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Smallest Countries in the World!

True, it's a big, big, big world out there but sometimes it's discovering something "big" in the smallest of places that is where the true adventure lies. In celebration of our latest baby, here's a look at some of the smallest countries in the world!

Vatican City: Also the world’s smallest state at 0.2 square miles, it has a population of 770, none of whom are permanent residents. This tiny country surrounding St. Peter’s Basilica is the spiritual center for the world’s Roman Catholics. It is also known as the Holy See.

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Photo by coca

Monaco: Just 0.7 square miles, the tiny state of Monaco is located along the French Riviera near Nice. There are 32,000 people living here, which is known for its Monte Carlo casinos and the iconic Princess Grace. It has been independent off-and-on since the 13th century.

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San Marino: at 24 square miles, San Marino is located on Mt. Titano, at north central Italy. It has 29,000 residents and claims to be the oldest state in Europe.

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Photo by superlighter

Liechtenstein: At 62 square miles, this microstate of 34,000 people is located on the Rhine River between Switzerland and Austria in the Alps.

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Seychelles: With a land area of 107 square miles, the 81,000 residents of this Indian Ocean island group have been independent of the United Kingdom since 1976.

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Obviously there’s a lot more like Andorra, Tuvalu, and Marshall Islands, most of which are still yet to be photographed and written about for Lomography. While we have an ongoing Locations Series on Malta (one of the smallest countries in the world based on the list that we found) courtesy of one of our eager contributors, yopanic, we encourage you to do the same especially if you live in any of these places and let us in on what’s so unique and special about your home.

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