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129102.  Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:40 pm Reply with quote

Little country landlocked by Italy. Nothing else around it but Italy. No coastline or borders with other countries, just slap bang in the middle of Italy.

It's the third smallest country in Europe after Monaco and the Vatican City.

San Marino is the oldest constitutional republic in the world still in existence today, being founded in 301 A.D.

It covers a total of only 61 square km and has a population of around 28,117.

129316.  Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:07 pm Reply with quote

San Marino holds the record for the fastest ever goal in World Cup history. In a World Cup qualifier against England in 1993, Davide Gualtieri scored after just 8 seconds, though the team went on to lose 7-1.

200201.  Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:37 pm Reply with quote

San Marino was the first country in the world with free healthcare.

Ian Dunn
345960.  Tue May 27, 2008 1:18 pm Reply with quote

Other football related facts about San Marino is that the country is ranked 200th in the Fifa world rankings and during one match against Wales in September 2007, there was a streaker on the pitch.

San Marino currently has 31,000 people living it, including three British residents.

Until the independence of Nauru in 1968, it was the smallest republic in the world.

San Marino's stamps and coins are keenly sought by collectors.

In 1940, San Marino declared itself neutral during World War II, unlike Italy. San Marino however, only has a small army and would not put up much resistance.

Apart from the Republic of Ireland, San Marino was the only country to vote for the United Kingdom in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. They gave the UK six points.

As those familiar with QI Presents: Strictly Come Duncing will know, the official title of the country is "The Most Serene Republic of San Marino".

Story from the BBC

346312.  Wed May 28, 2008 4:20 am Reply with quote

San Marino is quite possibly* the only country to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix that isn't actually within the bounds of the country. The San Marino Grand Prix is actually held at Imola, which is in Italy.

People smuggling is not a crime in San Marino. Presumably because there's not really anywhere to smuggle them to.

*i.e. I haven't checked this rigorously so, no doubt, someone will now point out another one.

346501.  Wed May 28, 2008 10:26 am Reply with quote

Well, you did ask ...

In fact, the San Marino Grand Prix was dropped from the tour after the 2006 event - Italy now has just the one Grand Prix at Monza.

A similar ruse was used to enable Germany to stage two Grands Prix in 1997 and 1998. The so-called Luxembourg Grand Prix was held at the Nürburgring in those two years; that circuit is in Germany about 50 miles from the Luxembourg border.

346829.  Wed May 28, 2008 6:11 pm Reply with quote

Maybe we should have an Irish Grand Prix somewhere in Britain, just to join in the fun.

Sadurian Mike
346865.  Wed May 28, 2008 6:25 pm Reply with quote

If it were held in London they'd make a fortune from the speed cameras and congestion charges.

Blackpool Rule
346890.  Wed May 28, 2008 6:40 pm Reply with quote

san marino have never one a uefa group stage and have had the most goals scored against them in a qullyfying match

650340.  Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:18 pm Reply with quote

Did not the Swiss once have aGrand Prix held in France as motor racing is illegal in Switzerland?

650345.  Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:30 pm Reply with quote

Correct. Motor racing was banned in Switzerland in 1958, and the only two Swiss Grands Prix there have been since have been held in France.
1298025.  Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:51 pm Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:

Until the independence of Nauru in 1968, it was the smallest republic in the world.


Actually it still is the smallest republic in the world. Although Nauru's land mass is only 21 square kilometres (compared with SM's 61 square kilometres) its jurisdiction over the surrounding waters comes to a whopping 431,000 km2, an area thousands of times greater than the territory of San Marino.

Alexander Howard
1298086.  Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:23 am Reply with quote

San Marino has a busy aircraft registry which does not insist that aircraft registered there have any connection with the country.

The code "T7" indicates a San Marino registration. It seems to be quite a popular for small aeroplanes.


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