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) to the east. It further lies northwest of Tuvalu, 1,300 km (810 mi) northeast of the Solomon Islands, east-northeast of Papua New Guinea, southeast of the Federated States of Micronesia and south of the Marshall Islands. With only a 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi) area, Nauru is the third-smallest country in the world behind Vatican City and Monaco, making it the smallest republic. Its population of about 10,000 ...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 East Nusa Tenggara. Within West Timor lies an exclave of East Timor called Oecusse District. The island covers an area of 30,777 square kilometres (11,883 square miles). The name is a variant of timur, Malay for "east"; it is so called because it lies at the eastern end of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Mainland Australia is less than 500 km away, separated by the Timor Sea.

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 Niue

I didn't know that this is a state!

Well.. It isn't a country..

6 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.

7 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

The language barrier in the name makes it something people never even can bring up

8 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.

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 and Mayotte to the southeast, Tanzania to the northwest, Mozambique to the west, and the Seychelles to the northeast. Its capital and largest city is Moroni. The religion of the majority of the population, and the official state religion, is Sunni Islam. As a member of the Arab League, it is the only country in the Arab world which is entirely in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also a member state of the African Union, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Indian Ocean Commission. The country has three official languages: Comorian, French and Arabic. ...read more.

I'm a bit of a geography buff and I'm pretty sure this One is made up

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 country is a Commonwealth realm, with Elizabeth II as Queen and head of state. It is the only federation in the Caribbean.
The Contenders
11 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.

12 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

13 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 the other two. Additionally, it is the only such state outside the Italian peninsula, and the only one that is not a microstate. Lesotho is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) and has a population of about 2 million. Its capital and largest city is Maseru. The official languages are Sesotho and English. Lesotho was previously the British Crown Colony of Basutoland, but it declared independence from the United Kingdom on 4 October 1966. It is now a fully sovereign state and is a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the African Union, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The name Lesotho roughly translates to "Land of the Sotho".

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

14 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...

15 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 square miles), it is the smallest sovereign state in South America. Suriname has a population of approximately 575,990, most of whom live on the country's north coast, in and around the capital and largest city, Paramaribo.

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!

16 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 square kilometres (240,000 sq mi). As of 2018, it had an estimated population of around 4.7 million. As of 2021, the CAR is the scene of a civil war, ongoing since 2012

Nobody in my school knew this country exists.

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 kilometres (313 square miles) and are dispersed over 3.5 million km2 (1.4 million sq mi). Their spread straddles the equator and the 180th meridian, although the International Date Line goes around Kiribati and swings far to the east, almost reaching the 150° W meridian. This brings Kiribati's easternmost islands, the southern Line Islands south of Hawaii, into the same day as the Gilbert Islands and places them in the most advanced time zone on Earth: UTC+14. Kiribati is the only country in the world to be situated in all four cardinal hemispheres

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 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.

20 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

21 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

22 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.

23 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?

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 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.
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