Holy See (Vatican City) Geography 2018, CIA World Factbook
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Holy See (Vatican City) Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Holy See (Vatican City) Geography 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Location:
Southern Europe, an enclave of Rome (Italy)

Geographic coordinates:
41 54 N, 12 27 E

Map references:
Europe

Area:
total: 0.44 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 0.44 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 0 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 254

Area - comparative:
about 0.7 times the size of the National Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
total: 3.4 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries (1): Italy 3.4 km

Coastline:
0 km (landlocked)
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)

Climate:
temperate; mild, rainy winters (September to May) with hot, dry summers (May to September)

Terrain:
urban; low hill

Elevation:
mean elevation: NA
[see also: Elevation - mean elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Saint Peter's Square 19 m highest point: Vatican Gardens (Vatican Hill) 78 m

Natural resources:
none

Land use:
agricultural land: 0% arable land 0%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 0%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 0%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 100% (urban area) (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Natural hazards:
occasional earthquakes

Environment - current issues:
some air pollution from the surrounding city of Rome

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Ozone Layer Protection
signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution, Environmental Modification

Geography - note:
landlocked; enclave in Rome, Italy; world's smallest state; beyond the territorial boundary of Vatican City, the Lateran Treaty of 1929 grants the Holy See extraterritorial authority over 23 sites in Rome and five outside of Rome, including the Pontifical Palace at Castel Gandolfo (the Pope's summer residence)


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