The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World

June 26, 2017
The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World

Which Nations Make The List Of The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World?

Summer is here and what do many of us love to do during the summer? Yes, travel. When thinking about places we want to visit, some of you make considerations based on recommendations or places you wish to cross off your bucket list. Have you ever wondered what the top ten smallest countries in the world were?

I was taking a look at great places to visit for a long weekend, four to five days, and did a search for small warm countries.

That gave me the idea to put together a post about the top ten smallest countries in the world.
I have been to some of them and would like to visit all on this list someday.

As a busy bee, I love to travel, always have and always will.

With a toddler now in tow, it makes it a little harder but I love challenges!

More than that, I love to plan and organize, so whenever we are travelling, I take care of tickets, hotel, car service etc. We tend to plan the places we visit also while leaving a little room for spontaneity.

As a frequent flyer, I LOVE to travel, explore new countries and cities.

When I travel, I like to use GPSmyCity. It is an app where you can create your very own self-guided city walking tour guide for over 700 cities across the world.

It uses the GPS tracking on your phone to find your location, guide you around the city, and make sure you are able to complete all the activities you have saved.

Some of the articles I have written on travel have been featured on this app.

For example, you can view my article 5 Bargain Food Markets in Vienna You Should Not Miss

If you ever visit, the app will guide you through the city and make sure you arrive at any of the destinations featured in the article. Not only will you not get lost, but this wonderful app will guide you from one place to the next.

The “Find Me” tool will alert you if you are going in the wrong direction.

There are 196 countries in the world today, with only Kosovo, Vatican City and Taiwan not being UN Members.

Although Taiwan operates as an independent country, many countries do not officially recognize it as one.

There are many countries in the world with an area of less than 400 square kilometers. Most of these are found in Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.

The top ten 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 which has 1625.2 km². Unbelievable right?

So now, without further diversion, here are the top ten smallest countries in the world by total land area.

Some of the coziest nations, islands, and places on the planet.

10 – Grenada

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World Grenada

Grenada, also known as “The Island of Spice.” is a nation in the Caribbean, north-west of Trinidad and Tobago. The air is said to have a spicy tinge to it.

Of the top ten smallest countries in the world, it is the largest. Small rivers with beautiful waterfalls flow into the sea from mountains such as Mount St. Catherine.

Grenada was colonized by the French from 1649 to 1763. After the French, the British took control of the island. Grenada gained independence on February 7, 1974.

Grenada is the home of the world’s first underwater sculpture park.

The sculpture park was built by artist and a diver, Jason De Caires Taylor in 2006, after a hurricane wiped out much of the coral reef.

Ever heard about Leatherback turtles? They are the largest living species of reptile seen on the beaches of Grenada.

Levera Beach is home to Grenada’s largest Leatherback nesting population. There are only 35,000 female Leatherback turtles left in the world, which adds them to the list of endangered species.

The Grenada dove, which is also an endangered species, is the national bird of Grenada.

9 – Malta

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World Malta

Malta is an island country, in the Mediterranean Sea.

One of my favourite places in the world. Three major islands make up the Republic of Malta. Gozo, Comino, and the largest of the three being Malta.

A beautiful archipelago also known as the “Heart of the Mediterranean.”

As a busy bee, I was quite amused when I learned the name of the island nation is supposedly derived from a Greek word meaning “honey.”

The island has an endemic species of bee, which produces a unique type of honey.

Malta is an intriguing country with thousands of years of history and world-class architecture.

We enjoyed our visit to Malta except for the disastrous tour bus incident.

Malta is home to the seven Megalithic Temples one of it’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The other two are: Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum and Valletta.

Valletta is the capital city of Malta and has more than 300 monuments.

The city is known to be the most concentrated historical areas in the world according to UNESCO. Valetta is the smallest national capital in all of Europe.

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World A Bee In Valetta

There are more than 365 churches on the Maltese islands so if you are the adventurous type who loves a challenge, you could have a different church to pray in every day of the year!

8 – Maldives

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World Maldives

Of the top ten smallest countries in the world, the Maldives is high on my bucket list of places I want to visit. Just look at those white sand beaches and clear blue water!

My hubby has been to the Maldives and raves about its beauty.

In terms of area and population, the Maldives is the smallest country in Asia.

There are over 1,192 coral islands in the Maldives!

Who wouldn’t want to pack up their bags and go there on holiday or even move there?

