Looking to boost your local knowledge of this unique country? Take a look at these 25 facts about Vatican City!
- Vatican City, also known as ‘Holy See’, is a landlocked city-state in Europe.
- It is bordered solely, and entirely, by the city of Rome in Italy.
- Although this wonderful country isn’t accessible by air or water, you can still head for the coordinates of 41.9033° N, 12.4533° E to find yourself in Vatican City.
- The terrain here is entirely urban.
- The total land area of Vatican City is 0.2 square miles (0.4 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around 2.5% of the size of the Isles of Scilly!
- That also makes it the smallest country in the world!
- Vatican City’s population was 842 in 2014…
- …that’s around 40% of the population of the Isles of Scilly!
- Vatican City attracts more than 5 million visitors each year, meaning that this tiny country is often very crowded!
- There is currently no name for Vatican City nationals, nor is there a hospital within the country for them to be born in. In fact, nationality (and therefore passports) are only given to those who work and reside in Vatican City, and thus taken away should they move elsewhere!
- As a city-state, Vatican City is a capital in itself.
- Residents here enjoy a temperate climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.
- Vatican City is the only country in the world to be classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety!
- Despite being surrounded by Italy, Vatican City has been guarded by the Swiss Guards since 1506, which is comprised solely of Swiss citizens! All Swiss Guards must be unmarried, between 19-30 and at least 5ft 8.5in!
- The official language of Vatican City is Italian.
- As a member of the European Union, Euro is the official currency here.
- The average life span here is 78 years.
- Vatican City actually has its own radio station which broadcasts in 20 languages throughout the world!
- The only ATM’s in the world to have Latin as a selectable language are in Vatican City!
- Due to its tiny stature and location, Vatican City doesn’t grow any vegetables or fruits, nor does it rear any livestock.
- Its industry consists of printing, medals, production of coins, postage stamps and worldwide banking and financial activities.
- Vatican City doesn’t export anything.
- As an extra revenue stream, Italians have the option of donating 8% of their yearly tax bill to Vatican City!
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Vatican City ? You can make cheap calls to Vatican City with Cherry Call using the international dialling code of 00379.
For all the latest news in Vatican City, head over to the L’osservatore Romano website.