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If you are half-decent with geography, you probably know there are 195 countries in the world. However, did you know there are countless states and territories on our planet that exist independently?
They occupy a tiny area and some of have a population fewer than 10 people.
We here at FeedFond have compiled a list of 10 world’s miniature countries. You’ll be surprised to learn that some of them even have their own currency and stamps!
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- #10 Palau. Area: 559 sq. km. Population 21,347.
- #9 Niue. Area: 261.46 sq. km. Population: 1190.
- #8 Saint Kitts and Nevis. Area: 261 sq. km. Population: 52329.
- #7 The Principality of Hutt River Area: 75 sq. km. Population: 30.
- #6 Tuvalu. Area: 26 sq. km. Population: 10959.
- #5 Nauru Area: 21 sq. km. Population: 9591.
- #4 The Principality of Seborga Area: 4.91 sq. km. Population: 312.
- #3 The Republic of Molossia Area: 0.055 sq.km. Population: 7.
- #2 Sovereign Military Order of Malta Area: 0.012 sq.km. Population: 113500.
- #1 The Principality of Sealand Area: 0.004 sq.km. Population: 27.
Area: 559 sq. km. Population 21,347.
Consisting of over 300 islands of different sizes, The Republic of Palau is one of the most amazing places on the earth. The rainforests are full of exotic plants and animals and the territorial sea is inhabited by 130 threatened species of shark. But the most beautiful attraction is the ‘Jellyfish Lake’ located on Eil Malk island in Palau. The entire lake has over 2 million jellyfish!
Area: 261.46 sq. km. Population: 1190.
Niue is a small island in the Polynesian region of Oceania. The entire country is full of great viewing spots, but they aren’t big on tourism. Unfortunately, they greatly depend on foreign aid, especially from New Zealand. They have their own airport and a real wholesale supermarket—the capital only consists of 600 people.
#8 Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Area: 261 sq. km. Population: 52329.
Saint Kitts and Nevis are two island states that make up the entire country. Their primary income source is an economic citizenship program. It allows anyone to become a citizen if they invest $250,000 to invest in the local sugar industry. Purchasing any property worth $400,000 on either of the two islands will also guarantee citizenship.
#7 The Principality of Hutt River
Area: 75 sq. km. Population: 30.
This micronation is located in the province of the same name in Australia and founded by Leonard Casley. Casley declared his farm to be an independent state free from Australia. They aren’t recognized by any state, but still have their own currency, stamps, and even passports. Busts of His Royal Highness Prince Leonard I of Hutt can be seen in the different parts of the principality.
Area: 26 sq. km. Population: 10959.
Tuvalu stands as one of the smallest and poorest countries in the entire world. The lack of proper transport makes it an unfriendly tourist area. If the country hadn’t been given the Internet domain .tv (dot TV), then the economic condition would’ve been disastrous. .tv contributes millions to the country’s budget.
Area: 21 sq. km. Population: 9591.
Despite being a country, Nauru has no official capital or public transport system. The 25-mile road inside the island roads is used by local drivers with private vehicles. Due to bad environment, tourists aren’t interested in visiting the island. Nauru also records the highest in the obesity rate in any country, at almost 70%!
#4 The Principality of Seborga
Area: 4.91 sq. km. Population: 312.
This model country of Italy is ruled by His Tremendousness Marcello I. Although labeled as a country, it’s a small village near the French border. It’s military consists of only 3 people: a minister of defense and two border guards.
#3 The Republic of Molossia
Area: 0.055 sq.km. Population: 7.
The self-claimed micronation is founded by Kevin Baugh and is located in Nevada, USA. Its population consists of Mr. Baugh himself, his family, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 rabbit. The micronation has its own national anthem, national emblem, national flag, death penalty laws, issues its own passports and surprisingly it’s own space program! Molossia turned 40 in May 2017.
#2 Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Area: 0.012 sq.km. Population: 113500.
In Rome, apart from the Vatican City, there is another independent state called Sovereign Military Order of Malta. It consists of only 3 buildings—two of them are located in Rome and the third in the island of Malta. The country has its own currency, stamps, website, license plates, and passports.
#1 The Principality of Sealand
Area: 0.004 sq.km. Population: 27.
Located 6 miles from Great Britain lies the sea-platform country of The Principality of Sealand. Sealand has a self-proclaimed Prince Regent, and anyone can become a count, baron, or even a duke! You can buy a noble title for yourself for only a few hundred British pounds from the state’s official website.
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