21 Striking Facts about San Marino
Looking to boost your local knowledge? Take a look at these 21 interesting facts about San Marino!
- San Marino is a historic landlocked micro-state in Europe.
- It is bordered entirely by Italy.
- To explore the beautiful mountains and historic architecture San Marino has to offer, follow the coordinates of 43.9333° N, 12.4667° E.
- San Marino’s terrain is rugged and mountainous.
- The total land area of San Marino is 24 square miles (61 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around half the size of Manchester.
- San Marino’s population was 33,020 in 2015…
- …that’s less than 1/15th of the population of Manchester!
- Ever wondered what residents here are known as? They’re called Sammarinese!
- The capital is also called San Marino; it covers an area of 2.7 square miles (7 square kilometres) and had a population of 4,000 in 2014.
- Sammarinese enjoy a mediterranean climate with warm, sunny summers, followed by mild winters.
- The capital city boasts three beautiful and ancient towers, known as the Three Towers of San Marino, which were built between the 11th and 14th centuries. Amazingly, Montale, the most modern (at a mere 700 years old) of the three towers, is still privately owned!
- Due to its previous use as a prison, the only entrance to Montale tower is a doorway about 7m off the ground!
- The official language of San Marino is Italian.
- Despite not actually being a member of the European Union, the Euro is the official currency here.
- Sammarinese live for an average of 83 years.
- San Marino claims to be the oldest sovereign state in the world, with a monastic community living here continuously since 301AD!
- The defence of San Marino is solely the responsibility of Italy.
- San Marino grows wheat, corn, olives and grapes; they also rear cattle.
- Its industry consists of tourism, banking, electronics and textiles.
- The main exports consist of wood, building stone, lime, chestnuts, wine, wheat, hides, ceramics and baked goods.