While true blue Singaporeans are pretty much used to the idea of others referencing our island home as a tiny red dot on the world map - and it is a fact that Singapore is a small country - she is absolutely not the smallest one in the world. Spanning an area of just 719.1 km², Singapore is by no means large - we all know a car ride from the west to the east doesn't take too long. Below are four tiny countries that are ever smaller than Singapore. Number 4 is lilliputian and I wouldn't even raise a brow if 99% of us haven't even heard of it before!
4 Countries That Are Even Smaller Than Tiny Singapore
Barbados is an island country in the Caribbean that boasts plenty of beautiful beaches, blue waters, and botanical gardens. Being an independent British Commonwealth nation, it is not surprising that the locals there adore afternoon tea. Fun fact: Stunning superstar Rihanna was born in Saint Michael Parish, Barbados and raised in Bridgetown.
Size of Barbados: 431 km²
I kid you not, I first heard of Malta from my Econometrics textbook. For those who, like me, are not familiar with this European country, Malta is an archipelago of eight islands nestled in the Mediterranean. It sits between Sicily and the North African coast. Although Malta is the tiniest country in the European Union, it has the highest population density amongst the European Union countries. Those who make trips to Malta are generally drawn to Malta's beaches, historical sites, culture and year-round events.
Size of Malta: 316 km²
Those seeking to holiday in Europe but want something that is off the beaten track can consider visiting the Principality of Liechtenstein. This German-speaking principality located between Switzerland and Austria is well-loved for its enchanting medieval castles, museums, alpine landscapes and quaint villages linked by trails. Vaduz, its financial and cultural centre, is where art lovers thrive - there are plenty of galleries showcasing contemporary art.
Size of Liechtenstein: 160 km²
Nobody will blame you if this is the first time you are hearing about Nauru. To introduce this minuscule island country formally, Nauru is located in Micronesia, northeast of Australia. While small, it is big in natural beauty, from white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs to palms swaying in the breeze and tropical vegetation. Visitors to this isolated island can only pick from two hotels when visiting Nauru, though.
Size of Nauru: 21 km²
*Sizes of countries courtesy of Google search engine.