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Countries with the Most Tourists Per Capita

Name the countries that have the most international visitors in relation to the size of their population.
For 2018, according to the UN World Tourism Organization
Ratio = Visitors / Residents
Hint: Think countries with small populations
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Last updated: September 24, 2019
First submittedJuly 14, 2015
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Ratio
Continent
Country
> 5,000
Europe
Vatican City
39.4
Europe
Andorra
8.91
Europe
Monaco
6.91
Europe
Iceland
6.44
Oceania
Palau
5.90
Europe
Malta
4.18
North America
Bahamas
4.03
Europe
Croatia
3.70
Africa
Seychelles
3.44
Europe
Austria
Ratio
Continent
Country
3.31
Europe
Montenegro
3.29
Asia
Cyprus
2.88
Europe
Greece
2.80
Asia
Maldives
2.66
Asia
Bahrain
2.53
Asia
Singapore
2.48
Europe
San Marino
2.44
Europe
Estonia
2.37
North America
Barbados
2.24
Europe
Liechtenstein
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level ∞
Jul 14, 2015
Fun fact. The country with the lowest ratio is Bangladesh with less than 1 visitor for every 1,000 residents. Although some countries, like North Korea, don't keep stats.
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level 72
Jul 21, 2015
Interesting - I have visited there, and outside the cities its a beautiful landscape. Also pleasantly free of billboards!
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level 61
Oct 15, 2015
A great spot to establish a textile business or exploit the emerging tech market but hardly a choice destination for beauty. Sure, the beauty is there, but I'd pass on the Bang for a more civil country with equivalent draw.
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level 66
Oct 15, 2015
The Sundarbans are gorgeous. Dhaka...well, not so much, mostly.
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level 22
Oct 19, 2015
Much like Vermont. We don't allow billboards here either.
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level 57
Nov 24, 2017
Vermont and Bangladesh: I can barely tell which is which.
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level 60
Nov 24, 2017
I've been to one of this, but I don't remember which?
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level 60
Jan 20, 2018
Too many snakes. That's a solid 'no go'.
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level 62
Oct 15, 2015
That's funny...while I was taking the quiz I was wondering what the lowest ratio was and I thought Bangladesh because it's so densely populated and nobody goes there.
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level 22
Oct 16, 2015
well, North Korea is so secretive with their papers and records.
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level 68
Nov 24, 2017
North Korea doesn't count. To be considered a tourist you have to be able to leave without an incident involving a former or sitting president. So they have one tourist - Dennis Rodman.
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level 80
May 12, 2019
I think I pointed out on another quiz you can work it out for north korea. They have organized trips of around 6000 westerners a year. Not sure about Asian countries' visitors. Population is (said to be) 25 million so also lowest on the list with Bangladesh at <1/1000.
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level 58
Jul 25, 2015
If Hawaii was a country unto itself, I wonder where it would be on this list.
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level 55
Aug 2, 2015
True. I also wonder where Alaska would rank if it were a country.
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level 23
Oct 15, 2015
Hawaii is bae.. such volcano, such lava, such earthquake, such geography
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level 22
Oct 19, 2015
And the largest percentage of homeless people in all of the fifty states..
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level 68
Nov 27, 2019
Why bother with a house in paradise?
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level 71
Oct 11, 2018
Nevada would be higher
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level 62
Oct 15, 2015
I have officially been to one of these countries: Estonia.
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level 56
Nov 24, 2017
Where have you been unofficially...?
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level 41
Dec 22, 2018
haha
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level 67
Sep 25, 2019
fitheach +1
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level 76
Nov 26, 2019
I've been to two: Austria and Croatia.
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level 59
Oct 15, 2015
Holy cow! We Estonians get nearly 3 million tourists every year. Apparently the old town of Tallinn is famous. Also, some Estonians know how to sell Soviet-related stuff to tourists (because that's what tourists look for here). Then again, Russians often come here for vacations.
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level 77
Oct 15, 2015
The old city center is beautiful and unique (city trips) and Estonia is dirt cheap for Western Europeans (bachelor parties and other debauchery). Additionally you have the excellent ferry connections to Helsinki, offering a convenient day trip for tourists and allowing the Finnish to regularly stock their bars with cheap liquor. Didn't surprise me one bit that Estonia is included.
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level 74
Oct 26, 2016
day trippers are likely not included in the statistics
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level 77
Sep 1, 2017
Then Vatican City would be practically 0.
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level 74
Sep 26, 2017
Vatican most likely wasn't included when I posted that comment. I'm not sure now if the sourceis the same for all countries, if Vatican is here, surely e.g. Singapore should be also.
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level 13
Oct 15, 2015
xD why not keep their stats .-. I've been to Maldives, china, morocco, Korea, japan, Russia?, Canada, USA, Bangladesh, and I live in panama.
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level 56
Nov 24, 2017
That's nice for you. Aren't you sure if you've been to Russia or not?
