I would like to know:

1) What is the smallest routable subnet size in IPv6 ?

2) Can a /128 address be routed in a IPv6 network?

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Routing works the same in IPv6 as IPv4, so yes, a /128 address can be routed.
However, you should not create subnets with prefixes longer than /64**.

RFC 7421 explains why.

** The exception is point to point links using a /127, as described in RFC 6164

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    And don't expect anything smaller than a /48 to be routed globally. Commented Oct 31, 2016 at 17:33

A IPv6 /128 is a host route, exactly like a IPv4 /32.

A /127 is a point-to-point route, exactly like a /31. In the IP allocation database we'd usually allocate a /127 as the only network in an unadvertised /124 block, for textual representation reasons (point to point links then always end in 0 or 1, rather than requiring engineers to do binary math to work out which address goes on the interface nearer the core).

All other subnets must be /64. You must not use a /64 on a point-to-point link, as that allows a DoS.

As far as subnet address planning goes, subnet 0 is has a special textual representation and should be reserved for control-plane addresses of networking equipment. It is useful to reserve the lower 12 bits of the subnet addressing for a copy of the VLAN ID, as that gives a rapid and simple addressing plan for most subnets. The 13th bit obviously is 0 for VID-derived subnets and subnet 0; and 1 for others. Depending on your network you could use the highest subnetwork bits as a site identifier, allowing easy site address aggregation, and more effective area design (preventing flaps of non-backbone networks being propagated to other sites.).

(Not seeking to be an answer, my comment got too long, vote up Ron's answer.)

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