Poorest Countries In The World 2019

The poorest countries in the world might not be as obvious as you may have assumed. However, if you figured that every country that is listed as one of the poorest countries in the world is also a third world country, or a nation with a public debt problem, then you are not that far from the truth. While there are instances in which the two overlap, it is not fair to automatically assume that all of the poorest countries in the world are also underdeveloped. This is mostly due to the negative connotations associated with countries classified as third world nations.

According to the news outlet, USA Today, the top twenty-five poorest countries in the world are...

  1. Liberia (GNI per capita: $710)
  2. The Central African Republic (GNI per capita: $730)
  3. Burundi (GNI per capita: $770)
  4. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (GNI per capita: $870)
  5. Niger (GNI per capita: $990)
  6. Malawi (GNI per capita: $1,180)
  7. Mozambique (GNI per capita: $1,200)
  8. Sierra Leone (GNI per capita: $1,480)
  9. Madagascar (GNI per capita: $1,510)
  10. Comoros (GNI per capita: $1,570)

The only country that did not make it onto both lists is the African country of Zimbabwe. All the other twenty-four poorest countries are also third world countries, which goes to show that the two characteristics do have some common ground between them. If you think about it, money is not everything, but it does allow for a basic level of upkeep. As unfortunate as it is, everything in the world needs money to uphold a certain level of care and maintenance.

Money is not solely for elaborate funding or exuberance. The hardest part about a world that revolves around money is that it becomes a necessity, to the point where countries cannot sustain a permanent state of cleanliness, invest in industries that could help the country flourish, or develop specific attributes that would elevate a developing country to a place of prosperity. It takes an awful lot of time, energy, and money to raise a country from the ground up, and without a national budget that is reasonable, countries fall short of funding.

The physical location of a country also has a lot to do with the wealth -- as well as the lack thereof -- of a country. The reason for this pulls the aspect of underdeveloped governments, systems, and infrastructures in a country into play. See, the financial status of a country has nearly everything to do with a nation’s GDP or gross domestic product. This is a value that correlates to the monetary value of a country’s goods, services, and products over the course of a year.

So the GDP of every country is calculated annually, and it is very similar to credit scores in a sense, albeit on a much larger scale. Still, the GDP of the nation has the potential to severely mess with a country’s future, as does a poor credit score for people like you and me. The gross domestic product of a country is such a substantial influential factor, and a weak GDP can do quite a load of damage to a country’s economy. When a country has a low GDP value, other nations do not revere the low-ranking country as worth doing business with at any level.

This has been the cause of great division between countries because it starts to create a sort of divide between countries with impressively high GDP values and countries with GDP values that are everything but admirable. It is rather unfortunate, mainly because this outlook makes it that much harder for countries with low GDP values to make a comeback. If you have ever experienced the downward spiral of credit card debt and lower-than-preferred credit scores, then the GDP might register with you on a level that is easier to understand from that perspective.

Here are the twenty-five poorest countries in the world, alongside their most recent gross domestic product values. There are technically three different GDP values for each country, and the reason for this is that three separate organizations release lists that rank countries by GDP values based on their own calculations. These organizations are as follows:

  • The International Monetary Fund
  • The United Nations
  • The World Bank

Though the exact values differ, the discrepancies are minimal enough to ignore. The GDP values you see below are the values reported by the International Money Fund.

