The 20th Smallest Countries in the World By Size

I spent 11 years visiting every country in the world (there are 197 if you’re asking!), that meant I visited the biggest countries in the world, and also the smallest countries in the world.

Here is a list of the smallest countries in the world by size, both by square metres and square miles. I’ve also included a reason why tourists may visit each country. How many have you guys made it to?

20th Smallest Country:

Bahrain (population: 1,501,635; capital city: Manama; size: 778 km² / 300 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Bahrain is a popular tourist destination due to its rich history, beautiful architecture, and stunning natural scenery. Visitors can explore ancient temples, traditional souks, and historical landmarks such as the Bahrain Fort and the Al-Fateh Grand Mosque. and modern skyscrapers, as well as enjoy activities such as scuba diving, island hopping, desert safari tours.

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20th smallest country in the world – Bahrain

19th Smallest Country:

Tonga (population: 105,695; capital city: Nuku’alofa; size: 747 km² / 288 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Tonga is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and tropical climate, making it a popular destination for diving, snorkeling, and other water-based activities. Visitors can also explore cultural attractions such as ancient tombs, traditional villages, and handicraft markets.

Tonga
Tonga

18th Smallest Country:

Dominica (population: 71,986; capital city: Roseau; size: 751 km² / 290 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Dominica is a nature lover’s paradise, with its lush rainforests, sparkling waterfalls, and exotic wildlife. Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, birdwatching, and river tubing, as well as relaxing on the island’s black sand beaches.

Dominica
Dominica

17th Smallest Country:

Palau (population: 18,094; capital city: Ngerulmud; size: 459 km² / 177 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Palau is a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers due to its pristine coral reefs, underwater caves, and abundant marine life. Visitors can also explore the island’s lush rainforests, World War II historical sites, and traditional villages.

least visited countries in the world - Palau
least visited countries in the world – Palau

16th Smallest Country:

Seychelles (population: 98,462; capital city: Victoria; size: 455 km² / 176 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Seychelles is a paradise for beach lovers, with its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and swaying palm trees. Visitors can also enjoy activities such as snorkeling, diving, and fishing, as well as explore cultural attractions such as museums, art galleries, and local markets.

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Seychelles, during 9 months in Africa

15th Smallest Country:

Micronesia (population: 115,023; capital city: Palikir; size: 702 km² / 271 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Micronesia is a remote paradise, with its pristine coral reefs, crystal-clear waters, and exotic marine life. Visitors can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, diving, and island hopping, as well as explore cultural attractions such as traditional villages, museums, and handicraft markets.

Micronesia
Micronesia

14th Smallest Country:

Andorra (population: 77,142; capital city: Andorra la Vella; size: 468 km² / 181 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Andorra is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders, with its excellent ski resorts and stunning mountain scenery. Visitors can also enjoy activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and shopping for duty-free goods.

Andorra
Andorra

13th Smallest Country:

Saint Lucia (population: 182,790; capital city: Castries; size: 616 km² / 238 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Saint Lucia is a paradise for nature lovers, with its lush rainforests, exotic wildlife, and stunning beaches. Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, zip-lining, and exploring the island’s historic landmarks and cultural attractions.

Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia

12th Smallest Country:

Grenada (population: 112,003; capital city: St. George’s; size: 344 km² / 133 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Grenada is known for its stunning natural beauty, including lush rainforests, sparkling waterfalls, and crystal-clear beaches. Tourists also come to experience the island’s unique culture and cuisine.

Grenada
Grenada

11th Smallest Country:

Malta (population: 514,564; capital city: Valletta; size: 316 km² / 122 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Malta is a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful Mediterranean climate, stunning architecture, and rich history. The island is also known for its vibrant nightlife, excellent cuisine, and opportunities for water sports and other outdoor activities.

Malta
Malta

10th Smallest Country:

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (population: 110,589; capital city: Kingstown; size: 389 km² / 150 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? With its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush vegetation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a popular destination for tourists seeking a tropical paradise.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

9th Smallest Country:

Maldives (population: 548,403; capital city: Malé; size: 298 km² / 115 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? The Maldives is known for its stunning natural beauty, including white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and coral reefs teeming with marine life. It’s also a popular destination for honeymooners and those looking for a luxurious tropical getaway.

Maldives
Maldives

8th Smallest Country:

Saint Kitts and Nevis (population: 52,823; capital city: Basseterre; size: 261 km² / 101 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Saint Kitts and Nevis is a popular destination for those seeking a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The islands offer a range of attractions, from historic sites and museums to hiking trails and beautiful beaches.

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis

7th Smallest Country:

Marshall Islands (population: 58,791; capital city: Majuro; size: 181 km² / 70 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? The Marshall Islands offer a unique blend of natural beauty and World War II history. Tourists can explore historic sites like the USS Saratoga wreck or enjoy the stunning beaches and marine life.

Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands

6th Smallest Country:

Liechtenstein (population: 38,111; capital city: Vaduz; size: 160 km² / 62 mi²)

Why would tourists visit? Despite its small size, Liechtenstein has a lot to offer tourists, including stunning Alpine scenery, hiking trails, and historic sites like the Vaduz Castle. The country is also known for its excellent museums and galleries showcasing art and cultural artifacts.

Liechtenstein
My Liechtenstein passport stamp

5th Smallest Country:

San Marino (population: 34,232; capital city: San Marino; size: 61 km² / 24 mi²)

Tourists would visit San Marino for its picturesque hilltop setting, historic architecture, and charming old town, as well as for its duty-free shopping opportunities.

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Eating gelato, in San Marino!

4th Smallest Country:

Tuvalu (population: 11,931; capital city: Funafuti; size: 26 km² / 10 mi²)

Tourists would visit Tuvalu for its unspoiled natural beauty, including its white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life.

Tuvalu
Tuvalu

3rd Smallest Country in the world:

Nauru (population: 10,824; capital city: Yaren; size: 21 km² / 8 mi²)

Tourists would visit Nauru for its scenic beaches, snorkeling and diving opportunities, and to learn about its unique history and culture.

2nd Smallest Country in the world

Monaco (population: 39,242; capital city: Monaco; size: 2.02 km² / 0.78 mi²)

Tourists would visit Monaco to enjoy its luxurious lifestyle, including its famous Monte Carlo Casino, yacht-lined harbor, and upscale shopping and dining experiences.

The Smallest Country in the world:

Vatican City (population: 825; capital city: Vatican City; size: 0.44 km² / 0.17 mi²)

Tourists would visit Vatican City to see St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel, which contains Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescoes.

My final thoughts on the smallest countries in the world

Small countries don’t mean they’re not worth visiting. Dominica, for example, is much cooler than a lot of the other Caribbean countries. Monaco, Andorra, liechtenstein are all gorgeous (and visitable in a day). But still i think the least visited country list (or least visited cities) is more interesting that the smallest countries in the world. But then again, I like that kind of thing!

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