- Vatican City; 798
- 0.4 square kilometer (0.2 square mile)
- Italian, Latin, French
- Roman Catholic
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $25,500
- Literacy Percent:
Vatican City (The Holy See) Facts Flag
From this state within the city of Rome, the Pope ministers to a flock of more than a billion Roman Catholics. The Lateran Treaty between Italy and the Holy See created an independent Vatican City in 1929. The Holy See maintains diplomatic relations with more than 150 countries; issues passports, coins, and stamps; has a radio station and a publishing house; and billets a force of Swiss Guards. John Paul II, the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years, was elected in 1978. Pope Benedict XVI was elected head of the Roman Catholic Church and Vatican City in 2005 after Pope John Paul II's death.
- Industry: Printing; production of coins, medals, postage stamps; worldwide banking and financial activities
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
An enclave of remarkable buildings and art surrounded by the city of Rome, Vatican City is the smallest sovereign nation in the world—and one of the most powerful.
Below the city lies the world's largest undiscovered museum.
Rome may be a city of high fashion and expensive tastes, but its rich history and art offer plenty of culture that won't cost you a dime.
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