Rank Country 2019 Population GDP (IMF '19) GDP (UN '16) Per Capita
1Tanzania58,005,463$61.03 billion--
2Taiwan23,773,876$601.43 billion--
3Tuvalu11,646$49.00 million$36.70 million$3,151
4Montserrat4,989-$62.05 million$12,438
5Nauru10,756$114.00 million$103.47 million$9,620
6Kiribati117,606$187.00 million$173.66 million$1,477
7Marshall Islands58,791$220.00 million$183.00 million$3,113
8Cook Islands17,548-$290.19 million$16,537
9Palau18,008$310.00 million$310.25 million$17,228
10Micronesia113,815$383.00 million$329.90 million$2,899
11Anguilla14,869-$337.52 million$22,700
12Sao Tome and Principe215,056$477.00 million$342.78 million$1,594
13Tonga104,494$493.00 million$401.46 million$3,842
14Dominica71,808$542.00 million$581.48 million$8,098
15Saint Vincent and the Grenadines110,589$864.00 million$765.32 million$6,920
16Samoa197,097$902.00 million$822.23 million$4,172
17Vanuatu299,882$942.00 million$837.52 million$2,793
18Saint Kitts and Nevis52,823$1.06 billion$909.85 million$17,225
19Turks and Caicos Islands38,191-$917.55 million$24,025
20British Virgin Islands30,030-$971.24 million$32,342
21Gambia2,347,706$1.74 billion$985.83 million$420
22Grenada112,003$1.27 billion$1.02 billion$9,073
23Sint Maarten42,388-$1.07 billion$25,292
24Guinea-Bissau1,920,922$1.54 billion$1.12 billion$584
25Solomon Islands669,823$1.51 billion$1.13 billion$1,693
26Comoros850,886$726.00 million$1.15 billion$1,351
27Somalia15,442,905$7.90 billion$1.32 billion$85
28Saint Lucia182,790$1.97 billion$1.40 billion$7,643
29Seychelles97,739$1.65 billion$1.43 billion$14,670
30Antigua and Barbuda97,118$1.72 billion$1.46 billion$15,035
31San Marino33,860$1.62 billion$1.59 billion$46,981
32Cape Verde549,935$2.04 billion$1.64 billion$2,980
33Belize390,353$2.00 billion$1.74 billion$4,460
34Central African Republic4,745,185$2.29 billion$1.81 billion$382
35Djibouti973,560$2.39 billion$1.89 billion$1,943
36Bhutan763,092$2.84 billion$2.21 billion$2,900
37Lesotho2,125,268$2.81 billion$2.24 billion$1,054
38Greenland56,672-$2.28 billion$40,283
39Aruba106,314$2.88 billion$2.67 billion$25,086
40East Timor1,293,119$3.15 billion$2.70 billion$2,091
41Liberia4,937,374$3.22 billion$2.76 billion$558
42Andorra77,142-$2.86 billion$37,054
43Burundi11,530,580$3.57 billion$2.87 billion$249
44Curaçao163,424-$3.12 billion$19,100
45Suriname581,372$3.68 billion$3.28 billion$5,639
46Guyana782,766$3.83 billion$3.44 billion$4,390
47Sierra Leone7,813,215$4.00 billion$3.67 billion$470
48Cayman Islands64,948-$3.84 billion$59,187
49Eswatini1,148,130$4.66 billion$4.01 billion$3,490
50Maldives530,953$5.75 billion$4.22 billion$7,956
51Montenegro627,987$5.44 billion$4.37 billion$6,965
52Togo8,082,366$5.59 billion$4.45 billion$550
53Barbados287,025$5.21 billion$4.55 billion$15,862
54Mauritania4,525,696$5.57 billion$4.67 billion$1,031
55Fiji889,953$5.32 billion$4.67 billion$5,249
56Malawi18,628,747$7.44 billion$5.32 billion$285
57Eritrea3,497,117$7.72 billion$5.41 billion$1,548
58French Polynesia279,287-$5.42 billion$19,399
59Bermuda62,506-$6.13 billion$98,028
60Liechtenstein38,019-$6.19 billion$162,910
61Monaco38,964-$6.47 billion$165,999
62South Sudan11,062,113$3.15 billion$6.53 billion$591
63Kyrgyzstan6,415,850$8.33 billion$6.55 billion$1,021
64Moldova4,043,263$12.04 billion$6.77 billion$1,675
65Tajikistan9,321,018$7.70 billion$6.95 billion$746
66Niger23,310,715$9.72 billion$7.53 billion$323
67Haiti11,263,077$9.60 billion$7.65 billion$679
68Republic of the Congo5,380,508$11.16 billion$7.78 billion$1,446
69Rwanda12,626,950$10.21 billion$8.47 billion$671
70Guinea12,771,246$12.62 billion$8.48 billion$664
71Benin11,801,151$11.18 billion$8.89 billion$754
72New Caledonia282,750-$9.45 billion$33,407
73Armenia2,957,731$13.11 billion$10.57 billion$3,574
74Equatorial Guinea1,355,986$12.43 billion$10.68 billion$7,875
