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[Città del Vaticano] :
general data of the country

General useful information
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
Nation and population
official name (short form): Città del Vaticano
country code ISO: VA //; - FIPS: VT
location: South Europe
time zone: +1 UT* [*= applying daylight saving time]
surface (land) area: 0,44 = 0.17 sq.mi, or: 108.7 acres
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North/South: 42° N / East/West: 12° E
borders (land): Italy
borders (coastline): none
climate: Mediterranean
independent since: 1929-02-11
type of government: Holy See, a sovereign territory of the Pope, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church
capital: not applicable
administrative division: none
population according to the latest census: unknown, no real census has been taken
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: ca 890
population density: 2273 per = 5887 per sq.mi
population growth: 0% //; - doubling time: not applicable, stable population
birth rate: 0 per 1000
death rate: ? per 1000
fertility rate: - children per female [no family society]
maternal mortality: - per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): - per 1000
life expectancy: years (male: ; female: )
age breakdown: 0-14 years: <1% //; - 15-59 years: ca 40% //; - 60+ years: ca 60%
urbanisation: 100% //; - urbanisation growth: -%
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: 100%
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Italian, Swiss
languages: Latin, Italian
religious affiliation: Roman Catholic (virtually 100%)
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 100%
people per physician:
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: -% [no residential children]
school enrolment: secondary education: -%
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: -%
adult literacy: virtually 100% (male: %; female: %)
Economy and infrastructure
Economy and trade
currency: Euro (until 2002: Vatican lira = 100 centimesi)
annual inflation rate: -%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD per capita
import: USD per capita //; - export: USD per capita
trade: USD per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: IT
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: %
unemployment: %
tourism: million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: <1% //; - grass land: <1% //; - wooded area: <1% //; - arid land and desert: % //; built-up area: ca 98%
agriculture: labour force: -% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: %
agricultural products: none
livestock (1000s): none, or unknown
fish catch: 0 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: ?% //; - part of industry in GDP: %
industrial products: tourism
mining products: none, or unknown
CO2 emission per capita: -
services: labour force: virtually 100% //; - part of services in GDP: virtually 100%
energy use (kg per capita):
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 2 km //; - of which paved: 100% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: ca 850 per 1000
railways: 0,862 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: ca 1000 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: ca 1000 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: ca 800 per 1000
newspaper circulation: ca 800 per 1000
persons per post office: 900
personal computers: ca 900 per 1000
Some physical landmarks
mountains: highest elevation 77 m, unnamed on maps and plans at the disposal of the compiler
lowest point: 19 m at Piazza San Pietro (St Peter Square)
lakes (natural): none
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none
lakes (deepest): not applicable
rivers: none
canals: none
waterfalls: none // caves: longest system: none / deepest:
islands: none
deserts: none
other natural features: none
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
This state is entirely surrounded by the city of Rome. In area it is the smallest country in the world. Data are often missing.
Vatican City does not have a national economy in the usual sense; in most cases figures are absorbed in the data of Italy
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
the residents consist of clergymen, servants and guards

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