Countries with the Lowest Population Density

Try to name the 24 countries with the lowest population density.
Density in people / square kilometer.
Not counting external territories such as Greenland.
Area from Wikipedia. Population from Worldometers, July 2020 estimates.
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Last updated: January 19, 2020
First submittedJuly 25, 2012
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Density
Country
2.10
Mongolia
3.08
Namibia
3.31
Iceland
3.32
Australia
3.58
Suriname
3.66
Guyana
3.78
Canada
3.91
Libya
Density
Country
4.04
Botswana
4.51
Mauritania
6.89
Kazakhstan
7.75
Central African Republic
8.32
Gabon
8.54
Russia
10.6
Bolivia
12.4
Turkmenistan
Density
Country
12.8
Chad
16.1
Republic of the Congo
16.2
Saudi Arabia
16.3
Argentina
16.3
Mali
16.4
Finland
16.5
Oman
16.7
Norway
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Level 53
May 29, 2014
How can so many people get Argentina?! I didn't even think of it.
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Level 83
Jul 12, 2014
Because it's huge?
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Level 53
Apr 25, 2015
That's how I guessed it.
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Level 80
Aug 4, 2014
Argentina was one of the first that I got. I simply know that there are less than 50 million people on 3 million km², that's a low density indeed...
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Level 59
Aug 12, 2019
Me too! But Suriname isnt' huge! Why it's on the list?
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Level 62
Apr 22, 2020
Guyana and Suriname aren't huge, but they have a very small population (less than a million) because they are mostly covered in rainforest.
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Level 72
May 22, 2016
Because it's big and largely empty. Besides, I don't know about you, but when I think about stereotypical Argentine images I think of towering Andean peaks and wide open pampas and gauchos - not exactly imagery that makes you think 'crowded'. Patagonia is mostly just empty, wind-blasted treeless steppe.
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Level 46
Jun 7, 2020
I was just in Patagonia earlier this year, and remembered how vast and lonely that part of the world can be.. First country I thought of after the obvious Mongolia!
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Level 44
Feb 22, 2015
Ahhhh, Canada! HUGE! But a population with 35.16 million -.- Australia! HUGE! But a population of 23.13 million... hmmmm. WOW
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Level 80
Mar 20, 2015
First one an ice box. Second one a desert.
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Level 70
Sep 17, 2015
Australia is approx. 44% desert, compared to for instance Arizona which is 60% desert or Saudi Arabia which is 95% desert.
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Level 80
Jan 26, 2017
still mostly desert.
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Level 70
Dec 23, 2017
56% not desert
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2018
It's an awful lot of desert. What is your point? Yeah, maybe there are parts of the country that aren't blasted hellscapes constantly covered in dust where taking a walk is a harrowing right of passage undertaken by the natives to prove how tough they are. But what about the rest of the country? There are reasons why most of these countries have low population density and the #1 reason is that they are mostly inhospitable places to live. Every single one of these countries have large amounts of land that are either frozen tundra, arid desert, dense jungle, or otherwise uninhabitable. Is there some reason you feel compelled to argue? You know what I mean.
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Level 66
Feb 19, 2019
56% > 50%, therefore Australia is not mostly desert.
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Level 66
Jun 7, 2020
56% of the country does not possess a desert climate. 'Maybe there are parts of the country that aren't blasted hellscapes constantly covered in dust where taking a walk is a harrowing right of passage undertaken by the natives to prove how tough they are' sound a tad bit like trolling to me.
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Level 71
Jun 7, 2020
I assume that Algeria must have a high percentage of desert, too. So why is it not on this list?
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Level 68
Jun 7, 2020
Algeria is not on this quiz because at 17.7/km2, their population density is not low enough to make it.
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Level 44
Jun 7, 2020
@ Yanni, Algeria has a very high concentration of people along its coast so the population is simply high enough for that to offset the relatively sparsely populated Saharan regions combined with a series of large towns down a single very long road covering the traditional Trans-Saharan caravan trade-routes into the desert.
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Level 71
Jun 8, 2020
I get that. My question was actually more rhetorical. I just wanted to make a point that a high percentage of desert doesn't automatically lead to a low population density, as Kal seems to suggest.
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Level 80
Sep 12, 2020
That's not what I was suggesting. Even if it were, Algeria only barely avoids inclusion on the above list. A stronger counter to this hypothetical argument that I was not making or implying would be Bahrain or Bangladesh, two of the most densely population countries on Earth. But Bahrain is tiny. And Bangladesh is an outlier and much of its jungle as been cleared to make way for urban development.
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Level 43
Sep 1, 2015
Oman, this quiz was kinda difficult for me.
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Level 58
Sep 18, 2015
Belize me, I didn't do as well as I thought I would either.
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Level 21
Jun 14, 2016
CARm on guys! Need to pick it up a bit more.
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Level 64
Sep 3, 2016
My score was so bad it made me want to move to another country and change my Suriname
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Level 70
Dec 23, 2017
oman that's a terrible pun!
