|Short name||VATICAN CITY|
|Language||Italian (it), Latin (la)|
Vatican City is widely recognized as sovereign territory under the rule of the Pope. After the reunification of Italy in the 19th century, this area, plus the Lateran Palace and Castel Gandolfo, was all that was left of the Pope's temporal domain. A treaty of 1929-02-11 formalized the relationship between the Vatican City and Italy.
named for the hill and surrounding area called Vaticanus by the Ancient Romans, from Latin vates: diviner
Vatican City has no known administrative divisions.
|Vatican City||829||0||0||Vatican City|
The postal code for Vatican City is 00120 in the Italian system.
The Vatican City consists of less than half a square kilometer, surrounded by Rome, making it the smallest country in the world in area.
The Vatican City de jure population (citizens) includes a substantial number of papal ambassadors, or nuncios, who live elsewhere. The de facto population (residents) includes quite a few non-citizens who are there on church business. In most countries, those components of the population are a very small fraction of the population, but they are large in relation to the Vatican's total. Figures shown here are probably de facto.
Sources include Encyclopædia Britannica World Atlas, United Nations Demographic Yearbook, and the Merriam-Webster Geographical Dictionary. All populations are described as census results except for 1975, which is an estimate.
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