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    Holy See (Vatican City) Geography 1997

      Location Southern Europe, an enclave of Rome (Italy)

      Geographic coordinates 41 54 N, 12 27 E

      Map references Europe

      total: 0.44 sq km
      land : 0.44 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

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

      Land boundaries
      total: 3.2 km
      border countries: Italy 3.2 km

      Coastline 0 km (landlocked)

      Maritime claims none (landlocked)

      Climate temperate; mild, rainy winters (September to mid-May) with hot, drysummers (May to September)

      Terrain low hill

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point : unnamed location 19 m
      highest point: unnamed location 75 m

      Natural resources none

      Land use
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 0%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 100% (urban area)

      Irrigated land 0 sq km (1993)

      Natural hazards NA

      Environment - current issues NA

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: none of the selected agreements
      signed, but not ratified : Air Pollution, Environmental Modification

      Geography - note urban; landlocked; enclave of Rome, Italy; world's smallest state; outsidethe Vatican City, 13 buildings in Rome and Castel Gandolfo (the pope's summerresidence) enjoy extraterritorial rights

      NOTE: The information regarding Holy See (Vatican City) on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Holy See (Vatican City) Geography 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Holy See (Vatican City) Geography 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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