10 countries you probably never heard about

You really have to be a geography freak to know about these countries from the list. It’s irrelevant to us how recognized they are as countries but they surely look at themselves like that. Of course a special thanks to Wikipedia for the article’s research.


10. Vanuatu, 90% of Vanuatu people household and consume fish, and 80% are living in rural, isolated villages with their own gardens and food supplies. Scuba diving is a very popular tourist attraction here. Tsunamis are not a rare thing in Vanuatu, and earthquakes have a negative affect on the country’s economy.


9. Nauru, a former German Empire colony is also known as Pleasant Island of the South Pacific. The people of Nauru are collecting rain water during monsoon rains between November and February because they are very limited on natural fresh water. The most popular sport in this country is Australian rules football, and they have football league with seven teams.


8. Tuvalu, is a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. They don’t have regular military forces, and spend no money on defense. Tuvalu is the 4th smallest country in the world. The first inhabitants of the country were Polynesian people.


7. Comoros is African island nation in the Indian Ocean between Mozambique and Madagascar. The island is an old French colony, and today there is about 300 000 Comorians living in France. 98% of the population is Islamic.


6. Guernsey is under the responsibility of the United Kingdom but they don’t count as a part of the U.K, as well as the European Union. Guernsey is located in the English Channel on the coast of Normandy. They have complete autonomy over internal affairs, and they are discussing total independence from the British Crown.


5. Isle of Man, also known as Mann, is self-governing British Crown Dependency, with a location in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. They are not a part of the European Union. Isle of Man economy is based on offshore banking and tourism. The island has been inhabited since before 6500 BC.


4. Tokelau, is a non-self-governing territory of New Zealand that consists of three islands. The name Tokelau is a Polynesian word that means “north wind”. The island has the smallest economy of any country in the world that makes them almost completely dependent on subsidies from New Zealand. 96% of the population is Christians and 57% of these are women.

 Cook Islands,

3. Cook Islands, are a self-governing parliamentary democracy. With over 90 000 tourists per year, tourism is their far best industry and their leading element of the island economy, far ahead of offshore banking, marine, pearls and fruit exports. Cook Islands got named by the British navigator Captain James Cook when he arrived the islands in 1773.

pitcairn islands list of unknown countries

2. Pitcairn Islands, officially named the Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, are a group of four volcanic islands that are formerly a British colony, the last remaining in the Pacific. The population’s language is a mix of English and Tahitian. In recent years the church has been closed because only 8 islanders have been visiting it regularly. There is only one Café and Bar on the island, and the Government Store is selling alcohol and cigarettes. They used to have moral strict laws which prohibited dancing, smoking and consummation of alcohol.

 Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

1. Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is the independent republic located between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Nagorno Karabakh is one of the most heavily mined regions of the former Soviet Union because of the 1991-1994 Nagorno-Karabakh War. They are still not recognized by any state, including Armenia. 95% of the population is Armenian, and the rest are Greeks and Kurds. Their tourism are basically directed to Armenians that live in Western countries.


  1. Aw i can’t believe you put Guernsey and not Jersey! I come from Jersey and its so much more unbelievably awesome that Guernsey and just as well unknown! (plus we’re bigger and make better milk)

  2. Nice list, only heard of like 4 of them, though it would be nice of a world map with their location would be nice…considering this is for the geographically-challenged.

  3. Wow, I’d heard of all of those BUT three… I guess it comes from living close to most of them. Though all I knew about Pitcairn was that a) it had 50 people, and b) about the sexual abuse allegations. Our government had to deal with the most recent of those…

  4. “10 countries you probably never heard about” or in other words, if this applies to you, you’re probably American.

  5. Pitcairn Islands: Settled by mutineers from the british ship HMS Bounty (see film: mutiny on the bounty).
    Couple of years ago several men from there were tried for rape, there was a big legal case were they tried to prove, as descendants of deserters, that they were immune to british law.

  6. Geat real! Buy some books and you know all the places in the world…. BTW I knew all the places shown above, no surprice to me, digg harder.

  7. Pretty cool list. I’ve heard of all of those places (even been to two – Guernsey and the Isle of Man).

  8. “consummation of alcohol”? I believe the word you’re looking for is “consumption”.

  9. I think the last one is not a country. Also, Cook didn’t name the islands after himself, someone else did that for him, how nice!

  10. lol i heared about every one of them except for “Tokelau”

    have you ever heared of “Faeroe Isl.” “Aland Isl.”,Tonga,Gambia,Lesotho or let’s say Mauritius?

  11. only Comoros, Pitcairn Islands, Guernsey, & Nagorno-Karabakh Republic that i never heard of~

  12. you did tuvalu but not kiribati… and what about iceland???
    anyway its true about americans. Sarah Palin actually thought Europe was just like the US with states and such… i mean, you were actually considering that woman for presidential election. And another thing, i bet that more than 70% of americans believe that the us is the best country to live in. seriously, someone should do a test or something coz i really think it might be above 70, 60 at least

  13. Kristinn
    Dude I’ll wager that 70% the population of any country believes that their country is “best”…WTF?Just because Sarah Palin is a daft bint ,does not translate to all Americans being quite so uninformed as you would have us believe. Oh and by the by, she was running for vice president,not president. If you are to be so damned flip about what you say, how do you expect to be taken with any degee of seriousness . Try to get your facts in order!

