Top Ten Least Known Countries


The Top Ten

1 Nauru Nauru Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country in Micronesia in the Central Pacific.

Nauru is the third smallest country in the world, fattest country in the world, and has no official capital - aerochamber

I heard this name for the first time thanks to this list. - Metal_Treasure

Nauru only had 160 tourists in either 2014 or 2013. And it has no actual capital. - AsianBlood

Should be known for being the fattest country in the world

What's "Na-Ru"?

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2 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a landlocked country located in Central Asia.

Yes, so few people know the Central Asian countries. Some of the more nerdy ones like me ;) will know Kazakhstan, the economically best country there, and Turkmenistan because of their really insane rulers. Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are forgotten a lot. Uzbekistan is known a lot because of world history though (Samarkand is located in it), and so that leaves us with these two. Some people on the internet even made a joke which referred to Kyrgyzstan as "WTFstan" to most people. - AsianBlood

Half the countries on this list I don't know :( - Matt92647

This and Tajikistan are among the least known Asian countries - darthvadern

The population is small only 6 million people.its very mountainous and is called ''the Switzerland of asia'' and was one of the former ussr countries.majority of the people are muslims and its very poor and underdeveloped country. - Bearskater13

Actually, it's developing quite well alongside Kazakhstan. Many people do not have economic issues. - AsianBlood

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3 Bhutan Bhutan Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas.

Bhutan has the coolest flag ever. Look at the drawing! Dragon with feet with the powerful orb! - InfernoTopTenners

I know Bhutan. It's mostly buddhism in there. - InfernoTopTenners

I've seen this flag before... - SamuiNeko

Hands down one of the best flags and nature! - darthvadern

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4 Timor-Leste Timor-Leste East Timor, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a sovereign state in Maritime Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor.

This will be on the top of list because I am from Asia and never heard of for at least 22years

This list is very good - most of the countries are really obscure. - Metal_Treasure

I've never heard of anything like it.

A country seperated from Indonesia.

5 Tajikistan Tajikistan Tajikistan, officially the Republic of Tajikistan, is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia with an estimated 8 million people in 2013, and an area of 143,100 km2.

Wow... I actually know ALL of the countries on this list!

I know it's in Central Asia and was part of the Soviet Union but nothing more. - Metal_Treasure


Not as unknown as Kyrgyzistan due to Emomalii Rahmon but still very unknown - darthvadern

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6 Tuvalu Tuvalu Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia.

It's actually sinking right now, and I have only seen two documentaries about it while we have a hundred "New York Might Flood in 100 Years" documentaries. - AsianBlood

Unknown but its already sinking and if kept sinking then no one has literally heard of this small country - Bearskater13

Somebody good at geography like me even though I'm 9,could mix this up with Vanuatu because of the simalar names.

7 Niue Niue

Well.. It isn't a country..

I didn't know that this is a state!

What's Niue?

8 Sao Tome and Principe Sao Tome and Principe

It should be telling that until this comment, this is the only country in the top 25 without any remarks posted. Sao Tome and Principe is very clearly the least known country.

9 Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea, officially the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, is a country located in Central Africa, with an area of 28,000 square kilometres.
10 Palau Palau

Should have voted this one not Timor Leste. Have heard of that, Never ever heard of this country. - CheesyNachos

I've heard the name of this country before but don't even know where it is. - Metal_Treasure

Most of these no name countries have dope, origional, or uniquely tacky flags that grab your attention... this country didn't even try - dvs_heir

The Contenders

11 South Sudan South Sudan South Sudan, officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in northeastern Africa that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Its current capital is Juba, which is also its largest city.

Main reason that no one knows about South Sudan is because it became a country in 2012 and all the maps are still outdated. I guess that could work the other way around as well, but my television in America use said 'oh there is a new country in Africa' and nothing more - aerochamber

Come on, a civil war is going on here and almost no media reports on it... - AsianBlood

Last year I read an adventure fiction book - two Brits were looking for a buried treasure in Ethiopia and Sudan, and the civil war in South Sudan played an important role in this book.
So that's all I know - it's in northeastern Africa, close to Ethiopia. Underdeveloped and poor country. - Metal_Treasure

Its kinda famous other than less known but the reason people don't know this country is because's the newest country and un member as it gained independence from sudan in 2011. 2. some maps are outdated and still have south sudan in ''north'' sudan. 3. medias don't really report on the country but there's ongoing war there.It's a very poor,and underdeveloped country - Bearskater13

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12 Comoros Comoros The Comoros, officially the Union of the Comoros, is a sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar.
13 Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, is a two-island country in the West Indies.
14 Central African Republic Central African Republic

Nobody in my school knew this country exists.

15 Kiribati Kiribati

Not only a lot of people don’t know what this country is but a lot of people also get the name wrong. Although it’s spelled Kiribati it’s actually pronounced Kiribas because in the country they speak a language called gilbertese which is a language where the letter ‘’S’’ dosen’t exist but the word ‘’ti’’ is spelled as an ‘’S’’. And since the word Kiribati is a gilbertes word and has ‘’ti’’ at the end the name is pronounced Kiribas.

16 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein

A lot of people are actually familiar with this country. - Swellow

I am moving to Liechtenstein in 2 weeks

17 Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is an enclaved, landlocked country in southern Africa completely surrounded by South Africa.
18 Andorra Andorra Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra, is a sovereign landlocked microstate in Southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France.

I always thought of Angola when I heard of it and never got to know of its existence - yatharthb

Yes, our neighbours aren't really well known - Martinglez

.don't know - PopGeorge1678

19 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso

don't know - PopGeorge1678


20 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia, bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the south and southwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west.