The Maldives was once the colony the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British, and gained independence in 1965.

Many tourists flock to the Maldives to go whale watching. Dwarf sperm whales, pilot whales, killer whales, bottlenose dolphins as well as striped and spotted dolphins are just some of the sea creatures you will spot when visiting the Maldives.

If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark.

Unknown to many, the Maldives was originally a Buddhist nation. Today, it is a Muslim nation, where the Shari’a and Ja’fari laws are represented on the islands.

The first Underwater Cabinet Meeting was held in Maldives in 2009, to raise awareness on climate change.

Maldives is the lowest and flattest country in the world.

 

7 – Saint Kitts and Nevis

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World St Kitts and Nevis

Welcome to the West Indies. The full name of St Kitts and Nevis is Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis.

These two islands in the Caribbean is home to a population of about 45,000 people. Around a quarter of them live in the capital city, Basseterre.

St Kitts is larger than Nevis and is roughly oval shaped except for a narrow, long peninsula.Nevis is surrounded by gorgeous coral reefs.

St. Kitts and Nevis gained full independence from the United Kingdom in 1983.

You’ll be able to appreciate the variety of cultures that have influenced the island, from Georgian-era architecture, Chinese street stalls, a Jewish cemetery and locals speaking African-influenced Creole.

The average temperature in Basseterre is 26°C, whatever the season. Just my kind of weather.

Not too hot, not to0 cold. Perfect weather to go for a swim and spend the entire day and evening outside.

St. Kitts was formed by volcanoes, all of which are now dormant. The tallest is the 3,792ft Mount Liamuiga is thought to have last erupted 200 years ago. Let’s hope it doesn’t erupt again anytime soon.

The “Giant’s Salad Bowl” is an extensive network of hiking routes through the rain forest.

The paths can be tricky to navigate so it’s worth going with a guide.

On reaching the top, you’re rewarded with views into the extinct volcano’s crater.

St. Kitts is still often called Sugar-Cane Island or Sugar City.

Check out the monkeys of St. Kitts & Nevis here.

 

 

6 – Liechtenstein

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World Liechtenstein

Here at number six of the world smallest countries is one of my neighbours, Liechtenstein.

It is the only nation in the world to be completely located in the Alps.

Located between Switzerland and Austria (my home), Liechtenstein is the richest country in the world and has the lowest unemployment rate.

One thing they don’t have is an Airport! What? Yup, tricky when trying to make travel plans!

Visitors must go through Zurich Airport in Switzerland to arrive in Liechtenstein. It takes about 2,5 hours by car.

Liechtenstein is one of only two ‘doubly landlocked’ countries. It is landlocked and all its bordering countries are landlocked also.

Liechtenstein does not have a railway station either.

The capital is Vaduz with a population of about 5,429 residents as of 2015.

On Liechtenstein’s national holiday, His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam II, the head of state, and his son, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois, invite the residents of their tiny principality to have a beer in the garden of Vaduz Castle.

Just like here in Austria, German is the country’s official language.

Most residents of Liechtenstein speak an Alemannic German dialect.

Want to rent a country?

In 2011, you could rent the country of Liechtenstein for $70,000 a night! Just imagine that.

Celebrating your birthday, a wedding, or just having friends over! Hahahaha.

The idea came from Airbnb and a Liechtenstein-based marketing firm.

If you rented the country, you would be provided with accommodation for 150 guests, a symbolic key to the state, a wine tasting with Prince Hans-Adam II, and your own temporary currency for the night!

If money was no object, I could see myself doing this. Could you?

 

Want to travel to a place that is intriguing? A cozy nation or island? I want to visit #3 and #8. Check out this list of the top ten smallest countries in the world!

Curious About The Top Five? Let’s keep going.

 

5 – San Marino

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World San Marino

The Republic of San Marino is a country surrounded by Italy and is also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino.

San Marino is said to be the oldest surviving sovereign state in the world.

The City of San Marino is the capital of San Marino, although Dogana is the country’s largest city.

Pictures of the first tower of San Marino and the city walls that offer a passage from one tower to another are often mistaken for the Great Wall of China!

4 – Tuvalu

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World Tuvalu

Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu, a Polynesian island nation is located in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia. Its neighbours being, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa and Fiji.

The capital is Funafuti with a population of 6,000 which makes up about 56.6 percent of Tuvalu’s population.

