A look at the world’s top 5 smallest nations

A look at the world’s top 5 smallest nations

Our planet is full of surprises and beautiful places waiting to be explored. With so many countries in the world, big and small, each is wonderful in it’s own way.

But how many of you are aware of the fact that there are countries that are only a square kilometre in area and yet have a full fledged government, their culture and traditions.

Let’s checkout some of the smallest countries in the world.

1. Vatican City (0.44 sq km)
On top of the list is the beautiful Vatican City, the smallest nation in the world! Spread across only 110 acres of land, the country’s population is around 1000 only. But the country is noted for being the most sacred city for Christians from across the globe. The place is historically connected with the world’s greatest artists including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, among others.

Places of interest: St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, Vatican Museums

2. Monaco (2 sq km)
Someone rightly said, “Good things come in small packages”. Monaco, the second smallest nation in the world, covers only 499 acres. But the small nation is gorgeous beyond words. You’ll be stunned by the beauty of the nation. But the country is globally renowned for the Monte Carlo Casino and Grand Prix motor racing event.

Places of interest: Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco Cathedral, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Museum of Antique Automobiles

3. Nauru (21 sq km)
On number three in the list is the incredibly stunning Nauru, formerly known as Pleasant Island. Located east of Australia, the current population of the country is around 13000 people. The peaceful country stays off the radar of most tourists but deserves all attention.

Places of interest: Anibare Bay, Central Plateau, Japanese Guns, Moqua Well

4. Tuvalu (25.9 sq km)
This stunning country in Oceania, The Tuvalu is the fourth smallest nation in the world in Polynesia. Formerly known as the Ellis Islands, the island nation’s population is around 11000 people. Given its distant location, the country remains off the tourist list but is a popular offbeat destination.

Places of interest: Funafuti Marine Conservation Area, Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau

5. San Marino (61.2 sq km)
San Marino is on number five in the list covering 61.2 sq km. The population of the country is around 33000 people. San Marino’s economy largely depends upon finance, industry, services, and tourism. The prime attractions of the beautiful country are its cliff-top castles that look magical.

Places of interest: Guaita Tower, Piazza della Libertà, Mount Titan, Palazzo Pubblico.

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