Friday, September 23, 2011

Vatican Post

Ever since Vatican City became an independent country in 1929 it has had its own postal service.

All of the Vatican mail is sent directly to Switzerland to be routed worldwide. I'm sure that everything is billed at the international rate. I mean there can't be that much internal mail when the country is only 0.2 square miles.

Not all of the mail is from tourists. Italian mail is notoriously slow. Lots of Romans make weekly trips to the Vatican to send important letters and packages.

Since Vatican City is a separate country you can't use Italian stamps in the yellow Vatican post boxes. And you can't use Vatican stamps in the red Italian post boxes.

More letters are sent each year, per inhabitant, from Vatican City than from anywhere else. Not too bad for the world's smallest country.

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