25 Smallest Countries and Territories in the World

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20. Monaco
> 2017 population: 38,695
> Land area: 0.8 square miles
> Sovereignty: Sovereign
> Comparably populated U.S. city: Hurst, Texas

The small country of Monaco sits on less than a square mile of land. The country is situated on the shore of the Mediterranean sea, near the French-Italian border. Monaco attracts many wealthy individuals and families because it has no income tax. In 2015, about one in three Monaco residents was a millionaire.

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19. Liechtenstein
> 2017 population: 37,922
> Land area: 61.8 square miles
> Sovereignty: Sovereign
> Comparably populated U.S. city: Gainesville, Georgia

Sitting right between the larger countries of Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein is one of Europe’s smallest countries. Just under 38,000 people inhabit the country. Liechtenstein is one of the last-standing functional monarchies in Europe.

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18. Turks and Caicos Islands
> 2017 population: 35,446
> Land area: 366 square miles
> Sovereignty: United Kingdom
> Comparably populated U.S. city: Richmond West, Florida

Turks and Caicos — which comprises roughly 100 named islands and cays, only nine of which are inhabited — is one of the top destinations for travelers. While only about 35,000 people call the islands home, they attract about 29 times more tourists. In 2016, over 1.3 million tourists visited Turks and Caicos.

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17. Gibraltar
> 2017 population: 34,571
> Land area: 2.3 square miles
> Sovereignty: United Kingdom
> Comparably populated U.S. city: Huntington Station, New York

Located on the south coast of Spain is the small British territory of Gibraltar. Gibraltar is one of 14 British Overseas Territories. Despite being located in Spain, the official language of the tiny territory is English.

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16. San Marino
> 2017 population: 33,400
> Land area: 23.6 square miles
> Sovereignty: Sovereign
> Comparably populated U.S. city: Mount Vernon, Washington

Positioned on the slopes of Mount Titano, San Marino is surrounded by Italy. The small enclave attracts a lot of tourists. San Marino boasts more than 3 million visitors each year, while only 33,400 people actually live there.