Despite the saying that “bigger is better,” the smallest nations worldwide hold pride in their compactness and uniqueness. Each country, regardless of size, contributes significant notes to the world's harmony. Comprising tiny islands, glamorous city-states, and scenic landlocked nations, these smallest countries challenge the notion of scale and sizable significance.
Here are some fascinating findings regarding the world’s smallest nations:
Starting with the smallest, Vatican City takes the top spot with an area of 0.44 Km². This tiny city-state within Rome serves both as the spiritual center for billions of Catholics around the globe and as a testament to the influential legacy of the Catholic Church.
Ranked second is the country Monaco, which has an area of 2.02 Km². Despite the compact space, it is one of the world's most densely populated countries. Its reputation as a playground for the rich and famous, alongside its annual hosting of the Grand Prix motor race, lends Monaco its glamour and appeal.
The British Overseas Territory, Gibraltar, comes in third, encompassing 6.8 Km². It sits strategically at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula, overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar.
The island nations of Nauru (4th) and Tuvalu (5th) commandeer the fourth and fifth spots, with areas of 21 Km² and 26 Km², respectively. Their pristine natural beauty helps them punch above their weight in terms of tourism.
The sixth smallest country is Macau, another city-state which, though spanning an area of merely 32.9 Km², is a significant hub for gambling and glitzy entertainment.
Next in line, we have Saint Martin with an area of 53 Km² and Bermuda covering 54 Km², ranking seventh and eighth respectively.
San Marino is ninth smallest by area, yet it lays claim to one of the world's oldest constitutions in its 61 Km² territory. Last but not least in this list of top-ten smallest countries sits Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean with an area of 91 Km².
10 Smallest Countries in the World:
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Source: Britannica World Data