Vatican City population

Did you know that the Vatican City is the smallest country in the world with just over 800 residents (2014), a lot of whom live abroad. This overseas group consist largely of 300+ members of the clergy who hold various diplomatic positions around the world. In fact, visiting tourists outnumber local residents by 6000 to 1 (the highest in the world).

Unlike other countries in the world, citizenship is not granted on traditional factors and its new citizenship law only came into effect in 2011.

The city’s most famous resident is the Pope, who only started living at the Vatican after the 14th century. This was almost 1000 years after the original basilica was built by Emperor Constantine.

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