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The Most Obscure Countries in the World 

The Monto Gawe
Updated June 14, 2019 20.7k votes 2.8k voters 325.5k views 54 items

List Rules Countries Nations States Obscure

School introduced us to the concept of a nation, state or country.

By most accounts, there are 196 Countries in the World.*

News organization and Hollywood films selected for us what countries need to be spotlighted, notably, the First World countries, the war-strife nations and those which cannot simply be ignored due to some reasons or the other.

Global events like beauty pageants and the Olympics further ingrain in our consciousness the names of most countries.

Yet, there are still several countries whose names are rarely mentioned in world history books, media reports or in the parade of nations.

Please add your choice to the list.

This will make us more informed and, yes, highlight these countries as well.

*http://geography.about.com/cs/countries/a/numbercountries.htm
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Transnistria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
RavynBraun added Eurasia

Area (km sq.): 4163.0

Transnistria is a breakaway state located mostly on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine. Since its declaration of independence in 1990, and ...more
2
Kiribati is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Oceania

Area (km sq.): 811.0

Kiribati, officially the Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean. The nation comprises 33 atolls and reef islands and one raised coral island, Banaba. They have a ...more
3
Comoros is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Africa

Area (km sq.): 2170.0

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 ...more
4
Nauru is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Oceania

Area (km sq.): 21.0

Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country in Micronesia in the Central Pacific. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300 ...more
5
Tuvalu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Tuvalu Oceania

Area (km sq.): 26.0

Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. It comprises three reef islands and six true atolls ...more
6
Timor-Leste is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Asia

Area (km sq.): 15007.0

East Timor or Timor-Leste, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in Maritime Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of ...more
7
Vanuatu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Oceania

Area (km sq.): 12200.0

Vanuatu, officially the Republic of Vanuatu, is an Oceanian island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is some 1,750 kilometres east of ...more
8
Palau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Oceania

Area (km sq.): 458.0

Palau, officially the Republic of Palau, is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is geographically part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The country's population ...more
9
Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Africa

Area (km sq.): 23200.0

Djibouti, officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. ...more
10
Micronesia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Oceania
Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a shared cultural history with two other island regions, Polynesia to the east ...more
11
Kyrgyzstan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Asia

Area (km sq.): 199900.0

Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a country located in Central Asia. Landlocked and mountainous, Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, ...more
12
Suriname is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Americas

Area (km sq.): 163270.0

Suriname, officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a sovereign state on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America. It is bordered by French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west ...more
13
Burkina Faso is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Africa

Area (km sq.): 274200.0

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa around 274,200 square kilometres in size. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; ...more
14
Benin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Africa

Area (km sq.): 112620.0

Benin, officially the Republic of Benin and formerly Dahomey, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, by Nigeria to the east and by Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. ...more
15
Eritrea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Africa

Area (km sq.): 117600.0

Eritrea, officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa. With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the ...more
16
Burundi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Africa

Area (km sq.): 27830.0

Burundi or, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of Southeast Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, ...more
17
Lesotho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Africa

Area (km sq.): 30355.0

Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is an enclaved landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa. It is just over 30,000 km² in size and has a population slightly over ...more
18
Seychelles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Africa

Area (km sq.): 455.0

Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres east of mainland Southeast ...more
19
Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
quietcountry25 added Asia

Area (km sq.): 143100.0

Tajikistan, officially the Republic of Tajikistan, is a mountainous landlocked sovereign country in Central Asia. With an estimated 8 million people in 2013, it is the 98th most populous country ...more
20
Andorra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
LukePerry added Europe

Area (km sq.): 468.0

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 ...more
21
Gabon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Africa

Area (km sq.): 267668.0

Gabon, officially the Gabonese Republic, is a sovereign state on the west coast of Central Africa. Located on the equator, Gabon is bordered by Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, Cameroon to ...more
22
Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Asia

Area (km sq.): 47000.0

Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by ...more
23
Togo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
AnnaBoekelheide added Africa

Area (km sq.): 56785.0

Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. It extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, where ...more
24
Malawi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Africa

Area (km sq.): 118480.0

Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, ...more
25
Solomon Islands is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Oceania

Area (km sq.): 28450.0

Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of a large number of islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square ...more