
1/ Andorra—Public Domain
Continual coverage by news outlets on widespread geopolitical tension among global economic superpowers—such as talks of potential collusion between the Trump administration and Russia, as well as the constant backandforth on trade sanctions between the United States and China—does not leave much room for status updates on the world’s smallest nations.
Even the leastgeographically savvy individuals are likely aware of the world’s largest countries by now, but what about Earth’s tiniest countries? The world’s 50 smallest nations add up to a cumulative population of 27,074,994; for context, that number is more than a million fewer people than there are in Texas—not even the largest state in America.
To provide insight into these small, lesserknown populations, Stacker referenced data from the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook, listing the 50 smallest nations on Earth by total population. Each nation is named, along with a handful of relevant population statistics and a description of the population distribution, which is taken directly from the World Factbook.
Read on to discover how many of the world’s smallest nations you never knew existed.
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2/ Pixabay
Population: 1,895,250
Population growth rate: N/A
Urban population: N/A
Population below poverty line: 30%
GDP per capita: $3,526.71
Population distribution: population clusters exist throughout the country, the largest being in the east in and around the capital of Pristina

3/ Albert Herring // Wikicommons
Population: 1,792,338
Population growth rate: 1.86%
Urban population: 43.4% of total population (3.41% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 67%
GDP per capita: $722.52
Population distribution: approximately onefifth of the population lives in the capital city of Bissau along the Atlantic coast; the remainder is distributed among the eight other, mainly rural regions

4/ NASA
Population: 1,772,255
Population growth rate: 1.92%
Urban population: 89.4% of total population (2.61% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 34.3%
GDP per capita: $8,164.74
Population distribution: the relatively small population is spread in pockets throughout the country; the largest urban center is the capital of Libreville, located along the Atlantic coast in the northwest

5/ Antonio Olmedo // Wikicommons
Population: 1,467,152
Population growth rate: 1.08%
Urban population: 23.8% of total population (2.46% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 63%
GDP per capita: $2,746.82
Population distribution: because of its mountainous terrain, the population distribution is uneven throughout the country, concentrating primarily in valleys and plains

6/ Wadiia // Wikicommons
Population: 1,410,942
Population growth rate: 2.26%
Urban population: 89.3% of total population (4.38% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $24,005.24
Population distribution: smallest population of the Gulf States, but urbanization rate exceeds 90%; largest settlement concentration is found on the far northern end of the island in and around Manama and Al Muharraq

7/ Tejcoomar Luchmun // Wikicommons
Population: 1,356,388
Population growth rate: 0.59%
Urban population: 40.8% of total population (0.11% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 8%
GDP per capita: $9,046.08
Population distribution: population density is one of the highest in the world; urban cluster are found throught the main island, with a greater density in and around Port Louis; population on Rodrigues Island is spread across the island with a slightly denser cluster on the north coast

8/ Graham Crumb // Flickr
Population: 1,291,358
Population growth rate: 2.36%
Urban population: 30.6% of total population (3.35% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 41.8%
GDP per capita: $2,103.21
Population distribution: most of the population concentrated in the western third of the country, particularly around Dili

9/ Pixabay
Population: 1,251,581
Population growth rate: 0.57%
Urban population: 68.9% of total population (0.01% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 21.3%
GDP per capita: $20,518.05
Population distribution: a fairly even distribution throughout most of the country, with urban areas attracting larger and denser populations

10/ GoodFreePhotos
Population: 1,221,549
Population growth rate: 1.32%
Urban population: 66.8% of total population (0.75% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $17,281.34
Population distribution: population concentrated in central Nicosia and in the major cities of the south: Paphos, Limassol, and Larnaca

11/ Kalamazadkhan // Wikicommons
Population: 1,218,208
Population growth rate: 0.2%
Urban population: 53.2% of total population (0.22% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 20%
GDP per capita: $16,663.82
Population distribution: population on Trinidad is concentrated in the western half of the island, on Tobago in the southern half

