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Five Poorest Countries by Continent

For each continent, name the five poorest countries by per-capita income.
2019. Purchasing power parity. More info here
Last updated: May 10, 2019
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Africa
$720
Burundi
$800
Central African Republic
$890
D.R. Congo
$1,100
Niger
$1,270
Malawi
 
 
Asia
$1,550
North Korea
$2,050
Afghanistan
$2,570
Yemen
$2,720
Syria
$3,120
Nepal
Europe
$6,770
Moldova
$9,320
Ukraine
$11,600
Kosovo
$13,700
Albania
$14,200
Bosnia & Herzegovina
 
 
North America
$1,900
Haiti
$5,400
Honduras
$5,440
Nicaragua
$8,640
El Salvador
$8,730
Guatemala
Oceania
$2,080
Kiribati
$2,320
Solomon Islands
$2,970
Vanuatu
$3,430
F.S. Micronesia
$3,800
Papua New Guinea
 
 
South America
$7,820
Bolivia
$8,950
Guyana
$11,600
Venezuela
$11,800
Ecuador
$14,200
Paraguay
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level 57
Sep 27, 2015
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level 75
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 60
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 69
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 75
Oct 20, 2016
well, got them all this time.
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level 65
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 46
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 73
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 75
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 71
Nov 12, 2015
ukraine is poorer than belarus?
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level 54
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 59
Nov 12, 2015
I have the same problem with the Maldives...
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level 46
Nov 12, 2015
East-Timor for me...
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level 70
Apr 19, 2016
Read The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J Maarten Troost. You'll never forget Kiribati again.
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level 58
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 63
Aug 12, 2017
Sadly, it may disappear soon
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level 53
Mar 29, 2019
I always remember it thinking of Christmas island.
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level 62
Nov 12, 2015
Need more time on this quiz
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level 67
Sep 6, 2016
Seconded. Quite tricky this one.
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level 65
Nov 12, 2015
Surprised Yemen was not on the list.
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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 67
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 67
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 75
Nov 14, 2015
These figures are annually, not monthly.
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level 65
Nov 6, 2017
Kalbahamut's answer puts things in perspective, doesn't it?
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level 56
Nov 12, 2015
Great quiz, but could probably use more time.
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level 59
Nov 12, 2015
Agree, like a minute more. Was typing like a speed demon trying to get done.
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level 56
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 60
Nov 12, 2015
Surprised not to see Suriname.
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level 56
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 67
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 56
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 75
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 75
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 75
Sep 14, 2017
How many countries have you been to? I enjoy hearing about your experiences.
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level 75
Sep 22, 2017
61. Click on my name and I think it pulls up a map.
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level 39
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 84
Aug 19, 2017
The CIA shows Yemen at 2,800
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level ∞
Aug 20, 2017
Foxed
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level 75
Sep 14, 2017
Just goes to show you shouldn't make quizzes when you're foxed. :)
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level 38
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 51
Sep 14, 2017
MIssed Guatemala and Burundi
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level 40
Sep 14, 2017
I'm surprised about North Korea....
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level 16
Sep 14, 2017
The poorest country is Central African Republic
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level 38
Sep 15, 2017
surprised, suriname is richer than like paraguay.
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level 51
Sep 15, 2017
Interesting fact, the least poor country on this list is somehow the most guessed one!
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level 63
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 75
Mar 6, 2018
It has collapsed, it's just that nobody cares to take it over.
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level 73
May 10, 2019
It's not together. Somaliland is practically very much independent, so is Puntland which however didn't formally declare independence like Somaliland.
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level 37
Mar 6, 2018
I thought Belize wouldn't be on here
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level 47
Oct 31, 2018
Yes, it's hard to Belize.
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level 66
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
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level 34
Feb 21, 2019
you have to take into account that you could buy much more with $320 in Somalia than you could in the United States.
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level 50
Oct 18, 2018
Very surprising that Venezuela isn't here
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level ∞
May 10, 2019
And now it is. Even still, the stats are a couple years behind since the government reports fake numbers. The real income is probably much less than what is shown here.
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level 38
Oct 31, 2018
Surprised that Yemen has been added since it's in the Persian Gulf. What happened to all of its Petro Dollars?
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level 60
Mar 20, 2019
Guess that you haven’t heard about the Yemenese Civil War and subsequent largest humanitarian crisis in recent history?
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level 63
May 10, 2019
Yemen isn't the Persian Gulf country.
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level 34
Feb 21, 2019
got all right. first one was north korea. thumbnails always help.
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level 73
May 10, 2019
Where did Somalia go? I see websites list last data being from 2010/2011, is that the reason?
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level 47
May 22, 2019
It is surprising to see Venezuela on this list, that too placed third among all the 12 countries in South America, in spite of having a larger oil reserve than that of Saudi Arabia, one of the countries known to flourish for the same reason.