|Area||61.2 sq km|
|Population||27,730 (July 2002 est.)|
|Electricity||230V/50Hz (European, Italian plug)|
|Calling Code||+378 (+0549 From Italy)|
San Marino (officially the Republic of San Marino) is the third smallest state in Europe (after the Holy City and Monaco), and claims to be the world's oldest republic. According to tradition, it was founded by a Christian stonemason named Marinus in 301 A.D. San Marino's foreign policy is aligned with that of Italy, which surrounds it. Social and political trends in the republic also track closely with those of its larger neighbor.