Small countries have their own benefits. Away from the hustle- bustle of big cities, these countries have some of the most exotic sights of nature. Serenity is bliss and this is exactly what you will experience once you visit these breathtakingly beautiful countries. Here is a list of world’s top twelve smallest countries in terms of area. Get ready to dive into the world of nature, peace and contentment!
Around 1,600 kilometers from the coast of Africa and 2,250 kilometers from the coast of Brazil, Ascension Island lies in the equatorial waters of the South Atlantic Ocean. With the total area of just 91km2, the Island is home to endangered species of turtles and rare birds; it also has a vast variety of sandy beaches. The climate of the region is warm and the remoteness of the place is great to spend a vacation in order to relax your senses.
Total residents of the island are 1000 out of which 700, nicknamed as the “Saints” come from St. Helena. The rest are either of British or American Origin. There are no cases of theft or attack reported as the residents feel no need to lock houses or remove keys from their cars!
The total area of this small island is 78km2 with the total population of 65,849 people (As per the year 2014). The island is located at the middle of The English Channel and has Saint Peter Port as its capital.
The Island is famous for its variety of food, which ranges from Indian, Turkish, Spanish and Italian, there are a number of high quality restaurants. With the clean sea and fresh air surrounding you, this Island will calm your senses and allow you to enter a state of Bliss.
3. San Marino
With the area of 60 Sq. Km, San Marino is situated in the Apennines which is a little inland from the Adriatic Sea near Rimini. Surrounded by Italy, San Marino has the status of oldest republic of the world as it is the solitary survivor of the city- state network of Italy. The country retains much of its historic architecture which makes it look like an ancient town, perhaps the perfect place for lovers of history! The largest town is Dogana with 97% population of the country belonging to Catholic religion. The country has no flat land and is composed wholly of a hilly topography.
A self-governing British territory situated in the North Atlantic, Bermuda is known for its incredibly beautiful pink sand beaches and a serene, striking atmosphere. With its capital Hamilton and area of 53.2 km2, this country is perfect to provide one with a peaceful and quiet environment. The community of people living in the country comprises of numerous nationalities and ethnic groups, out of which about 55% people are of African Descent. The country also boasts as having one of the highest per capita incomes in the world with its economy based primarily upon tourism and international business.
There are resorts to pacify your soul and the cozy inns serve as the perfect atmosphere for honeymoons and romantic trips. However, the place also offers a variety of adventure sports for thrill seeking people.
5. Pitcairn Islands
Officially known as Pitcairn, the Pitcairn Islands are a group of four volcanic islands. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, they form the last British Territory in the Pacific. The four islands are Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno and the total area combined of these four islands is 47km2. It is indeed matter of great interest that out of thee four islands, only Pitcairn Island is inhabited. The people living on this island are descendants of the Bounty mutineers and the Tahitians (Polynesians). The total population of the island accounts to 56 people hence this island is the least crowded jurisdiction of the world.
6. Norfolk Island
This is a tiny Australian Island in the South Pacific Ocean which has an area of 34.6km2 and is located between New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia. It is the perfect place to experience life in its most beautiful way, with lush green vegetation, sandy beaches and beautiful pine trees. Visiting this island will surely give you a plethora of memories along with some of the best moments spend with your loved ones. The life of the people living here is very simple and peaceful and owing to the English lineage of the place, the architecture is colonial.
5 low-lying coral islands, 4 islands, and more than 100 islets together make up Tuvalu, with Funafuti as its capital. Tuvalu, which was earlier known as Ellice Islands, won independence from the United Kingdom in the year 1978. Most of the area is covered by coconut palm trees and total area of the place is 26km2. The country is heavily dependent on imports especially for food and fuel since natural resources in the country are few. Most of the revenue is generated through fishing and dried coconut kernel is the commodity of export.
It is an extremely small island in the Pacific Ocean with just 21km2 of area; Nauru is the world’s smallest republic. The number of inhabitants is 10,000 and due to depletion of its rich phosphate mines in the 1980s, the economy of the island isn’t very prosperous.
Tokelau is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean; it is a territory of New Zealand and is located halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. With the area of just10 km2, reaching this country is a sincerely dedicated effort as there is no way of reaching except from a boat taken from Samoa, which takes a whopping 24 hours and this boat is the only means to get around and out of the country. Nonetheless the rich marine life and perks of an isolated peaceful country make up for the tiring 24 hour boat journey. The people in this country are deeply Christians and Sunday is considered to be a day of respect, people thank the lord for everything they have achieved in life. Also, there is tremendous respect given to the elders and they are the decision makes of the family and community.
The total area of this tiny country is 6.8km2 and the place shares a 1.2 kilometer border with Spain. Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory with an average population of 32,000 people; there is high population density and there is an increasing demand for space. The economy of the country is based on online gambling, tourism, shipping and financial services. The climate is Subtropical Mediterranean which has mild winters and warm summers. Furthermore, rainfall occurs mostly in winters and summers are dry. Olive and pine trees grow around in the region with over 500 different species of flowering plants.
Bordered by France on three sides and the other side by Mediterranean Sea, Monaco is a microstate which is located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is the second smallest country of the world and is also the most densely populated country. The total area of the country is 2.02km2 and the population is approx 37,800 people. The dominant religion in the country is Christianity with Roman Catholicism as the official religion. More popularly, the place is known to hold Monaco Grand Pix tournament every year in its streets. The tournament was first held in the year 1929.
12. Vatican City
The smallest country of the world is Vatican City which has an area of 0.44km2 and population of 842 people. Surrounded by Rome, the country is ruled by the pope- who is the bishop of Rome. It is one of the most sacred places of Christianity and has an exuberant collection of art and architecture.
It is worthwhile to spend a vacation in such places where you are far away from the strains of metropolitan city life, relaxing with your loved ones. Pack your bags, plan out your holidays and have fun with nature in these small countries!