The Loneliest Country In The World

The Loneliest Country In The World

It’s not the size that matters, and with
countries, that is often the case. Some of the least populated countries in the world
are also the wealthiest in terms of personal wealth and gross national product.
And some of the larger nations have problems equally as huge to address. Some of these
smaller countries are thinly populated because they are super-difficult to get to or sit
in some of the world’s harshest regions. Some simply get by on one or two key industries
and foreign aid. Some were used as strategic bases during war time. Some are playgrounds
for the rich and famous. And one is reserved for holy activities.
Today we take a closer look at the smallest of these nations, in this episode of the Infographics
Show, The Ten Least Populated Countries in the World.
Human populations usually huddle around places that are good for agriculture with a source
of water nearby. Most great cities were built beside rivers and have economies or resources
that attract a growing number of visitors. When we think of most countries, we imagine
large masses of land, an intricate infrastructure of roads, railway networks, crowds of people,
and towering buildings. But spare a moment today to take a look at some of the smaller
nations. Countries with the smallest populations are
also often the most isolated in the world. Many of them are islands that are expensive
and inconvenient to reach. Also, harsh weather conditions can cause a place to be remote.
When we discuss a country’s population, we normally talk in terms of millions rather
than a few thousand. For the purposes of this show, we are working on straightforward population
(i.e. the number of people living in said country) rather than population density (i.e.
people over a given area). So here we have, in reverse order, from largest to smallest,
the countries with the smallest populations. Number 10. Dominica. Population 74,344
The island was originally settled by the Kalinago and later colonized by Europeans, predominantly
the French, from the 1690s to 1763. Christopher Columbus was said to have passed the island,
on a Sunday in November 1493, and named it. The name is said to derive from the Latin
for “Sunday.” The Brits took ahold of the island in 1763 and the island gained independence
in 1978. Dominica is known for its outstanding beauty with natural hot springs, lush rainforests,
mountains, and rare flora and fauna. The Sisserou parrot, also known as the Imperial Amazon
parrot, can only be found in Dominica and is featured on their national flag. Dominica
is a popular tourist destination and much of its economy derives from the tourist industry.
Number 9. St Kitts and Nevis. Population 55,855. Also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher
and Nevis, this island country sits in the West Indies and is the smallest sovereign
state in the Western Hemisphere in both area and population. The first people settled on
the island 3,000 years ago, and peak native populations were thought to have been around
500 and 600 AD. In 1623, the English settled on the islands, soon followed by the French.
Both the French and the English later agreed to partition the island. In 1626, the Anglo-French
settlers joined forces and massacred the native Kalinago people. Fast forward to the late
17th century, and the French and English fought for control of the island, resulting in the
French ceding their territory in 1713. In 1967, Saint Kitts and Nevis became an associated
state and became fully independent in 1983. The economy is mainly comprised of tourism,
agriculture, and light manufacturing industries. Number 8. Marshall Islands, Population 53,170
The Marshall Islands covers a total land space of less than 175 miles and is an island country
near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. Micronesian colonists reached the islands in canoes around
2,000 BC, and the islands were first explored by Europeans in the 1520s. The Spanish claimed
the islands in 1592, and later sold the islands to Germany in 1885. During World War two,
the USA took control of the islands and used them for nuclear testing from 1946 to 1958.
The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in 1979 handed independence to the Marshall
Islands. With not much in the way of natural resources, the island’s economy is based
on service industries, along with some agriculture and fishing. Aid from the USA provides a large
part of the island’s GDP, and their currency is the US dollar.
Number 7. Monaco. Population 38,911. Located on the French Riviera, Monaco is a
sovereign city-state country with a land area of just .8 sq miles (2 square km). Monaco
has one of the smallest populations in the world, but is also bizarrely one of the most
densely-populated sovereign states. Monaco has a reputation as a playground for the rich
and famous, owing to its favorable tax laws for the well-heeled playboy. In 2014, 30%
of the population was comprised of millionaires, making it one of the richest and least populated
countries in the world. Number 6. Liechtenstein. Population 38,171.
Another super-rich micro-state, Liechtenstein is bordered by Switzerland to the west and
south, and Austria to the east and north. It covers an area of just over 61 sq miles
(160 square km), and is the fourth smallest country in Europe. Like Monaco, Liechtenstein
has one of the highest GDP per person rates in the world, as well as one of the lowest
unemployment rates. This mountainous alpine country features as a luxury winter sports
