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April 24 – France and the Holy See (Vatican City)

24 Apr

Hi there!  DId you realize that JJ and I traveled to two countries that were not on our itinerary?  We did.  We went to the Holy See – also known as the Vatican City in Rome and also we went to France.  So, we wanted to tell you a little about each of these countries. 


Location:   Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain.


Population:  67,768,389

Capital:  Paris

Language:  French

Currency:  EUR, Euro

Industries:  Machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics; textiles, food processing; tourism

Area Comparative:  Slightly less than the size of Texas

Geographic Notes:  Largest west European nation


Holy See – (Vatican City)

Location:   Southern Europe, an enclave of Rome, Italy


Population:  829

Capital:  Vatican City

Language:  Italian, Latin, French, various other languages

Currency:  EUR, Euro

Industries:  printing; production of coins, metals, postage stamps; mosaics and staff uniforms; worldwide banking and financial activities

Area Comparative:  About 0.7 times the size of The National Mall in Washington, DC

Geographic Notes:  landlocked, enclave in Rome, Italy; world’s smallest state

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