Fourth World Countries 2019

The term “Fourth World Countries” is used to describe parts of countries in the Third World that are most stricken by poverty. Most of these regions do not have political ties. The people of these nations are hunter-gatherers, live in nomadic communities, or are part of tribes. In some cases, populations of these people may live in a First World country. However, their living standards are similar to those of Third World nations.

It is important to note that many of these nations are self-surviving. However, their economic performance is much lower than other more-developed nations of the world. For example, Aboriginal tribes do not require assistance from other nations, but they do not contribute to the global economy. These nations are typically excluded from world statistics.

The nations classified as Fourth World are labeled by the United Nations as the Least Developed Countries, or LDCs. These countries rank lower than other nations in terms of socioeconomic development and human development index ratings. These LDCs, which also have Fourth World regions, include the following nations.

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1Bangladesh163,046,161147,570 km²56,962 mi²< 0.1%1.03%AsiaSouthern Asia
2Ethiopia112,078,7301,104,300 km²426,260 mi²0.74%2.61%AfricaEastern Africa
3Tanzania58,005,463945,087 km²364,804 mi²0.64%3.00%AfricaEastern Africa
4Uganda44,269,594241,550 km²93,238 mi²0.16%3.61%AfricaEastern Africa
5Sudan42,813,2381,886,068 km²728,022 mi²1.27%2.42%AfricaNorthern Africa
6Afghanistan38,041,754652,230 km²251,761 mi²0.44%2.34%AsiaSouthern Asia
7Angola31,825,2951,246,700 km²481,226 mi²0.84%3.30%AfricaMiddle Africa
8Mozambique30,366,036801,590 km²309,414 mi²0.54%2.95%AfricaEastern Africa
9Yemen29,161,922527,968 km²203,796 mi²0.36%2.33%AsiaWestern Asia
10Nepal28,608,710147,181 km²56,812 mi²< 0.1%1.83%AsiaSouthern Asia
11Madagascar26,969,307587,041 km²226,598 mi²0.40%2.69%AfricaEastern Africa
12Niger23,310,7151,267,000 km²489,062 mi²0.85%3.87%AfricaWestern Africa
13Burkina Faso20,321,378272,967 km²105,365 mi²0.18%2.89%AfricaWestern Africa
14Mali19,658,0311,240,192 km²478,714 mi²0.84%3.04%AfricaWestern Africa
15Malawi18,628,747118,484 km²45,735 mi²< 0.1%2.68%AfricaEastern Africa
16Zambia17,861,030752,612 km²290,508 mi²0.51%2.94%AfricaEastern Africa
17Cambodia16,486,542181,035 km²69,880 mi²0.12%1.46%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
18Senegal16,296,364196,722 km²75,935 mi²0.13%2.79%AfricaWestern Africa
19Chad15,946,8761,284,000 km²495,624 mi²0.86%3.03%AfricaMiddle Africa
20Somalia15,442,905637,657 km²246,136 mi²0.43%2.90%AfricaEastern Africa
21Guinea12,771,246245,857 km²94,901 mi²0.17%2.88%AfricaWestern Africa
22Rwanda12,626,95026,338 km²10,166 mi²< 0.1%2.64%AfricaEastern Africa
23Benin11,801,151112,622 km²43,472 mi²< 0.1%2.75%AfricaWestern Africa
24Burundi11,530,58027,834 km²10,744 mi²< 0.1%3.18%AfricaEastern Africa
25Haiti11,263,07727,750 km²10,712 mi²< 0.1%1.26%AmericasCaribbean
26Togo8,082,36656,785 km²21,919 mi²< 0.1%2.45%AfricaWestern Africa
27Sierra Leone7,813,21571,740 km²27,692 mi²< 0.1%2.13%AfricaWestern Africa
28Laos7,169,455236,800 km²91,405 mi²0.16%1.53%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
29Liberia4,937,374111,369 km²42,988 mi²< 0.1%2.46%AfricaWestern Africa
30Central African Republic4,745,185622,984 km²240,472 mi²0.42%1.69%AfricaMiddle Africa
31Mauritania4,525,6961,030,700 km²397,850 mi²0.69%2.78%AfricaWestern Africa
32Eritrea3,497,117117,600 km²45,394 mi²< 0.1%1.28%AfricaEastern Africa
33Gambia2,347,70610,689 km²4,126 mi²< 0.1%2.97%AfricaWestern Africa
34Lesotho2,125,26830,355 km²11,717 mi²< 0.1%0.80%AfricaSouthern Africa
35Guinea Bissau1,920,92236,125 km²13,944 mi²< 0.1%2.49%AfricaWestern Africa
36Equatorial Guinea1,355,98628,051 km²10,828 mi²< 0.1%3.59%AfricaMiddle Africa
37Djibouti973,56023,200 km²8,955 mi²< 0.1%1.53%AfricaEastern Africa
38Comoros850,8861,862 km²719 mi²< 0.1%2.23%AfricaEastern Africa
39Bhutan763,09238,394 km²14,820 mi²< 0.1%1.15%AsiaSouthern Asia
40Solomon Islands669,82328,896 km²11,154 mi²< 0.1%2.60%OceaniaMelanesia
41Maldives530,953300 km²116 mi²< 0.1%2.96%AsiaSouthern Asia
42Vanuatu299,88212,189 km²4,705 mi²< 0.1%2.46%OceaniaMelanesia
43Sao Tome And Principe215,056964 km²372 mi²< 0.1%1.91%AfricaMiddle Africa
44Samoa197,0972,842 km²1,097 mi²< 0.1%0.49%OceaniaPolynesia
45Kiribati117,606811 km²313 mi²< 0.1%1.52%OceaniaMicronesia
46Tuvalu11,64626 km²10 mi²< 0.1%1.20%OceaniaPolynesia