|geographic coordinates:||43 56 N, 12 25 E|
|time difference:||UTC + 1|
|daylight saving time:||+1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October|
The third smallest state in Europe (after the Holy See and Monaco), San Marino also claims to be the world's oldest republic. According to tradition, it was founded by a Christian stonemason named Marinus in A.D. 301. San Marino's foreign policy is aligned with that of Italy; social and political trends in the republic also track closely with those of its larger neighbor.