When you hear the word country, all you can visualise is a huge land mass full of thousands, if not millions, of people swarming around in cities and villages, trying to contribute to that nation’s economy. Among all this lie some very small, very quaint countries that may not have a prominent place on the world map but they do have the potential to be recognised worldwide.Let’s find out more about 10 smallest countries in the world:1. Vatican: Area: 0.44 square kilometreCentre of the Catholic Church and home to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican is the smallest country in the world. The country of Pope is inside the city of Rome in Italy2. Monaco:Area: 2 square kilometreMonaco is all about luxury. Situated at the French Riviera, world’s second smallest country is home to billionaires and millionaires around the world. Monaco is also world’s mostly densely populated country and holds a population of 36,000 3. Nauru:Area: 21 square kilometreNauru is world’s smallest island country. Earlier known as Pleasure Island, Nauru is located east of Australia and was famous for its phosphate resources4. Tuvalu:Area: 26 square kilometreMuch like Nauru, Tuvalu is also an island country. To be more specific, it’s a group of small islands off the west coast of Australia. Only 10,000 people live in this country that has only 8 kilometre of roads and only one hospital5.San Marino: Area: 61 square kilometre Known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, the country claims to be the oldest surviving sovereign in the world. San Marino is surrounded by Italy from all its sides. It is also one of wealthiest countries in terms of per capita GDPadvertisement6. Liechtenstein:Area: 160 square kilometre Liechtenstein is the only country in the world that stands on the Alps. The German-speaking country is situated between Switzerland and Austria. Still ruled by a prince, the country is only accessible from Switzerland 7. Saint Kitts and Nevis:Area: 261 square kilometreThe two islands of Kitts and Nevis were among the first ones to be captured by European colonisers. Once a popular sugar exporting country, Saint Kitts and Nevis is now a tourist destination with its scenic beauty and marine resources8. Maldives: Area: 300 square kilometreLocated in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is Asia’s smallest country. Maldives comprises 1,192 small coral islands and is a popular tourist destination. Dutch, Portuguese and British colonisers have ruled this country periodically until 1965 when Maldives declared its independence9. Malta:Area: 316 square kilometreConsisting of three islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is the ninth smallest country in the world. Gozo, Comino and Malta – these islands are all parts of the country. The island country has a rich history of 7,000 years and at present, it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world 10. Grenada:Area: 344 square kilometreAlso known as “The Island of Spice”, Grenada is located in the Caribbean. The island nation was colonised from 1649 to 1763 by the French and it still shows in the culture and tradition of Grenada. Once the world’s largest producer of nutmeg and mace crops, Grenada is now a West Indian tourist destination northwest of Trinidad and Tobago. Cricket is the most popular sport in Grenada.