destination. Before World War 1, the country was closely tied at first to the Austrian
Empire and then later to Austria-Hungary. The economic devastation caused by the war
led the country to join a customs and monetary union with Switzerland. The Prince of Liechtenstein
is one of the world’s wealthiest monarchs with a net worth estimated to be in the region
of $3.5 billion. Number 5. San Marino. Population 33,568.
San Marino is small in size as well as population, with a land mass of 38 miles (61 km). A series
of six books written in Latin in the 16th century act as the country’s constitution,
and it is thought to have the earliest governing constitution still in effect. The economy
here is comprised of tourism and financial services, and its one of the wealthiest countries
in the world in terms of GDP per capita. San Marino has no national debt and a budget surplus
along with low unemployment figures. San Marino is the only country in the world to have more
motor vehicles than people. They also have one of the smallest armies in the world. The
Guard of the Rock patrol and defend San Marino’s borders in their distinctive green and red
uniforms. Number 4. Palau. Population 21,980.
Located in the western Pacific Ocean, this country is made up of somewhere in the region
of 340 islands and has an area of 180 miles (466 km). Migrants from the Philippines settled
on Palau 3,000 years ago. The islands were discovered by Europeans in the 16th century,
and were annexed into the Spanish East Indies in 1574. Following the Spanish-American war,
the islands were sold to Germany in 1899 under terms set out by the German-Spanish treaty.
The League of Nations passed on the islands to the Japanese after the First World War,
and it was here that the major battle of Pelejiu was fought between the Japanese and the Americans.
The islands gained full independence in 1994. The country’s economy relies on tourism,
fishing, farming, and foreign aid. Number 3. Nauru. Population 11,309.
The republic of Nauru, formaly called Pleasant Island, is an island country in Oceania right
in the center of the Central Pacific. Nauru is the third smallest state by population,
and the third smallest state by area in the world. The first settlers here were from Micronesia
and Polynesia around 1,000 BC. Snatched from the Germans in the late 19th century after
the First World War, the Island was administered by Australia, New Zealand, and the United
Kingdom. Nauru became fully independent in 1968. During the late 1960s and early 1970s,
Nauru had the highest per-capita income rate of any sovereign state in the world, owing
to a rich supply of phosphate. When this reserve was exhausted, and the environment damaged
by mining, the island transformed into a tax haven destination and has been linked with
illegal money laundering. Number 2. Tuvalu. Population 11,294.
Formally known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu, having gained independence from the United
Kingdom in 1978, is the second smallest country in the world in terms of population size.
Tuvalu is located to the east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean, about midway between
Hawaii and Australia, and close to Nauru as well as Fiji. The first European to sail through
the islands was the Spanish navigator Alvaro de Mendana. The islands came under Britain’s
influence in the late 19th century. A referendum in 1974 determined that the Ellice Islands
should have their own administration, and Tuvalu became fully independent on October
1st, 1978. The Tuvalu traditional social system still survives. Each family member has its
own task inside the community, such as fishing or house building. A traditional meeting is
held regularly, where important matters are discussed, and song and dance are still important
parts of their culture. Number 1. Vatican City, Population 801.
With a population of under 1,000 people, the Vatican has, by far, the smallest population
of any country, and it is also the smallest country in terms of land area. The whole city
and country is less than ½ a square mile in size, and boasts a population of 800 people
plus the pope. This independent state sits within the city of Rome, and is an ecclesiastical
state ruled by the pope. Within the City are some of the most cultural, religious and artistic
sites in the world. The Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican Museums
can all be found here. The economy of Vatican City is supported by the sale of postage stamps,
publications, and various catholic memorabilia on sale to the public who visit here.
So, there’s our top ten. Besides countries such as San Marino, Liechtenstein, and Monaco,
statistics indicate most folks would rather visit these remote locations for a holiday
rather than live there full time, so there is not much expectation of the smallest populations
growing much in the near future. Unfortunately, we didn’t include colonies in the list,
but if we had, Pitcairn Islands with a population of 57 would have been the smallest in the
world. Cocos (Keeling) Islands have 630 people. Tokelau has 1,320 people, and the Christmas
and Norfolk islands are not far behind with about 2,600 and 2,000 people respectively.
So, where’s the most remote country or town you’ve ever travelled to? Is it in our list?
If not, tell us more about it in the comments! Also, be sure to watch our other video called
– 50 insane World War Two Facts that Will Shock You. Thanks for watching, and as always,
don’t forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time


