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San Marino Travelling Guide
San Marino Travelling Guide

General background: The third smallest state in Europe (after the Holy See and Monaco) also claims to be the world's oldest republic. According to tradition, it was founded by a Christian stonemason named Marinus in 301 A.D. San Marino's foreign policy is aligned with that of Italy. Social and political trends in the republic also track closely with those of its larger neighbor.

Area comparative: About 0.3 times the size of Washington, DC.

Climate: Mediterranean; mild to cool winters; warm, sunny summers

Terrain: Rugged mountains

Population: 27,730 (July 2002 est.)

Ethnic groups: Sammarinese, Italian

Religions: Roman Catholic

Language: Italian

Government type: Independent republic

Capital: San Marino

Legal system: Based on civil law system with Italian law influences; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.

Economic overview: The tourist sector contributes over 50% of GDP. In 2000 more than 3 million tourists visited San Marino. The key industries are banking, wearing apparel, electronics, and ceramics. Main agricultural products are wine and cheeses. The per capita level of output and standard of living are comparable to those of the most prosperous regions of Italy, which supplies much of its food.

Communication/Telephone system: Adequate connections.

Places of interest: Magnificent views of the Adriatic coastline and the Po river plains.

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