Countries with the Lowest Percentage of Arable Land

Name the countries with the lowest percentage of land that can be farmed. Hint: Think of countries with the most urban area, mountain, desert, forest, etc...
Source: World Bank
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No data exists for Monaco and the Vatican
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Last updated: September 13, 2018
First submittedJune 20, 2015
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Country
0.09
Djibouti
0.12
Oman
0.33
Seychelles
0.37
Mongolia
0.42
Suriname
0.43
Kuwait
0.44
Mauritania
0.45
United Arab Emirates
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Country
0.65
Montenegro
0.66
Papua New Guinea
0.70
Botswana
0.71
Solomon Islands
0.79
Singapore
0.80
Bahamas
0.95
Brunei
0.97
Namibia
%
Country
0.98
Libya
1.13
Qatar
1.21
Iceland
1.26
Gabon
1.52
Colombia
1.61
Rep. of the Congo
1.63
Saudi Arabia
1.64
Vanuatu
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Level 79
Sep 13, 2018
Also, no data for Nauru, Kosovo, South Sudan, and Tuvalu.
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Level 83
Sep 13, 2018
Should be added to the list. I guessed two of those.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2019
I guessed 4 of them
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Level 48
Jul 9, 2020
I guessed three of them except Kosovo.
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Level 60
Oct 6, 2018
I thought Nauru would be on this list for sure.
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Level 73
Sep 13, 2018
"No data exists for Monaco and the Vatican." So what do I do? I guess those first, of course!
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Level 74
Sep 13, 2018
They are obviously top of the list at 0.00%, so should they just be put there?
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Level 63
Jan 31, 2020
Doesn't Vatican have gardens. And wouldn't they count on this list. Given the small area, there is probably no need for more to not be on this quiz.
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Level 81
Sep 15, 2018
The header is misleading when it says "Think of countries with the most urban area".
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Level 46
Oct 6, 2018
Singapore.
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Level 74
Sep 13, 2018
Montenegro seems hard to believe; just had a look at googlemaps on sattelite view and there seems to be way more than 0.65% being farmed there.
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Level 77
Sep 21, 2018
https://www.bfn.de/fileadmin/MDB/documents/ina/vortraege/2010-Farmland-Montenegro-HNVF-Vilm-june2010-final.pdf A presentation from Biotechnical Faculty of University of Montenegro has it at 1,900 km2 or almost 14%.
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Level 65
Sep 13, 2018
What about Denmark (Greenland)?
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Level 67
Sep 13, 2018
Jetpunk very rarely include Greenland in any of Denmarks statistics.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2019
Which is weird, cause it doesnt come up under its own statistics either. It like they are trying to make it disappear. (unlike northkorea, which is trying to make itself disappear)
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Level 81
Sep 13, 2018
Congo is pretty surprising.
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Level 71
Sep 13, 2018
Yeah. Surely it can't be that low...?
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Level 72
Sep 14, 2018
It's very heavily forested, right? I mean, jungled?
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Level 81
Sep 15, 2018
I guess they haven't slashed and burned like Brazil yet. You'd think if they could level a couple hundred square kilometers to plop a city of 2,000,000 people they could clear a little land to feed the nation.
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Level 68
Sep 16, 2018
The distinction between arable and agricultural land should probably be made clearer in the instructions, which make it sound like both are included. According to tradingeconomics.com, "Agricultural land is defined as the land area that is either arable, under permanent crops, or under permanent pastures. Arable land includes land under temporary crops such as cereals, temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow." Colombia, for example, has over 40% of agricultural land but less than 2% arable land.
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Level 68
Sep 19, 2018
Yeah, that would help. A few of the answers really surprised me until I saw your explanation.
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Level 71
Oct 6, 2018
Cocoa doesn't count I guess. I saw a fascinating piece from Vice on this and how they are trying other crops - farmers just want to be paid, they don't care about the crop. This makes more sense now, because they can't just grow anything.
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Level 78
Oct 6, 2018
Farmers are locked into whatever is marketable and transportable. They might be able to grow anything but unless a market and system of transporting the goods to market exists, it does them no good. I could grow 100 acres of brussels sprouts, but without a veggie packing plant in my area that needs them to fill orders, or a fleet of trucks to ship them to a distant packing plant, what would I do with them? Unlike manufacturing plants which can hold their goods, most farm products are perishable. Even dried grains are in danger of insect and rodent infestation or mold during storage.
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Level 79
Oct 6, 2018
I used to live in Bahrain and have driven the perimeter of the country multiple times. Where were they hiding all this farmland? There's a tree in the desert there that's a major tourist attraction because nothing else around is even alive.
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Level 77
Oct 6, 2018
Agreed 100%. Unless they are counting some generous circumference around the palm trees as they produce dates, no chance Bahrain has virtually any arable land.
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Level 77
Oct 6, 2018
San Marino? Liechtenstein?
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Level 33
Oct 6, 2018
Monaco, Liechtenstein, Vatican, etc????
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Level 46
Oct 6, 2018
Monaco and Vatican aren't counted, says that in the description. I guess Liechtenstein has more than 1.64% farmland.
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Level 64
Oct 6, 2018
Yes, I can imagine that Monaco has sprawling wheat fields and don't forget the Vatican corn belt. Honestly, there must be less arable land in Monaco than Djibouti by any metric. If anyone has seen Malta, why isn't that place on the list?
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Level 77
Jan 31, 2019
Malta is so small though that you just need a few large gardens to reach 2%.
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Level 77
Jan 31, 2019
Liechtenstein lies in the upper Rhine valley, much of it is quite flat.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2019
@bezz, because the quizmaker didnt go to all the countries and measured the land by hand.. He got his info from a source. And in that list there is no data for monaco and vatican like is stated in the description at the start of the quiz so I dont see why you would have to discuss how arable or not monaco is.
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Level 48
Oct 6, 2018
This was surprisingly hard!
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Level 57
Oct 6, 2018
What about Maldives?
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Level 60
Oct 6, 2018
Colombia is a surprise. I have to assume that they're not including coca plants.
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Level 56
Oct 6, 2018
This was a tough quiz! Good one.