Think it will be a waste of money, efforts and paid-vacation days to visit one or multiple smallest countries in the world? Think again! Here are the top 10 smallest countries in the world which’ll leave you enthralled with their beauty, their culture and their friendly hospitality.
Area: 316 km²
The Republic Of Malta is an island country located in the gorgeous landscapes of Southern Europe. Spread across only 316 km², did you know that UAE is 265 times bigger than Malta?! Being one of the best places to scuba dive in the world, it has plenty of things to do for beach bums. But, if you are not someone who enjoys sand in your toes (or salt water in your ears!), Malta will appease you too – with over 7,000 years of history, the Maltese Islands are a delight for visitors who love art, culture and heritage.
Area: 300 km²
With a tagline that says, “the sunny side of life”, the Republic Of Maldives welcomes visitors with pristine white beaches, turquoise blue clear waters, warm sunny mornings, cozy evenings, friendly smiles and resorts that pamper you rotten! A fun fact- 14 Maldives can fit into one Emirate of Dubai! That’s how tiny the island country is.
Here are some popular resorts in Maldives that you can book for your dream vacation.
8. Saint Kitts and Nevis
Area: 261 km²
A beautiful dual-island nation located in the Caribbean, Saint Kitts and Nevis is located in the West Indies. On your visit to this country, your days will be filled with snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, boating, jet skiing and historic sugar plantation and estate tours, and your nights will be full of candle light dinners and live musical performances.
7. Marshall Islands
Area: 181 km²
The lovely Republic of Marshall Islands is located in the Pacific Ocean. One of the least visited countries in the world, the island nation has an average annual tourist footfall of only 5000 people. But, don’t let that deter you; these shallow water coral atolls offer some of the best underwater sceneries in the world. The nation is also home to over 800 species of fish and around 160 types of coral.
Area: 160 km²
Located on the banks of the bustling Rhine river, Liechtenstein is landlocked between Switzerland, Austria and Germany. With its cobbled boulevards and quaint castles, the country looks right out of a fairy tale. The official website of Liechtenstein states some interesting figures- “160km², 37,000 inhabitants, 2,600 music pupils, 40 bands, 26 choirs, 10 brass bands, 2 orchestras, 2 musical theatres, 2 operetta stages and 1 opera company”! Now that’s one musically inclined country you just have to visit!
5. San Marino
Area: 61 km²
Claiming to be the oldest surviving sovereign state as well as the oldest republic in the world, San Marino has a population of approximately 33,500 people, making it the country with one of the lowest unemployment rates! Just 61 km² big, this nation makes UAE, with its 83,600 km², look like a giant! Located in the Apennine mountain range, a trip to San Marino will see you going on exciting hikes and indulging in some mouthwatering local cuisine.
Area: 26 km²
The most non-commercialized vacation destination, the Polynesian island country of Tuvalu is located between Hawaii and Australia, in the Pacific Ocean. Spread across only 26 km², Tuvalu is made up of six atolls and three reef islands. Activities you can undertake while exploring this enthralling country include yachting, diving, snorkeling, a game of te ano with the local kids and motorbiking across the nation’s length and breadth.
Area: 21 km²
Formerly known as Pleasant Island, the Republic of Nauru is an enigma that keeps its visitors fascinated. Once the world’s richest due to its phosphate reserves, the country now has one of the smallest GDPs according to World Bank. Nevertheless, on your visit to this small island country, do ensure you check out a glorious sun rise at the coral rock pinnacles on Anabare beach.
Area: 2.02 km²
What is 2.02 kilometers long and is home to the largest number of billionaires and millionaires? Monaco of course! If you want to live the good life on your European holiday, Monaco is the place you should visit. Despite being the world’s most densely populated country, this tiny gem has something for everybody; sports enthusiasts, history buffs, casino frequenters, beach babies, architecture lovers et all.
1. Vatican City
Area: 0.44 km²
Vatican City is known for being the center of the Roman Catholic Church as well as for being the official seat of the Pope since 1377. This smallest country in the world in located bang in the middle of a walled enclosure in Rome. Want to know more? Here are all the details you’ll ever need about Vatican City!
So, you see, size really doesn’t matter! A holiday at one of these 10 smallest countries in the world will definitely be a memorable one.