Fast Facts

Population:
30,000
Capital:
San Marino; 5,000
Area:
61 square kilometers (24 square miles)
Language:
Italian
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Currency:
Euro
Life Expectancy:
81
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $34,600
Literacy Percent:
96
Flag: San Marino
Map: San Marino

Originally a medieval city-state, the world's oldest republic perches atop a mountain in north-central Italy. San Marino takes pride in its finely minted coins, ceremonial guard, and postage stamps. Well-preserved castles and sweeping vistas of the Adriatic coast enchant 3.5 million visitors a year.

ECONOMY

  • Industry: Tourism, banking, textiles, electronics
  • Agriculture: Wheat, grapes, corn, olives; cattle
  • Exports: Building stone, lime, wood, chestnuts, wheat, wine, baked goods, hides, ceramics

—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition

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