Vatican City is an independent country that is the temporal seat of the Pope. The Vatican is surrounded by the Italian city of Rome and is the smallest state in the world. The Swiss Guard, recognizable by its armor and colorful uniforms, has been protecting the pontiff since 1506 (and, yes, they are all actual Swiss citizens). The Vatican owns a state-of-the-art astronomical telescope in Arizona. Vatican

Sorry – no stories yet for this country. Click here if you have a good idea for a story!