There are about 194 countries in the world and the term country means a large area of land. But there are a few countries located in the Pacific, Europe and the Caribbean which are smaller than many of the top cities of the world.
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Given below are the top 10 smallest countries of the world by area:
Located in the south-eastern Caribbean Sea Grenada and its six island territories are known as the Island of Spice. It is the world’s largest exporter of mace and nutmeg. With an area of 344 km sq, this country has a strong French influence. Its capital city is St. George’s. This place has beautiful architecture influenced by the French and is one of the popular tourist destinations and cricket being their faviroute sport.
Another island country located in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is one of the most densely populated cities. The capital city is Valletta. The main two languages spoken here are Maltese and English. Gozo, Comino and Malta are the three islands that make up the Republic of Malta. Its population is over 450,000 with a land area of 316 km square. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions known for its nightlife, beaches and rich cultural heritage.
Maldives is the smallest Asian country located in the Indian Ocean. Popularly called as the Kings Island it is also another popular tourist destination. The capital city is Malé. It has about 1,192 coral islands which are widely spread out making it one of the world’s most dispersed countries. Fishing is the dominant economic activity. The country area is about 300 kilometres sq. Many of the invaders ruled this region hence this place has beautiful architecture and is also known for its tourist attraction.
7. ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
St. Kitts and Nevis is a two island country of the West Indies. The capital city is Basseterre .These islands were the earliest islands occupied by the Europeans. Its area is 216 km sq with a population of 54,961. Its major export is sugar and the sugar plantations have now been changed to resorts and hotels attracting tourists from all over the world. It’s also highly dependent on fishing, agriculture and small scale industries.
With a land area of 160 kilometres square this German-speaking country is doubly land locked. This nation is also one of the nations completely located in the Alps. The capital is Vaduz. It is located between Switzerland and Austria. This country is one of the richest in the world with the lowest unemployment rate (1.5%). The country being land-locked doesn’t have airport facilities and reaching this place can be a little tricky.
5. SAN MARINO
This microstate surrounded by Italy is also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino. The size of this country is just over 61 km2 .The population is about 32,000. Its capital is the City of San Marino and its largest city is Dogana. This country has the smallest population of all the Council Members of Europe. It is also one of the richest countries of Europe with the lowest unemployment rates. They are highly dependent on tourism, finance and industry and this city also has more number of cars than the number of people. This is one of the world’s few smallest Countries 2017 By Area.
Tuvalu is located to the north east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. Formerly known as the Ellice Islands it has a population of 10,000 and has only one hospital in the main island. Its area is 26 km square. It was formerly occupied by the British. It doesn’t have much tourist attraction and also is a difficult place to reach.
formerly known as the Pleasant Island this country is 90% unemployed and the remaining are employed in the government sectors. It has the most obese people and also has the world’s largest count of the people with type two Diabetes. It is located to the east of Australia with an area of 21 kilometres square.
Located in Western Europe on the French Riviera, Monaco has an area of 202 kilometre square. It is the residency for the largest number of millionaires and billionaires of the world. Gambling, luxury goods and other services industries are the top attractions of this region. It is bordered by The Mediterranean Sea and France on the other three sides and is highly influenced by the France. Monte Carlo the world’s first casino was opened here and gave a boost to the economy of the country. It is also one of the world’s densely populated countries with a population of 36,000. The most popular event is the Formula 1 race.
This country is a walled enclave in the city of Rome. It is the world’s smallest country and is about 0.44 kilometres sq, which is about 110 acres. This country is also known as the Holy See. Vatican City is also the centre off the Roman Catholic Church. It is known for its Renaissance style architecture and is one of the most popular tourist attractions. He St. Peter’s Basilica the world’s biggest church, Sistine chapel and other Vatican museums are located here. Its income is from the donations of the Catholics all over the world postage stamps, mementos and admission fees of museums.
Even though these are the smallest countries in area they are known for their tourist attraction, stable economy, finance and culture and heritage. These countries are also been ranked as the top smallest countries of the world.