  14. I love how people always make grand assumptions bout Americans and in doing so broadcast their own ignorance. Who are you to determine what knowledge is important to know and what worth you are if you don’t know it?

    Lets say you do find a random American that doesn’t know these countries, what grand knowledge do you possess that makes your worth greater than his or hers?

    Can you name the address of each of your own country’s own embassies in foreign lands in the southern hemisphere? or can you name every current prime minister’s or president’s parents from every country in the northern hemisphere? Didn’t think so.

    Did you know that many people would think that is far more important knowledge than the name of minor nations that don’t make enough news in a decade to remind the public that they still exist.

    See… people like Mark and Kristinn are internet revolutionaries hypocritically secretly suckling from the teat of American influence while trying to claim that they have successfully removed themselves from all things American.

    You are so far removed from common sense it is hilarious. Thank you for playing the game of life; you lose, please try again

  15. Well, I’ve heard of all of these excluding Guernsey. But most of these are not countries. They’re dependencies. There’s a difference.

  16. I’m not sure where the American bashing is coming from. Personally, I’d heard of nearly every one of these nations. Frankly, I felt misled by the article’s title.

  17. Nagorno-karabakh or Garabagh is militarized conflict zone and is not a republic nor a state. It is not recognized by any country in the world. Just like in Georgia (Abkhazia and South-Osetia) and in Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabakh) these regions are occupied by Russian military and is ment to destabilise the Caucasus.

  18. this is some amazing piece of info. i am nigerian were we have 140,000,000 people never thought 50 people can make a country.

    i guess i want to start my own country…can anyone suggest a name for me.

  19. I’ve heard of all of these except number one, and I’m 15. Shame on all of you.

  20. American’s, the only places they know are the one’s that they have invaded. Most do not even own a passport.

    They are the only country that holds World sporting competitions with only them entering.

  21. Actually Tuvalu is making lots of money because by designation they own the dot.tv internet domain

  22. ummm… Tokelau is the only one I havn’t heard about, and I don’t think dependancies (i.e. Pitcairn) or semi-autonomous republics or countries not fully recognized by the U.N. (i.e. Nagarno-Karabakh) count either.

  23. oh i know about only 5 among them well i think i am better than poor americans who don’t know about any 1 of these.

  24. Lol. Im kenyan and i have heard of all of them. Emeka, how about the trusty old Emeka Islands if you start an island country. If not an island, Emekaland. Kinda has a ring to it!

  25. i think people have lot of other fruitful things to do in their neighbour than to snooping into the net for some tenuously located islands.

  26. I reckon there might have more unknown countries but we don’t know. The countries that noone heard about it, it’s not on the list and it will never be.

  27. Hey what about Seychelles 83,000 population, a group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean

  28. I’ve heard about all of these countries before. Comoros, Cook Islands and Isle of Man is actually quite well known

  29. As an American living in Vanuatu I was aware of most of these little countries/places. We are not all entirely ignorant of geography.

  30. @Kristinn – seriously?? Iceland??? You actually think nobody’s heard of ICELAND???

    Bloody hell.

    I’ve heard of all, except 1 and 7.

  31. Just when I thought I’d learn something new!
    I’ve heard of ALL these- and it isn’t a feat.
    Am surprised you included some; Comoros, Cook, isle of Man? come on!
    Some of them (as pointed out before) are not really countries, in that they are not recognised by the UN and I could add a handful off my head to this list: Western Sahara Republic, South Osetia,Greenland, Somaliland Republic, Sealand, sao Tome, Kiribati, East Timor, e.t.c and this doesn’t necessarily mean am better or brighter than people who don’t know them. It just shows my interest in Geo-politics.

    Now, one thing I appreciate is that many people are not good with geography, so please for all you out there that think Europe/Africa/Asia is one big country e.t.c (The truth is that Americans have made quite a reputation of themselves in this regard, with their leadership often callously showing ignorance that is almost criminal!) please stop displaying your ignorance and know that there’s a whole world outside your cocoon!

  32. And for the record, I have nothing against Americans(I know many are actually nice people!) and believe they have a right to elect whoever they think befits the oval office,however ignorant, its their right. But the truth gotta be said!

  33. have you heard about Transdnistrian Moldavian Republic (also called Transdnistria) that is a part of the former Moldavian Soviet Republic? the population is about 700,000 or so and it is sandwiched between Ukraine and Republic of Moldova (it claims that TMR belongs to it but has no control on it), it has never been recognized by any country except South Osetia. There are three state languages there (Moldavian, Russian, Ukranian), it has its own money, president, parliament, police, armed forces, ets…

  34. Most of those countries are under British colony and look at their flags,brits eh?

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