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Country Fast Facts: San Marino

San Marino

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The third smallest state in Europe (after the Holy See and Monaco), San Marino also claims to be the world's oldest republic.

According to tradition, it was founded by a Christian stonemason named Marino in A.D. 301.

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.

San Marino became a member of the Council of Europe in 1988 and of the United Nations in 1992.

It is not a member of the European Union.

Source: CIA World Fact Book

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