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one for mitch,,I just got up,,,,, "Whats the worlds smallest country?"

-- Stan (, January 31, 2002


Offically it is the Vatacin. Monty Carole is second, Correct Spelling is the third!!?

-- mitch hearn (, January 31, 2002.

not exactly,, the Vatican is a building,, Vatican City is the smallest country

-- Stan (, January 31, 2002.

Stan, while I am thinking about it there is a little place in Europe, Italy I believe, that claims nationhood, its like a 4 block square area; lipenstein might be the name but I am not sure.

-- mitch hearn (, January 31, 2002.

Mitch, are you thinking of Lichtenstein? And, yes, I know how to spell it without a search engine or dictionary, being of German descent.

-- Annie Miller in SE OH (, January 31, 2002.

Outside of the Vatican City, which really holds the title, though it's more of a sovereign state than a country, the record for the world's smallest goes to:

(drum roll, please)

Monaco! That's right! 0.7 square miles of mostly banks and casinos. A tour through one of their parking garages is like going to an exotic car show. Zow. Big Money. Probably more square footage of luxury yachts than there is of actual real estate. Home of the 'kini. Americans added the "bi" part. Fun place, if you're James Bond. I got kicked out of the casino for (gasp!) wearing a tank top.

The country that you may have been discussing in Europe is San Marino, which is large by comparison at 24 square miles. (a mountain top in Italy)

Liechtenstein is three times larger still, at 62 square miles.

Yes, I cheated. My original guess was San Marino.

-- chuck in md (, January 31, 2002.

I watched a news show once I think 60 minutes but, it may have been another news show. The show was about a family who bought an oil rig in some ocean and live there. I believe it was said the oil rig is recognized as a country with its own tax system, laws etc... Sounds strange I know but it was on television so I believe it.;-) Well, o.k. I don't believe it but I can't prove it's not true either.

-- george nh (, January 31, 2002.

Speaking of Monaco, When my son was in the Navy they stopped there as a port of call and one of the guys on the ship stole a Lamborgini and totaled it..The Navy shipped him out of the country before they could prosicute...The Navy had to pay for the car..Ha Ha

-- Bob (, January 31, 2002.

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