The World's Least-Visited Country Is...
Nauru ... yes, there is a country called Nauru
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2013 3:50 PM CDT
A satellite view of Nauru.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – Haven't gotten around to visiting Nauru? Turns out you're not alone. The tiny island nation—and the world's smallest, at eight square miles—is the least-visited country on Earth, the Christian Science Monitor reports. A list of the world's least-popular vacation spots picked up by the Monitor reveals three likely reasons for the low tourism: They're too remote (Nauru), too repressive (Turkmenistan), or too dangerous (Afghanistan). Sometimes there's also little to see; most of Nauru, explains one travel writer, is "a large open phosphate mine." Topping the list:

  1. Nauru (200 visitors in 2011)
  2. Somalia (an estimated 500 last year)
  3. Tuvalu, Polynesian island nation (1,200 in 2011)
  4. Kiribati, Pacific island nation (4,700 in 2011)
  5. Marshall Islands (5,000 in 2011)
  6. Equatorial Guinea (an estimated 6,000 last year)
  7. Turkmenistan (7,000 in 2007)
  8. Sao Tome & Principe (8,000 in 2010)
  9. Comoros, island nation near Mozambique (15,000 in 2010)
  10. Afghanistan (17,500 in 2012)

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Apr 15, 2013 8:22 AM CDT
Kiribati the pacific island, just over the equator,actually it is not an island, it's a volcano that is filled with water and can be walked across from one end of the beach to the other end of the island. It is actually a rind of land and the cruise ships take people there on a 10 day trip to hawaii; It was a waste of time except i like being at sea so...
Apr 10, 2013 5:14 AM CDT
Oh crap! Now the island will be flooded with freelance writers.....hiking.
Apr 4, 2013 9:07 PM CDT
A whole lot of interesting comments from a whole lot of people, none of whom could be counted in the small number of visitors to the "least visited country on earth". Its amazing how you can turn a story like this into something about yourselves!!