75North Macedonia2,083,459$12.88 billion$10.75 billion$5,158
76Mozambique30,366,036$15.37 billion$10.93 billion$360
77Namibia2,494,530$13.96 billion$10.95 billion$4,389
78Malta440,372$15.13 billion$11.00 billion$24,976
79Mongolia3,225,167$13.70 billion$11.16 billion$3,460
80Madagascar26,969,307$12.73 billion$11.22 billion$416
81Bahamas389,482$13.26 billion$11.26 billion$28,915
82Chad15,946,876$11.37 billion$11.27 billion$707
83Brunei433,285$13.32 billion$11.40 billion$26,311
84Burkina Faso20,321,378$14.88 billion$11.70 billion$576
85Albania2,880,917$15.96 billion$11.86 billion$4,118
86Mauritius1,269,668$14.81 billion$12.22 billion$9,622
87Nicaragua6,545,502$12.61 billion$13.23 billion$2,021
88Palestine4,981,420-$13.40 billion$2,689
89Gabon2,172,579$16.71 billion$13.86 billion$6,381
90Mali19,658,031$17.83 billion$14.00 billion$712
91Jamaica2,948,279$16.15 billion$14.06 billion$4,768
92Georgia3,996,765$17.21 billion$14.33 billion$3,586
93Senegal16,296,364$25.32 billion$14.60 billion$896
94Botswana2,303,697$19.65 billion$15.57 billion$6,757
95Laos7,169,455$20.15 billion$15.81 billion$2,205
96Zimbabwe14,645,468$22.29 billion$16.12 billion$1,101
97North Korea25,666,161-$16.79 billion$654
98Bosnia and Herzegovina3,301,000$20.15 billion$16.91 billion$5,123
99Papua New Guinea8,776,109$21.45 billion$19.69 billion$2,244
100Cambodia16,486,542$26.98 billion$20.02 billion$1,214
101Cyprus1,198,575$24.64 billion$20.05 billion$16,725
102Afghanistan38,041,754$19.99 billion$20.24 billion$532
103Iceland339,031$24.54 billion$20.27 billion$59,787
104Nepal28,608,710$28.92 billion$20.91 billion$731
105Zambia17,861,030$24.61 billion$21.06 billion$1,179
106Honduras9,746,117$24.65 billion$21.52 billion$2,208
107Syria17,070,135-$22.16 billion$1,298
108Estonia1,325,648$31.03 billion$23.34 billion$17,605
109Trinidad and Tobago1,394,973$22.44 billion$24.09 billion$17,266
110Uganda44,269,594$30.37 billion$25.31 billion$572
111Yemen29,161,922$29.08 billion$25.37 billion$870
112El Salvador6,453,553$26.99 billion$26.80 billion$4,152
113Paraguay7,044,636$42.35 billion$27.17 billion$3,856
114Latvia1,906,743$35.72 billion$27.57 billion$14,461
115Bahrain1,641,172$38.95 billion$32.18 billion$19,607
116Cameroon25,876,380$39.22 billion$32.22 billion$1,245
117Bolivia11,513,100$43.69 billion$33.81 billion$2,936
118Turkmenistan5,942,089$50.35 billion$36.18 billion$6,089
119Ivory Coast25,716,544$45.25 billion$36.77 billion$1,430
120Azerbaijan10,047,718$45.25 billion$37.85 billion$3,767
121Serbia8,772,235$52.42 billion$38.30 billion$4,366
122Jordan10,101,694$44.26 billion$38.65 billion$3,827
123DR Congo86,790,567$48.46 billion$40.34 billion$465
124Tunisia11,694,719$36.20 billion$41.70 billion$3,566
125Lithuania2,759,627$54.24 billion$42.77 billion$15,500
126Ghana30,417,856$68.26 billion$42.79 billion$1,407
127Libya6,777,452$44.96 billion$42.96 billion$6,339
128Slovenia2,078,654$55.09 billion$44.71 billion$21,508
129Macau640,445$58.05 billion$45.31 billion$70,749
130Belarus9,452,411$60.95 billion$47.41 billion$5,015
131Lebanon6,855,713$58.28 billion$50.46 billion$7,360
132Croatia4,130,304$61.25 billion$51.23 billion$12,404
133Uruguay3,461,734$60.23 billion$52.42 billion$15,143
134Bulgaria7,000,119$67.04 billion$53.24 billion$7,606
135Panama4,246,439$70.16 billion$55.19 billion$12,996
136Costa Rica5,047,561$60.46 billion$57.44 billion$11,379
137Luxembourg615,729$69.63 billion$58.63 billion$95,223
138Oman4,974,986$79.46 billion$63.17 billion$12,698
139Myanmar54,045,420$65.67 billion$65.70 billion$1,216
140Uzbekistan32,981,716$49.20 billion$67.78 billion$2,055
141Guatemala17,581,472$82.33 billion$68.76 billion$3,911
142Ethiopia112,078,730$90.97 billion$70.31 billion$627
143Kenya52,573,973$99.25 billion$70.53 billion$1,341
144Dominican Republic10,738,958$84.84 billion$71.58 billion$6,666
