San Marino

Published on Oct 15th, 2012 by admin | 0

“Don’t know much about geography…”

Here is a photograph of San Marino. It is an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the north-eastern side of the Apennine Mountains. Its size is just over 24 square miles with an estimated population of over 30,000. Its capital is the City of San Marino. San Marino has the smallest population of all the members of the Council of Europe.

San Marino is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world, as the continuation of the monastic community founded on 3 September 301, by a stonecutter named Marinus of Rab. Its constitution of 1600 is the oldest written constitution in the world.  It is one of only three countries in the world to be entirely surrounded by only one other country. The others are Lesotho, surrounded by South Africa, and Vatican City, which like San Marino, is entirely surrounded by Italy.

The country’s economy mainly relies on finance, industry, services and tourism. It is one of the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP (per capita), with a figure comparable to some of the more developed Italian regions. San Marino is considered to have a highly stable economy, with one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, no national debt and a budget surplus. The residents have one of the longest life expectancies in the world!

La dolche vita!

***This article was written by one of our contributing writers: Malcolm Noden

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