Countries with a Population under 1 Million by Clue

Try to name all the countries of the world that have a population of less than 1 million. To make it easier we give you a short clue.
Population estimates January 2022 according to Worldometers
Quiz by turkeyboi
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Last updated: February 5, 2022
First submittedMarch 26, 2020
Times taken45,745
Average score76.3%
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Population
Clue
Country
804
Home to St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican City
10,930
61% of adults are obese, the highest rate in the world
Nauru
12,019
Formerly known as the Ellice islands
Tuvalu
18,229
Home to Jellyfish Lake, where the jellyfish have evolved to
lose their stingers
Palau
34,042
Claims to be the world's oldest republic, founded in 301 AD
San Marino
38,299
One of the only two double landlocked countries
Liechtenstein
39,677
Known as the "Billionaires' Playground"
Monaco
53,787
The smallest country in the Caribbean
St. Kitts and Nevis
59,814
Country that Bikini Atoll is part of
Marshall Islands
72,265
Home to the worlds second largest hot spring, called Boiling Lake
Dominica
77,458
Led by two co-princes, one of whom is the President of France
Andorra
99,196
Its two main islands are Spanish for "ancient" and "bearded"
Antigua and Barbuda
99,298
The richest country in Africa
Seychelles
107,566
Has the nickname "The Friendly Islands," as dubbed by
Captain James Cook
Tonga
111,491
Its capital city is Kingstown
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines
113,338
Known as the "Spice Island of the Caribbean"
Grenada
115,023
Consists of 607 islands with a total land area of only
702 square kilometers
F. S. Micronesia
122,311
Its biggest island is called Christmas Island
Kiribati
184,938
The only island in the world that contains a drive-in volcano
St. Lucia
200,474
Known as the "Cradle of Polynesia"
Samoa
225,512
Consists of two islands in the Gulf of Guinea
São Tomé and Príncipe
287,925
Known as the "Land of the Flying Fish"
Barbados
318,345
117 different languages are spoken on this Melanesian archipelago
Vanuatu
344,703
Known as the "Land of Fire and Ice"
Iceland
399,114
The closest country to Florida
Bahamas
408,897
The "Blue Hole" is a popular scuba spot off this country's coast
Belize
443,381
Nazis tried, but failed, to take these islands from the British in WWII
Malta
444,023
One of two countries ruled by a Sultan
Brunei
555,407
Has an average elevation of just 1.5 meters, the lowest of any country
Maldives
565,420
Uninhabited until settled by the Portuguese in the 1400s
Cape Verde
594,843
The smallest independent country in South America
Suriname
628,190
Name translates into "Black Mountain" in Spanish.
Montenegro
641,879
Seat of the highest court in the European Union
Luxembourg
713,166
Where the Battle of Guadalcanal happened in 1942 and 1943
Solomon Islands
784,879
Home to the highest un-climbed mountain in the world
Bhutan
792,482
The only English-speaking South American country
Guyana
898,512
Many of its citizens flee to the nearby French island of Mayotte
Comoros
906,594
One of seven countries with a J in its name
Fiji
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Level 82
Mar 30, 2020
Given that this isn't a yellow box quiz, I didn't bother reading the clues; I just typed the name of all of the world's micronations and island countries.
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Level 68
Mar 30, 2020
Me too, when I figured out that there is no enough time to read all the clues. I porpose to add yellow boxes but also massively increase the time. PS: The Fiji clue is lame in particular as the very next Country would fit as well (except for the population). Anyway a nice quiz!
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Level 53
Jul 4, 2020
I like the quiz as it is. I started by entering Oceania and the Caribbean, but the clues reminded me that I'd forgotten the African islands and European microstates, and I needed the clues to get Brunei and Montenegro.
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Level 53
Feb 15, 2022
how about don't rely on the clues?
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Level 67
Mar 31, 2020
I didn't that wouldn't be fun at all. (but yea a yellow box is not a bad idea)
+27
Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
The clues are too obscure for a yellow box. Not everyone is a geography genius.
+22
Level 77
Mar 31, 2020
