Vatican City

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Country overview: 

ISO codeVA
LanguageItalian (it), Latin (la)
Time zone+1~
CapitalVatican City


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.

Other names of country: 

  1. Danish: Vatikanstaten
  2. Dutch: Heilige Stoel, Vaticaanstad, Staat Vaticaanstad (formal)
  3. English: Holy See (formal), Vatican City State (formal)
  4. Finnish: Vatikaani, Vatikaanivaltio
  5. French: Saint-Siège m, Vatican m, État m de la Cité f du Vatican m
  6. German: Vatikanstadt, Heilige Stuhl, Heiliger Stuhl m, Vatikan m, Staat m Vatikanstadt f
  7. Icelandic: Vatíkanið, Páfagarður
  8. Italian: Città del Vaticano, Stato m della Città f del Vaticano m (formal)
  9. Norwegian: Vatikanstaten
  10. Portuguese: Cidade do Vaticano, Santa Sé f, Estado m da Cidade f do Vaticano m (formal)
  11. Russian: Ватикан
  12. Spanish: Vaticano, Ciudad f del Vaticano m, Santa Sede f
  13. Swedish: Vatikanstaten
  14. Turkish: Vatikan Şehri Devleti (formal)

Origin of name: 

named for the hill and surrounding area called Vaticanus by the Ancient Romans, from Latin vates: diviner

Primary subdivisions: 

Vatican City has no known administrative divisions.

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Postal code: 

The postal code for Vatican City is 00120 in the Italian system.

Territorial extent: 

The Vatican City consists of less than half a square kilometer, surrounded by Rome, making it the smallest country in the world in area.

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