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Vatican City is a city-state within Italy and the seat of Roman Catholicism

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With its 321,834 people, Bahamas, The is the 176th largest country in the world by population. It is the 159th largest country in the world by area with 13,880 square kilometers.

Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism, international banking, and investment management. Because of its location, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.

Languages spoken: English (official), Creole (among Haitian immigrants)

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