Well then why even bother with the clues?
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Level 76
Apr 8, 2020
@Bernard To aid people to get those countries. For instance I managed to get 38/39 without looking at any clue, but then looked at the remaining clue and managed to get Montenegro because of that.
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Level 67
May 10, 2020
I agree there should be no yellow box, but I think the time should be increased. I could probably just type in most of these countries without the clues, but I was enjoying reading the clues because most of them contained information I didn't know, and it was a nice extra challenge to try to figure out which clue matched which country. But there isn't enough time to do that and enjoy it. At a certain point, you have to just start blowing through all the Caribbean and Oceanian island nations without reading the clues anyway.
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Level 72
May 10, 2020
I agree with jmellor 100%
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Level 53
Feb 15, 2022
then use your brain to think of what countries could have under 1 million then. Also these clues are easy and im not the biggest geography genius
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Level 74
Mar 31, 2020
The yellow box version is here
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Level 73
Feb 11, 2022
Thanks for that - I enjoyed that one way more. I had to use the clues and then do the harder work of remembering which small- and microstates I still hadn't used to match with the clues still remaining. (I missed the population figures on the side, which are pretty big extra clues.)
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Level 43
Apr 29, 2022
Same as me. I got around 30 countries just by typing every single small country I could think off. Then I got a few more by reading the clues. I still only got 36 out of 38.
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Level 68
Mar 30, 2020
I think you should add yellow box
+9
Level 87
Mar 31, 2020
+1, otherwise it would be a major waste of effort to come up with all these clues
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Level 67
Mar 31, 2020
If I hadnt looked at the clues I would ve gotten all of them. But actually doing it by clue, and only typing if you are 100% sure about it, so you don't accidentally fill in another, is not too easy.
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Level 76
Mar 31, 2020
I managed to get 38/39 without looking at any clues, then looked at the clue for the remaining country to get full marks (that was Montenegro).
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Level 76
Mar 31, 2020
Great quizz, but I suggest changing the clue 'Country that Bikini Atoll is part of' to 'Country of which Bikini Atoll is part'. A preposition, you see, is not a good thing to end a sentence with.
+42
Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
This is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.
+2
Level 76
Apr 20, 2020
The correct sentence conjugation should be as follows: This is the type of arrant pedantry with which I will not put up.
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Level 76
Apr 20, 2020
wait...
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Level 44
Jan 20, 2022
lmao
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Level 76
Feb 6, 2022
Just the most perfect reply to a nitpick
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Level 74
Feb 11, 2022
No. It should be, "This is the type of ARROGANT pedantry FOR which I will not TOLERATE." In order to avoid ending the sentence in a preposition, it is necessary to avoid using the informal phrase "PUT UP WITH," which is a synonym of "TOLERATE." Also, the word "ARROGANT" was misspelled. True pedants should have caught that first.
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Level 63
Feb 11, 2022
No. A true pedant would have looked up the work arrant, and seen that it is in fact a word, albeit dated.
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Level 72
Feb 2, 2021
That rule was made up in the 1600s by pretentious scholars who insisted that English grammar should go by Latin rules. In Latin, a preposition has to be in front of the word it's referring to, otherwise it literally makes no grammatical sense. In English, that isn't the case, and a sentence can end with a preposition and still be completely comprehensible.

