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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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Transnistria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
RavynBraun added Transnistria Eurasia 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

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Kiribati is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Kiribati Oceania 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

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Comoros is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Comoros Africa 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

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

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Tuvalu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Tuvalu Oceania 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

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Vanuatu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Vanuatu Oceania 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

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Timor-Leste is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Timor-Leste Asia 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

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Palau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Palau Oceania 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

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Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Djibouti Africa 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

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Suriname is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Suriname Americas 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

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Burkina Faso is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Burikina Faso Africa 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

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Benin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Benin Africa 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

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Lesotho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Lesotho Africa 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

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Kyrgyzstan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Kyrgyzstan Asia 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

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Micronesia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
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 ...more

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Burundi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Burundi Africa 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

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Eritrea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Eritrea Africa 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

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Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
quietcountry25 added Tajikistan Asia 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

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Seychelles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Seychelles Africa 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

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Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Bhutan Asia 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

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Kosovo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
PaulPring added Kosovo Europe Between Serbia and Albania. Capital city is Pristina Kosovo is a partially recognised state in Southeastern Europe that declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo. While Serbia recognises the Republic's ...more

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Togo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
AnnaBoekelheide added Togo Africa 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

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Andorra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
LukePerry added Andorra Europe 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

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Malawi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Malawi Africa 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

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Gabon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Gabon Africa 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

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Guyana is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Guyana Americas Guyana, officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, is a sovereign state on the Caribbean coast of South America. Although Guyana is part of the Anglophone Caribbean, it is one of the few ...more

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Swaziland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Swaziland Africa 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 ...more

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Dominica is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Dominica Americas Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Its size is ...more

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Solomon Islands is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Solomon Islands Oceania 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

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Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Turkmenistan Asia Turkmenistan, formerly known as Turkmenia, is one of the Turkic states in Central Asia. Turkmenistan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to ...more

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Moldova is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Moldova Europe Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, also known as Moldavia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe located between Romania to its west and Ukraine to its north, east and south. Its ...more

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Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Azerbaijan Asia Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a contiguous transcontinental presidential republic in the Caucasus region, situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. ...more

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Montenegro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Montenegro Europe Montenegro is a country in Southeastern Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south-west and is bordered by Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to ...more

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Oman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Oman Asia Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Holding a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the ...more

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Namibia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Namibia Africa Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, and formerly South West Africa, is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Zambia and ...more

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Georgia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Georgia Eurasia Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the ...more

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Mozambique is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Mozambique Africa Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique, is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe ...more

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Niger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Niger Africa Niger, officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km², making it the largest ...more

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Nicaragua is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Nicaragua Americas Nicaragua, officially the Republic of Nicaragua, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordering Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. The country is situated ...more

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Côte d’Ivoire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Côte d’Ivoire Africa Ivory Coast or Côte d'Ivoire, officially the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, is a country in West Africa. Ivory Coast's de jure capital is Yamoussoukro and the biggest city is the port ...more

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Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Uzbekistan Asia Uzbekistan, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan, is a doubly landlocked country in Central Asia. It is a unitary, constitutional, presidential republic, comprising 12 provinces, 1 autonomous ...more

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Liberia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Liberia Africa Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country in West Africa bordered by Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north and Ivory Coast to its east. It covers an area of 111,369 ...more

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Cameroon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Cameroon Africa Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and ...more

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Sierra Leone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Sierra Leone Africa Sierra Leone, officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea in the north-east, Liberia in the south-east, and the Atlantic Ocean in the ...more

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Senegal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Senegal Africa Senegal, officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country in West Africa. It is the westernmost country in the mainland of the Old World or Eurafrasia and owes its name to the ...more

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Yemen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Yemen Asia Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is an Arab country in Southwest Asia, occupying the southwestern to southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is the second largest country ...more

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Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
LukePerry added Luxembourg Europe Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in Western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. It ...more

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Ghana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Ghana Africa Ghana, officially called the Republic of Ghana, is a sovereign multinational state and unitary presidential constitutional democracy, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the ...more

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Kazakhstan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
Kazakhstan Asia Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in Central Asia, with its smaller part west of the Ural River in Europe. Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country by ...more

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Wales is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Obscure Countries in the World
tanhindmarsh added Wales United Kingdom Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east, the Irish Sea to its north and west, and the Bristol Channel to its south. ...more