8. Valletta, Malta
6. Funafuti, Tuvalu
|Funafuti, Tuvalu - airview photo source|
Funafuti is an atoll. It is the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu. Tuvalu is a Polynesian island nestled in the Pacific Ocean. Funafuti consists of narrow piece of land, twenty to 400 m (1.300 ft) wide. It is surrounded by a 18 km (11 mi) long and 14 m (46 ft) wide lagoon. Funafuti comprises 33 islands, each covering an average area of 2.45 sq km (0,9 sq mi).
5. City of San Marino, San Marino
The republic of San Marino is located in the Apennine Mountains and is completely surrounded by Italy. San Marino Cities are nine in number and each city has a distinct characteristic of its own. San Marino cities are picturesque and abound in exotic architectures. The capital city of San Marino is the San Marino city. Maximum tourists come to visit San Marino city and contribute immensely to the economy of the country.
4. Palikir, Micronesia
Palikir, capital of the Federated States of Micronesia (Pacific Ocean). Located in a heavily wooded region in the NW part of the island of Pohnpei, it replaced Kolonia (about 6 mi/10 km to the east) as the capital of Micronesia in 1989. The presidential and legislative offices as well as other governmental buildings were constructed in the 1980s. Palikir is on the site of a former airfield built by the Japanese when they occupied the island during World War II.
3. Yaren, Nauru
|Yaren, Nauru International Airport photo source|
Yaren, in earlier times Makwa/Moqua, is a district and constituency of the Pacific nation of Nauru. It is the de facto capital of Nauru.Yaren district shown within Nauru. Yaren is located in the south of the island. Its area is 1.5 sq km (0,6 sq mi), and its population was 1.250 in 2011. To the north of Yaren is Buada, to the east is Meneng and to the west is Boe.
2. Vatican City, Vatican
|St Peter's Square, Vatican City photo source|
Vatican City is the latest and only current Papal state in existence and the temporal seat of the Pope, head of the worldwide Catholic Church. Situated within the city of Rome in Italy, the Vatican is the world's smallest state. Outside the Vatican City itself, 13 buildings in Rome and Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence, also enjoy extraterritorial rights.
1. Ngerulmud, Palau
|Capital building in Ngerulmud photo source|
Ngerulmud, a settlement in the State of Melekeok, is the capital of Palau. It has the smallest population of any national capital of a sovereign state. On 7 October 2006, government officials moved their offices in the former capital of Koror to Ngerulmud. Ngerulmud is located 20 km (12 mi) northeast of Koror on Babeldaob (Babelthaup) Island and 2 km (1.2 mi) northwest of the Melekeok village. Interestingly the Capitol building of Palau located in Ngerulmud is modelled somewhat after the US Capitol.