  1. mlg shrimp says:

    the loneliest place in the world: my text messages and social media (i have no friends)

  2. Bang Bokir says:

    Though that i was alone on this world

  3. Boatbroke says:

    How do you measure the size of a country in miles? Is this the length of the border?

  4. Coby 101 says:

    What about Wakanda 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

  5. Mark Johnson says:

    Just a friendly flag that your narrator mispronounces both Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis. Perhaps good to talk to locals before deciding on a pronunciation. 🙂

  6. Elijah Soper says:

    Can I just make my house a country

  7. The Dancing Fishstick says:

    I‘m very impressed by the fact that he pronounced Liechtenstein right o.o

  8. Joshua Ferrera says:

    Didn't know Vatican is a country… Thanks infographics!!

  9. Ondřej Zástěra says:

    Vatican should not be on this list. It isn't seen as "normal country" and it's seen more as "religious business country".

  10. J Adachi says:

    it's not the size that matters

  11. max Robertson says:

    Pitcairn islands population 50

  12. Terrell Johnson says:

    This show should be a cable, those suckers don't know what they're missing.

  13. 0Flow0 says:

    How can you talk so lightly about white people destroying those cultures.

  14. Kayla Clarke says:

    He's pronouncing Dominica wrong lol. The cringe. Edit: He pronounced most of the Caribbean countries wrong.

  15. lllDiVilll says:

    First of all, that's a misleading title. ly

    Most countries shown here have tourists, rich people visiting and a few that were captured by British and French and the US. They may be few in population, but the incoming and outgoing population is steady right, how is that making them lonely?

    I think the loneliest island would be Sentinnel Islands as no visitors are allowed in there. Yes they are not a country but lonely indeed.

  16. Chris Nevins says:

    What about Niue?

  17. TarmAgoyph _ says:

    What about Andorra

  18. SuperSaiyan Blúe Gogeta says:

    4:00 Wait, so your telling me they Nuked the dang Island and people still decided to inhabit & later farm resources/food from said Irradiated Island?

  19. Manthesh M R says:


  20. Ashling McCarthy says:

    Well my town has 20,000 ppl and my country want to make it a city because it’s one of the largest populated towns in my country (all our population was killed indirectly by the British)

  21. CaptainTabor says:

    Sailed to Tristan de Cuhna about six years ago. Amazing island and incredibly hospitable people.

  22. Michael steffens says:

    How is this reverse order? Its a list of loneliest country, Obviously its showing loneliest not the almost loneliest.

  23. Eliyahu Fogel says:

    You didn't list Niue. Population 1,624

  24. jazmine johnson says:

    Water tornado

  25. a man of culture says:

    My tribe is more populated that all of them combined 😂😂

  26. Koda Ashton says:

    why is this in trans guy reacts

  27. Isra Kvlt says:

    Faroe islands???

  28. Fun Boys LTD says:

    Why don't you count Sea Land?

  29. Hark Agura says:

    Ouran highschool should be placed at monaco.

  30. xiong jing says:

    Video start at 1:43

  31. maillaarni says:

    Least populated is different from loneliest. I am an introvert. Least populated would be heaven to me.

  32. Muhd Shuhairi says:


  33. Almighty Yak says:

    Perhaps you should do a little more research & then remake this video.

  34. Bo-dazzling pig says:

    HA LONERS!!!

  35. amyyy Lois says:

    this is so incorrect

  36. Iris&KiwiForever •_• says:

    Expectation: The loneliest country in the world.
    Reality: Top ten least populated countries in the world. ( 0:41 )

  37. Lana Newhouser says:

    Alexander Hamilton was born on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis.

  38. Sofia Gonzalez says:

    I was on one side of Vatican City and my grandparents on the other side. I could see them. (True story)

  39. Claudia Rainwater says:

    "Snatched by the germans" wig, snatched

  40. Candace Liu says:

    The colony with the smallest population is actually the principality of sealand with a population of 24,not the Pitcairn Islands

  41. jalsmir says:

    I knew the Marshall Islands would be on here lol! I'm Marshallese, and every time I mention it, literally NOBODY knows what it is.

  42. Emil Phoryew says:

    Anyone here live in any of these places for any significant time?

  43. Jutay Litawulo says:

    3:06 He was happy that he will be killed.

  44. Horváth Áron says:

    The country with the smallest population i have travelled to is San Mario (number 5)

  45. Ragnar Zachariassen says:

    Im from the Faroe Islands and here live around 49.500.

  46. Dramatic Jabr says:


  47. Livlt says:

    You forgot faroe islands. The population is 50K

  48. Bryan Song says:

    Theirs one more contry you forgeten is singapore they call it a small red dot

  49. Arabian Kuwaiti Mapper says:

    7:51 Nauru doesn’t have a capital city

  50. Marshal Squid says:

    Notice how the intro is 38 seconds long the the video is 10:38

  51. Dorothy Isidro says:

    Countries flags

  52. That One Guy says:

    “Hey where do you live”

  53. Nicole Brooks says:

    Egypt’s 🇪🇬 population’s almost 105,000,000.
    (One hundred and five million)

  54. sergio harder says:

    I know this is not supposed to change this part of the video
    But just for better sense and a cool fact
    Palau was actually first sighted in 1500s but ignored until 1697

  55. RobloxRevolutionThing says:

    Kiritabi will no longer be a country in 2119.

