Ten Most Obscure Countries In the World

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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 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.

5 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.

6 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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7 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.

8 Luxembourg Luxembourg

Luxembourg is next to Belgium. It is 8 times smaller than deleware. I only know this & 3 other countries on this list. - ruJILLous

9 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.

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Chad Chad
12 Seychelles Seychelles Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago and country in the Indian Ocean.
13 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.

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14 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

15 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.

16 Estonia Estonia
17 Mali Mali
18 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso

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

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19 Sovereign Military Order of Malta

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

20 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.
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