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Level 64
Feb 25, 2018
Kenya please stop? This pun chain Israel.
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Level 81
Nov 3, 2018
Canada ya a favor and tell you you're just embarrassing yourself?
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Level 72
Nov 12, 2018
Well, at least there's Norway this can get any worse…
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Level 83
Dec 4, 2018
I Syria-sly doubt that.
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Level 59
Dec 4, 2018
OuCH! 'AD enough of this! Russian' around the place to escape. If I said I didn't find it funny Icelander you though.
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Level 43
Dec 14, 2018
I'm Ghana freak out at the next pun.
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Level 71
May 21, 2019
N-word, Belize!
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Level 57
May 31, 2019
Why do you Botswana continue this chain.
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Level 29
Jun 12, 2019
There is Guyana girl chatting to one another
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Level 58
Aug 14, 2019
This chain is never Ghana end Mozam-beCARse there's too many countries Indi-a world, Niger.
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Level 53
Jun 7, 2020
This is starting Togo towards being the worst pun chain on Jetpunk.
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Level 48
Jun 7, 2020
You all Mauritania-ward for these amazing puns!
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Level 78
Jun 8, 2020
I've Benin some Laos-y threads on JetPunk, Tuvalu-minous to count, but this ano-Mali takes the cake. I think everyone a-Greece.
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Level 58
Jun 9, 2020
Stop this Chad-ing, it's getting Mali-gnant
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Level 55
Apr 29, 2016
I didn't get Iceland (sorry bud), CAR, Guyana, Suriname and Belize
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Level 69
Jul 12, 2016
Denmark should make the list. Was Greenland taken into account when calculating the density for Denmark?
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Level 83
Jul 14, 2016
Seeing as how it wasn't in the answers, clearly not.
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Level 28
Mar 31, 2020
"Not counting external territories such as Greenland." It's on the caveat.
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Level 23
Jul 15, 2016
How did I NOT get Iceland? My favourite country!
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Level 24
Jul 18, 2016
I was guessing all these countries and I was surprised that belize is on here and so few people got it
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Level 30
Feb 25, 2018
I got Gabon and not Turkmenistan...what is my mind
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Level 33
Apr 23, 2018
Fricken Gabon and Belize
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Level 72
Nov 12, 2018
Gabon. IT'S ALWAYS FREAKIN' GABON.
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Level 80
Nov 26, 2018
Belize must have just dropped off because it says the 5 points I earned on this today were new, and it's not on the list now.
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Level 68
Nov 3, 2018
Some quite obscure answers on here have reasonably high scores. I can only assume people read the comments before they try the quiz.
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Level 72
Nov 12, 2018
One person's obscurity is another's obvious answer.
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Level 80
Nov 26, 2018
I got them all without cheating. I started with the answer I knew was #1. Then I guessed Iceland because I know they have a very low population and I remember seeing them on such lists before. Then I moved on to guessing countries that were very large with relatively low populations... mostly the frozen, jungle, or desert countries I referenced in a comment above. That took care of all the rest in the Americas, Asia, northern Europe, and the Sahara. And finally I turned to guessing random countries in Africa since I know that African countries by and large, though growing rapidly now, still don't have the population density of most more prosperous countries- that got me the last few stragglers.
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Level 67
Dec 4, 2018
According to Wikipedia Niger's density is 12.1. Also, the numbers in the answer stats and in the quiz itself don't match. :S
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Level 72
Dec 4, 2018
I literally tried each and every one of the "-stans" (except Pakistan) before I thought "Nah, Turkmenistan's not gonna be on there either…"
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Level 80
Dec 4, 2018
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are relatively small. Uzbekistan is fairly populous. Kazakhstan makes the list.
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Level 45
Jun 7, 2020
you forgot to mention Afghanistan
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Level 46
Dec 5, 2018
Missed Bolivia for some reason, got 23 though.
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Level 67
Jan 25, 2019
The only ones I missed are all african countries! I did get chad and congo.
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Level 26
Mar 8, 2020
How did I forget Iceland and even AUSTRALIA? Also, I was going to type Botswana but time ended and forgot how to type C.A.R.(:D) Good quiz!
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Level 62
Jun 7, 2020
Can't believe I forgot Canada.
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Level 53
Jun 8, 2020
if palestine was a country it would be here considering that all they have is desert
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Level 47
Jun 8, 2020
Actually Palestine is very densely populated, being almost entirely urban. The Gaza Strip in particular is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/212340/20-most-densely-populated-countries-and-territories
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Level 29
Sep 8, 2020
oman we need to start the pun chain again
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Level 52
Sep 12, 2020
Got Suriname. Got Gabon. Got Turkmenistan. Got Congo. Got Mauritania. Got CAR. Forgot Russia. :.(
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Level 36
Sep 13, 2020
i feel like that greenland should count as part of denmark and not be left out totally.