Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #21 - 13 Smallest Countries in the World


The 13 Smallest Countries in the World

13. St. Vincent & the Grenadines - 150 square miles, pop. 117,000, island located in the Caribbean

12. Grenada - 133 sq miles, pop. 90,000, island located in the Caribbean

11. Malta - 122 sq miles, pop. 400,000, island located south of the Italian island of Sicily

10. Maldives - 115 sq miles, pop. 340,000, island group located in the Indian Ocean

9. Seychelles - 107 sq miles, pop. 81,000, island group located in the Indian Ocean

8. Saint Kitts & Nevis - 104 sq miles, pop. 39,000, islands located in the Caribbean

7. Marshall Islands - 70 sq miles, pop. 58,000, island group located in the Pacific

6. Leichtenstein - 62 sq miles, pop. 34,000, located in the Alps between Switzerland and Austria

(This is where Bermuda would have gone, at 25 sq miles with a pop. of 65,000, but it remains a self-governing British colony)

5. San Marino - 24 sq miles, pop. 29,000, located on Mt. Titano in north central Italy

4. Tuvalu - 9 sq miles, pop. 12,000, group of islands in Polynesia

3. Nauru - 8.5 sq miles, pop. 13,000, located in the Pacific

2. Monaco - .7 sq miles, pop. 32,000, located near Nice on the French Riviera

and the smallest country in the world is: *insert drum roll*
1. Vatican City (Holy See) - .2 sq miles, pop. 770 (though none are permanent residents), located in Rome, Italy

Leave you name, and if you've ever visited one of these wee places, please tell us what you thought:

35 comments:

Thomma Lyn said...

WOOT! I'm first, I'm first *big grin*. What a neat TT -- hubby and I always joke that we'd love to have our own little island. Thank any of those places would allow us to take over? ;-D

Very interesting info! And guess what -- I talk about you on my TT today *grin*!

Happy TT, my friend!

Rene said...

Oddly enough, I was wondering exactly what were the smallest countries in the world. You've cleared it up for me. :) I did know Vatican City was the smallest, but that was it.

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Very, very interesting! I'm terrible at picturing acres/size in my mind.

Di said...

I saw an adorable kids' performance of a song called, "Where is Leichtenstein?" a few years back. And I still have no idea!

amy said...

Neat list..If you knew these, you should join us for trivia in atlanta sometime

Samantha Lucas said...

Isn't Leichtenstein the place Heath Ledger's character was from in a Knight's Tale? I love that movie. :)

Prudence said...

Hmmm...I've never been to any of those places before. I want to visit the Vatican city, though. Good T13!

Christine said...

Wow - I knew about the Vatican City but had no idea about how many others existed. Am off to find a map of the world, failing that . . . I'll just use google earth.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend, XINE

Crimson Wife said...

I've been to the Vatican and also the "self-governing colony" of Bermuda.

Neat list!

pussreboots said...

What a fun list. Sadly I haven't visited any of the places you listed but I'd like to in the future.

Ingrid said...

wow, very informative list!!! thanks for sharing the info, it's been some learning experience. i didn't know Maldives is a country!!

MommyBa said...

Interesting facts...and I actually didn't know the rest. I'm only familiar with Vatican City.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Happy Thursday!

Joy Renee said...

thanx for the geography lesson. i love trivia. but i suck at trivia games cause i can never remember the answer in the time alotted. I took geography several time in school between grade school and college and got passing grades but trouble is it won't stick five minutes past the time it takes me to pass a test. espcially if there are any numbers attatched to it. now attatch story to it and that's a different story altogether. most of the geography info that sticks with me i picked up in fiction--novels and films.

and as a writer, i enjoy researching setting and local so much, i probably could have finished twenty novels if i'd spent that same amount of time actually writing them. sigh.

my tt is honoring my husband's grandma who passed on Tuesday.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Huh. I thought Lichtenstein would have been even closer to #1. Shows you what MY world view is like!

Happy TT, darling. I'm sure you can guess at least part of what inspired mine this week. Private school (and the resultant snobby parents), here I come!

Lesley said...

Fun Fun! I never realized how few people live in Vatican City! It's itty bitty!

SusieJ said...

I had no idea .. Very interesting. Stats really change your perspective.

LA Day said...

Wow! I haven't heard of half of these.

RED GARNIER said...

Love this, Wylie. And I wouldn't mind living in one of those nice little places either!!! I'll take it. =)

Lorelei James said...

Nope, never been to any of them. Seems like I've never been anywhere!

Drew said...

Wow Vaticin City is very small.

Michelle M Pillow said...

Great list, I always thought Leichtenstein was the smallest.

Raven Paranormal Blog said...

Love the list!!

M&M

Rhian / Crowwoman said...

now see, one of the reasons i love your blog so much is i always learn something new. Monaco though sounds crowded for .7 sq miles. too many peeps in too small of a space.

Ann(ie) said...

I'd like to visit them all, except maybe Vatican City.

Christine said...

Isn't there a guy who lives on an old oil platform off the coast of England who had it announced it's own country? Did I dream that...

Lori said...

Very interesting:)

m.o.M. said...

Interesting! Also a great beginning to a list of places to go before I die!
I have been to Vatican City and Leichtenstein (don't blink!).
Thanks for providing some weekend conversation topics.

L^2 said...

Always something new to learn from you! I haven't been to any of those places yet... maybe someday.

Thanks for visiting my list! :-)

Chris said...

Great list. I've been to Grenada & St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We did a Windjammer Cruise through there in 2001. Beautiful islands, the worst part though was seeing a KFC on Grenada...

Emma Wayne Porter said...

Darn it. Just when I'd convinced myself I didn't really have time to read Angels and Demons again, there you go mentioning the Vatican.

Now I'll have to read and I'm gonna blame you for it ;)

Robin L. Rotham said...

ROFL! We own more land than two countries! Suddenly I feel rich. Of course, I imagine our land is worth significantly less than Monaco and the Vatican... (grin)

Kristy said...

Hey, I think I own enough land to make me a small country. I'll have to secede from Texas though. I wouldn't want to do that;-)

Ann said...

Great list. Thanks for the trivia. Happy TT.

Thomma Lyn said...

Wylie! Guess what... I tagged you for a meme. :-D Come see my blog for details!

Nicholas said...

I've been to three of them. Did you know that Nauru's economy is based on bird poop?