San Marino is one of the smallest countries in the world. It is found in southern Europe and is fully surrounded by Italy (this is called an enclave, and only the Vatican City, Lesotho and San Marino are like this). Fewer than 30,000 people live there. Its total area is 61 km2. Its capital is the City of San Marino.
Republic of San Marino
Repubblica di San Marino (Italian)
Motto: "Libertas" (Latin)
Anthem: Inno Nazionale della Repubblica
|Government||Unitary assembly-independent diarchic directorial republic|
|Legislature||Grand and General Council|
• from Roman Empire
|3 September 301|
|8 October 1600|
|61.2 km2 (23.6 sq mi) (190th)|
• Water (%)
• 2020 estimate
|520/km2 (1,346.8/sq mi) (23rd)|
|GDP (PPP)||2017 estimate|
|$2.09 billion (175th)|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2017 estimate|
|$1.55 billion (174th)|
• Per capita
very high · 26th
|Currency||Euro (€) (EUR)|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (CET)|
• Summer (DST)
|Calling code||+378 (+39 0549 calling via Italy)|
|ISO 3166 code||SM|
San Marino is the world's oldest republic that still exists. It was started on 3 September in A.D. 301 by a skilled builder called Saint Marinus. Its written constitution was adopted on October 8, 1600. The very small nation was recognized by Napoleon's France in 1797, and by the other European nations at the 1815 Congress of Vienna.
Even though it is an independent country, it depends very much on Italy. Since the 19th century, when Italy was unified, San Marino has been fully surrounded by Italy.
Saint Marinus left the island of Rab (today Croatia) with his lifelong friend Leo, and went to the city of Rimini to work as a stonemason. After the Persecution of Diocletianus following his Christian sermons, he escaped to the nearby Monte Titano. There he built a small church and founded what is now the city and state of San Marino.
The official founding date is 3 September 301 BCE. In 1320 the community of Chiesanuova chose to join the country. In 1463 San Marino extended with the communities of Faetano, Fiorentino, Montegiardino, and Serravalle. Since then there have been no changes in the country's borders.
In 1503, Cesare Borgia, the son of Pope Alexander VI occupied the Republic for six months. It remained like that until Pope Julius II intervened and restored the country's independence.
San Marino is covered by the Apennine mountain range, and it has a rugged terrain. The highest point in the country is Monte Titano. There are no bodies of water of any significant size. San Marino has no natural level ground. It is hilly terrain.
Two rivers flow through San Marino. There is no major water transport, and no major port or harbour.
These are the 9 castelli (municipalities) of San Marino:
|Cities in San Marino|
|3.||City of San Marino||7,09||4.179||4.350||4.409|
The cuisine of San Marino is very similar to Italian, especially the cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions. It has a lots of its own unique foods. It's best known food is the Torta Tre Monti ("Cake of the Three Mountains" or "Cake of the Three Towers"), a wafer cake covered in chocolate. The country also has a small wine industry.
Public holidays and festivalsEdit
|1 January||New Year's Day||Festival marking the beginning of the new year.|
|6 January||Epiphany||Commemorates the visit of the three Wise Men or magi to the infant Jesus.|
|5 February||Feast of Saint Agatha||Commemoration of St. Agatha, Patroness of the Republic, as well as liberation from foreign rule.|
|variable *||Easter||Resurrection of Jesus.|
|variable **||Easter Monday||Monday after Easter day.|
|25 March||Anniversary of the Arengo||Anniversary of the Arengo and the Festa delle Milizie (Feast of the Militants).|
|1 May||Labour Day||Celebration of workers and employees.|
|variable ***||Corpus Domini||Commemoration of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.|
|28 July||Liberation from Fascism||Commemoration of the fall of the Sammarinese Fascist Party.|
|15 August||Ferragosto (Assumption)||Commemoration of the Virgin Mary's direct assumption into heaven upon her death.|
|3 September||The Feast of San Marino and the Republic||National feast of San Marino, celebrating the origin of the Republic in 301.|
|1 November||All Saints' Day||Feast dedicated to all saints.|
|2 November||Commemoration of all those who died at war||Remembrance of all those who gave their lives for San Marino in war.|
|8 December||Immaculate Conception||Remembrance of the Virgin Mary's conception without original sin.|
|24 December||Christmas Eve||Day before the commemoration of the birth of Jesus.|
|25 December||Christmas||Birth of Jesus.|
|26 December||St. Stephen's Day||Commemoration of the death of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr.|
|31 December||New Year's Eve||Celebration which closes and marks the end of the year.|
|* Easter: the first Sunday after the full moon and the March equinox |
** Easter Monday: the Monday after Easter day
*** Corpus Domini: the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday
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