Most Serene Republic of San Marino
Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino
Founded about A.D.
350, San Marino is the oldest republic in the world.
For centuries it has managed to avoid the wars
the Italian peninsula. San Marino
has survived attacks by other Italian
city-states, the Napoleonic Wars, the unification of Italy, and two
world wars without losing land or its identity.
Although San Marino is not an official European Union member, it is
allowed to use the euro as its currency by virtue of arrangements with
the council of the European Union.
The tourist sector contributes over 50% of San Marino's income, with
more than 3.3 million tourists per year. Other key industries are
banking, electronics, and ceramics. The main agricultural products are
wine and cheese.