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Five Poorest Countries by Continent

For each continent, name the five poorest countries by per-capita income.
2017. Purchasing power parity. More info here
Last updated: January 21, 2018
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Africa
$320
Somalia
$730
Central African Republic
$740
Burundi
$840
D.R. Congo
$840
Liberia
 
 
Asia
$1,570
North Korea
$1,900
Afghanistan
$2,630
Nepal
$2,630
Yemen
$2,750
Syria
Europe
$4,990
Moldova
$8,320
Ukraine
$10,200
Kosovo
$12,400
Albania
$12,700
Bosnia & Herzegovina
 
 
North America
$1,820
Haiti
$4,920
Honduras
$5,760
Nicaragua
$8,220
Guatemala
$8,680
Belize
Oceania
$1,910
Kiribati
$2,040
Solomon Islands
$2,790
Vanuatu
$3,270
F.S. Micronesia
$3,540
Marshall Islands
 
 
South America
$7,570
Bolivia
$8,230
Guyana
$9,980
Paraguay
$11,100
Ecuador
$13,400
Peru
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level 57
Sep 27, 2015
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level 73
Nov 11, 2015
You said poorest was easier but I missed 4 on this one and only 1 on the richest...
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level 57
Nov 11, 2015
Richest avg. score: 17 (56%)
Poorest avg. score: 20 (62%)
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level 58
Nov 11, 2015
I scored the same as Kal: 4 missed here, 1 missed on richest. However, I found that overall this quiz was easier. I got all 5 European and South American countries without error but struggled to find Liberia, Nepal, Cambodia, and Haiti. Fun quiz and good list of poor tourist destinations if you dislike poverty.
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level 70
Sep 15, 2016
Surprised by the averages - I definitely agree with these guys, poorest was harder than richest. Fewer rich countries and more poor countries mean there's usually a relatively small selection to choose from for the rich countries, whereas the five poorest countries in Africa? There are a LOT of candidates, sadly.
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level 73
Oct 20, 2016
well, got them all this time.
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level 59
Jul 17, 2017
I found this much more difficult as well for some reason...
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level 39
Aug 8, 2018
Yes, I got 29/30 in richest, And only 21/30 in poorest...
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level 44
Nov 11, 2015
Lacks time.
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level 57
Nov 11, 2015
Time added.
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level 58
Nov 12, 2015
Surprised Ukraine is here.
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level 39
Jan 10, 2017
Ukraine isn't as poor as is shown in statistics. A lot of people don't disclose their earnings or earn in foreign currency and don't report it. Ukraine isn't doing well because of corruption, but it's not as poor as statistics show.
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level 70
Aug 11, 2017
Also inflation is high, so GDP in dollars is low, but life isn't as bad as it appears here.
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level 73
Sep 14, 2017
I've spent a lot of time in Ukraine and not surprised at all. It's probably the cheapest country in Europe right now so in real terms it may be even poorer, but even using this ppp malarky... salaries there are *very* low. Especially for public servants like nurses and teachers. Which is why so many model-gorgeous young women in Kiev turn to prostituting themselves online on Mamba, and why Odessa has a notorious "wife shopping" season when Western European men come looking for trophy wives in search of a way out. And... I would have said that in spite of this it's a lovely country and I had a nice time there but that was on my first trip. When I went back I ended up violently assaulted and hospitalized. That wasn't as much fun.
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level 67
Nov 12, 2015
ukraine is poorer than belarus?
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level 52
Nov 12, 2015
I will never remember Kiribati. Ever. Not in this quiz, not in the world countries quiz. I swear, I'm going to take a rowboat out to that place just so that I can take a stinking selfie laying down on the dirt so that I will never forget it again. Or, just maybe, this irate comment will be sufficiently emotional as to solidify it in my mind forevermore.
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level 55
Nov 12, 2015
I have the same problem with Micronesia...
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level 60
Nov 12, 2015
I have the same problem with the Maldives...
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level 47
Nov 12, 2015
East-Timor for me...
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level 69
Apr 19, 2016
Read The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J Maarten Troost. You'll never forget Kiribati again.
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level 55
May 19, 2016
Kiribati is actually a beautiful place. Go there sometime.
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level 57
May 20, 2016
you have been?
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level 64
Aug 12, 2017
Sadly, it may disappear soon
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level 59
Nov 12, 2015
Need more time on this quiz
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level 66
Sep 6, 2016
Seconded. Quite tricky this one.
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level 62
Nov 12, 2015
Surprised Yemen was not on the list.
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level 60
Jan 10, 2016
Me too.
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level 70
Mar 27, 2016
Kleptocracy aside, they have oil.
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level 26
Nov 12, 2015
I have been in both Albania and Malawi, and the idea that the two countries are even comparable in wealth/poverty is ridiculous. In my mind, Malawi is by far the poorer country.
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level 66
Nov 12, 2015
Well, their PPP is 1/14 of the Albanian, so...
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level 65
Nov 12, 2015
They are not on the same continent. Africa overall is much poorer than Europe, so obviously the poorest European countries are still a lot richer than the poorest African countries. Take a look at the income figures in the left column.
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level 56
Sep 14, 2017
No one said they were comparable
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level 66
Nov 12, 2015
Note to self: look at the title picture.
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level 56
Nov 12, 2015
lowest on here is $600, still more than i make a month...
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level 73
Nov 14, 2015
These figures are annually, not monthly.
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level 63
Nov 6, 2017
Kalbahamut's answer puts things in perspective, doesn't it?
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level 55
Nov 12, 2015
Great quiz, but could probably use more time.
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level 60
Nov 12, 2015