12/ Heinz Albers // Wikicommons
Population: 920,938
Population growth rate: 0.6%
Urban population: 56.2% of total population (1.62% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 31%
GDP per capita: $5,487.88
Population distribution: approximately 70% of the population lives on the island of Viti Levu; roughly half of the population lives in urban areas

13/ Fishercd // Wikicommons
Population: 865,267
Population growth rate: 2.16%
Urban population: 77.8% of total population (1.67% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 23%
GDP per capita: $2,406.19
Population distribution: most densely populated areas are in the east; the largest city is Djibouti, with a population over 600,000; no other city in the country has a total population over 50,000

14/ Harayamouji // Wikicommons
Population: 808,080
Population growth rate: 1.64%
Urban population: 29% of total population (2.87% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 44.8%
GDP per capita: $815,513.32
Population distribution: the capital city of Moroni, located on the western side of the island of Grande Comore, is the country's largest city; however, of the three islands that comprise Comoros, it is Anjouan that is the most densely populated

15/ Embassy of Equatorial Guinea // Flickr
Population: 778,358
Population growth rate: 2.44%
Urban population: 72.1% of total population (4.28% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 44%
GDP per capita: $12,937.49
Population distribution: only two large cities over 30,000 people (Bata on the mainland, and the capital Malabo on the island of Bioko); small communities are scattered throughout the mainland and the five inhabited islands

16/ JeanMarie Hullot // Wikicommons
Population: 758,288
Population growth rate: 1.07%
Urban population: 40.9% of total population (2.98% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 13.3%
GDP per capita: $3,060.84
Population distribution: N/A

17/ amanderson2 // Wikicommons
Population: 737,718
Population growth rate: 0.32%
Urban population: 26.6% of total population (0.83% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 35%
GDP per capita: $4,867.71
Population distribution: population is heavily concentrated in the northeast in and around Georgetown, with notable concentrations along the Berbice River to the east; the remainder of the country is sparsely populated

18/ ravilacoya // Flickr
Population: 647,581
Population growth rate: 1.94%
Urban population: 23.7% of total population (3.91% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $1,965.78
Population distribution: most of the population lives along the coastal regions; about one in five live in urban areas, and of these some twothirds reside in Honiara, the largest town and chief port

19/ Островский Александр, Киев // Wikicommons
Population: 642,550
Population growth rate: 0.28%
Urban population: 66.8% of total population (0.54% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 8.6%
GDP per capita: $6,855.50
Population distribution: highest population density is concentrated in the south, southwest; the extreme eastern border is the least populated area

20/ Cayambe // Wikicommons
Population: 594,130
Population growth rate: 1.98%
Urban population: 91% of total population (1.55% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $106,912.63
Population distribution: most people live in the south, on or near the border with France

21/ Max Pixel
Population: 591,919
Population growth rate: 1.02%
Urban population: 66.1% of total population (0.9% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 70%
GDP per capita: $6,191.73
Population distribution: population concentrated along the nothern coastal strip; the remainder of the country is sparsely populated

22/ Manuel de Sousa // Wikicommons
Population: 560,899
Population growth rate: 1.33%
Urban population: 65.7% of total population (1.97% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 30%
GDP per capita: $3,080.77
Population distribution: among the nine inhabited islands, population distribution is variable; islands in the east are very dry and are only sparsely settled to exploit their extensive salt deposits; the more southerly islands receive more precipitation and support larger populations, but agriculture and livestock grazing have damaged the soil fertility and vegetation; approximately half of the population lives on Sao Tiago Island, which is the location of the capital of Praia; Mindelo, on the northern island of Sao Vicente, also has a large urban population

23/ Bernard Spragg. NZ // Wikicommons
Population: 443,593
Population growth rate: 1.57%
Urban population: 77.6% of total population (1.66% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $26,961.65
Population distribution: N/A

24/ Public Domain
Population: 416,338
Population growth rate: 0.26%
Urban population: 94.6% of total population (0.38% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 16.3%
GDP per capita: $28,846.75
Population distribution: most of the population lives on the eastern half of Malta, the largest of the three inhabited islands

