18. Democratic Republic of the Congo from 18 of the Least Visited Countries in the World Slideshow

18 of the Least Visited Countries in the World Slideshow

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18. Democratic Republic of the Congo

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18. Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen political instability, with elections being delayed in 2016. 81,000 people visited the country in 2014, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

17. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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17. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a nation made up of 32 islands in the Caribbean, according to information from the CIA World Factbook. The islands had 79,000 visitors in 2016.

16. Dominica

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16. Dominica

Dominica received extensive damage from Hurricane Maria in 2017. The Caribbean island nation had 78,000 visitors in 2016.

15. Timor-Leste

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15. Timor-Leste

1.3 million people live in Timor-Leste, a small nation near Indonesia. 72,000 people visited Timor-Leste in 2016.

14. Liechtenstein

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14. Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is a small country in Europe where 38,244 people live. The country had 69,000 tourist arrivals in 2016.

13. San Marino

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13. San Marino

San Marino is the third smallest state in Europe, and it was founded in the year 301. 60,000 tourists went to San Marino in 2016.

12. Tonga

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12. Tonga

Tonga is a Pacific island nation that never fully lost it’s independent governance and is the only remaining monarchy in the Pacific. 61,000 tourists visited in 2016.

11. Djibouti

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11. Djibouti

Djibouti is a country in Africa that is home to 865,267 people, and hosts several thousand U.S. troops at Camp Lemonnier, a U.S. Navy base. 51,000 people visited Djibouti in 2014.

10. Sierra Leone

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10. Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a country in Western Africa. In 2014, the U.N. ceased a peacekeeping operation that had lasted more than 15 years. 44,000 tourists arrived in the country in 2015.

9. Guinea-Bissau

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9. Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau is a country in western Africa that is home to 1.8 million people. 44,000 people visited in 2016.

8. Guinea

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8. Guinea

Guinea is a nation in Africa that held its first free and fair election in 2010. 35,000 people visited the country in 2016.

7. Federated States of Micronesia

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7. Federated States of Micronesia

Micronesia, a group of 607 islands in the Pacific Ocean, is a nation under free association with the United States. It had 24,000 tourist arrivals in 2016.

6. Comoros

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6. Comoros

Comoros is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean home to 808,080 people. The country had 24,000 visitors in 2016.

5. Marshall Islands

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5. Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands is an independent nation with under free association of the United States. The group of islands in the Pacific is home to one of the four ground antennas that keep GPS navigation systems operational. 10,000 people visited the Marshall Islands in 2016.

4. Sao Tome and Principe

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4. Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe is a nation of islands in the Gulf of Guinea off the western coast of Africa and is home to 201,025. The country had 8,000 tourist arrivals in 2014.

3. Niue

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3. Niue

Niue is a nation in free association with New Zealand, meaning most of it’s international relations are handled by the New Zealand government while Niue’s government is fully in charge of its external affairs. The island is currently home to 1,618 people due to significant emigration to nearby New Zealand. Niue had 8,000 visitors in 2016.

2. Kiribati

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2. Kiribati

Kiribati, formerly a British colony known as the Gilbert Islands, is home to 108,145 people and had 5,000 visitors in 2016.

1. Tuvalu

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1. Tuvalu

Tuvalu, a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, is currently at risk due to rising sea levels. In 2008, the the nation leased its internet domain name — “.tv” — for $12 million. Tuvalu had 2,000 foreign visitors in 2016.

18 of the Least Visited Countries in the World Slideshow