Tiny Countries You Never Knew Existed; Tina Donvito; Reader’s Digest

San Marino – San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano

From island paradises to little lands tucked away in Europe, these small nations are big on scenery and culture.

Sao Tome and Principe

The dual-island nation of Sao Tome and Principe off Africa’s west coast in the Gulf of Guinea is only 372 square miles, but what it lacks in space it makes up for in gorgeous, unspoiled nature—particularly on the remote Principe. The amazing needle-like volcanic peak Pico Cao Grande rises 1,000 feet sharply into the air from the surrounding terrain on the island, which is rich in biodiverse species. Uninhabited until the Portuguese colonized them in the 15th century, the islands are home to only around 200,000 people today, with just 10,000 on Principe.

San Marino

Only 23 square miles with a population of just 30,000, the little-known nation of San Marino, surrounded by Italy, is the world’s fifth smallest country. Dominated by the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Titano and its three medieval fortresses, the country is said to be the oldest republic in the world.

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