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The Condition of Europe's Curious Microstates

Adriano Bosoni
Senior Europe Analyst, Stratfor
Apr 26, 2015 | 13:46 GMT
A general view of Andorra's capital, Andorra la Vella the capital of the principality of Andorra, in the east Pyrenees.
Andorra la Vella, the capital of the principality of Andorra, resides in the east Pyrenees.
(DAVID RAMOS/Getty Images)

In broad terms, a microstate is a state that has little territory and a small population -- usually both -- but shares most of the features of larger states, including sovereignty and international recognition. This differentiates microstates from other small political entities such as overseas territories or special administrative regions....

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