145Sri Lanka21,323,733$84.16 billion$81.32 billion$3,814
146Sudan42,813,238-$82.89 billion$1,936
147Cuba11,333,483-$89.69 billion$7,914
148Slovakia5,457,013$109.86 billion$89.77 billion$16,450
149Ukraine43,993,638$134.89 billion$93.27 billion$2,120
150Ecuador17,373,662$106.29 billion$98.01 billion$5,641
151Morocco36,471,769$121.35 billion$103.61 billion$2,841
152Puerto Rico2,933,408$103.51 billion$105.03 billion$35,806
153Angola31,825,295$92.19 billion$106.92 billion$3,360
154Kuwait4,207,083$136.94 billion$110.35 billion$26,229
155Hungary9,684,679$168.78 billion$125.82 billion$12,991
156Kazakhstan18,551,427$164.21 billion$135.01 billion$7,277
157Qatar2,832,067$193.50 billion$152.45 billion$53,831
158Algeria43,053,054$183.69 billion$159.05 billion$3,694
159Iraq39,309,783$225.26 billion$160.02 billion$4,071
160Romania19,364,557$244.16 billion$186.69 billion$9,641
161New Zealand4,783,063$210.47 billion$187.52 billion$39,204
162Peru32,510,453$232.08 billion$192.21 billion$5,912
163Greece10,473,455$219.75 billion$192.69 billion$18,398
164Czech Republic10,689,209$246.16 billion$195.31 billion$18,271
165Portugal10,226,187$239.47 billion$204.84 billion$20,031
166Vietnam96,462,106$260.30 billion$205.28 billion$2,128
167Bangladesh163,046,161$314.66 billion$220.84 billion$1,354
168Finland5,532,156$276.57 billion$238.50 billion$43,112
169Chile18,952,038$295.61 billion$247.05 billion$13,035
170Egypt100,388,073$299.59 billion$270.14 billion$2,691
171Colombia50,339,443$336.60 billion$282.46 billion$5,611
172Pakistan216,565,318$278.02 billion$282.51 billion$1,304
173Venezuela28,515,829$76.46 billion$291.38 billion$10,218
174South Africa58,558,270$371.30 billion$295.44 billion$5,045
175Malaysia31,949,777$373.45 billion$296.53 billion$9,281
176Singapore5,804,337$372.81 billion$296.95 billion$51,159
177Ireland4,882,495$381.57 billion$304.82 billion$62,431
178Philippines108,116,615$356.68 billion$304.91 billion$2,820
179Denmark5,771,876$349.52 billion$306.90 billion$53,172
180Israel8,519,377$381.57 billion$317.75 billion$37,297
181Hong Kong7,436,154$381.72 billion$320.91 billion$43,156
182United Arab Emirates9,770,529$427.88 billion$348.74 billion$35,693
183Norway5,378,857$427.04 billion$371.07 billion$68,987
184Austria8,955,102$459.59 billion$390.80 billion$43,640
185Nigeria200,963,599$444.92 billion$404.65 billion$2,014
186Thailand69,625,582$516.66 billion$407.03 billion$5,846
187Iran82,913,906$484.66 billion$425.40 billion$5,131
188Belgium11,539,328$531.81 billion$467.96 billion$40,553
189Poland37,887,768$593.29 billion$471.40 billion$12,442
190Sweden10,036,379$547.12 billion$514.48 billion$51,261
191Argentina44,780,677$477.74 billion$545.87 billion$12,190
192Saudi Arabia34,268,528$762.26 billion$639.62 billion$18,665
193Switzerland8,591,365$707.57 billion$668.85 billion$77,852
194Netherlands17,097,130$914.00 billion$777.23 billion$45,460
195Turkey83,429,615$706.24 billion$863.71 billion$10,353
196Indonesia270,625,568$1.10 trillion$932.26 billion$3,445
197Mexico127,575,529$1.24 trillion$1.08 trillion$8,441
198Spain46,736,776$1.43 trillion$1.24 trillion$26,473
199Russia145,872,256$1.61 trillion$1.25 trillion$8,542
200Australia25,203,198$1.42 trillion$1.30 trillion$51,758
201South Korea51,225,308$1.66 trillion$1.41 trillion$27,550
202Canada37,411,047$1.74 trillion$1.53 trillion$40,891
203Brazil211,049,527$1.96 trillion$1.80 trillion$8,509
204Italy60,550,075$2.03 trillion$1.86 trillion$30,700
205India1,366,417,754$2.97 trillion$2.26 trillion$1,654
206France65,129,728$2.76 trillion$2.47 trillion$37,855
207United Kingdom67,530,172$2.83 trillion$2.65 trillion$39,211
208Germany83,517,045$3.96 trillion$3.48 trillion$41,642
209Japan126,860,301$5.18 trillion$4.94 trillion$38,911
210China1,433,783,686$14.22 trillion$11.22 trillion$7,824
211United States329,064,917$21.34 trillion$18.62 trillion$56,598