When we think of countries, we tend to think of them as huge land masses with a lot of people living inside the borders. That's not entirely true. Some countries around the world are really small.
Don't believe us? Here are the smallest countries in the world:
1. Maldives: 300 km²
Maldives is a sub-tropical nation located in the Indian Ocean. Its a popular tourist destination comprising of 26 coral atolls. Gorgeous beaches, blue waters, beautiful reefs and diverse sea life: that's what Maldives is all about! Go diving off the coast of its many breath-taking islands and you will have an experience of a lifetime! We promise!
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2. Saint Kitts and Nevis: 261 km²
This one is a two-island country located in the West Indies. It is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas in terms of both population and area. The country is a stunning island paradise that relies on tourism to drive its economy. The island boasts of an abundant marine life which makes it a great place to go diving!
3. Liechtenstein: 160 km²
This German-speaking country lies between Austria and Switzerland on the Alps. When considering GDP per capita, Liechtenstein is the second richest country in the world after Qatar. It also has one of the lowest unemployment rates at only 1.5 percent. Its small and successful all right! Its a dreamy location too, something straight out of the fairy tales you've read while growing up!
4. San Marino: 61 km²
San Marino is a microstate thats surrounded completely by Italy. Its population is about 32,000. The country claims to be the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world, having been founded in the 4th century. Its got a lot of medieval-style historical sites that are sure to transport you back in time!
5. Tuvalu: 26 km²
Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, this smallest nation is located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Australia and Hawaii. It comprises of 3 reef islands and 6 atolls. Tuvalu has an interesting distinction: it is one of the few countries that do not have railroads. Due to its remoteness, tourism isn't a significant force of its economy, but its a beautiful little country whose charm will steal your heart!
6. Nauru: 21 km²
Nauru is an island country in Micronesia located in the Central Pacific and was formerly known as Pleasant Island. It is the smallest island country of the world! Phosphate mining made Nauru a very wealthy country. But as of 2011, the resources have been exhausted and the unemployment rate has skyrocketed (it is around 90 percent). Nauruans are also the most obese people in the world.
7. Monaco: 2.02 km²
Monaco is a sovereign state located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is the most densely populated country in the world with a population of over 35,000. It is known as a playground for the rich and famous. 30 percent of its population comprises of millionaires! It is renowned for its glamorous casinos, luxurious yachts and the Monaco Grand Prix. Its a dream destination indeed!
8. Vatican City: 0.44 km²
Its the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It has the most stunning and brilliant architecture including the iconic St. Peters Basilica. Vatican Museums also house priceless artwork such as ancient Roman sculptures and Renaissance frescoes.
It is the littlest things that are the most precious. These beautiful smallest countries too are worth your while and await your visit!
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