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level 13
Oct 15, 2015
maybe because its ugly xD
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level 44
Oct 15, 2015
I first thought the Vatican had a decimal too many if it was supposed to be on top, until I realized it was a comma...
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level 33
Oct 15, 2015
never been to any of these
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level 76
Oct 15, 2015
I did better trying to guess countries with low population than those with high tourist numbers.
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level 84
Oct 15, 2015
Not to throw cold water on the quiz, but what constitutes a "visit" to these little postage stamp countries is far different than a visit to a larger one. The typical visit to these places may not even include a single overnight stay and bring very little money into the economy compared to tourists in larger countries that are going to stay awhile. You're never going to convince me that San Marino is twice as "touristy" as Italy or France.
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level 32
Oct 16, 2015
I agree to a certain extent, especially as relates to cruise ship passengers who don't spend a full day/night there. But remember that very often being a "postage stamp" sized country also means having a much smaller economy, so what might seem like very little in the context of a larger country could me much more significant than it would appear to someone from a larger country. A cruise ship passenger coming off a ship, hiring a taxi for an island tour, stopping at a local tourist attraction, having lunch on the island to get a taste of local food, buying a bottle or two of rum, and picking up a few souvenirs will spend a couple hundred US dollars. Multiply that by 500 passenger (not even a third of what the ship holds) and convert it into the local currency. While it isn't significant by big country standards, it's a good contribution when combined with long-stay tourists.
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level 19
Oct 15, 2015
7/28
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level 49
Oct 17, 2015
When it comes to "per capita" stuffs, it seems that micro-nations usually win.
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level 63
Jan 8, 2019
really? I wonder if that has something to do with the amount of inhabitants they have..
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level 35
Dec 4, 2015
very surprised Australia isn't on here
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level 45
Feb 16, 2017
I was thinking the same thing.
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level 80
Mar 20, 2017
Australia gets 7-8 million tourists each year, but the population is too big for the ratio to be even close in this quiz.
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level 69
Nov 26, 2019
Maybe if they didn't put their country so far away from everybody else more people would visit
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level 40
Nov 27, 2019
We also have onerous visa requirements, until recently a very strong dollar (and it's still expensive even with the lower exchange rate) and the travelling distances between attractions within Australia are still vast.
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level 76
May 28, 2016
Other name for this quiz: countries with very small populations that aren't repulsive or dangerous. That would get you most of the answers.
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level 45
Feb 16, 2017
Doesn't slip off the tongue as well as 'Most touristy countries' though does it . :)
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level 52
Mar 9, 2017
I think Monako should be added.
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level 72
Sep 3, 2017
If you include Countries 197 to 205 , then Sint Maarten (13.40), Aruba (10.00), Cook Islands (8.06) and Niue (5.44) make the list.
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level 58
Dec 8, 2017
You would think Saudi Arabia with the hajj
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level 77
Sep 25, 2019
Hajjis aren't really tourists, Saudi Arabia gets almost 0 tourism apart from religious pilgrims, and altogether even including Saudis themselves there are maybe 6-8 million pilgrims who make hajj each year, less than a quarter of the total population of the country so the ratio would be much smaller than those listed.
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level 69
Nov 26, 2019
Didn't they recently start issuing genuine tourist visas?
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level 77
Nov 26, 2019
I heard that they were going to. Not sure if they have yet or not. But if they do, those will be different from Hajj or Umrah visas.
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level 67
Sep 25, 2019
Then the Vatican should not count as most visitors are 'religious pilgrims' .
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level 63
Sep 25, 2019
I disagree
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level 75
Nov 26, 2019
What a silly thing to say
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level 66
Nov 26, 2019
I went to the Vatican to see the classic art of the Sistine Chapel, not to circle St. Peter’s obelisk three times.
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level 77
Nov 26, 2019
not even close to being true. And the religious pilgrims that go to Mecca are not "religious pilgrims," they are, in fact, believers performing a specific religious duty. They are not tourists in any sense of the word. Unless Catholics taking communion or going to confession are tourists.
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level 77
Nov 26, 2019
Though once in a while there will be an atheist working on contract basis in the country who converted to Islam for the lolz and used his Muslim laminate to get in to Mecca without any intention of performing hajj, but that happens very rarely, and wouldn't be counted in these stats anyway since he had his iqama and was officially a resident of the country at the time.
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level 72
Sep 25, 2019
Where do the Vatican stats come from? Vatican City does not appear in the country stats in the UN World Tourism Organisation link you give. The stats there are for overnight visits, and since Vatican Citiy has no hotels at all, the number of overnight visit tourists would be very few indeed. Even if you count day visitors, there would be no way of counting numbers, because the border is unmarked and unpatrolled and people just wander in and out of the bits they can access, namely Piazza San Pietro (St Peter's Square), the Sistine Chapel, and some museums.
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level 69
Nov 26, 2019
No hotels, but the pope is a big couchsurfing fan and has a massive living room
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level 34
Nov 28, 2019
If the Canary Islands were independent we would be fourth. 16 million tourists a year but only 2 million inhabitants.