Once a British territory, Tuvalu gained independence in 1978.

Nanumea, Tuvalu is the largest island in the island nation of Tuvalu. It lies in the northern most point of Tuvalu.

Vaitupu is the only island of Tuvalu which has the only secondary school in the country.

Due to low elevation, the islands that make up this nation are vulnerable to the effects of tropical cyclones.

The official languages of Tuvalu are Tuvaluan, English and Samoan.

 

We Are Down To The Top Three Of The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World!

 

Are you surprised so far at the top ten smallest countries in the world?

Before you continue reading, can you guess what the top three will be?

3 – Nauru

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World Nauru

An island nation located east of Australia, Nauru is the smallest island nation in the world. The island is surrounded by a coral reef.

It is the only republican state in the world without an official capital.

The district of Yaren is Nauru’s largest community and the closest thing the island has to an official capital.

The island’s police and earth stations, administration offices, parliament house, and only international airport are all situated here. In 2003, Yaren’s entire population is approximately 1,100 people.

British sea captain John Fearn, a whale hunter, became the first Westerner to visit Nauru in 1798, giving Nauru the name “Pleasant Island.”

Nauru was first inhabited by Micronesian and Polynesian people at least 3,000 years ago.

There were traditionally 12 ethnic groups on Nauru, which are represented in the 12-pointed star on the country’s flag. Nauru became independent in 1968.

Nauru is also known as the country with the most obese people in the world, with 97% of its men and 93% of women being obese or overweight. 40% of its population suffers from Type 2 Diabetes!

Nauru is the least-visited country in the world, with only 200 tourists visiting the country in 2011.

2 – Monaco

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World Monaco

You expected this one didn’t you?

The second of the top ten smallest countries in the world, located on the French Riviera is Monaco.

Home to the largest number of millionaires and billionaires in the world, and most popularly known for its gambling and luxury goods and services industry.

You have heard about Monaco being a favourite destination of the rich and famous.

Money flowing 24/7, gambling in casinos, the popular annual Formula 1 Grand Prix races, with tracks passing through the city streets, makes it the perfect playground for the rich.

Three sides surrounded by France and its southern side facing the Mediterranean Sea makes it an ideal destination for tourists.

Every citizen of Monaco enjoys a tax-free lifestyle although citizens of Monaco are not allowed to gamble nor even visit the casinos. Only tourists are allowed to play. Not fair!

The country survives solely on the revenue generated by its tourism and casinos.

No airport in Monaco means no planes. So if you own a private jet or are intending to fly to Monaco anytime soon, sorry! No can do.

You can the train, a helicopter or a yacht.

Most tourists opt to fly to Cote d’Azur Airport in Nice, France. From Nice, you are about a 30-minute drive to Monaco.

Monaco has been ruled by the descendants of François Grimaldi, a Genoese leader of the Guelphs for over 712 years.

Those who are native to Monaco are called Monegasque.

A person born in a foreign country but resident in Monaco is a Monacoian.

The native Monegasques people are in the minority as they make up less than a fifth of Monaco’s population. The rest of Monaco’s population is made up of wealthy foreigners.

AND HERE WE ARE…..NUMBER ONE OF THE TOP TEN SMALLEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

1 – The Vatican

The Top Ten Smallest Countries In The World The Vatican

There you have it. Number one on the list of top ten smallest countries in the world is The Vatican.

Did you guess that?

Officially, it is known as Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City, located within the city of Rome.

it is the smallest state in the world by both area and population. The Vatican is the center of the Catholic Church.

Within Vatican City are religious and cultural sites such as the biggest church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica.

It is also home to the Sistine Chapel. If you look closely enough, you will notice that the tree from which Eve plucks the forbidden fruit in the Sistine Chapel is actually a fig tree, not an apple tree, which is clear by the shapes of its leaves.

The Vatican Museums house some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures such as The Pieta and the Creation of Adam are featured.

The Pope is the sovereign of the state and exercises principal law, executive, and judicial power over the State of Vatican City.

As the Pope is an elected non-hereditary monarch which means he is at present the only absolute monarch in Europe.

While many significant documents are written in Italian, the Vatican does not actually have an official language. People speak Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish.

The Vatican City is recognized as possessing a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site status, as it is the only site to encompass a whole country.

What do you think? Were you surprised by any of these being on the top ten smallest countries in the world?

How many places on this list have you been to? Any on your bucket list?

