The world’s smallest countries and territories by population are also among the most remote. Many are island nations in the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic Ocean. Because many of these nations are remote, you may not have heard of them.
Almost all of these tiny countries are territories either currently controlled by major powers or former colonies that have achieved independence or a degree of autonomy.
Not all small countries are in distant corners of the globe. Some are postage-stamp nations in Europe, like the Vatican and Monaco, that you may have visited as a tourist. Others, like Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands, have capitalized on their tiny size and developed robust tourism industries.
Whether you’re exploring cathedrals, lounging on beaches, or viewing exotic wildlife, many are tourist hotspots, some even for the very rich.
247 Wall St. has compiled a list of the smallest nations and territories by population based on data assembled by the United Nations.
There are many reasons why these countries don’t have a large population, but the biggest factor seems to be geography. In the case of the Pacific islands, it is their remoteness that has contributed to a limited population. In Europe, politics and geography have restricted the size of certain nations.
To identify the least populated states in the world, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed social and economic data on 232 states and territories recognized by the United Nations from its publication “World Population Prospects: 2017 Revision” from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division. Recognized designations include member states, non-member states, non-self-governing member states and official designated areas.