With over 195 countries in the world, it is quite obvious that whenever we hear or read the thing 'country', we think of it as a huge mass of land.
Indeed, this isn't true all the time. Some countries are so small that even the states or the cities of some countries when compared are larger than them. Mostly found in Europe, the Carribean, and the Pacific, there are many countries in the world with an area of less than 400 square kilometers. The top smallest countries that fall in the list in the world cover a total area of 1491.4 km² which is smaller than the area of the whole city of Houston, Texas (1625.2 km²).
I would love to visit these places that exist on earth. Wouldn't you? It is totally a thing of amusement to explore some of the cities that are smallest in the area yet have their own government, culture and they look beautiful and intriguing in their own ways.
Let's take a look at these countries and pack our bags for another visit to one or more of these.
The Marshall Islands, which is officially called the Republic of the MarshalI Islands, is an island country that can be found in the Pacific Ocean, approximately halfway between the US State of Hawaii and the continent of Australia. It is considered to be part of Micronesia. With 181 square kilometers, the Marshall Islands are the world's seventh smallest country.
Surrounded completely by Italy, San Marino has a total area of 61 square kilometers, it is the fifth smallest country in the world. it claims to be the oldest surviving sovereign state in the world and is also one of the wealthiest in terms of GDP per capita.
Malta is another island country and is located in the Mediterranean Sea. The Republic of Malta is actually made up of three islands: Gozo, Comino, and Malta, which is the largest of the three. Ths country has a total area of 316 square kilometers.
The world's smallest country is the Vatican, also known as the Holy See with only 0.44 square kilometers. It is also home to the biggest church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica.
With 160 square kilometers, Liechtenstein is the world's sixth smallest country. It is a German-speaking country and the only nation in the world to be completely located in the Alps. Located between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein is the richest country in the world by GDP per capita, with the lowest unemployment rate (1.5%).
Sealand is a micronation that claims Roughs Tower, an offshore platform located in the North Sea approximately 12 kilometers off the coast of Suffolk, England, as its territory. This country claims a total area of 0.004-kilometer square.
The Maldives is the world's ninth smallest country with a land area that measures a total of 300 kilometers square. There are over 1,192 coral islands in the Maldives, which are spread over 90,000 sq.km, making it one of the world's most dispersed countries.
Located on the French Riviera, Monaco is home to the largest number of millionaires and billionaires in the world per capita. It is also the world's second smallest country, with only 2 square kilometers in total land area. The most popular annual event that happens here is the Formula 1 race, with tracks passing through the city streets.
The Mother Colony of the West Indies, these two islands in the Caribbean were some of the first islands to be occupied by Europeans. They occupy a total of 261 kilometers square, which makes them the world's eighth smallest country. A major sugar exporter for centuries, the large plantations are now beautiful estates that have been converted into hotels and resorts.
Grenada is the 11th smallest country in the world with a total of 348 square kilometers to its name. An island nation in the Caribbean, Grenada is also known as the "Island of Spice." The world's largest producer of nutmeg and mace crops, this nation is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago and is highly influenced by the French culture.
Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is located in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Australia. With a total of 26 square kilometers, Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world.
An island nation located east of Australia, Nauru is the smallest island country in the world. Nauru is also known as the country with the most obese people in the world, with 97% of its men and 93% of women being obese or overweight. It has a total area of 21 square kilometers, which makes it the world's third smallest country.
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