Ten Most Obscure Countries In the World

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The Top Ten

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

A mountainous, peaceful country completely surrounded by mountains, Bhutan is very traditional. Televisions were only introduced there a few years ago. This isolated country is also quite closed to the outside world as the government does not want lots of tourists spoiling the natural habitat so they only let a certain number of tourists in per year. This means that Bhutan is still very obscure.

Bhutan is occasionally cited to be "the most unnoticed country in the world."

Look at the flag! An awesome dragonball dragon! - InfernoTopTenners

i'm 12

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

Situated in the Southern Pacific Ocean, Nauru is one of the smallest countries in the world by size and population. With little over 10,000 people living on this remote island and with few tourists, this small island is very obscure.

They will annex Australia and New Zealand in the future

Naru is also the 4th smallest country by area

I've heard of all the others - Qackydontus

3 Kiribati Kiribati


k hole

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.

The second smallest. Country by population may go down to zero in the next 50 years or so as rising water levels will probably engulf the set of atolls which have a maximum height of 5 metres. It has untouched beaches on the atoll of Motulalo and the small capital of Fongafale on the island Funafuti. There are virtually no jobs except for fishing and working in the fish market. With around 900 visitors per year with little change from 20 years ago, this makes Tuvalu extremely obscure.

5 Laos Laos Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR), or commonly referred to its colloquial name of Muang Lao is a landlocked country in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula of Mainland Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to ...read more.

A communist country bordering China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar, Laos is fairly closed to the rest of the world as it is one of the most closed countries in th world, only letting a few number of tourists in per year. Laos' landscape is mostly untouched by the west and towns like Louangphrabang still try and stay traditional. It's main tourist attraction is the Mekong river which flows through most of the country. But this East Asian state is still very obscure.

6 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.

War and famine have made the fairly new state one of the most horrendous places to live in the past 20 years. It split off from Ethiopia in 1993 after a long war rocked the country. However, it still remains fairly unknown due to it not having much political or sporting involvement with the rest of the world. This small African Republic has been nicknamed by some as "Africa's North Korea" due to it having no freedom of speech and heavy corruption inside the government.

7 Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is an enclaved, landlocked country in southern Africa completely surrounded by South Africa.

Am I the only one who knows all these countries? - MrBrony8675309

Lol the comment is on here twice... - Pony

Lesotho is completely surrounded by South Africa.

Beats Sweden in rape.

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8 São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe
9 Luxembourg Luxembourg
10 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.

The Contenders

11 Central African Republic Central African Republic

Yet another corrupt country, the Cental African Republic (or C.A. R for short) is a very poor country and one of the most gender inequal in the world. It had a military dictator who spent a third of the year's taxes on a huge, Napoleon themed coronation with him claiming to be the most important person in the world. No other political leaders showed up. Thankfully for the C.A. R, democracy was introduced in 1993, 33 years after it had claimed independence from France. But the lack of facilities, roads and accommodation means it only gets around 6,000 visitors per year.

12 São Tomé and Principé

A series of paradise islands off the coast of Gabon, São Tomé and Principé were once a Portuguese colony until 1975. There isn't much known about the country but there was a referendum in 1990 which was a majority vote for the country to become democratic. However, tourism is on the rise with wealthy Europeans and Gabonians going there for holidays with the country's first modern hotel opening in 1986. But still this set of islands is very obscure.

13 Chad Chad
14 Palau Palau
15 Seychelles Seychelles Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago and country in the Indian Ocean.

Very colourful flag

16 Liechtenstein

Sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland, this small country of only 30,000 is a tax haven for big businesses. It's mountainous terrain makes it great for walking or cycling. The fourth smallest country in Europe, like lots of small European countries, has a high life expectancy rate and high GDP per capita, with Liechtenstein being at around $100,000 per year on average in wages.

Liechtenstein will be returned to its previous glory

17 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.
18 Belize Belize Belize is a country on the eastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in Central America whose official language is English, though Belizean Creole and Spanish are also commonly spoken.

The only old British colony in Central America, Belize is also the smallest by area and population. Bordering Guatemala and Mexico, it's a paradise for scuba divers as it has the second biggest Barrier Reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef. It also has a great blue hole off the coast, which is a sudden drop that often goes down a long way. However, it is often right in the path of hurricanes which makes going there in rainy season possibly quite dangerous.


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

The only Dutch speaking country in South America, Suriname was once known as Dutch Guyana. It's equatirial climate and its borders with Brazil make it a haven for nature lovers. However, until 1991, it was under a strict military rule letting almost no tourists in. But still with a lack of hotelsm tourist numbers still dwindle.

21 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.
22 Mali Mali
23 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country located in west Africa. It is a French speaking country.

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24 Sovereign Military Order of Malta

The fact that it's so obscure that it isn't even on the list means that it wins

25 Barbados Barbados
26 Japan Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

It's not obscure.

27 Wales Wales Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Located on the island of Great Britain, it is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.
28 Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast. The country is low-lying riverine land traversed by the many branches and tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

Where do you get your maids from?

With little tourists, smiling locals, an enchanting rainforest and exotic animals, a trip to Bangladesh will be a positive, but obscure one! You will find yourselves fitting in with the locals! 🇧🇩 - jmoss

29 Niue

Rohan has never heard of this country.

Heard of it but don't know much on it

30 Guayana

Is this real?

31 Maldives Maldives Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island country and archipelago in the Indian Ocean.
32 Honduras Honduras Honduras became an independent nation in September 15, 1821. Bordering Countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Capital: Tegucigalpa, FM Population: 8 Million Language: Spanish Major Exports: Coffee, Bananas, Apparel, and Palm Oil. Currency: Lempira

Another small one under Mexico.

33 Moldova Moldova Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south.
34 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina, sometimes called Bosnia-Herzegovina or Bosnia & Herzegovina, abbreviated BiH or B&H, and, in short, often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe located on the Balkan Peninsula.
35 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Uzbekistan is a landlocked country. It is one of two doubly landlocked countries in the world, a country completely surrounded by landlocked countries in Central Asia. ...read more.
36 French Guiana French Guiana French Guiana, officially called Guiana, is an overseas department and region of France, located on the north Atlantic coast of South America in the Guyanas.

No one ever mentions this country

37 Latvia Latvia Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia, is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states.
38 Iceland Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.
39 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.
40 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a landlocked country located in Central Asia.
41 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.
42 Burundi Burundi Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. In Burundi they speak Kirundi, French and Swahili. The capital ...read more.
43 East Timor
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