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The world's smallest countries
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The smallest country is the Vatican ("The Holy City") or Stato della Città del Vaticano in Italian, which has a size of 44 hectares (110 acres). It has a population of just over 800 (in 2011). Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world in both area and population. The centerpiece of this tiny country is St. Peter's Basilica, the spiritual center for the world's Roman Catholics, and it is surrounded by Rome, Italy.
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