General Information

Note Generali

 

Vatican City State was founded following the signing of the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and Italy on February 11th 1929. These were ratified on June 7th 1929. Its nature as a sovereign State distinct from the Holy See is universally recognized under international law.

  • Origins and Nature

    Origins and Nature

    Vatican City State was founded following the signing of the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and Italy on...


  • Geography

    Geography

    Vatican City lies just beyond the right bank of the Tiber River on a slight rise, part of the ancient Montes Vaticani...


  • Extraterritoriality

    Extraterritoriality

    International protection of the territory The whole area of Vatican City is under the protection of the Hague...


  • Population

    Population

    The population of Vatican City is about 800 people, of whom over 450 have Vatican citizenship, while the rest have...


  • The Vatican Flag

    The Vatican Flag

    The flag of Vatican City State is made up of two fields, vertically divided in half: the yellow half flies alongside...


  • Pontifical Anthem

    Pontifical Anthem

    Vatican City State has its own flag and anthem like any other universally recognized, sovereign nation. On 16 October...


  • Automobile License Plates

    Automobile License Plates

    There are two initials that identify vehicles registered in the Vatican Automobile Register: SCV,...


  • Coins and Stamps

    Coins and Stamps

    Vatican City mints its own coins and issues its own postage stamps. By reason of a monetary Convention with Italy,...