- San Marino; 5,000
- 61 square kilometers (24 square miles)
- Roman Catholic
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $34,600
- Literacy Percent:
San Marino Facts Flag
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.
- 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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