Share your comments, thoughts and feedback with me in the comments section below.

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Want to travel to a place that is intriguing? A cozy nation or island? I want to visit #3 and #8. Check out this list of the top ten smallest countries in the world!

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60 comments

lifeofamomboss August 6, 2017 - 21:04

Wow what beautiful places! Malta and Nauru are definitely on my bucket list Thank you so much for sharing!

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thebunnyinthebush August 6, 2017 - 19:34

This was wonderful! So many beautiful places to visit (while we still can…) And these small places often get overlooked. Nauru is now on my list! The reefs are such an important part of our ecosystem.
Thanks so much for sharing!

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Karla August 6, 2017 - 18:14

Nice! Thanks for sharing this!! Are all of these places that tourist can visit?

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life August 8, 2017 - 16:58

Yes, as a tourist you can definitely visit any and all of these countries.

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Ma. Charmaine Ness, Hinampas Nioda August 6, 2017 - 13:29

I like the photos and Maldives is such a beautiful place. I have dream of visiting it one day and hopefully enjoys everything it offers. Thanks for this awesome share.

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thesaltymamas July 26, 2017 - 19:22

I’ve been to Malta, Monaco and The Vatican and desperately want to go to many of the other ones!! 🙂 This is a really cool list!

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makeamomsmile July 26, 2017 - 16:50

wow I had no idea about some of these places although they all look stunning! I am def going to need to add some of these to my travel bucket list. P.S.- love the little facts you have with each, thanks for opening my eyes to new places!

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raisingyourpetsnaturally July 9, 2017 - 21:47

Those sound like amazing countries. I’m with you on wanting to go some place warm. I have to admit, my favorite part was your tip on the GPSmyCity app! I had no idea, but I’m going to check this out. Thanks so much.

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brahamjade July 7, 2017 - 07:32

Thank you so much for sharing this post! My best friend and I are planning a small holiday and these places look fascinating! I’d love to visit the Maldives (it’s just so stunning), Liechtenstein because it is surrounded by the Alps and San Marino (I’m a huge history buff so you got my attention when you said it was the oldest surviving sovereign state in the world.)

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Claire Santiago July 4, 2017 - 04:38

Of all the places you mentioned, Vatican is the one I love the most and have been long in my bucketlist of the places I want to visit. I am just curious, is Vatican a country or a city?

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life July 4, 2017 - 16:20

LOL. A country.

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Natalie July 2, 2017 - 14:59

These might be small, but they’re stunning! The Maldives are high on my list of places to visit, but I need to add a few other tropical island destinations from this post to that list, too! 🙂

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Debra Hawkins July 2, 2017 - 12:43

An under water sculpture park? That I am going to have to see sometime in real life! How cool is that?!

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Agnes July 2, 2017 - 12:28

I am happy to see Grenada on the list, my fiancé is from there and it is a beautiful place!

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Mohit Anand July 2, 2017 - 09:58

I haven’t even heard about some of the places mentioned here. So thanks for increasing my bucket list. Quite detailed. Can’t wait to explore these places

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Rika (@thedealmatch) July 2, 2017 - 04:10

Great list! I have always wanted to visit Maldives. My husband visited The Vatican 4 years ago.

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themormonadventurista July 1, 2017 - 15:59

I’m embarrassed to say that I’d never heard of Nauru! It looks like a dream destination…but being so close to Australia, I wonder if it is chalk-full of creatures that would want to kill me! Kidding of course, but it would definitely be a blast to discover their ecosystem for myself!

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy July 1, 2017 - 14:40

Wow, this is a great list of potential destinations. I would love to explore the world and check out these locales!

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Kita Bryant July 1, 2017 - 14:02

I certainly had no idea about some of this information. I sure didn’t know some of these countries were so small. Very informative post!

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Jenn Mitchell July 1, 2017 - 13:46

I would love to visit a smaller country. Seems like it would be easier to do and enjoy everything that they have to offer.

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Maurene Cab July 1, 2017 - 11:47

It’s great to know about small countries. I know that even if these countries are small, they have a lot of beautiful places to offer.

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travelscoutadventure July 1, 2017 - 10:45

This is a great list! Renting out Lichtenstein for 70k seems like nothing 🙂 I’ve had my eyes on Malta for awhile. Seems like a super relaxing getaway.