Agree, like a minute more. Was typing like a speed demon trying to get done.
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level 55
Nov 12, 2015
I guess I'm moving to Peru.
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level 57
Nov 12, 2015
Peru is the richest country of the poorest countries by continent. The richest country overall is Qatar, at 102,000 :)
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level 59
Nov 12, 2015
Surprised not to see Suriname.
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level 55
Nov 12, 2015
Some of these dollar amounts are really sad. :(
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level 57
Nov 12, 2015
Who couldn't agree?
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level 66
Nov 12, 2015
These figures I assume are the total income divided by the population. Places like Qatar mentioned earlier at 102,000 per person does not mean that every person is receiving that amount, some are receiving 20 times that amount and many are getting very little. Likewise with the poorest nations there are many individuals receiving great amounts and even more gaining very little. It is easier to get along in a poor country if you are poor than in a rich country if you are poor. The rich will never help the poor, whereas poor people tend to help even poorer people when needed. Money received in many of the rich countries is spent on Motor vehicles, gas, taxes, rents, mortgages, computers, holidays etc etc whereas in very poor countries these sorts of expenditures don't come into their expectations. Some poor peoples are growing their own food, not paying tax, don't own vehicles, don't have computers etc etc, so they have to live a more simple life and who knows, maybe more fulfilling.
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level 55
Nov 12, 2015
"Some poor peoples are growing their own food, not paying tax, don't own vehicles, don't have computers etc etc, so they have to live a more simple life and who knows, maybe more fulfilling." I think you're definitely on to something here. I have worked with many people from third world countries and several have told me that just because people are poor doesn't mean they're unhappy.
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level 73
Nov 14, 2015
I've spent a lot of time in some very poor countries (though actually none from this quiz- poorest I've been to was Ethiopia). I would say be careful when romanticizing extreme poverty. I don't think most people living on $600 a year feel very fulfilled. And... that's just the average. It's not the poorest of the poor. Many people around the world live on less than a dollar a day. Maybe in your pastoral fantasies that might sound nice, but when your bamboo shack you spent 5 years saving to build collapses in a typhoon and you can't afford to fix it, or you can't get clean drinking water and as a result your child dies from diarrhea that you are too poor to get him medicine for, you might have a different view of things.
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level 73
Oct 20, 2016
update: I've now been to Moldova and Ukraine. Ukraine was fantastic, though I did meet a paramedic there who said her starting salary was $40/month. Moldova kind of sucked.
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level 74
Sep 14, 2017
How many countries have you been to? I enjoy hearing about your experiences.
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level 73
Sep 22, 2017
61. Click on my name and I think it pulls up a map.
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level 40
Feb 24, 2016
The top 6 poorest countries in Africa are poorer than the top poorest countries on all the other five continents.
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level 41
Jul 19, 2017
it makes no sense that Venezuela or Syria is not on this
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level ∞
Aug 10, 2017
It takes time for the official statistics to catch up with the reality on the ground. Also, in Venezuela's case, oil money adds to the GDP even if it doesn't reach the regular people.
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level 70
Aug 19, 2017
The CIA shows Yemen at 2,800
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level ∞
Aug 20, 2017
Foxed
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level 74
Sep 14, 2017
Just goes to show you shouldn't make quizzes when you're foxed. :)
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level 39
Sep 14, 2017
Are we comparing these poor "countries" by using US standards? Yes, the salaries may be low, but what is the cost of living like? Do the people own or rent their homes? - Do they receive money monthly from their relatives in the US to supplement their earned income? - Yes, poverty is poverty, but by whose measure?
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level 49
Sep 14, 2017
MIssed Guatemala and Burundi
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level 41
Sep 14, 2017
I'm surprised about North Korea....
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level 15
Sep 14, 2017
The poorest country is Central African Republic
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level 36
Sep 15, 2017
surprised, suriname is richer than like paraguay.
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level 38
Sep 15, 2017
Kosovo is not a country
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level 73
Sep 22, 2017
Keep telling yourself that, Milosovic.
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level 75
Jan 22, 2018
It's Milošević, you ignorant fool.
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level 73
May 23, 2018
If you and your country were more relevant I might care enough to learn how the spell the name of the genocidal murderer who used to run it along with the silly diacritical marks. But it doesn't matter and the anger you feel at my comment, and your impulse to insult, is the nagging suspicion in your subconscious that I'm right.
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level 73
Sep 22, 2017
P.S. Serbia is not a country so much as a trap. Worst travel decision I've ever made in my life was going there.
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level 49
Sep 15, 2017
Interesting fact, the least poor country on this list is somehow the most guessed one!
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level 60
Jan 21, 2018
That is because South America is a no-brainer. There is already almost a 50-50 chance to be correct! ;-)
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level 57
Jan 27, 2018
Not anymore :D
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level 57
Jan 27, 2018
WTF? How is Somalia so poor, but still together? How hasn't it collapsed already? Even if it would be twice as rich, it would be the poorest Country !
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level 73
Mar 6, 2018
It has collapsed, it's just that nobody cares to take it over.
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level 37
Mar 6, 2018
I thought Belize wouldn't be on here
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level 65
Mar 9, 2018
weird to think that what I make in 2 days is the just as much as an average Somalian has to work an entire year for