks can be found on the islands. Talk about preserving liberties through division of authority! Before World War II. mi. abandoned. San Marino Size: 24 sq. Airfields were quickly constructed and after the war. Founded in AD 301 by a Christian stonecutter named (what else) Marino (or Marinus. Its history belies its simple motto: "Liberty. who appoints 2 captain regents (from opposing political parties. With the formal name of The Most Serene Republic of San Marino [wiki].tv. down to the name. Try it! www. Tuvalu and the island became an Allied base.." Indeed. saying it was a model republic! San Marino takes its government seriously: for such a tiny country.LoveSoulMate.117 (2005 estimate) Location: North-central Italy near the Adriatic coast. Even when Napoleon gobbled most of Europe. as it is the abbreviation of the word ‘television’. for like a month each). The country is ruled by an elected Council of 60.. 5.0 5 of 11 2/1/07 2:14 AM . 2007 at 4:50 am by Alex Category: Travel & Places. no less) to administer governmental affairs for six-month term. San Marino has a very complex government structure. the people of San Marino are amongst the world’s richest people.

wikipedia. If you like this post. please consider: email to a friend +del. 2007 at 9:58 am And Andorra? http://en.htm the knights hospitaller http://en. 2007 at 12:36 pm do your research. Chris Says: January 4th. Dave Says: January 4th. 2007 at 12:08 pm Luxemburg??? And Liechtenstein and Andorra indeed! I think they are not realy country’s but some kind of states?! 9. Andorra is 181 sqMiles 6 of 11 2/1/07 2:14 AM ._John_of_Jerusalem_of_Rhodes_and_of_Malta and Bassas Da india 6. 2007 at 11:24 am t.. http://www. 4. was going to say. 2007 at 8:51 am Umm what about Bermuda were only 21sq miles? http://bermuda-online. New here? More fun stuff at homepage. Don’t be suprised to see 1000’s in long distance charges on your phone bill if you are still on dial up internet. brem Says: January 4th. 2007 at 9:24 am this list is wrong. 2007 at 6:26 am How does Sealand stack up against these? 2. all wrong. 2007 at 9:30 am Nauru has also become known as the Tele marketing scam capital of the world along side Sao Tome! There are believed to be potentially 100’s of scam opperations directly linked to online gambling and porn that operate out of Nauru. Luxe Says: January 4th. you missed out sealand http://en.” 1. Your local phone company won’t help you with these charges either. Shane Says: January 4th.icio. 2007 at 11:34 am But what of Liechtenstein? What? I beg of you.. Andrew Says: January » Blog Archive » The 5 Smallest Countries in the World. Miss Cellania Says: January 4th. yayo Says: January 4th.think of the poor Liechtensteinianers. bob Says: January +digg +reddit 57 Comments to “The 5 Smallest Countries in the World. you forgot Sealand!!!! 7. 5.neatorama.wikipedia.

2007 at 12:45 pm The casino in Casino Royale is in Montenegro. 2007 at 3:31 pm Err … Gibraltar is not a country.. 2007 at 3:30 pm 2007 at 1:21 pm Would everyone leave this person alone. Liechtenstein is 62 sq. and really kind of cool. Andora is 181 sq.. 15. it’s not a single island. Michael Says: January 4th. Bermuda is not a country . it would have been the smallest (at 550 550 m²!). Shelley Says: January 4th. Had Sealand been recognized as a real country.html#Govt 20. so it’s a giant compared to these tiny countries. Chris Says: January 4th. it’s not a “true” sovereign.Neatorama » Blog Archive » The 5 Smallest Countries in the World. mi. Alex Says: January 4th. it has no territory.neatorama. 2007 at 12:36 pm Luxembourg is 999 sq. Alex Says: January 4th. is just a tiny island. 13.. not a country. it wouldn’t have made it anyway. Chris Says: January 4th.cia. 2007 at 12:39 pm Here’s the list of the 17 smallest countries: Link. It’s a colony of the United Kingdom! 21. to boot. 18. 19. Malos Says: January 4th. 2007 at 4:31 pm 7 of 11 2/1/07 2:14 AM . Rob Says: January 4th. so it would have been #6 on this list (I only listed the Top 5). 14.e.7 sq. and we all know it. in addition to not being a country. Thanks! 17. 2007 at 1:35 pm Err… Gibraltar? 2. i. . but a collection of 138 islands comprising of 27. Plus at 80 km². 12. Ditto Sovereign Military Order of Malta. But alas. it’s only an old sea fort in the UK. Plus. Jacob Says: January 4th. 2007 at 12:55 pm sealand is recognised by both the UK government and the UN. The list is right. Joel Says: January 4th. dead_red_eyes Says: January 4th.5 sq miles. It’s uninhabited. but not as small. 16. http://www. bob Says: January 4th. mi. And here’s the list of countries and territories by area: Link. 2007 at 3:28 pm Bermuda is not a country??? Umm I live here and yes we are a territory of the UK but we are also a mi. 10. not’s also small. 2007 at 12:53 pm Sealand is a micronation. Bassas da’s a territory of the UK. mi. 11. 2007 at 1:21 pm Sealand is a joke.

