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The Smallest Country In The World


The Holy See (State of the Vatican City) in Rome, Italy is the smallest sovereign state in the world. It has a total area of 0.44 square kilometers and a population under 1000 people.

At one time there were many Papal States over portions of the Italian peninsula. In the mid 19th century most were seized by the newly united Kingdom of Italy. Rome itself was annexed in 1870. On 11 February, 1929 three Lateran Treaties established the independent state of Vatican City and granted Roman Catholicism special status in Italy.

Posted:  2003-12-16  3:16:42 PM

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