Sunday, 14 November 2010

San Marino

A written and stamped postcard from San Marino! Thank you, Luca!

San Marino is a country situated on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains. It is an enclave, in Italy. Its size is just over 61 km2 with an estimated population of almost 30,000. Its capital is the City of San Marino. One of the European microstates, along with Liechtenstein, the Vatican, Monaco, Andorra, and Malta, San Marino has the smallest population of all the members of the Council of Europe.

The constitution of San Marino, enacted in 1600, is the world's oldest constitution still in effect. The country's economy mainly relies on tourism, and San Marino's culture remains Italian, mainly Emilia-Romagnan in essence. It is one of the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP (per capita). San Marino is considered to have a highly stable economy, with the lowest unemployment rate in Europe, no national debt and a budget surplus.

The stamp was issued in 2007 and represents the Presdiency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

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