20 countries we bet you didn’t know existed

Gil Cadiz

Despite technology having made the world a borderless global village, several countries remain unknown to us. These are small countries that don’t always make the headlines. We hardly see them in travel brochures, and so they don’t make it to our bucket lists.

Out of the 195 independent and self-governing countries in the world today, here are the ones that many of us don’t remember getting mentioned in our world geography class. Get to know them more by clicking on their profiles courtesy of BBC Monitoring.

1. Andorra – Europe
Capital: Andorra la Vella
Country profile here.

2. Burundi – Africa
Capital: Bujumbura
Country profile here.

3. Cabo Verde – Africa
Capital: Praia
Country profile here.

4. Comoros – Africa
Capital: Moroni
Country profile here.

5. Djibouti – Africa
Capital: Djibouti
Country profile here.

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6. Equatorial Guinea – Africa
Capital: Malabo
Country profile here.

#mountains #clouds #sunset #Malabo #equatorialguinea

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7. Eritrea – Africa
Capital: Asmara
Country profile here.

Keren shukor❤️ #EritreaStoleMyHeart #iRepEri #Eritrea #Africa #Keren 📸: @wetaydil

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8. Gabon – Africa
Capital: Libreville
Country profile here.

9. Guinea-Bissau – Africa
Capital: Bissau
Country profile here.

In love with my sister’s style!😻 #bissau #africanstyle #photography #travel

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10. Kiribati – Oceania
Capital: Tarawa Atoll
Country profile here.

11. Liechtenstein – Europe
Capital: Vaduz
Country profile here.

12. Montenegro – Europe
Administrative Capital: Podgorica
Country profile here.

13. Nauru – Oceania
Administrative Center: Yaren
Country profile here.

14. Saint Kitts and Nevis – West Indies, North America
Capital: Basseterre
Country profile here.

15. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – West Indies, North America
Capital: Kingstown
Country profile here.

16. San Marino – Europe
Capital: San Marino
Country profile here.

#sanmarino #samsunggalaxys8 #mytravel #montetitano

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17. São Tomé and Príncipe – Africa
Capital: São Tomé
Country profile here.

18. Togo – Africa
Capital: Lome
Country profile here.

➡Tags your photos 🇹🇬 #igerstogo #cheznousautogo @auswaertigesamt – Oh, wie schön ist… 🇹🇬 Togo! Für afrikanische Verhältnisse ist Togo recht klein, aber der westafrikanische Staat ist größer als Kroatien, die Niederlande oder die Schweiz. In einem schmalen Streifen zieht sich das Land von der Atlantikküste etwa 550 km nach Norden, und statt Palmenstrand gibt es hier Teakbäume und wunderbar grüne, weite Landschaft. #westafrika #togo #togoland #diplogram The trip to….🇹🇬 Togo! Togo is quite small by African standards, but the West African country is bigger than Croatia, the Netherlands or Switzerland! Togo stretches narrowly from the Atlantic coast about 550 km to the north, and instead of palm beaches you will find teak trees and wonderful wide green landscapes. #togolandscape #westafrica #afriquedelouest #picoftheday #africanlandscape #exploreafrica #landscapephotography #beautifuldestinations #bbctravel #doyoutravel #cheznousautogo #communityfirst #ig_worldclub #lonelyplanet #natgeotravel #passionpasseport #lifeofadventure #VSCOcam #justgoshoot #wonderfulplace #clubsocial #ig_nycity #the_visionaries #padgram #instagramcommunity

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19. Tuvalu – Oceania
Capital: Funafuti
Country profile here.

20. Vanuatu – Oceania
Capital: Port-Vila
Country profile here.

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