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Claudia Krusch July 1, 2017 - 09:29

These look like beautiful places to go see. I will have to give GPSmyCity a try. I am doing a lot of travelling this summer and I love to walk around and explore.

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Tim Burns July 1, 2017 - 09:26

I’ve never been to any of these countries but have had dinner at the local San Marino Club which is operated by expatriate from that country. I didn’t know German is the language used in Austria. Learn something new everyday!

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Olivia Douglass (@odouglass11) July 1, 2017 - 08:16

We love to travel, too. I’ve always wanted to visit The Maldives but some of these other places you’ve mentioned are now on our list!!

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Sue Reddel July 1, 2017 - 08:01

I feel very fortunate to have been to 4 of these tiny but wonderful countries. Of these 10 I’d have to say Nevis is my favorite. For a small country they have an amazing culinary scene.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life July 1, 2017 - 09:44

Hi Sue, that is one of the ones I have not been to yet and I am excited to visit. It is so easy to get to the ones in Europe since we live in Austria, but the ones closer to Australia are harder. Can’t wait to get to see that side of the world. 🙂

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Rebecca Swenor July 1, 2017 - 06:48

This is an awesome list of the top ten smallest countries in the world. The one that shocked me was the Vatican. I didn’t know it was even a country. The Vatican has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl. I will have to add Maldives to my bucket list because of how beautiful the beaches would be along with the whale watching. Thanks for sharing these awesome places and the history about each place.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life July 1, 2017 - 09:48

I am so glad you enjoyed the post Rebecca! Knowing the Vatican is a country is just something I have always known, however after writing this post, I learned that many people did not know that it was a country. I am glad I am able to share information that helps others and is a leaning tool. I really hope you get to visit sometime soon. xoxo S.

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Angelic Sinova June 30, 2017 - 23:34

Okay, so I officially just added all 10 of these countries to my travel bucket list! I had a friend who visited Malta and she could not stop talking about how gorgeous it was. She said its one of those places everyone needs to see/experience in person!

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Jenny June 30, 2017 - 19:00

I’m so surprised that you could actually rent a country! What an experience that would be. This is an awesome list, I feel like I learned so much!

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John June 30, 2017 - 18:52

All of these sound like amazing destinations, but the Maldives is a must for me. I hope to make it there next year and see the beautiful waters!

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theterrificfive June 30, 2017 - 17:32

This is such an interesting list! I can’t decide which one I would want to go to first…. Thanks for giving me some new insight for a next vacation.

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Cherri Megasko June 30, 2017 - 12:21

Oh, man! I haven’t been to any of these, although Grenada and Malta are both on our list. A lot of these are islands – which makes sense. And since I love the island life (I’m on Caye Caulker right now) I’m sure I’ll make it to at a few of these before my traveling days are over.

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neuroticbaker June 30, 2017 - 11:35

I was going to sit here and try to pick which one I would like best, but they all look so great! I may have to settle with Monaco. My son is dying to a trip to Europe for this 18th birthday and that’s on his list.

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Katie Kinsley June 30, 2017 - 11:35

Oh, I had no idea that Malta was its’ own country! I just thought that it was a little island off the coast of Italy.

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Thank You Honey June 30, 2017 - 08:18

Some of these countries are on my travel list to visit! Thanks for sharing.

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theexperrtview June 30, 2017 - 05:04

Till now I know about Vatican city only, thanks for it.

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Agnes Dela Cruz June 30, 2017 - 05:03

We have lots of islands here in the Philippines and it is also a great travel destination. Enjoy your summer and make tons of memories ahead. I love the photos you posted 🙂

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fittwotravel June 30, 2017 - 02:03

So far only been to St Kitts and the Vatican City, obviously have lots more to explore! Its fun to learn about some of these countries that we don’t hear of very often.

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Manish Kumar June 30, 2017 - 00:55

Hi Sheri,

Great Post!

What a list! It doesn’t contain only top 10 smallest countries but also the most beautiful one. Tips provided by you about traveling are great, it will help making a successful trip. It’s good to know about GPSmyCity app.

All 10 countries mentioned by you are beautiful, i prefer the maldives most. Whale watching will be a wonderful experience. I have included maldives in my must-visit list.

I will share your post on twitter.

Thanks a lot for sharing such an informative post.

