10 of the Smallest Countries In The World
When it comes to geography, bigger isn’t always better. In fact, the world’s smallest countries can give you some of the most exciting travel experiences.
10. Malta – 316 (sq.km)
Malta is the 10th smallest country in the world by landmass and is spread across an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. Don’t let its size fool you, there are quite a lot of people that live there. In fact, it’s fifth in the world in terms of population density. Malta is loved by locals, tourists from all over, scuba divers, backpackers and also a favorite destination for digital nomads.
9. Maldives – 297.8 (sq.km)
If you’ve ever dreamed of a tropical island escape, then Maldives is the place to go. Its beautiful turquoise seas, white-sand beaches, and over-water bungalows attract more than one million tourists every year. Tourism is the Maldives’ biggest economic sector.
8. Saint Kitts and Nevis – 269.4 (sq.km)
With 269.4 km²of land, Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest of the sovereign states in the western hemisphere. Although it’s located in the ocean between North America and South America, this country is part of the Commonwealth and acknowledges the Queen of England as its monarch. It is made up of two Islands Saint Kitts and Nevis.
7. Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands are a chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the central Pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and the Philippines. The islands are spread across the ocean northeast of Papua New Guinea. Just over 59,000 call the Marshall Islands their home.
6. Liechtenstein – 160 (sq.km)
Liechtenstein is a German-speaking, 25km-long principality between Austria and Switzerland. It’s known for its medieval castles, alpine landscapes and villages linked by a network of trails. The capital, Vaduz is a cultural and financial center.
5. San Marino – 61.2 (sq.km)
San Marino is a landlocked country on the northeastern side of Italy. It’s smaller than many of the nearby Italian cities. San Marino might be small, but it’s quite wealthy — in fact, it has one of the world’s highest GDP levels. Most of the country’s economy centers on finance and tourism.
4. Tuvalu – 25.9 (sq.km)
Tuvalu, in the South Pacific, is an independent island nation within the British Commonwealth. Tuvalu offers the best view, everywhere you turn your head you will see sparkling ocean views. The water is remarkably clear off of the islands, making it very popular amongst visitors and residents to dive and swim. The biggest city in Tuvalu is its capital, Funafuti, which is home to just over 6,000 people.
3. Nauru – 20.9 (sq.km)
This one is significantly larger than the two smallest countries but definitely the smallest Country-Island in the world. Nauru is a tiny island country in Micronesia, northeast of Australia. It features a coral reef and white-sand beaches fringed with palms, including Anibare Bay on the east coast.
2. Monaco – 1.81 (sq.km)
This tiny piece of land is packed in wealth — it’s known for its ultra-luxurious casinos and high-end banking institutions. Thanks to its spectacular location on the French Riviera, this small principality is a popular vacation destination for the rich and famous. If you’re making a trip to France or Italy, then you must definitely go to Monaco.
1. Vatican City – 0.44 (sq.km)
Measuring just 0.44 km², Vatican City is the smallest country in the world by area. The interesting thing about this country is, that it’s so tiny that you might not even notice when you cross its borders. Located in the middle of Rome, Italy’s largest and busiest city, this small country blends in with the rest of the metro area. Although in square meters it is small, Vatican City is home to some of the world’s greatest artistic, historic, and religious treasures.