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

Obviously very unknown country the country is the third smallest, second least populated, and fattest also has no actual capital and is the least visited country due to it being very unknown - Bearskater13

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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

The flag looks like the Xbox symbol thing. Hmmm...

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

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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

Cool flag and I know that this country is small and buddhist - Bearskater13

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4 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.

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! - drdevil

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

This should be number 1, it is the only I don‘t know on this TOP 10 - PopGeorge1678

It was one of the former ussr countries.i heard its very poor and underdeveloped there. - Bearskater13

6 Timor-Leste Timor-Leste

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

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7 Palau Palau

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

8 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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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 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.

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 - drdevil

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The Contenders

11 Niue Niue

I didn't know that this is a state!

Well.. It isn't a country..

12 Central African Republic Central African Republic

Nobody in my school knew this country exists.

13 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

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14 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.
15 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein

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

I am moving to Liechtenstein in 2 weeks

16 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso

don't know - PopGeorge1678

17 Sao Tome and Principe Sao Tome and Principe
18 Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is an enclaved, landlocked country in southern Africa completely surrounded by South Africa.
19 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.
20 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

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