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If you want to know which is the largest country in the world according to its land mass, looking at a representation of the globe can be misleading. A prime example of this is size of the Great Britain - particularly on older map. Listed as the 80th largest country in the world, you can be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
Take a look below the 18th century map of europe as a typical example of how size does matter when you are a major global player.
Anyway, in order to answer the question 'What is the worlds largest country?', the answer is of course - Russia.
The worlds smallest country is Vatican city, but this is always disputed as to whether it really is a country in the first place. Next in line is Monaco - same issue, followed by Gibralter - also disputed. Failing those three, your best bet for smallest country in the world is Tokelou. A territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean that consists of three tropical coral atolls with a combined land area of 10 km2
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Based on an article from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokelau
Images care of http://www.antique-maps-online.co.uk/europe-map-16.htm