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Miranda (Anosa) June 29, 2017 - 14:25

From your list I have only been to Monaco which I loved and hope to visit the Vatican soon. Some of the countries mentioned I didnt even know existed

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Mike Clegg - www.travelanddestinations.com June 29, 2017 - 06:09

Really great post and I’d never heard of some of these places, such as Saint Kitts And Nevis and Nauru. I hope to go to a few of those on the list one day such as the Maldives, Malta and Monaco. Thanks for sharing and also telling us a bit about each place!

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SkyChiew June 28, 2017 - 05:43

Interesting list – some very beautiful countries on it. I was so certain Singapore would be on there somewhere but it wasn’t. 🙂

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Blair Villanueva June 28, 2017 - 00:58

I always thought that my country Philippines is also the smallest country (having 7,100+ islands), and I am honestly surprised that is it not. I always thought that Monaco is huge! Though frankly, I am fantasizing to be in Monaco even just for a day (and maybe for a chnace to bumo a Gremaldi). Mauritius is also my dream destination including the country San Marino. Maybe I’ll asked my Amore to bring me to San Marino soon. 🙂

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Priyadarshini Rajendran June 27, 2017 - 20:02

Awesome post as I love geography. Also, Malta and Maldives are on my list.
Good to see that you carry on with travelling even with your little one. I am trying to do it these days 😉

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Amber June 27, 2017 - 18:19

I’d love to go to any of these places. How gorgeous! The Vatican is one place I hope to go for sure. We don’t get to travel often, but in August we are going to Gettysburg and Williamburg! So it’s something.

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Alicia P June 27, 2017 - 17:41

Great post and lovely pics! I loved Malta and Monaco was beautiful as well. Would love to visit the Maldives and Nauru.

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Tasheena @SimplyTasheena.com June 27, 2017 - 16:39

Great list! I really enjoyed learning about the smallest counties. I had no idea Maldives was one of them.

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Alethea June 27, 2017 - 14:28

Yes the Vatican is considered its own nation. I always forget that! Monaco! Yes that’s on my list for sure. Very posh isn’t it? These photos are stunning. I want to go everywhere on this list! Thanks for sharing.

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TheVagabondWayfarer June 27, 2017 - 14:04

A very interesting read. I only knew about few of these. Maldives is so gorgeous though.

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Niki McNeill June 27, 2017 - 10:09

Wow! This list is so interesting. So many of these tiny countries are in the Mediterranean! I’ve visited Vatican city and although a tiny country, it’s so opulent!

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Christie Brown June 27, 2017 - 04:17

The Maldives is on my travel bucket list. I’ve always wanted to go. 🙂
I think that I only knew of 3 or 4 of these countries. It’s great to hear about lesser-known places in the world, let’s get them some recognition. 😛

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tiffany stuart June 26, 2017 - 23:54

Thanks so much for sharing. I am surely going to bookmark this for future travel planning.

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alifeofauthenticity June 26, 2017 - 23:42

Thanks for the list. I knew of 7 of the 10 countries, and I’ve only been to one country on the list. Which tells me I need to do more traveling. Thanks for sharing.

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wearenotmartha June 26, 2017 - 23:26

I’ve never been to any of these spots, but I’d gladly go!! It definitely seems like the smallest are also the most beautiful 🙂

Sues

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Meg June 26, 2017 - 22:30

This is fascinating. There are several on the list (Maldives, Malta) that I just hadn’t thought about being independent countries. I’m not sure who I thought they belonged to, but I learned something new today. 😀

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Erika June 26, 2017 - 21:22

Wow what a great post! Well-organized, informative and fun! I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve only been to the Vatican and I didn’t know San Mario existed. Of the list, I most want to go to the Maldives but obviously I’d love to visit all of them. 😉

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Flo June 26, 2017 - 14:22

What an interesting list – San Marino, Monaco and the Maldives are definitely on my list of places to visit one day. So fascinating that the Vatican is considered to be a standalone country

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Amber Pittman June 26, 2017 - 14:19

Can I just say that I really like that you added in tidbits of historical information into these locations?

I was surprised about Monaco’s no-residents-playing-in-the-casinos thing. I wonder what the reasoning is behind that particular law/rule?

And I love the idea of going to Liechtenstein! I basically forgot that place exists at all until I randomly watch that older Heath Ledger movie, “A Knight’s Tale.” I like the idea of partying it up with their royalty (along with the rest of the residents there)! I mean, don’t think I wouldn’t bring up that every chance I got! Hahahaha!

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