Vatican City passport ranking
The Vatican City passport currently ranks on the 27th place according to the Guide visa index. Over the years this ranking has stayed consistent. It provides a visa-free access to 154 countries. This makes it one of the more desirable passports in the world with a very high mobility score. Vatican City passport holders have visa-free and visa on arrival access to countries such as Brazil, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Chile and the entire European Union allowing almost instant travel worldwide. Vatican City passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 72 destinations in the world to countries such as India, the United States and China.
The landlocked Vatican City State is an independent city state. It located within the city boundaries of Rome and is therefore completely surrounded by Italy. Vatican City has a surface area of only 0.49 square kilometers and is therefore the smallest country in the world. It measures only 1.05km in length and 0.85km in width. Its climate is Mediterranean with hot summers and mild winters. The terrain characterized by buildings only and a larger park.
The overall population is 825 people, which also makes it the smallest population of any country in the world. Vatican City does not have an airport and residents must travel to the nearby Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Italy or take a helicopter flight from the Vatican City heliport. There is a railway connection to Italy, which is mainly used for freight. Otherwise, the only entry to the country is via foot.
The Vatican City culture is dominated by the Catholic church, with the country being the seat of the pope and the global center of Christianity. There is no official language, however Italian and Latin is mostly used. The legal system is an Italian influenced civil law. The government type is a monarchy. The chief of state and head of government is the Pope. The mandate of the Pope is for life. The current pope is Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
The official currency of the country is the Euro (EUR) with the current exchange rate being EUR 0.84 to the USD. The country generates a yearly revenue of $315 million, does however have a spending of $348 million. The county therefore usually has a yearly deficit that is compensated by donations or reserves. The only goods of export are souvenirs for tourists and a small production of uniforms and mosaics.
Vatican City is mostly known as the capital of the Christian Catholic Church, which in itself is a UNESCO world heritage site. There are visitors arriving from all over the world to see this special place or to attend one of the masses held by the pope himself. The major sites are The St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Pinacoteca, the Piazza San Pedro, the Vatican Library and the gardens. There are a total of over 7 million visitors to the different sites of the country in a year.