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Vatican City (/ˈvætᵻkən ˈsɪti/; Italian: Città del Vaticano [tʃitˈta ddel vatiˈkaːno]; Latin: Civitas Vaticana), officially Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City (Italian: Stato della Città del Vaticano; Latin: Status Civitatis Vaticanae), is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. With an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of 842, it is the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area and population. It is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state (a type of theocracy) ruled by the Bishop of Rome – the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergy of various national origins. Since the return of the Popes from Avignon in 1377, they have generally resided at the Apostolic Palace within what is now Vatican City, although at times residing instead in the Quirinal Palace in Rome or elsewhere. Vatican City is distinct from the Holy See (Latin: Sancta Sedes), which dates back to early Christianity and is the main episcopal see of 1.2 billion Latin and Eastern Catholic adherents around the globe. The independent city-state, on the other hand, came into existence in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty between the Holy See and Italy, which spoke of it as a new creation, not as a vestige of the much larger Papal States (756–1870), which had previously encompassed much of central Italy. According to the terms of the treaty, the Holy See has "full ownership, exclusive dominion, and sovereign authority and jurisdiction" over the city-state. Within Vatican City are religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. They feature some of the world's most famous paintings and sculptures. The unique economy of Vatican City is supported financially by the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications.

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Facts and Stats for Vatican City*

  • Pollution Statistics in Vatican City

    Know the pollution level of Vatican City before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 71.28 (High)
    • Water Pollution 37.13 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 60.61 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 78.31 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 23.55 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 74.63 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 53.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • Vatican City: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Vatican City for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Vatican City.

    • Burglary and Theft 56.68 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 53.27 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 46.46 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 77.8 (High)
    • Car Stealing 55.81 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 64.45 (High)
    • Attacks 45.8 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 53.54 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 74.25 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45.49 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 47.16 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 34.96 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 65.6 (High)
  • Living in Vatican City - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Vatican City is 109.87 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 45.66 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 92.71 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 67.5 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 46.88 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 78.59 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 59.5 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 20.48 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 72.81 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Vatican City

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Vatican City

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.02 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 99.91 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 93.78 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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