This is also why there's that nonsense "rule" against splitting infinitives. In Latin, infinitives are one word and literally can't be split, but in English they are two words (to speak, to run, etc.), which allows us to easily split the words up without obscuring the meaning.

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Level 73
Apr 5, 2021
I think this is was ironic, considering the original comment contains a sentence ending in a preposition....
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Level 70
Feb 11, 2022
"A preposition, you see, is not a good thing to end a sentence with." LOL I see what you did there.
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Level 60
Mar 31, 2020
Black in Italian is nero, not negro. I think negro is Spanish.
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Level 24
Mar 31, 2020
Thank you for seeing that! I’ll fix that.
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Level 63
Oct 7, 2021
It is not Spanish, it is Venetian!
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Level 91
Feb 7, 2022
just nitpicking here: the clue for montenegro being a translation to spanish is correct but it's just a coincidence because of the similarity between old Italian and Spanish. Historically, it came from Venetian and at the time (around XIV century), it just meant "black" in Italian too.

Still, nowadays Italian language has got the "negro" word, but its meaning became exactly equal to the English "n" word.

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Level 48
Apr 13, 2022
Some people think that negro (in Spanish) is racist, and they're trying to cancel Crayola. It's sad what this world has come to.
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Level 74
Mar 31, 2020
You have July 2020 population estimates? Hm......
+15
Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
What if I told you that you could even make population estimates for future years? Would that blow your mind?
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Level 49
Mar 31, 2020
i missed luxembourg even when its flag was the thumbnail.... *facepalm*
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Level 24
Mar 31, 2020
Noice...
+4
Level 85
Apr 1, 2020
Forgive my perfectionism, but... (1) there was only one St. Peter, so it's St. Peter's Basilica (apostrophe); (2) Grenada is KNOWN as the Spice Island (two n's in known); (3) Monaco is known as the "Billionaires' Playground" (apostrophe).
+2
Level ∞
Apr 2, 2020
Okay. All fixed.
+8
Level 77
May 10, 2020
Thank goodness. Now maybe I can sleep tonight.
+1
Level 59
May 10, 2020
I believe it's Serbo-Croat, not Spanish for Montenegro's clue.
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Level 47
May 10, 2020
The name is actually Venetian. The clue is not wrong, though: in Spanish the name does mean that.
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Level 70
Feb 11, 2022
In Serbo-Croatian, the name of Montenegro is Crna Gora, which means the same thing in English. I believe Monte Negro is Venetian or Dalmatian or maybe even Istrian. Those are all closely related Romance languages fairly distinct from "regular" Florentine Italian. Before Italy was unified in the mid-19th century, it used to be a bunch of little nations each with their own language (there's still a lot of this surviving today - there are dialects of Sicilian that are much closer to Albanian than to Italian).
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Level 70
May 10, 2020
Very well put together quiz. I, like many, started typing like mad all the micronations I could think of, but the clues helped me when I got stuck. Nice!
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Level 64
May 10, 2020
Could you add a yellow box so it would be more challenging otherwise it is just guessing random countries without looking at the clues.
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Level 71
May 10, 2020
Interested to know which country is the "other one" in those two questions : One of the only two double landlocked countries and One of two countries ruled by a Sultan. Thanks. Great quiz BTW.
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Level 57
May 10, 2020
Uzbekistan is the other 'doubly-landlocked' country and Oman is the other country ruled by a sultan.
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Level 82
May 10, 2020
Just adding my two cents: I think yellow box is the way to go, with perhaps a doubled time limit. Yes, it would make some of the answers pretty tough, but too many of the clues I didn't even end up getting to because wrong guesses on previous questions filled in those boxes. Personally I'd prefer a quiz where I get 50% and learn something to an easy quiz where I get 100% and learn nothing (and yes, I'm aware it's possible to go back and read the clues if I want to partake of their facts, but the fun is in puzzling over the correct answer after reading the fact).
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Level 44
May 10, 2020
1. This needs to be a yellow box quiz

2. Can you please explain what "double landlocked" means? I googled it after the quiz but it would've been nice to know during it.

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Level 61
May 10, 2020
Double landlocked countries are countries that are completely surrounded by landlocked countries. Liechtenstein by Switzerland and Austria, and Uzbekistan by all the "stans" except Pakistan.
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Level ∞
May 10, 2020
If you don't even know what doubly-landlocked means, how could you ever hope to complete this quiz with a yellow box?

Kidding, kidding...

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Level 77
May 10, 2020
This was a fun quiz turkeyboi. Thanks for all the interesting info.
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Level 63
May 11, 2020
Great quiz! It's really interesting to learn more about these nations which are generally just known for being small.
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Level 70
May 12, 2020
Try to name all the countries of the world that have a population of less THAN 1 million.
+1
Level ∞
May 12, 2020
Fixed
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Level 20
Jun 15, 2020
great quiz all correct
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Level 51
Jul 5, 2020
Please shuffle the answers.
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Level 90
Nov 9, 2020
The j in the name clue is not unique as it equally fits the next country on the list. Maybe change it to: "Has its own version of Hindi as an official language"?
+1
Level 71
Jun 4, 2021
Or closest sovereign country to New Zealand
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Level 74
Dec 7, 2020
Sorry to nit-pick but I have driven into a volcano in Iceland.
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Level 92
Feb 5, 2022
Sorry to nitpick, but there's no hyphen in nitpick.
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Level 85
Feb 5, 2022
Does basic car insurance cover driving into a volcano?
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Level 43
Jul 1, 2021
Great quiz. But can you please make a yellow box version. Thanks.
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Level 69
Feb 5, 2022
This should be a yellow box quiz, I only even had to use the clues once, a little too easy
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Level 58
Feb 6, 2022
I would argue that a yellow box is not a good idea, as knowing the precise populations of the countries is less interesting than simply knowing whether they have more or less than 1 million.
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Level 23
Feb 11, 2022
It is a great quiz though, damn.
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Level 36
Feb 11, 2022
cool quiz!! loved the facts; I learnt a lot, thanks.
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Level 65
Feb 11, 2022
What are the Comorians fleeing??
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Level 70
Feb 11, 2022
This confused me too. I would have assumed that as a small island nation, Comoros would be peaceful. The Wikipedia page tells me otherwise:

"Since then [independence in 1975], it has experienced more than 20 coups or attempted coups, with various heads of state assassinated. Along with this constant political instability, it has the worst income inequality of any nation, with a Gini coefficient over 60%, and ranks in the worst quartile on the Human Development Index."

Yikes.

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Level 48
Apr 13, 2022
Huh, I never knew that "Comorians" were the demonym for Comoros...
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Level 68
Feb 11, 2022
As far as clues go, St. Vincent and the Grenadines really got the snub.
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Level 32
Jun 18, 2022
Djibouti also has a population of less than 1 million and is (confusingly enough) also one of the 7 countries with J in their name...