2007 at 10:11 pm what about The Shire!? We got big feet! 29. After its attack on the United States Peter (President of Petoria) was forced to surrender to the United States and give up his country’s independence. nice try lil guy….. oh and alex good job on this i loved reading the part when you actually got the info for all these countries that people think were smaller. Bermuda doesn’t count because your damn triangle killed off all the explorers… 22. yourmom Says: January 4th. if you have actually read the original book from which all the bond movies were made then you would know this. 2007 at 10:16 pm what about your wienerland? its one square centimeter! 32. mo Says: January 4th. Matt Says: January 4th. 2007 at 5:59 pm What. Robert Says: January 4th.Neatorama » Blog Archive » The 5 Smallest Countries in the World. Anyways. 2007 at 10:12 pm nothing 30. Nicolae Guta Says: January 4th. no one Says: January 4th. Frodo Says: January 4th. 2007 at 1:02 am nomansland 8 of 11 2/1/07 2:14 AM .. casino royale was in monaco. (The first lady and 3 children had all left the country).neatorama. someone Says: January 4th. Aslan Says: January 4th.. 2007 at 4:53 pm Great article. 2007 at 10:14 pm something 31. 25. 23. no Paris Hilton’s vagina? Or is that only a city-state? 26. Petoria is no longer a country.. http://www. 2007 at 5:14 pm Great list. 12. 2007 at 9:15 pm lol rob aka. 2007 at 10:09 pm what about Narnia?! 28. The inhabitants of the small country inside Rhode Island included only 1 person at the time and 1 talking dog. i commend you. 2007 at 4:54 pm You forgot Petoria. as you should know Michael. Some people just like to heckle. 24. Napolean Says: January 5th. Michael Says: January 4th. Bermuda sux and is not a country. Napolean Says: January 5th. Luigi ! Says: January 4th. way to make people look stupid for acting like they know what theyre talking about…… good job. 2007 at 1:00 am Nerdland 34. 2007 at 11:43 pm Marioland? 33.

42. Err. 40. Before 1929 the Vatican might have been a part of Italy (though still defended by its own military) or it might simply have not been defined as a nation. 47. not that the Swiss Guard has been protecting the Vatican for that long. 2007 at 5:28 am Pangaea!! smallest evar! http://en. Please flame me. 35. 2007 at 7:26 am 9 of 11 2/1/07 2:14 AM . 2007 at 2:50 am If the Vatican City was created in 1929. However. http://www. then how is it that it has been guarded by the Swiss Guard for 500 years? 39. Having focused my studies on the middle ages I’m not sure on the matter. 2007 at 1:57 pm “How sweet is to be an idiot” Monty Pythons sang 41. Name (required) Says: January 5th. babbu Says: January 7th.Neatorama » Blog Archive » The 5 Smallest Countries in the World.chris(space program)AND STEWIE!!Wolrd conqering child genious! 46.neatorama. dev Says: January 5th.. jony Says: January 5th. the Vatican hasn’t been a nation since 1506. Pedro Says: January 5th. 2007 at 3:45 am Spam spam. 2007 at 1:06 am ive got a sledgehammer man its gnarly stuff 36. It is a principality which means nothing for this. And it means the Swiss Gaurd is 500 years old.wikipedia. 2007 at 8:00 am K Sealand is not a micronation. Yonda Says: January 12th. 2007 at 2:13 pm The Swiss gaurd have been protecting the Vatican since 1506 (according to a vatican website).com/2007/01/04/the-5-smallest-countries-in-t..lois(and wife of the presadent)(and first lady).)(. Says: January 10th.the first lady on petoria.meg. AW Says: January 9th. REmdco Says: January 9th. yayo Says: January 5th. Thomas Says: January 5th. Just as there was a King of France long before France became a nation-state. 2007 at 12:36 pm Legoland? 44. Bassas Da india is an uninhabited island which makes it hard to be country because there are no people. Shoop Shoop Says: January 13th. 2007 at 7:07 am where is MALTA!! 43. 2007 at 1:39 am yah petoria! come on the once great citisens!Peter and Brian. Nick Says: January 5th..) 37. because that would count as a micronation is just a small country.. 2007 at 3:46 pm Land van Ooit 45. 2007 at 1:08 am (.

Maybe Jennifer Lopez. when i am famous i will buy it. 2007 at 3:28 am i love how everyone is freaking about this list. 2007 at 2:30 pm Hey! You Forgot Poland! 57. you all need to build yourself a little bridge and get over it!!! your all freaks. And Sealand really is a joke. -j Leave a Comment Name (required) 10 of 11 2/1/07 2:14 AM . Phil Says: January 21st. 53. The “royal” family doesn’t even live there. ok byby 49. 52. Don’t try to promote » Blog Archive » The 5 Smallest Countries in the World. Just because they come out on their own during the Olympics means Chacal Says: January 30th. You’re all wrong. Puerto Rico does the same and they are not a country. How long must he wait before his number eventually comes up? Not long. Snor Says: January lowang Says: January 31st.stm 56. 2007 at 12:02 pm to make it clear we are an INDEPENDANT british terretory 55. 2007 at 2:03 pm Bermuda is not a country. afroncioni Says: January 31st. Bermuda is a colony that reject independence from the U. http://www. We are the oldest british colony in the world though we are considered a country and are part of the comonwealth. afroncioni Says: January 31st. we have our own curency and national anthem.. Cody Says: January 21st. If we were not a country we would be part of englnd when we went to the olympics and any other big games. 2007 at 10:43 am That list was awesome I definitely learned alot. the gnat Says: January 21st. 2007 at 4:12 am ******* hell! who cares about this?!Alex Trebek should slap you. 2007 at 6:11 am Sealand will be regarded as a real country only when its ruler marries into Hollywood royalty. 2007 at 11:57 am Bermuda is a country by the way. Check the link. Bloody retards!!! 48. ^_^ Says: January 25th. 2007 at 12:43 am go sealand!!! yes it is a country and you all know it. umm ya everyone that reads this has no life.. AUK Says: January 31st. China is the smallest country in the world. It’s just pathetic. thanx to whoever wrote that 50. http://news. in 1994. 54. child! 51. 2007 at 7:09 pm People of Monaco are Monegasques? Man that’s

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