  56. 21flores lizviolet says:

    Michel has left the chat

    Ya nibbas won't put Sitele there?

  57. Tre-Nya Brightly says:

    Number nine you said wrong ! As a native it is St.Kitts and Nevis (Nee-Viss)

  58. Duc Nghia Pham says:

    1. Dominica
    2. Saint Kitts and Nevis
    3. Marshall Islands
    4. Monaco
    5. Liechtenstein
    6. San Marino
    7. Palau
    8. Nauru
    9. Tuvalu
    10. Vatican City

  59. Midnight Ravenwolf says:

    Excuse me but it seems you have unfortunately forgotten about the Principality of Sealand

  60. Bryan Bradley says:

    This guy sounds like a Americanized Mexican

  61. Cyber SlayerZ says:

    Europeans rly love to invade country right.

  62. lil Kb says:

    I’ve been on a cruise and went to saint kits

  63. Commadant -X- says:

    What about andorra under france? That is very small

  64. Marita Olsson says:

    Wow! i would love to live in Christmas Islands..hahaha!

  65. M Rahul says:

    The countries for me❤️

  66. TheHawaiianKoala _ says:

    Um why is it "The" instead of "10"…..

  67. Anushka Gaware says:

    I have went to Liechtenstein is beautiful

  68. Boi im the Shipper says:

    Thumbnail: HELP ME!!! •has 2 boats•

  69. João Leitão says:

    What about the island of Tristão da Cunha? It only has 251 inhabitants.

  70. coeurenpoche says:

    The most remote country/ island I traveled to was the Falkland Islands. Very beautiful island.

  71. Fahad Hassan says:

    Its North Korea and Iran.

  72. Roaring Thunder115 says:

    Until I visit them or a biologist does

  73. Matthew Kyle Gan says:

    Title:Lonliest country
    Thumbnail:Lonliest countries

  74. Kendall Navstar says:

    TUPELO, MS!!!

  75. Andres Karel says:

    least populated is not the same as loneliest. Population density is what matters.

  76. 10,000 Subscribers Without Videos says:

    It’s not the size that matters

    I’m from Kiribati, so don’t even start

  77. Saviola Is God says:

    The title does not reflect the video at all, dislike

  78. Rakiah Baker says:

    I'm guessing that even though Andorra is a microstate it's pretty populated.

  79. Eliothebeast says:

    Welp I know where Im traveling

  80. ies says:

    Europeans : "what a wonderful place! it would be.. a shame.. if someone.. took it.."

  81. Dhi Bee says:

    Dominica is pronounced Dom-min-ee-ca not Duh-min-nick-uh. The people are Dominican, but not pronounced like people from the Dominican Republic. They’re pronunciation is Dom-min-eek-en

  82. pagrant says:

    I have visited Dominica and St Kitts on a cruise,

  83. Rio Baker says:

    you have too many ads for such a short video, every 3 minutes that is way too much

  84. Lefty Gaming.Mobile says:

    What's the loneliest place in the world you ask?

    My room.

  85. kristoff james says:

    Is it me or does saint kitts look like a piece of chicken😂🍗

  86. Bhanu Gupta says:

    Falkland islands

  87. Jackson Walls says:

    a town in north dakota, Ruso, has a population of 4

  88. Zoe Lee says:

    I've never been outside of my country (Australia) but i've been to many towns like Yangan with less than 400 people.

  89. Marcel Stephan says:

    You forget the Faroe Islands with 55,000 people

  90. Freya The Gymnast says:

    You Forgot Malta 🇲🇹

  91. Corixbeauty says:

    My country has a population of 34,000 and I’m doing fine 😂

  92. Skemman says:

    I'm from an archipelago ( collection of islands ) in the middle of the atlantic ocean with a population of only 50,000 people.

    Technically we're under the kingdom of Denmark but we're almost an independent nation.

  93. Maxim Zaporojan says:

    Vatican city actually is 0.17 sq. miles

  94. Yeah Yeah says:

    small islands: exists
    Europe: A N N E X

  95. LOLI HENTAI says:

    Doesn't Greenland have population of about 38000

  96. M Glasser says:


  97. Adventures with Jackyboy says:

    What about Molossia

  98. TheAwesomeDimond says:

    My friend Tiai’s uncle is the president of Palau

  99. hey says:

    i live in a small country called Faroe Island. With a population of 50.000 people so i dont understand why you did not include it

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