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The Only Country in the World with no Land

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is the Only Country in the World That Is Recognised by the UN but Has No Land.

A country with no land? Hold on a second … Are you serious? Absolutely! While the United Nations has 193 recognised countries, it also has two observer states, namely Palestine and The Vatican City. But there is a little-known third entity which also holds observer status in the UN.Yes, get ready for this-this is an officially recognised country with no land!

Welcome to The Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The Order, complete with its own website has no actual land, yet it is recognised by the UN and maintains diplomatic relations with 107 countries.

The official name of this order is the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

Their official language is Italian.

The currency of the country is the (now defunct elsewhere) Maltese Scudo and they are a Roman Catholic religious order founded way back in 1099 in Jerusalem, by the Blessed Gerard.

The country is Officially world’s oldest surviving chivalric order. In its long history, the Order has owned land and resided in modern day Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Malta.


These days, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta lives on, with its own government, laws, passport, and population. They also have a church in their residence on the island of Malta.

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta has its own flag and coat of arms. This flag flies from a number of places around the world, mostly on the island of Malta and in Italy at its headquarters.

The official flag is a white cross on a red background.

There are three venues which are either occupied or part-owned by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and here they are…

1. Palazzo Malta (Rome, Italy)

2. Villa Malta (Rome, Italy)

3. Fort St. Angelo (Vittoriosa, Malta)





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