10 smallest countries in the world you never knew about

Palau. Population: 21,291.
The Republic of Palau is an island country that consists of more than 300 islands of different sizes. Palau is one of the most amazing places on Earth: its tropical forests are full of unique plants and birds; about 130 species of endangered animals live in its territorial waters. But the most remarkable in the country is the lake, which is a home to 2 million jellyfish


Niue. Population: 1 612.
Niue is a tiny island nation in Pacific Islands. Despite its amazing nature, the tourism business is not popular there. Therefore, the country depends heavily on foreign aid, especially coming from New Zealand. The capital is a small village with a population of less than 600 people. But the island has its own airport and a real supermarket, the only one in the whole country.


Saint Kitts and Nevis. Population: 55,572.
The state consists of two islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis. One of the main sources of income is the economic citizenship program, which allows anyone to get the citizenship who has at least $ 250,000 to invest in the local sugar industry. Another way to obtain citizenship is to purchase real estate for at least $ 400,000 on either of the two islands.


The Principality of the Hutt River. Population: 30.
The Hutt River Principality is a country located in a province with the same name in Australia. It was founded by Leonard Kasli, who declared his farm a new and independent state. Although the country is not recognized by any state, it still has its own currency, seals and passports. Tourists can see the busts of His Royal Highness, Prince Leonard I Hutt.


Tuvalu. Population: 9,916.
Tuvalu is one of the smallest and poorest countries in the world.


Nauru. Population: 10,084.
Nauru is the smallest independent republic and the smallest island state on our planet. Nauru has no official capital, no public transportation system, and 40 km of its roads are used by local residents, who use their private vehicles. Environmental problems make the republic very unpopular among tourists. Another record of this country is the number of people with obesity: the level of obesity in the country is more than 70%.


Principality of Seborg. Population: 312.
This virtual state in Italy is governed by His Excellence Marcello I. The Principality of Seborg is a homonymous village near the French border. There is an army consisting of 3 people: the Minister of Defense and two border guards in the unrecognized state.


Molosia. Population: 7.
The self-proclaimed Republic of Molosia is a virtual state founded by Kevin Boug, located in the state of Nevada, USA. Its population consists of Mr. Baugh himself, his family, 3 dogs, 1 cat and 1 rabbit. Molosia has its own national anthem, national emblem and national flag. They even have the death penalty for particularly serious crimes. The republic issues its own passports and has a space program. In May 2017 the Republic celebrates 40 years.


The Order of Malta. Population: 113500.
In addition to the Vatican, there is another tiny state called the Sovereign Military Order of Malta on the territory of Rome. Its area takes 0,012 square meters. It occupies three buildings, two of which are located in Rome, and the third one is on the island of Malta. The country has its own currency, brands, website, car numbers and passports. Its citizens have the right to visa-free travel to several countries around the world. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is the only country in the world where Latin is the official language.


The Principality of Sealand. Population: 27.
Unrecognized state of Sealand is a sea platform located 9 km from the coast of Great Britain. Sealand is governed by a self-proclaimed prince regent, and anyone can become a count, baron or even a duke: you can buy a noble title for a few hundred British pounds on the state website.