25/ Gzzz // Wikicommons
Population: 392,709
Population growth rate: 0.06%
Urban population: 39.8% of total population (2.93% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 16%
GDP per capita: $11,509.79
Population distribution: about a third of the population lives in the centrally located capital city of Male and almost a 10th in southern Addu City; the remainder of the populace is spread over the 200 or so populated islands of the archipelago

26/ Dronepicr // Wikicommons
Population: 360,346
Population growth rate: 1.8%
Urban population: 45.7% of total population (2.32% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 41%
GDP per capita: $5,047.93
Population distribution: approximately 25–30% of the population lives in the former capital, Belize City; over half of the overall population is rural; population density is slightly higher in the north and east

27/ Mark Fischer // Wikicommons
Population: 339,747
Population growth rate: 1.13%
Urban population: 93.8% of total population (0.81% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $73,142.66
Population distribution: Iceland is almost entirely urban with half of the population located in and around the capital of Reykjavik; smaller clusters are primarily found along the coast in the north and west

28/ Vanessa Vancour // Flickr
Population: 329,988
Population growth rate: 0.81%
Urban population: 83% of total population (1.13% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 9.3%
GDP per capita: $27,658.58
Population distribution: most of the population lives in urban areas, with twothirds living on New Providence Island where Nassau is located

29/ Sandman5 // Flickr
Population: 292,336
Population growth rate: 0.28%
Urban population: 31.1% of total population (0.2% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $16,491.30
Population distribution: most densely populated country in the eastern Caribbean; approximately onethird live in urban areas

30/ Phillip Capper // Wikicommons
Population: 282,814
Population growth rate: 1.85%
Urban population: 25.3% of total population (2.55% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $2,959,542.31
Population distribution: threequarters of the population lives in rural areas; the urban populace lives primarily in two cities, PortVila and Luganville; three largest islands—Espiritu Santo, Malakula, and Efate—accommodate over half of the populace

31/ David Stanley // Wikicommons
Population: 201,025
Population growth rate: 1.72%
Urban population: 72.8% of total population (3.33% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 66.2%
GDP per capita: $1,850,516.10
Population distribution: Sao Tome, the capital city, has roughly a quarter of the nation's population; Santo Antonio is the largest town on Principe; the northern areas of both islands have the highest population densities

32/ Public Domain
Population: 200,108
Population growth rate: 0.6%
Urban population: 18.2% of total population (0.47% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $4,217,722.43
Population distribution: about threequarters of the population lives on the island of Upolu

33/ XeresNelro // Wikicommons
Population: 164,994
Population growth rate: 0.32%
Urban population: 18.7% of total population (0.8% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $10,406.44
Population distribution: most of the population is found on the periphery of the island, with a larger concentration in the north around the capital of Castries

34/ Pixabay
Population: 111,724
Population growth rate: 0.44%
Urban population: 36.3% of total population (0.76% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 38%
GDP per capita: $9,944.15
Population distribution: approximately onethird of the population is found in the capital of St. George's; the island's population is concentrated along the coast

35/ Erin Magee/DFAT // Wikicommons
Population: 108,145
Population growth rate: 1.13%
Urban population: 54.1% of total population (3.19% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $1,719,913.08
Population distribution: consists of three achipelagos spread out over an area roughly the size of India; the eastern Line Islands and central Phoenix Islands are sparsely populated, but the western Gilbert Islands are some of the most densely settled places on earth, with the main island of South Tarawa boasting a population density similar to Tokyo or Hong Kong

36/ David Broad // Wikicommons
Population: 106,479
Population growth rate: 0.05%
Urban population: 23.1% of total population (0.71% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 24%
GDP per capita: $4,104,095.64
Population distribution: over twothirds of the population lives on the island of Tongatapu; only 45 of the nation's 171 islands are occupied

