San Marino facts for kids
Most Serene Republic of San Marino
Repubblica di San Marino
Motto: Libertas (Latin)
Anthem: "Inno Nazionale della Repubblica"
"National Anthem of the Republic"
|Capital||City of San Marino|
• Captains Regent
|Legislature||Grand and General Council|
• from the Roman Empire
|3 September 301 (traditional)|
|8 October 1600|
|61.2 km2 (23.6 sq mi) (219th)|
• Water (%)
• 31 December 2011 estimate
|520/km2 (1,346.8/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2008 estimate|
|$1.17 billion (177th)|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2008 estimate|
|US$ 1.44 billion (163rd)|
• Per capita
|US$ 44,208 (15th)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
• Summer (DST)
|ISO 3166 code||SM|
San Marino is one of the smallest countries in the world. It is found in southern Europe and is fully surrounded by Italy (this is called an enclave, and only the Vatican City, Lesotho and San Marino are like this). Fewer than 30,000 people live there. Its total area is 61 km2. Its capital is the City of San Marino.
San Marino is the world's oldest republic that still exists. It was started in A.D. 301 by a skilled builder called Saint Marinus. Its written constitution was adopted on October 8, 1600. The very small nation was recognized by Napoleon's France in 1797, and by the other European nations at the 1815 Congress of Vienna.
Even though it is an independent country, it depends very much on Italy. Since the 19th century, when Italy was unified, San Marino has been fully surrounded by Italy.
San Marino is covered by the Apennine mountain range, and it has a rugged terrain. The highest point in the country is Monte Titano. There are no bodies of water of any significant size. San Marino has no natural level ground. It is hilly terrain.
Two rivers flow through San Marino. There is no major water transport, and no major port or harbour.
These are the 9 castelli (municipalities) of San Marino:
|Cities in San Marino|
|3.||City of San Marino||7,09||4.179||4.350||4.409|
The cuisine of San Marino is strongly similar to Italian, especially that of the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions. It has a number of its own unique dishes and products. Its best known is probably the Torta Tre Monti ("Cake of the Three Mountains" or "Cake of the Three Towers"), a wafer layered cake covered in chocolate. It shows The Three Towers of San Marino. The country also has a small wine industry.
Public holidays and festivals
|1 January||New Year's Day||Festival marking the beginning of the new year.|
|6 January||Epiphany||Commemorates the visit of the three Wise Men or magi to the infant Jesus.|
|5 February||Feast of Saint Agatha||Commemoration of St. Agatha, Patroness of the Republic, as well as liberation from foreign rule.|
|variable *||Easter||Resurrection of Jesus.|
|variable **||Easter Monday||Monday after Easter day.|
|25 March||Anniversary of the Arengo||Anniversary of the Arengo and the Festa delle Milizie (Feast of the Militants).|
|1 May||Labour Day||Celebration of workers and employees.|
|variable ***||Corpus Domini||Commemoration of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.|
|28 July||Liberation from Fascism||Commemoration of the fall of the Sammarinese Fascist Party.|
|15 August||Ferragosto (Assumption)||Commemoration of the Virgin Mary's direct assumption into heaven upon her death.|
|3 September||The Feast of San Marino and the Republic||National feast of San Marino, celebrating the origin of the Republic in 301.|
|1 November||All Saints' Day||Feast dedicated to all saints.|
|2 November||Commemoration of all those who died at war||Remembrance of all those who gave their lives for San Marino in war.|
|8 December||Immaculate Conception||Remembrance of the Virgin Mary's conception without original sin.|
|24 December||Christmas Eve||Day before the commemoration of the birth of Jesus.|
|25 December||Christmas||Birth of Jesus.|
|26 December||St. Stephen's Day||Commemoration of the death of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr.|
|31 December||New Year's Eve||Celebration which closes and marks the end of the year.|
|* Easter: the first Sunday after the full moon and the March equinox
** Easter Monday: the Monday after Easter day
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