Vatican City is the smallest country in the world with an area of 0.17 square miles. Popes have traditionally resided within Vatican City in the Apostolic Palace.
Within Vatican City, there are 11 Vatican museums which include the Vatican Gardens and the restored Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. Vatican City was built over the tomb of Saint Peter, and it is the sovereign territory of the Holy See. Vatican City is so small that there is not a single street address within the country. This country is located in Rome, Italy, and is heavily guarded by the Swiss Guard, which is the smallest and oldest regular army in the world.Learn More
The smallest country in Europe is Vatican City. The Vatican is only .2 square miles. It is not only the smallest country in Europe, but in the world.Full Answer >
The smallest country in Asia is the Republic of Maldives, a country which lies in the Indian ocean region made up of over 1,192 coral islands spread over 90,000 square kilometers. The Maldives total land area is 298 square kilometers and is populated by 324,000 people as of 2012.Full Answer >
The smallest continent in the world is Australia/Oceania, with an area of approximately 8,112,000 square kilometers. Australia/Oceania, also called Australasia/Oceania, consists of different islands, including Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Micronesia, Vanuatu and Samoa.Full Answer >
According to the CIA World Factbook, the United States is the third largest country in the world. However, Encyclopaedia Britannica states China is the world's third largest country. The discrepancy arises from the CIA World Factbook including coastal and territorial waters as part of the area of the United States.Full Answer >