Recently-published statistics report that there are 557 citizens of Vatican City, the world's smallest nation.
The report released the demographics of the sovereign city-state as of Dec. 31, 2005.
Of the total number of citizens, 58 are cardinals, 293 are clergy with status as members of pontifical representations, 62 are other members of the clergy, 101 are members of the Swiss Guard and the remaining 43 are other lay persons.
Vatican citizenship is not inherited nor can it be acquired by being born in the city. It can only be acquired based on service to the Holy See and is revoked upon termination of employment by the Vatican.
Article 9 of the 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Holy See and Italy says that if a person ceases to be a citizen of the Holy See, and does not have citizenship elsewhere, Italian citizenship is granted.
There were 111 marriages recorded in Vatican City for 2005.
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