What is the smallest country in the world? The top 10 smallest countries, ranked.

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Countries come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the largest sovereign countries by measure of surface area include Russia, Canada and the U.S., according to nationsonline.org.

But what is the smallest country in the world? Size can be dictated by surface area or even population, among other metrics.

Some of the smallest countries in the world are located in the Caribbean and the South Pacific Ocean, according to nationsonline.org. However, there is one country that ranks higher in terms of its small size.

What is the smallest country in the world?

The smallest country in the world is Vatican City, according to worldatlas.com. It is a nation-state located within Rome, Italy and is home to the global headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

The country boasts an area of just 0.19 square miles, or 0.49 square  kilometers, according to titlemax.com. Vatican City has a population of around 800 to 900 people, says worldatlas.com.

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What are the top 10 smallest countries?

These countries are ranked as the top 10 smallest in the world, according to titlemax.com:

  • Vatican City (0.19 square miles)

  • Monaco (0.78 square miles)

  • Nauru (8.1 square miles)

  • Tuvalu (10 square miles)

  • San Marino (24 square miles)

  • Liechtenstein (62 square miles)

  • Marshall Islands (70 square miles)

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis (101 square miles)

  • Maldives (120 square miles)

  • Malta (122 square miles)

Maldives is one of the smallest countries in the world, ranking in the top 10 with an area of 120 square miles.
Maldives is one of the smallest countries in the world, ranking in the top 10 with an area of 120 square miles.

Monaco is the smallest country with a coastline and is also the smallest United Nations member state, according to titlemax.com.

What is the largest country?

The largest country in the world is Russia, according to worldometers.info. The country has a total area of over 6.6 million square miles, or over 17 million square kilometers.

Russia is a transcontinental country located in Europe and Asia. As of August 2022, the country had a population of over 144 million people, according to worldpopulationreview.com.

Canada ranks as the second largest country with a total area of more than 3.8 million square miles. China and the U.S. take third and fourth places for their areas of above 3.7 million and 3.6 million, respectively. 

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