In this selection are highlighted the 10 smallest countries in the world. And as the saying goes, size does not matter, for smaller countries, as the tourism sector offers great attractions in these territories reduced. And considerable part of micro nations is determined to import basic features, but keeps the differential with tourism.
Another advantage may be the concentration of a culture system and unique policy, like the Vatican, San Marino and Monaco.
Smallest Countries in the World
10. Malta – 316 km²
The Maltese are considered one of the oldest Catholic peoples of the planet, and life in this archipelago receives much influence by religion, with 365 churches in the islands, one for every day of the year. The official language of Malta is Maltese, and fusion of Arabic spoken in North Africa and Italian from Sicily, where the island is only 96 km.
9. Maldives – 298 km²
Maldives consists of over 1,300 coral islands, of which 203 are inhabited, and is considered one of the poorest nations and strangest planet, still ninth in the selection of the 10 smallest countries in the world.
The people of the country are champions world when it comes to divorce; is required repeat 3 times the intended separation to divorce is consummated, in the absence of appeal.
Studies related to global warming suggests that islands will disappear in less than 100 years. The highest point of raised islands has 2 meters in height relative to sea.
8. Saint Kitts and Nevis – 269 km²
The two small islands with volcanic origin were visited by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to America in the year 1493. And considerable part of the population migrates to more countries in a job search, making the remittance of wages to obtain abroad, one of the main income sources of this archipelago.
7. Marshall Islands – 181 km²
This archipelago is seventh in the selection of the 10 smallest countries in the world. The country starts receive fame from 1946 with the Atolls of Bikini and Enewetak were stage the American nuclear tests in 12 years.
In 1983, 23 years after the start of decontamination the United States agreed to pay compensation to the inhabitants of the region to offset the damage caused by explosions. Since 1986 is an independent republic, with the president himself, but is a commonwealth associated with the United States. With a significant degree of economic dependence.
6. Liechtenstein – 160 km²
Hans-Adam II Prince is sovereign of the country, and appears in the famous list of Forbes magazine and third richest ruler. And the country is squeezed in a region with few natural resources, but is champion of ecology, since all forests are places of environmental protection, and no weight industries.
5. San Marino – 60.5 km²
According to tradition, this country, with location at the peak of limestone in the central area of Italy, appeared in the 4th century, with the group of Christians setting up and escaping from Roman persecution.
From 1862, after the formation of current borders of Italy, several treaties have confirmed the country’s independence, which is fifth in the selection of the 10 smallest countries in the world.
4. Tuvalu – 24 km²
It is an archipelago located in the South Pacific that may disappear by the rise in sea level. Tuvalu has poor soils for agriculture. And the situation worsens with increased ocean level that contaminates drinking water, damaged coconut plantations, the major source of 11 thousand income, and dependence on imported food is worse.
The Republic of Tuvalu is located halfway between Australia and Hawaii, consisting of 4 coral reefs and atolls 5, and fourth place in this selection.
3. Nauru – 21.2 km²
Nauru is a small island in the South Pacific which is third in the selection of the 10 smallest countries in the world. The survival of it is export of guano, calcium phosphate formed by feces solidified prehistoric birds, they used the bathroom island for thousands of years.
And considerable part of the mineral, coverage of about 70% of the island, it is replaced by imported water because Nauru has no river or natural spring.
2. Monaco – 1.95 km²
Monaco principality and is second in the selection of the 10 smallest countries in the world, occupying narrow strip in the south coast of France, with controversial boundaries.
There are some mansions in the area that has room in Monaco and the fourth in France. Only 5,000 people of 30,000 inhabitants were born there, and the other Italian, English and French, who were attracted by the glamor of the famous tourist complex.
Monaco also appears on our list of the highest minimum wages in the world.
1. Vatican – 00:44 km²
The Vatican is leading position in selecting the 10 smallest countries in the world, given a religious enclave in Rome, capital of Italy, and are around 900 inhabitants, all being members of the Church or employees of the clergy.
The city has telephone system itself, radio station, banking, mail, battalion of Swiss guards to the pope’s security since 1506, and pharmacies as well.
On the other hand, supplies such as water, electricity, food, and gas need to be imported from Italy. And to be able to keep up, the country is dependent on donations from the faithful and tourism income, since the place is one of the major points of business in Europe.