22 July 2015
There are many who say that “the rare perfumes are included in small bottles” and are quite right, as there is always the size that counts. In this context the 10 smallest countries in the world that do not have anything to envy to the greatest extent. Quite the contrary, since many of them have been distinguished for beautiful beaches, blue waters, stunning landscapes, photographed sights and hospitable people. Besides there is no reason to be in a huge land when a small piece of land accumulate all the beauties of the world.
Maldives covering just 115 square miles, however, only 200 of the 1000 Indian Ocean islands are inhabited. The Maldives has about 400,000 residents who gained their independence from the UK in 1965. Currently, the main concern for these islands is climate change and the rising sea levels, as the highest point of the country is only 7.8 m (2.4 m.) above the surface.
Seychelles is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar, an area of 107 square miles, about 1,500 km east of the African continent. The sea of Seychelles with over 100 tropical islands considered share of Africa. The capital is Victoria, the largest city.
3. Saint Kitts and Nevis
The islands Saint Kitts and Nevis are considered the smallest country in the America based on area (104 square miles) and population (50.000). Located in the Caribbean Sea between Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago.
4. Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands is the smallest seventh country in the world. 70 square kilometers that consist of 29 coral atolls and five islands spread over 750,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean. Located about halfway between Hawaii and Australia.
The Liechtenstein is only 160 square kilometers in the Alps between Switzerland and Austria. 36,000 inhabitants are living peacefully, integers and independent beside the River Rhine from 1806.
6. San Marino
San Marino is surrounded by Italy and is just 61.2 square kilometers in area. Located on Mount Titano in north-central Italy and has 32,000 inhabitants. The country claims to be the oldest in Europe, founded in the fourth century. The rugged topography of San Marino consists mainly of mountains with the highest point at an altitude of 2477 feet on the Monte Titano (755 m.). The lowest point in San Marino is the Torrente Ausa 180 feet (55 m.).
Tuvalu is a small island of 12,000 inhabitants located in the Pacific, about halfway between the State of Hawaii and Australia. It consists of five atolls and coral reefs, no greater than 15 feet (5 meters) above sea level. The total area of Tuvalu is just nine square kilometers.
Nauru is a small island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean in the Oceania region. It is the smallest island – country in the world in this area, just 8.5 square miles (22 square miles). An estimation of its population in 2011 was 9322 people.
Monaco is the second smallest country in the world and is located between the south-eastern France and the Mediterranean. Just 0.77 square kilometers in the region has only one city, the famous resort of Monte Carlo. The population of Monaco is 33,000 people.
Vatican City, the “Headquarters of God”, is the smallest country in the world and is located in a fenced area of the Italian capital Rome. Its area is only 0.17 square miles (0.44 square kilometers or 108 acres), has a population of about 800 people. Considered ecclesiastical government and head of state is the Pope. The Vatican is not a member of the United Nations by its own choice.