With so many state forks in India, states can soon be expected to become countries. Apparently it’s better to have smaller provinces to better manage any state. And that means you can expect Bangalore to become a country with Koramangala as its capital. Yes, a country could be so small and surprisingly such small countries already exist all over the world. Some of them are smaller than the Lakshadweep Islands! Here are 15 of the smallest countries in the world:
This small island nation is located off the coast of Saudi Arabia and is supported by the banking and finance industry. This is the site of the ancient Dilmun civilization, and also one of the first areas to convert to Islam. This place is known to be one of the financially strong countries including the recession period which caused problems all over the world.
Surface: 765 km2.
Dominica, also known as the Caribbean island of nature, has the ninth largest economy in Latin America and the largest in the Caribbean. Although it is known for its pristine beaches, it also has other terrains such as rainforest, savannah, and highlands, making it the perfect tourist destination.
Area: 751 square kilometers
Tonga is a Polynesian kingdom consisting of nearly 170 mostly uninhabited islands fringed with white-sand beaches and coral reefs covered in a blanket of tropical jungle. However, the main island, Tongatapu, is protected by lagoons and limestone cliffs and is fascinating. It is one of the proud countries in the world that has never lost its sovereignty to a foreign power.
Area: 747 square kilometers
Singapore, the pride of Southeast Asia, is among the most populous countries on this list. It is also a city-state according to the global definition of cities and states. Singapore is a world center of commerce, transport and finance, and an incredible tourist destination. It is also one of the most expensive places to live.
Area: 716 km2
5. Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is another island nation in the eastern Caribbean with two distinctive mountains, known as the Pitons, on its west coast. Its beaches and reef dive sites, as well as the rainforest interiors are quite picturesque. Another name for this beautiful country is ‘Helena of the Indies’ because during its colonial past it changed the government between the French and the English quite frequently.
Area: 616 square kilometers
Tucked perfectly between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains, it is the sixth smallest nation in Europe. It’s known for two things: skiing and duty-free shopping. Also known as a principality, a monarchy headed by two co-princes: the Spanish/Roman Catholic Bishop of Urgell and the President of France.
Area: 468 square kilometers
One of the upcoming tourist destinations for Indians is Seychelles, especially for honeymooners. It’s an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, and it’s the dazzling spot for beaches, coral reefs, scuba diving, nature reserves, and rare wildlife like giant Aldabra tortoises. It is also the least populated country in Africa.
Area: 452 square kilometers
8. Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is a country consisting of two islands of the same name and several smaller islands. The nickname of this country is ‘Land of 365 beaches’ for its huge collection of beaches. In the capital, St. John’s, the national museum displays some of the most collected Native American and colonial artifacts to date.
Area: 442 square kilometers
Although it is an Atlantic property, this island is known to be a Caribbean tourist hotspot. It is largely famous for the turtle beach, which is home to the leatherback sea turtle. You can go here just to swim with the turtles, and they’re actually not that slow in the water! Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise ship stop with colonial buildings and one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere.
Area: 430 square kilometers
Grenada is a Caribbean country that comprises the main island, also called Grenada, and six smaller islands that surround it. Grenada is also known as the “Island of Spice” due to its export of nutmeg and mace.
Area: 344 square kilometers
The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean made up of 26 coral atolls, it is another honeymoon destination for Indians. Its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs are wonderful. It is the smallest nation in Asia both in terms of size and population.
Area: 300 square kilometers
Liechtenstein is a German-speaking principality between Austria and Switzerland. It is known for its medieval castles, alpine chalets and villages linked by a network of trails. This is the field of dreams described in all fairy tales. Liechtenstein has the highest gross GDP per capita of any country in the world.
Area: 160 square kilometers
13. San Marino
Don’t confuse it with San Marino in California. This is actually a mountainous microstate surrounded by Italy. It is also the oldest sovereign republic in the world and has many historical sites to visit. The capital of the country that bears the same name, you can find the cobbled streets and the medieval-style old town.
Area: 61 square kilometers
Monaco is another microstate on the European continent. Located on the Mediterranean coast of France, it is famous for its glitzy casinos, its yacht-lined harbor and the prestigious Grand Prix car race, which runs through its streets once a year. Found on the French Riviera, Monaco is the vacation spot for the rich and famous.
Area: 2.02 km2
15. Vatican City
Well, this city is actually the seat of Christianity and since no government should rule it, it was declared as a separate country. It is the home of the Pope and a treasure trove of iconic art and architecture. The Vatican museums house ancient Roman sculptures like the Laocoon and Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling.
Area: 0.44 km2
It seems that maybe being a small country is a good thing!
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