The smallest states in the world
Area 0.2 square miles
The world's smallest state. No one is permanent resident Vatican.
The tiny country which surrounds St. Peter's
Basilica is the spiritual center for the world's Roman Catholics (over 1 billion strong).
Also known as the Holy See, Vatican City is surrounded by Rome, Italy.
Area 0.7 square miles
The tiny state of Monaco lies along the French Riviera on the
French Mediterranean coast near Nice. This state is known for its Monte Carlo casinos and Princess Grace.
Area 8.5 square miles
The residents of the Pacific island Nauru rely
on diminishing phosphate deposits. The state became independent in 1968
and was formerly known as Pleasant Island.
Area 9 square miles.
Tuvalu is composed of 9 coral atolls along a 360 mile
chain in Polynesia. They gained independence in 1978. The former name Ellice Islands.
Area 24 square miles.
Located on Mt. Titano in north central Italy,
Area 62 square miles
Area 70 square miles
The atolls (including the world's largest, Kwajalein), reefs,
and 34 islands gained independence in 1986. They were formerly part of
the Trust Territory of Pacific Islands (and administered by the United States).
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Area 104 square miles
This Caribbean country gained independence in 1983.
Area 107 square miles
One of the Indian Ocean island group
It has been independent of the United Kingdom since 1976.
Area 115 square miles
200 of the some 2000 Indian Ocean islands makes up this country.
The islands gained independence from the U.K. in 1965