Top 100 Smallest Countries by Area

There are several minor independent nations, some of which are so small that they are referred to as microstates, in addition to the larger countries.

One of the smallest is the Vatican City (Holy See), which is located in Rome’s historic center in a tiny area with a few buildings and parks (Italy).

In terms of governance, military, and diplomatic missions, it may be the most peculiar nation without a permanent local population (the citizenship is granted only to persons who work in the Vatican and its missions abroad).

There are a lot of similarities between the top 30 nations on our list and the rest. Microstates and small islands in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans make up most of them (mostly the former overseas colonies gained their independence in the second half of the 20th century).

More well-known countries are listed by total area in the table below, as well as the countries with which they share land boundaries.

Note that the list excludes regions that are not recognized as separate nations. For example, Puerto Rico (which is part of the United States) and Bermuda (which is not) are not included in this list (it is the British overseas territory).

List of the 100 smallest countries by total area (land and water surface)

ContinentBordering countries by land
1Vatican City0.440.17EuropeItaly
3Nauru218.1Australia and Oceania
4Tuvalu2610Australia and Oceania
5San Marino6124EuropeItaly
6Liechtenstein16062EuropeAustria, Switzerland
7Marshall Islands18170Australia and Oceania
8Saint Kitts and Nevis269104North America
11Grenada344133North America
12Saint Vincent and the Grenadines389150North America
13Barbados430170North America
14Antigua and Barbuda442171North America
16Palau460178Australia and Oceania
17Andorra468181EuropeFrance, Spain
18Saint Lucia616238North America
19Micronesia702271Australia and Oceania
21Tonga747288Australia and Oceania
22Dominica751290North America
24Kiribati811313Australia and Oceania
25Sao Tome and Principe1,001386Africa
28Luxembourg2,586998EuropeBelgium, France, Germany
29Samoa2,8421,097Australia and Oceania
30Cabo Verde4,0331,557Africa
31Trinidad and Tobago5,1311,981North America
33Palestine6,2202,402AsiaEgypt, Israel, Jordan
34Cyprus9,2503,571EuropeUnited Kingdom (Akrotiri and Dhekelia)
35Lebanon10,4524,036AsiaIsrael, Syria
36Kosovo10,8874,203EuropeAlbania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
37Jamaica10,9914,244North America
38The Gambia11,2954,361AfricaSenegal
39Qatar11,5864,473AsiaSaudi Arabia
40Vanuatu12,1894,706Australia and Oceania
41Montenegro13,8125,333EuropeAlbania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia
42Bahamas13,8785,358North America
44Eswatini17,3646,704AfricaMozambique, South Africa
45Kuwait17,8186,880AsiaIraq, Saudi Arabia
46Fiji18,2747,056Australia and Oceania
47Slovenia20,2737,827EuropeAustria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy
48Israel20,7708,019AsiaEgypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine (Gaza Strip and West Bank), Syria
49El Salvador21,0418,124North AmericaGuatemala, Honduras
50Belize22,9668,867North AmericaGuatemala, Mexico
51Djibouti23,2008,958AfricaEritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia
52North Macedonia25,7139,928EuropeAlbania, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Serbia
53Rwanda26,33810,169AfricaBurundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Uganda
54Haiti27,75010,714North AmericaDominican Republic
55Burundi27,83010,745AfricaThe Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania
56Equatorial Guinea28,05110,831AfricaCameroon, Gabon
57Albania28,74811,100EuropeGreece, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro
58Solomon Islands28,89611,157Australia and Oceania
59Armenia29,74311,484EuropeAzerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Turkey
60Lesotho30,35511,720AfricaSouth Africa
61Belgium30,52811,787EuropeFrance, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands
62Moldova33,84313,067EuropeRomania, Ukraine
64Guinea-Bissau36,12513,948AfricaGuinea, Senegal
65Bhutan38,39414,824AsiaChina, India
66Switzerland41,28515,940EuropeAustria, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Germany
67Netherlands(incl. overseas territories)42,19916,293EuropeBelgium, Germany. France borders the overseas territory of the Netherlands in North America (Sint Maarten).
68Estonia45,22717,462EuropeLatvia, Russia
69Dominican Republic48,67018,792North AmericaHaiti
70Slovakia49,03618,933EuropeAustria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine
71Costa Rica51,10019,730North AmericaNicaragua, Panama
72Bosnia and Herzegovina51,20919,772EuropeCroatia, Montenegro, Serbia
73Croatia56,59421,851EuropeBosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia
74Togo56,78521,925AfricaBenin, Burkina Faso, Ghana
75Latvia64,58924,938EuropeBelarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia
76Lithuania65,30025,212EuropeBelarus, Latvia, Poland, Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast)
77Sri Lanka65,61025,332Asia
78Georgia69,70026,911Asia / EuropeArmenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey
79Ireland70,28227,136EuropeUnited Kingdom
80Sierra Leone71,74027,699AfricaGuinea, Liberia
81Panama75,42029,120North AmericaColombia, Costa Rica
82Serbia77,47429,913EuropeBosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania
83Czechia78,86730,451EuropeAustria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia
84United Arab Emirates83,60032,278AsiaOman, Saudi Arabia
85Austria83,87932,386EuropeCzechia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland
86Azerbaijan86,60033,436Asia / EuropeArmenia, Georgia, Iran, Russia, Turkey
87Jordan89,34234,495AsiaIraq, Israel, Palestine (West Bank), Saudi Arabia, Syria
89Hungary93,02835,918EuropeAustria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine
90South Korea100,26638,713AsiaNorth Korea
92Guatemala108,88942,042North AmericaBelize, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico
93Cuba109,88042,425North America
94Bulgaria110,87942,811EuropeGreece, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey
95Liberia111,36943,000AfricaCote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone
96Honduras112,09043,278North AmericaEl Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragu
97Benin114,76344,310AfricaBurkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Togo
98Eritrea117,60045,406AfricaDjibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan
99Malawi118,48445,747AfricaMozambique, Tanzania, Zambia
100North Korea120,54046,541AsiaChina, South Korea, Russia

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