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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 the year 2016. Source UN World Tourism Organization
Ratio = Visitors / Residents
Last updated: August 31, 2017
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All Countries
Ratio
Country
> 5,000
Vatican City
36.6
Andorra
8.73
Monaco
6.42
Palau
5.39
Iceland
All Countries
Ratio
Country
4.58
Malta
3.78
Bahamas
3.32
Austria
3.28
Croatia
3.22
Seychelles
Population > 10 mil
Ratio
Country
2.21
Greece
1.63
Spain
1.56
Hungary
1.28
France
1.14
Czech Republic
Population > 10 mil
Ratio
Country
1.10
Portugal
0.93
Netherlands
0.88
Italy
0.86
Malaysia
0.66
Belgium
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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 71
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 59
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 56
Nov 24, 2017
Vermont and Bangladesh: I can barely tell which is which.
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level 59
Nov 24, 2017
I've been to one of this, but I don't remember which?
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level 53
Jan 20, 2018
Too many snakes. That's a solid 'no go'.
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level 59
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 65
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 69
Jul 16, 2015
I think it'd be nice to highlight countries larger than 1,000 km2 or something like that, to distinguish between 'small' and 'large' countries
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level ∞
Aug 31, 2017
Okay
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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 24
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 70
Oct 11, 2018
Nevada would be higher
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level 59
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 60
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 73
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 71
Oct 26, 2016
day trippers are likely not included in the statistics
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level 73
Sep 1, 2017
Then Vatican City would be practically 0.
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level 71
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 11
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 11
Oct 15, 2015
maybe because its ugly xD
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level 45
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 74
Oct 15, 2015
I did better trying to guess countries with low population than those with high tourist numbers.
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level 80
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 35
Dec 4, 2015
very surprised Australia isn't on here
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level 46
Feb 16, 2017
I was thinking the same thing.
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level 75
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 75
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 46
Feb 16, 2017
Doesn't slip off the tongue as well as 'Most touristy countries' though does it . :)
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level 49
Mar 9, 2017
I think Monako should be added.
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level 53
Nov 24, 2017
It's actually 'Monaco', which is already on the quiz.
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level 54
Sep 2, 2017
Surprised that Maldives is not on the list
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level 71
Sep 3, 2017
It should be. Its ratio is 3.74.
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level 71
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 33
Nov 24, 2017
The one Quiz where my home country (Austria) is an answer and I don't take it.
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level 58
Dec 8, 2017
You would think Saudi Arabia with the hajj