When we think of a state, we often do so by considering it as something extremely large: a political entity that exercises power over a vast territory, this geographically divided into regions, provinces and municipalities. But actually not all states are really as big as people think. In fact, they exist micronations so small that they are almost like neighborhoods when compared to large cities like London or New York. Here she is ranking of the 10 smallest states in the world.
10 - Malta, 316 km²
- Capital: Valletta
- Population: 446.547
Malta is an island state in the Mediterranean, note popular tourist site for its incredible beaches.
The Republic of Malta is made up of three major islands (the homonymous Malta, Comino and Gozo), plus other smaller islets. With just under 450.000 inhabitants, Malta is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
9 - Maldives, 300 km²
- Capital: Bad
- Population: 393.500
Higher in the ranking we find another island state: the Maldives.
The archipelago is one popular tourist destination in the Indian Ocean. It has only recently become an independent country, having been colonized by Europeans for several centuries.
8 - Saint Kitts and Nevis, 261 km²
- Capital: Basseterre
- Population: 54.961
These 2 islands among the most beautiful in the Caribbean, constitute one of the most important states among those bathed by the Caribbean Sea.
7 - Marshall Islands, 181,42 km²
- Capital: Majuro
- Population: 68.000
Le Isole Marshall they are a presidential republic until a few years ago politically administered by the United States of America. The tiny state was born in 1986 and is composed of two archipelagos: Ratak and Ralik.
6 - Liechtenstein, 160 km²
- Capital: Vaduz
- Population: 37.132
This small state is surrounded by the Alps, located between Switzerland and Austria.
Here most of the population speaks German (official language) and Italian. The Liechtenstein It is one of richest countries in Europe in terms of GDP per capita, with a very low unemployment rate.
5 - San Marino, 61 km²
- CapitalSan Marino
- Population: 29.000 people
In the top five we find another Italian knowledge: the Most Serene Republic of San Marino. In this small country, the crisis is much less perceived than in Italy. And the third smallest country on the old continent and it too has excellent percentages in terms of GDP and unemployment.
4 - Tuvalu, 26 km²
- Capital: Funafuti
- Population: 12.000 people
Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu it is located in the Pacific Ocean, west of Australia. The country belonged to the British territory but gained independence in 1978. Tuvalu is a place difficult to reach, for this reason it is not a popular tourist spot.
3 - Nauru, 21 km²
- Capital: none
- Population: 13.000 people
Nuaru it holds two firsts: it is smallest island state in the world el 'the only state not to have an official capital; furthermore there seems to be one very high percentage of obese inhabitants among the population.
2 - Monaco, 2 km²
- Capital: Munich
- Population: 32.000 people
Located on the French Riviera, Monaco hosts a large number of millionaires and billionaires among its inhabitants. Has been noted for its luxury and casinos as well as for the Montecarlo circuit. The population density rate is among the highest in Europe.
1 - Vatican, 0,44 km²
- Capital: Vatican CITY
- Population: 836 people
The smallest country in the world is the Vatican, also known as the Santa Thirst. This country is located in the heart of Rome, and is the center of the Catholic Church. The central point of the micronation coincides with Saint Peter Square, One of the most beautiful squares in Italy, seat of the most important church in the world: the Saint Peter Basilica.
Its income comes in part from voluntary contributions made by over 1 billion members of the Catholic Church, and in part from the sale of stamps, souvenirs and entrance tickets to Vatican museums.