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    Holy See (Vatican City) Geography 2000

      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
      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, dry summers (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; outside the Vatican City, 13 buildings in Rome and Castel Gandolfo (the pope's summer residence) enjoy extraterritorial rights

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