37/ Department of Foreign Affairs // Flickr
Population: 104,196
Population growth rate: 0.52%
Urban population: 22.7% of total population (1.05% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 26.7%
GDP per capita: $3,157,510.84
Population distribution: the majority of the populaton lives in the coastal areas of the high islands; the mountainous interior is largely uninhabited; less than half of the population lives in urban areas

38/ David Broad // Wikicommons
Population: 102,089
Population growth rate: 0.25%
Urban population: 52.2% of total population (1.03% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $7,983,230.32
Population distribution: most of the population is concentrated in and around the capital of Kingstown

39/ dronepicr // Flickr
Population: 93,920
Population growth rate: 0.77%
Urban population: 56.7% of total population (1.26% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 39.3%
GDP per capita: $15,747.44
Population distribution: more than threequarters of the population lives on the main island of Mahe; Praslin contains less than 10%; a smaller percent on La Digue and the outer islands

40/ Public Domain
Population: 85,702
Population growth rate: 0.03%
Urban population: 88.1% of total population (0.31% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $31,644.54
Population distribution: population is unevenly distributed and is concentrated in the seven urbanized valleys that make up the country's parishes (political administrative divisions)

41/ Hendrik Scholz // Wikicommons
Population: 74,539
Population growth rate: 1.55%
Urban population: 77% of total population (0.61% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: no data
GDP per capita: $2,669,743.36
Population distribution: most people live in urban clusters found on many of the country's islands; more than twothirds of the population lives on the atolls of Majuro and Ebeye

42/ Konstantin Krismer // Wikicommons
Population: 73,897
Population growth rate: 0.18%
Urban population: 70.5% of total population (0.94% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 29%
GDP per capita: $8,227,668.24
Population distribution: population is mosly clustered along the coast, with roughly a third living in the parish of St. George, in or around the capital of Roseau; the volcanic interior is sparsely populated

43/ Nesnad // Wikicommons
Population: 52,715
Population growth rate: 0.73%
Urban population: 30.8% of total population (0.92% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $17,812,766.76
Population distribution: population clusters are found in the small towns located on the periphery of both islands

44/ George McCord // Flickr
Population: 38,244
Population growth rate: 0.8%
Urban population: 14.3% of total population (0.81% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $174,458.74
Population distribution: most of the population is found in the western half of the country along the Rhine River

45/ Max_Ryazanov // Wikicommons
Population: 33,537
Population growth rate: 0.74%
Urban population: 97.2% of total population (0.67% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $48,692.49
Population distribution: N/A

46/ Tobi 87 // Wikicommons
Population: 30,645
Population growth rate: 0.24%
Urban population: 100% of total population (0.51% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $195,986.29
Population distribution: the most densely populated country in the world; its entire population living on 2 square kilometers

47/ LuxTonnerre // Wikicommons
Population: 21,431
Population growth rate: 0.39%
Urban population: 79.9% of total population (1.77% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $14,978,302.46
Population distribution: most of the population is located on the southern end of the main island of Babelthuap (also known as Babeldaob)

48/ INABA Tomoaki // Wikicommons
Population: 11,052
Population growth rate: 0.85%
Urban population: 62.4% of total population (2.27% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: 26.3%
GDP per capita: $3,619,254.43
Population distribution: over half of the population resides on the atoll of Funafuti

49/ Public Domain
Population: 9,642
Population growth rate: 0.53%
Urban population: 100% of total population (0.06% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $11,823,273.18
Population distribution: extensive phosphate mining made approximately 90% of the island unsuitable for farming; most people live in the fertile coastal areas, especially along the southwest coast

50/ eutrophication&hypoxia // Flickr
Population: 9,290
Population growth rate: 2.79%
Urban population: 75.1% of total population (0.37% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: $26,275,565.12
Population distribution: most of the population is found on the island of Rarotonga

51/ Alex Proimos // Wikicommons
Population: 1,000
Population growth rate: 0%
Urban population: 100% of total population (0.05% annual rate of change)
Population below poverty line: N/A
GDP per capita: N/A
Population distribution: N/A