I could have done the ten smallest countries by the size of the population, but these days with so many over populated areas it would include some pretty big places. So instead we are looking at land mass or the lack of it…
The Top 10 Smallest Countries in the World by Area Size
10 – Tuvalu (Total Land Area in SQ Miles: 10)
Wiki Info: The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesians. The pattern of settlement that is believed to have occurred is that the Polynesians spread out from Samoa and Tonga into the Tuvaluan atolls, with Tuvalu providing a stepping stone to migration
9 – Sint Eustatius (Total Land Area in SQ Miles: 8.1)
Wiki Info: The island lies in the northern Leeward Islands portion of the West Indies, south-east of the Virgin Islands. Sint Eustatius is immediate to the north-west of Saint Kitts, and to the south-east of Saba. The regional capital is Oranjestad.
8 – Saint Barthélemy (Total Land Area in SQ Miles: 8.1)
Wiki Info: Saint Barthélemy was for many years a French commune forming part of Guadeloupe, which is an overseas region and department of France. In 2003, the island voted in favour of secession from Guadeloupe in order to form a separate overseas collectivity of France.
7 – Nauru (Total Land Area in SQ Miles: 8.1)
Wiki Info: Settled by native peoples from Micronesia and Polynesia, Nauru was annexed and claimed as a colony by the German Empire in the late 19th century.
6 – Cocos (Total Land Area in SQ Miles: 5.4)
Wiki Info: The territory consists of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two, West Island and Home Island, are inhabited with a total population of approximately 600.
5 – Saba (Total Land Area in SQ Miles: 5.0)
Wiki Info: Saba is a Caribbean island and the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands. It consists largely of the potentially active volcano Mount Scenery, at 2,910 ft the highest point of the entire Netherlands.
4 – Tokelau (Total Land Area in SQ Miles: 4.6)
Wiki Info: Tokelau lies north of the Samoan Islands, Swains Island being the nearest, east of Tuvalu, south of the Phoenix Islands, south-west of the more distant Line Islands, and north-west of the Cook Islands. Until 1976, the official name was Tokelau Islands.
3 – Gibraltar (Total Land Area in SQ Miles: 2.3)
Wiki Info: An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession on behalf of the Habsburg claim to the Spanish throne. The territory was subsequently ceded to Great Britain “in perpetuity” under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.
2 – Monaco (Total Land Area in SQ Miles: 0.78)
Wiki Info: The highest point in the country is a narrow pathway named Chemin des Révoires on the slopes of Mont Agel, in the Les Révoires Ward, which is 528 feet above sea level.
1 – Vatican City (Total Land Area in SQ Miles: 0.17)
Wiki Info: Vatican City is distinct from the Holy See which dates back to early Christianity and is the main episcopal see of 1.2 billion Latin and Eastern Catholic adherents around the globe.