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The Most Obscure Countries in the World

Updated June 14, 2019 16.2k votes 3.0k voters 332.4k views54 items

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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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  • 1
    556
    260

    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
    408
    209

    Kiribati

    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 total...  more
  • 3
    353
    179

    Comoros

    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 Africa...  more
  • 4
    319
    174

    Nauru

    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
    275
    156

    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
    263
    157

    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
    228
    143

    Palau

    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 of...  more
  • 8
    253
    166

    Vanuatu

    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 northern...  more
  • 9
    251
    221

    Djibouti

    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. The...  more
  • 10
    137
    134

    Burundi

    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, and the...  more
  • 11
    163
    165

    Micronesia

    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 and...  more
  • 12
    175
    182

    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
  • 13
    150
    156

    Benin

    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. A...  more
  • 14
    170
    181

    Eritrea

    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 southeast....  more
  • 15
    148
    158

    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 Africa....  more
  • 16
    174
    190

    Suriname

    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 and...  more
  • 17
    145
    156

    Lesotho

    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 two million....  more
  • 18
    115
    123

    Gabon

    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 the...  more
  • 19
    173
    201

    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; Togo and...  more
  • 20
    138
    157

    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 and...  more
  • 21
    126
    148

    Togo

    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 its...  more
  • 22
    118
    138

    Malawi

    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, and...  more
  • 23
    129
    155

    Bhutan

    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 India. To...  more
  • 24
    130
    161

    Andorra

    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 Pyrenees...  more
  • 25
    112
    141

    Swaziland

    Africa

    Area (km sq.)17363.0

    Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Swaziland is a sovereign state in Southern Africa. It is neighbored by Mozambique to its east and by South Africa to its north, west and south. The country and...  more