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The Most Obscure Countries in the World

Updated June 14, 2019 16.7k votes 2.9k voters 327.6k views54 items

List RulesCountries 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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  • 1
    Transnistria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    590
    278

    Area (km sq.)4163.0

    Transnistria is a breakaway state located mostly on a strip of land between the River Dniester... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Kiribati is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    437
    216

    Kiribati

    Oceania

    Area (km sq.)811.0

    Kiribati, officially the Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation in the central Pacific... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Comoros is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    362
    183

    Comoros

    Africa

    Area (km sq.)2170.0

    The Comoros, officially the Union of the Comoros, is a sovereign archipelago island nation in... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Nauru is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    334
    180

    Nauru

    Oceania

    Area (km sq.)21.0

    Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Tuvalu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    283
    161

    Tuvalu

    Oceania

    Area (km sq.)26.0

    Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Timor-Leste is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    268
    162

    Area (km sq.)15007.0

    East Timor or Timor-Leste, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Palau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    234
    143

    Palau

    Oceania

    Area (km sq.)458.0

    Palau, officially the Republic of Palau, is an island country located in the western Pacific... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Vanuatu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    259
    169

    Vanuatu

    Oceania

    Area (km sq.)12200.0

    Vanuatu, officially the Republic of Vanuatu, is an Oceanian island nation located in the South... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    262
    229

    Djibouti

    Africa

    Area (km sq.)23200.0

    Djibouti, officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Micronesia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    165
    167

    Micronesia

    Oceania
    Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Burundi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    139
    138

    Burundi

    Africa

    Area (km sq.)27830.0

    Burundi or, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the African Great... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Benin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    152
    157

    Benin

    Africa

    Area (km sq.)112620.0

    Benin, officially the Republic of Benin and formerly Dahomey, is a country in West Africa. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Kyrgyzstan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    176
    186

    Area (km sq.)199900.0

    Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a country located... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Lesotho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    149
    155

    Lesotho

    Africa

    Area (km sq.)30355.0

    Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is an enclaved landlocked country completely... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Eritrea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    175
    188

    Eritrea

    Africa

    Area (km sq.)117600.0

    Eritrea, officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa. With its capital... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Suriname is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    183
    200

    Suriname

    Americas

    Area (km sq.)163270.0

    Suriname, officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a sovereign state on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Burikina Faso is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    186
    206

    Area (km sq.)274200.0

    Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa around 274,200 square kilometres in size.... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    144
    157

    Area (km sq.)143100.0

    Tajikistan, officially the Republic of Tajikistan, is a mountainous landlocked sovereign... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Seychelles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    151
    168

    Area (km sq.)455.0

    Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Gabon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    113
    130

    Gabon

    Africa

    Area (km sq.)267668.0

    Gabon, officially the Gabonese Republic, is a sovereign state on the west coast of Central... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    135
    161

    Bhutan

    Asia

    Area (km sq.)47000.0

    Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Solomon Islands is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    117
    140

    Area (km sq.)28450.0

    Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of a large number of islands in Oceania... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Togo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    128
    154

    Togo

    Africa

    Area (km sq.)56785.0

    Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Andorra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    135
    165

    Andorra

    Europe

    Area (km sq.)468.0

    Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, also called the Principality of the Valleys... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Malawi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
    116
    144

    Malawi

    Africa

    Area (km sq.)118480.0

    Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that... more on Wikipedia
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