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The World’s 10 Smallest States

They may be small but some of these nations are very important travel destinations and financial paradises. In these cases, size isn’t necessary to make them important. Here are the world’s 10 smallest states:

10. Maldives

The Maldives

The Maldives

Set in the Indian Ocean, the Republic of Maldives is an island nation made up of twenty-six atolls featuring 1,192 islets, out of which just two hundred and fifty six are inhabited. With only around 300,000 inhabitants, the Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of population. Before the year 1965, when Maldives became an independent country, there were only 100,000 citizens in the area, but soon after, the number doubled and in 2007 it reached 300,000.

9. Seychelles



Officially called the Republic of Seychelles, this tiny country lays 1,800 km east of the African continent, in the Indian Ocean. It spreads across 115 islands, a surface of 107 square miles. Separated from Britain in 1976, Seychelles became the smallest, independent African state, with a population of just 81,000.

8. Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis

The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is made up of two corresponding islands, the larger, Saint Kitts and the smaller Nevis. It is located in the Leeward Islands and with a population of only 39,000 it is the smallest country in America. It covers just 104 miles.

7. Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

In the middle of the Pacific, just north of the Equator you can find the Micronesian country of the Marshall Islands. This small nation with a population of just 58,000 souls spread over 70 miles, gained its independence in 1979.

6. Liechtenstein



Bordered by Austria to the west and Switzerland to the east, the tiny nation of Lichtenstein is a remnant of the old Holy Roman Empire. Known as the smallest German-speaking country on the planet, Liechtenstein spreads across 62 square miles and has a population of 34,000 citizens. It is best known for its winter destination, and for being a financial paradise.

5. San Marino

San Marino

San Marino

This small nation claims to be the oldest established state in the world, founded on September 3rd by Marinus of Rab, a Christian stonemason. It is completely surrounded by Italy and it is set in the Apennine Mountains. San Marino is the third smallest country in Europe, with a population of 29,000 inhabitants and a surface of 24 square miles.

4. Tuvalu



Halfway between Hawaii and Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean lays the Polynesian island nation of Tuvalu. It became completely independent in 1978, and now it is the second-smallest member of the United Nations. Tuvalu is set on 9 coral attols, covering a surface of only 9 square miles. It has a population of 12,000 souls.

3. Nauru



The Republic of Nauru is set in the Southern Pacific and is the world’s smallest island nations, with a surface of just over 8 square miles. Originally inhabited by Micronesian and Polynesian tribes, the island entered Germany’s sphere of influence and was attached as a colony. It was occupied by Japan during WWII and finally achieved independence in 1968. Pleasure Island, as it’s called has a population of 13,000.

2. Monaco



They say unless you have an 8-figure sum in your bank account, there is no point in going to Monaco, a nation famous worldwide for its casinos. This tiny state is also known as a tax paradise and many important celebrities make Monaco their residence just to evade some taxes. It has been founded as a state in the 13th century and it has prospered ever since. Monaco covers just 0.7 square miles and has a population of 32,000.

1. The Vatican

The Vatican

The Vatican

Set in the heart of Rome and separated by a surrounding wall, The Vatican is the smallest state in the world. It spreads across 0.2 square miles and has a population of only 770 people. Despite its size, The Vatican is a state simply because it is viewed as the spiritual center of the Catholic Church and the home of The Pope.

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10 Comments for "The World’s 10 Smallest States"

Thai Hotel Expert says on September 27th, 2008 at 9:30 pm:

wow great info. it’s good to know ..thanks a lot.

Sean says on March 8th, 2009 at 11:03 am:

Smallest country in the world is Sealand, it’s an old world war II placement a few miles off the coast of England, it has an area of 550 meters square.

Experteiz says on August 11th, 2009 at 2:18 pm:

i have no idea about ANY of those states!!! they sound BIG if ya ask me!!!!

jing xuan says on March 28th, 2010 at 12:54 pm:

hey,what about singapore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cro says on August 28th, 2010 at 9:48 pm:

Sovereign Military Order of Malta.They have two palace in Rome,and they have status of country,passport,goverment,embassy in more of 100 coutries.

MIKE DAVIS says on October 6th, 2010 at 4:32 pm:

WONDERING why GIBRALTAR is not on the list at 2.642 sq miles

Lyndon says on November 17th, 2010 at 9:37 pm:

Gibraltar is not a state, it is a Crown colony, therefore NOT inndependent

Achmad Baihaqi says on August 27th, 2011 at 7:18 pm:

That is wonderful. I want to live in Nauru. it is fantastic

ajb says on September 4th, 2011 at 4:49 am:

cro is correct – the Sovereign Military Order of Malta has been recognised officially as a state by many other states. It has relocated over many centuries from Cyprus, Rhodes and Malta. The current headquarters of this ancient Order is situated on one of the seven hills of Rome and the gardens of this property constitute the smallest territory of any recognised sovereign state.

Scott Burton says on March 14th, 2013 at 7:06 am:

I belive Malta is not on the list because it comes in at number 11, being 112 square miles, versus Maldives at 115 square miles, and this list is onlt the 10 smallest.


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