That flag is pretty~ - SamuiNeko

Besides from Kazakhstan and maybe Uzbekistan, no one ever seems to know about the central Asian countries. I do,but I guess that's because I'm an Aspie :P

21 Brunei Brunei Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.

Brunei is undoubtedly the most unrecognised but yet richest country on Earth. People have never heard of this little Muslim nation because of it's geographic situation especially the recognition. I have visited Brunei, looking at the significance of the buildings which looks like a Utopia. Despite the enforcement of overkill Religious Values.

You insulted Zephyr the Steelix - SirSalvador

22 Lithuania Lithuania

My friend's name is Lithuania. Also, in model UN, my sister's group is this. - AnonymousChick

I know a lot of people from Lithuania. - Swellow

My mom's home country - darthvadern

.don't know - PopGeorge1678

23 Suriname Suriname Suriname, officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a sovereign state on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America.

Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana are the forgotten countres of South America, in my opinion some of the best and most interesting! Especially this country! - darthvadern

This is the country without a doubt the best name... just kidding, but familiar. - Swellow

24 Gabon Gabon
25 Dominica Dominica Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island country in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique.

Alright, I know a lot of people have heard of the Dominican Republic, but have many of you guys ever heard of this country?

I know all the countries, capitals and flags in the world. But if I start forgetting about some, I will definitely forget about this one. So obscure.

26 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a country in the Transcaucasian region, situated at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe.

Azerbaijan is shaped in a way that makes no sense, a name that less sense. The only thing that makes less sense is why Guinea-Bissau and Slovenia aren't on this list but China and India are.

27 Tonga Tonga Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 169 islands of which 36 are inhabited.
28 Gambia Gambia Gambia, established in February 18, 1965, is located in western part of Africa. The capital of Gambia is called Banjul, the other major city are Serekunda, Brikama and Bakau which are the three biggest cities in Gambia. more.

I thought this was one of the more known African countries - darthvadern

29 Mauritius Mauritius Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of the African continent.
30 Cook Islands Cook Islands

Never heard of this country. I'm guessing - maybe it's named after James Cook, the British explorer. So it's probably located in the regions of Hawaii, Australia or New Zealand. - Metal_Treasure


31 Kosovo Kosovo Kosovo is a disputed territory and partially recognised state in Southeast Europe that declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo.

Kosovo is Serbia, not an independent country - yatharthb

32 Vanuatu Vanuatu Vanuatu, officially the Republic of Vanuatu, is a Pacific island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean.
33 Latvia Latvia Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia, is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states.

Probably one of the least known European countries. - MagmaFox

34 San Marino San Marino San Marino, officially the Republic of San Marino, also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, is an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains.
35 Belarus Belarus Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, formerly known by its Russian name Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous more.

People only know about Alexander Lukashenko, while I had no idea about him until this summer! I knew more about its culture and nature - darthvadern

36 Afghanistan Afghanistan Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia.
37 Samoa Samoa The Independent State of Samoa, commonly known as Samoa and formerly known as Western Samoa, is a Unitary Parliamentary Republic with eleven administrative divisions.

Familiar. - Swellow

38 Eritrea Eritrea Eritrea officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in East Africa. With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast.
39 Canary Islands Canary Islands
40 India India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. more.

No offense but basically everyone knows India at this point. It is a huge country with gaining world influence, unlike the ten up there. - AsianBlood

Everyone knows this country - Martinglez

India is the largest democracy in the world by population.
India is a growing economy, regarded as the fastest growing country in the world along with China.
India has the largest number of spoken languages per country in the world. Many people of different religions live there.

No you are wrong india does not have largest number of spoken languages per country in the is papua new guinea with 847 languages for your kind information

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41 Finland Finland

I learned about Finland after watching a SpongeBob episode. - Catacorn

Oh come on everyone knows Finland

Everyone knows about Finland - YummyPie

Suomi mainittiin torilla tavataan!
Finnish people say when someone say: Sauna, Finland,Tori,Salmiakki or Mämmi

42 China China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, more.

Most populated country on Earth, of course we know this - Martinglez

People in China are brainwashed by government into dirty pigs. I hope the people in China will fight for democracy and overthrow the government into nature - InfernoTopTenners

Oh my god. I had NO idea this country is a real thing. -_- - AnonymousChick

...My gosh, whoever added this needs a geography lesson. - Swellow

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43 Fiji Fiji Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island.

I learn from this from Fiji water. They make Fiji water there. - InfernoTopTenners

What the heck is Fiji doing on this list! - PopGeorge1678

44 Mauritania Mauritania Mauritania, officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a country in the Maghreb region of western North Africa.
45 Estonia Estonia

Those people from Estonia makes Twitter - InfernoTopTenners

46 Grenada Grenada

Grenada's flag is pretty cool.

47 Georgia Georgia Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region. Located at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russian Federation, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The country's capital and a largest city more.

Not the state, the country. It's not well known, and a fun fact; It got it's flag in 2004. - Swellow

To be honest, I heard nothing about this country, I just know it's name.

48 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Ivory Coast or Côte d'Ivoire, officially named the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, is a country located in West Africa.

Must resist joke on how similar the flag is to Ireland. - Swellow

49 Federated States of Micronesia
50 Guyana Guyana Guyana officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, is a sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. It is, however, often considered part of the Caribbean region because of its strong cultural, historical, and political ties with other Anglo-Caribbean countries and the Caribbean Community. more.
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