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List Rules Nations with the most breathtaking landscapes, including architecture and natural features

There's nothing like traveling and seeing the world to broaden your horizons and the countries on this list are the most beautiful places in the world. Vote up the most gorgeous destinations below or add a beautiful country to visit if it isn't already listed. This list should encourage you to travel and see some of these gorgeous landscapes for yourself. The pictures of beautiful countries below are incredible, but nothing beats seeing these locations in person.

Many people love Italy because of the magical cities of Rome, Venice, Florence, and the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Breathtaking scenes are everywhere! What factors go into considering the most beautiful countries in the world? Certainly, many of these gorgeous countries are home to the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, along with the most beautiful buildings. It's hard to argue, for example, with Australia as a popular travel destination, given the extraordinary natural wonders it is home to.

What do you believe is the prettiest country? Time to vote and rerank the top most beautiful countries in the world below.
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New Zealand


New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beautiful Countries in the World
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New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres east of ...more

Capital: Wellington

Official Language: Māori language, New Zealand Sign Language, English Language

Divisions: Bay of Plenty, Otago Region, Tasman District, West Coast, Wellington, + more

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Iceland


Iceland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beautiful Countries in the World
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Don't break the bank, find  the cheapest hotels to stay at in Iceland!

Iceland is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. It has a population of 329,100 and an area of 103,000 km², making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík; the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are ...more

Capital: Reykjavik

Official Language: Icelandic Language

Divisions: Westfjords, Norðurland vestra, Eastern Region, Iceland, Capital Region, + more

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#52 on The Best Honeymoon Destinations

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Greece


Greece is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beautiful Countries in the World
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Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic and known since ancient times as Hellas, is a country located in southeastern Europe. According to the 2011 census, Greece's population is around 11 million. Athens is the nation's capital and largest city, with Thessaloniki being the second largest and ...more

Capital: Athens

Official Language: Greek Language

Divisions: Chios, Phthiotis, Argolis, Pella, Dodecanese Prefecture, + more

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#17 on The Prettiest Flags in the World

#41 on The Best Honeymoon Destinations

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Norway


Norway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Beautiful Countries in the World
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These are the best and most scenic hotels to stay at while in Norway!

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus Jan Mayen and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories ...more

Capital: Oslo

Official Language: Nynorsk, Bokmål, Norwegian Language

Divisions: Sør-Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Vest-Agder, Østfold, Hedmark, + more

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#5 on The Countries with the Best Quality of Life

#13 on The Prettiest Flags in the World

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