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Holy See (Vatican City State)

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Holy See (Vatican City State)

Holy See (full name, State of the Vatican City) is the smallest independent state in the world and the home of the leadership of the Roman Catholic church. The Holy See borders Italy, with the territory being completely surrounded by the Italian capital of Rome. Built on a low hill, The Holy See covers an area of 0.44 sq km and is completely landlocked. Vatican City is the capital, with a time difference of 1 hour ahead of GMT. The currency is the Vatican lira, and exports include stamps, publications and tourist souvenirs. The population of approximately 900 people comprises an ethnic makeup that is mostly Italian with some Swiss. The primary language is Latin (official) and Italian, and the predominant religion is Christianity, with priests and nuns making up much of the resident population.