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Most of us love to travel to different countries and explore their cultures and what not. But did you know that there are close to 200 countries in the world? Well, I’m pretty sure you do. But do you know the names of all of them? Probably not. You’d perhaps have to be a geography lover or geek to know the names of all the countries in the world. Full marks to you if you do.
In this article though, I will be listing the names of 12 countries that I’m pretty sure most of you have probably never ever heard of before. So, without further delays, let’s get cracking!
#1. American Samoa
The American Samoa, which is rather officially known as a territory than a country per se, is an unincorporated territory of the United States. The territory covers seven South Pacific islands and atolls and is situated approximately 1,600 miles northeast of New Zealand and about 2,200 miles southwest of Hawaii.
The largest island in the American Samoa known as Tutuila, is the home to the capital Pago Pago which happens to be a natural harbor and is framed by volcanic peaks. Moreover, the population of the American Samoa is well over 55,100 people and their official languages are Samoan and English.
#2. Isle of Man
The Isle of Man, which is also referred to as just “Mann”, is an island nation and a self-governing British Crown dependency situated in the Irish Sea between Ireland and the Great Britain. Besides, the European nation has its capital in the city known as Douglas.
Douglas, its capital city, has the nation’s most famous museum the Manx Museum. And in the museum lies traces of the Isle of Man’s rich Celtic and Viking heritage. Moreover, the Isle of Man’s official languages are Manx and English, and its total population is about 84,200+ people.
The Comoros is a group of volcanic islands off the east coast of Africa and in the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel. The Grande Comore, which is the largest island in the nation state, is surrounded by beaches and old lava from the active Mt. Karthala volcano.
The country’s capital, Moroni, has several carved doors and the Ancienne Mosquée du Vendredi, a white mosque with colonnades that reminds people of the islands' Arab past. Moreover, the official languages of the East African country are Comorian, French, and Arabic. Besides, Comoros’ overall population stands at about in excess of 828,000 people.
The Republic of Kiribati, also known as Kiribati, is an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. It is made up of 32 atolls plus Banaba, an isolated raised coral island. Moreover, it’s largest atoll Tarawa happens to be the country’s capital and more than 50% of its population lives there.
Kiribati, which is made up of 33 atolls, has only 20 of them which are inhabitable by humans while the other 13 are not. Besides, the Oceanian country has two official languages – English and Gilbertese. Lastly, the overall population of Kiribati is approximately 122,700+ people.
#5. São Tomé & Príncipe
São Tomé & Príncipe is a country in Central Africa and near to the equator. It is set on two archipelagos about 150 miles off the coast of the mainland. Besides, it is a part of a volcanic chain with stunning rock and coral formations, tropical rainforests, and beaches.
São Tomé, which is the capital, is situated on the larger island. Moreover, the country’s most famous park the Ôbo Natural Park, is a biodiverse jungle preserve, and covers much of São Tomé. The country’s official language is Portuguese, and its total population is roughly in excess of 219,100 people.
Nauru is a small country on a group of islands in Micronesia, northeast of Australia. It has a coral reef and beaches with white sand and palm trees around them. Anibare Bay on the east coast is one of Nauru’s most famous beaches. Besides, the country’s capital is called Yeren.
Nauru, the Oceanian country, has two official languages – Nauruan and English. Moreover, Nauru, the world’s smallest island nation, has a population of just over 14,000 people.
Palau is an archipelago of approximately 500 islands. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean's Micronesia region. One of the islands called Koror Island is the commercial hub of the islands and is home to the former capital, also named Koror. The bigger island Babeldaob contains the current capital, Ngerulmud, in addition to mountains and sand beaches on its eastern coast.
In Palau’s northern region, ancient basalt monoliths known as Badrulchau are surrounded by verdant pastures and palm trees. Moreover, Palau’s two official languages are Palauan and English. Furthermore, the Oceanian country’s population stands at in excess of 18,200 people.
Tuvalu is a country in the Oceanian region. It is situated in the South Pacific and is known as an independent island nation within the British Commonwealth. Tuvalu is made up of as many as 9 islands, including small atolls and reef islands with beaches lined with palm trees.
The Funafuti Conservation Area, located near Funafuti, the nation's capital, features calm seas ideal for diving and snorkeling amid sea turtles and tropical fish as well as a number of uninhabited islets that provide a haven for seabirds. Moreover, Tuvalu’s official languages are Tuvaluan and English, and its overall population is well over 10,500 people.
Guinea-Bissau is an African country situated in the western side of Africa. It is a tropical country that lies on the Atlantic coast of West Africa and is recognized for its national parks and wildlife. Guinea-Bissau’s principal island, Bubaque, is included in the Orango Islands National Park, a refuge for saltwater hippos.
Bissau, the mainland capital, is a port featuring Portuguese colonial architecture in its ancient city center. And due to its Portuguese roots, the country’s official language is indeed Portuguese. Moreover, the country’s overall population stands at well over 1,644,000 people.
Eswatini, which was formerly known as Swaziland, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Also known as the Kingdom of Eswatini, the African country is mainly known for its attractions such as nature reserves and national parks for safaris.
Sibebe Rock, a granite dome, is one of its key attractions and is known as the second-largest monolith in the world. Moreover, Eswatini has not one but two capitals – Mbabane and Lobamba. Besides, its official languages are Swati (Swazi) and England, and the country has a total population of around 1,134,000+ people.
Timor-Leste, also called East Timor, is a country in Southeast Asia surrounded by coral reefs full of sea life. In 1975, Timor-Leste broke away from Portugal, then in 2002, it broke away from Indonesia. Moreover, the country's capital is called Dili, and, in the city, lies the famous Cristo Rei de Dili statue.
Timor-Leste, the Asian country, has two official languages with one being Portuguese and the other is called Tetun. Furthermore, East Timor has a total population in excess of 1,337,000 people.
Benin is an African country situated in West Africa and is regarded as the birthplace of vodun (or "voodoo"). In the 15th century, Benin was formerly known as Dahomey, and only got its present name around the 18th century. Moreover, Benin is known for its beaches and the Pendjari National Park, where you can go on safaris.
The West African country’s capital is called Porto-Novo, and is famous for its “bronzes” or rather brass work. Moreover, Benin’s official language is French and the country has a population of well over 13,024,000 people.
That’s it! The above 12 countries I mentioned are probably not heard of by many people. Are you one of them? Or did you know a few of them, if not all? Let me know. I’m pretty curious if I’m being honest.
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