Top Ten Least Known Countries

The Top Ten
1 Nauru Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country in Micronesia in the Central Pacific. It's the third smallest country in the world and the least visited country in the world as well. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300 km (190 mi) ...read more.

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

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

So much for an island in the Pacific made out of bird poop.

I know all of these countries in the list.

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

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.

I knew for sure that: 1. It was part of the Soviet Union, 2. It's in Central Asia.
Not sure but maybe: 1. People are Muslims, 2. There are many mountains, 3. The country is kinda underdeveloped, mostly rural (sheeps? ).

Their flag looks like a communist Xbox logo.

No...I don't think so.
Might be for those who are weak in GK or geography.

3 Timor-Leste Timor is an island at the southern end of Maritime Southeast Asia, in the north of the Timor Sea. The island is divided between the sovereign states of East Timor on the eastern part and Indonesia on the western part. The Indonesian part, also known as West Timor, constitutes part of the province of ...read more.

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

I've never heard of anything like it.

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

4 Bhutan Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered by China to the north and India to the south. Nepal and Bangladesh are located in proximity to Bhutan but do not share a land border. The country has a population of over ...read more.

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

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

Hands down one of the best flags and nature!

I've seen this flag before...

5 Tuvalu Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. It is bordered by China to the north and India to the south. Nepal and Bangladesh are located in proximity to Bhutan but do not share a land border. The country ...read more.

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.

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

6 Niue

I didn't know that this is a state!

Well.. It isn't a country..

7 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 (55,300 sq mi) and an estimated population of 9,537,645 people. Its capital and largest city is Dushanbe. It is bordered by Afghanistan ...read more.

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

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

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

8 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.

If you knew what Sao Tome and Principe was before reading this list, you don't stop lying. I know people who have heard of NAURA and not STP

9 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. It shares maritime borders with Madagascar ...read more.
10 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. Located in the Leeward Islands chain of the Lesser Antilles, it is the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere, in both area and population. The ...read more.
The Contenders
11 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 (11,000 sq mi). Formerly the colony of Spanish Guinea, its post-independence name evokes its location near both the Equator and the Gulf of Guinea. As of ...read more.

For those of you who don't know where this country is well I will answer that -

Continent - Africa
Region - West Africa (south west to be more specific)
Countries nearby - Cameroon, Angola, Nigeria, Gabon, et.

Size - Small compared to its neighboring countries

12 Palau

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

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

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

13 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. It is bordered to the east by Ethiopia, to the north by Sudan, to the west by the Central ...read more.

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.

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

Its kinda famous other than less known but the reason people don't know this country is because 1.it'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

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

14 Lesotho Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is an enclaved, landlocked country in southern Africa completely surrounded by South Africa. It is by far the largest of the world's three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country, with Vatican City and San Marino being ...read more.

Continent - Africa
Region - South Africa
Nearby countries - South Africa, Eswatini, etc.
(it literally looks like its inside of South Africa)

Size - Small compared to neighboring countries

Near the Indian Ocean

15 Central African Republic The Central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Chad to the north, Sudan to the northeast, South Sudan to the southeast, the DR Congo to the south, the Republic of the Congo to the southwest, and Cameroon to the west. The CAR covers a land area of about 620,000 ...read more.

Nobody in my school knew this country exists.

16 Suriname Suriname, officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a sovereign state on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west and Brazil to the south. At just under 165,000 square kilometers (64,000 ...read more.

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!

17 Kiribati Kiribati, officially the Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is over 119,000 (2020), more than half of whom live on Tarawa atoll. The state comprises 32 atolls and one raised coral island, Banaba. They have a total land area of 811 square ...read more.

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'' does not 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.

Not a lot of people know this so this is good.

18 Liechtenstein

A lot of people are actually familiar with this country.

19 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. Believed to have been created by Charlemagne, Andorra was ...read more.

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

20 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. Ashgabat is the capital and largest city of the country. The population of the country ...read more.

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 Vanuatu Vanuatu, officially the Republic of Vanuatu, is a Pacific island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is 1,750 kilometres (1,090 mi) east of northern Australia, 540 kilometres (340 mi) northeast of New Caledonia, east of New Guinea, southeast of the ...read more.

Continent - Oceania or Australia

-Near Australia, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Fiji, and maybe Papua New Guinea

-South West Pacific area

Used to be a UK or French territory I think.

22 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.he capital, Roseau, is located on the western side of the island. It is geographically situated as part of the Windward ...read more.

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.

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

23 Guyana Guyana officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, is a sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. Guyana is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brazil to the south and southwest, Suriname to the east, and Venezuela to the west. With 215,000 square kilometers (83,000 square ...read more.
24 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. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea, the country is completely surrounded by the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is separated into two ...read more.

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.

25 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.

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