As far as I know, every sovereign nation has a form of security clearance to deal with matters of their national security. If you do a quick search of this topic you will find a link about security clearance jobs, but it does not mention having a Vatican City clearance.

Given that the Vatican City is a sovereign nation, do they have a security clearance?


The Vatican is not a typical nation.

There are about 600 "citizens". Each one is a member of the clergy (or in the Swiss Guard, plus a few nuns etc) and so 99% male and 100% catholic) and works in the governance of the Catholic church. So every single citizen has security clearance (at some level)

Citizenship is based entirely on appointment to a high ranking position in the clergy. The entire population is celibate and there are 0 natural-born citizens.

The systems such as "security clearance" needed in a state with a population of millions don't apply to the Vatican City.

This doesn't mean that the Vatican has no secrets...

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    "So every single citizen has security clearance (at some level)." This may sound like splitting hairs, but you seem to describe a de facto situation as opposed to a de jure policy. Is this the case de jure?
    – isakbob
    Jul 14 '19 at 23:47
  • The entire population is celibate, or the entire citizenry?
    – phoog
    Jul 15 '19 at 19:05
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    citizenry... but the general point remains. The vatican is not a regular "state". It is the only state with more than 1 pope per square km, for example
    – James K
    Jul 15 '19 at 19:21

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