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Transcript of Vatican City
Vatican City is its own sovereign nation and Capital City located in Europe (the Western Hemisphere). Its size is 0.2 miles with a total of 829 permanent residents. Officially, the people of Vatican City speak Italian, but Latin is the official languange of the Roman Catholic Church.
The official religion is Catholic
The Vatican City was established in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Gasparri.
Vatican City does not contain any tribal lands. Primarily, its citizens are Italian with a minority of Swiss in the Swiss Guard.
The Swiss Guard uniforms were designed by the artist, Michael Angelo.
Vatican City is not apart of the United Nations.
The Vatican City's government is a commission composed of the Cardinal President and other cardinals (appointed for 5 years). It is ruled by the
(who is also the Pope).
It would cost $2,173.35 to travel to Vatican City today.
Vatican City uses the Euro as its currency.
Stamps, coins, medals, and tourist mementos make up the Nation's Gross National Products.
In 1999, Vatican City reported $21 million as its Gross Domestic Product.
The Vatican has its own Post office and issues its own stamps. The Vatican mail system is widely used by Romans as in most cases is a lot quicker than Italian mail.
Italians are allowed to donate 8% of their yearly taxes to the Vatican (this is instead of paying it to the Italian Government).
The Vatican stamps its own coins. The €1 coin which has a portrait of the present Pope is in high demand with collectors.
Vatican City appoints citizenship
to certain individuals by the Council Members of such individual's family
are also granted citizenship. If a
citizen is ever revoked his/her/their citizenship, they automatically
become citizens of Italy.
Pope Benedict XVI
To be a Swiss guard one must be: at least 1,74m (5'8.5'') in height, Male, Catholic, between the ages of 19 and 30, have completed basic training in the Swiss military, and of course, be Swiss.
Crime rate is fairly low and and most commonly petty thefts- shopliffting, purse snatching, and pick pocketing.