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With over 194 countries in the world, it's easy to think the word "country" equates to a massive land area with large numbers of people. However, some nations are so small that cities within other nations are giants compared to them. Mostly found in Europe, the Carribean, and the Pacific, there are many countries in the world with an area of less than 400 square kilometers. The 10 smallest countries in the world cover a total area of 1491.4 km² which is smaller than the area of the city of Houston, Texas (1625.2 km²). These small countries are some of the richest, most remote, and most intriguing places in the world. Let us take a look at the 10 smallest countries in the world today, according to the United Nations Statistics Division.
10. Malta - 316 km²
9. Maldives - 300 km²
8. Saint Kitts and Nevis - 261 km²
The Mother Colony of the West Indies, these 2 islands in the Caribbean were some of the first islands to be occupied by Europeans. They occupy a total of 261 sq.km, which makes Saint Kitts and Nevis the world's eighth smallest country. Its economy is dependent on tourism, agriculture, and small manufacturing industries. The islands also provide fantastic diving sites due to abundant marine life. A major sugar exporter for centuries, the large plantations are now beautiful estates that have been converted into hotels and resorts.
7. Marshall Islands - 181 km²
The Marshall Islands, which is officially called the Republic of the MarshalI Islands, is an island country that can be found in the Pacific Ocean, approximately halfway between the US State of Hawaii and the continent of Australia. It is considered to be part of Micronesia. The area surrounded the islands are incredibly biodiverse and include over 800 species of fish as well as 160 of coral. The area around the Marshall Islands also hosts several shipwrecks. With 181 sq.km, the Marshall Islands are the world's seventh smallest country.
6. Liechtenstein - 160 km²
5. San Marino - 61 km²
4. Tuvalu - 26 km²
3. Nauru - 21 km²
2. Monaco - 2 km²
1. Vatican City - 0.44 km²
The World's 50 Smallest Countries
|Rank||Country||Area (km sq)||Area (sq mi)|
|8||Saint Kitts and Nevis||261||101|
|12||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||389||150|
|14||Antigua and Barbuda||443||171|
|31||Trinidad and Tobago||5,128||1,980|
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