Poorest Countries In The World 2020

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
211Tanzania59,734,218$61.03 Bn--
210Taiwan23,816,775$601.43 Bn--
209Tuvalu11,792$49.00 Mn$36.70 Mn$3,112
208Montserrat4,992-$62.05 Mn$12,430
207Nauru10,824$114.00 Mn$103.47 Mn$9,559
206Kiribati119,449$187.00 Mn$173.66 Mn$1,454
205Marshall Islands59,190$220.00 Mn$183.00 Mn$3,092
204Cook Islands17,564-$290.19 Mn$16,522
203Palau18,094$310.00 Mn$310.25 Mn$17,146
202Micronesia115,023$383.00 Mn$329.90 Mn$2,868
201Anguilla15,003-$337.52 Mn$22,497
200Sao Tome and Principe219,159$477.00 Mn$342.78 Mn$1,564
199Tonga105,695$493.00 Mn$401.46 Mn$3,798
198Dominica71,986$542.00 Mn$581.48 Mn$8,078
197Saint Vincent and the Grenadines110,940$864.00 Mn$765.32 Mn$6,898
196Samoa198,414$902.00 Mn$822.23 Mn$4,144
195Vanuatu307,145$942.00 Mn$837.52 Mn$2,727
194Saint Kitts and Nevis53,199$1.06 Bn$909.85 Mn$17,103
193Turks and Caicos Islands38,717-$917.55 Mn$23,699
192British Virgin Islands30,231-$971.24 Mn$32,127
191Gambia2,416,668$1.74 Bn$985.83 Mn$408
190Grenada112,523$1.27 Bn$1.02 Bn$9,031
189Sint Maarten42,876-$1.07 Bn$25,004
188Guinea-Bissau1,968,001$1.54 Bn$1.12 Bn$570
187Solomon Islands686,884$1.51 Bn$1.13 Bn$1,651
186Comoros869,601$726.00 Mn$1.15 Bn$1,322
185Somalia15,893,222$7.90 Bn$1.32 Bn$83
184Saint Lucia183,627$1.97 Bn$1.40 Bn$7,608
183Seychelles98,347$1.65 Bn$1.43 Bn$14,579
182Antigua and Barbuda97,929$1.72 Bn$1.46 Bn$14,910
181San Marino33,931$1.62 Bn$1.59 Bn$46,882
180Cape Verde555,987$2.04 Bn$1.64 Bn$2,948
179Belize397,628$2.00 Bn$1.74 Bn$4,379
178Central African Republic4,829,767$2.29 Bn$1.81 Bn$375
177Djibouti988,000$2.39 Bn$1.89 Bn$1,914
176Bhutan771,608$2.84 Bn$2.21 Bn$2,868
175Lesotho2,142,249$2.81 Bn$2.24 Bn$1,046
174Greenland56,770-$2.28 Bn$40,214
173Aruba106,766$2.88 Bn$2.67 Bn$24,980
172East Timor1,318,445$3.15 Bn$2.70 Bn$2,050
171Liberia5,057,681$3.22 Bn$2.76 Bn$545
170Andorra77,265-$2.86 Bn$36,995
169Burundi11,890,784$3.57 Bn$2.87 Bn$242
168Curaçao164,093-$3.12 Bn$19,022
167Suriname586,632$3.68 Bn$3.28 Bn$5,589
166Guyana786,552$3.83 Bn$3.44 Bn$4,369
165Sierra Leone7,976,983$4.00 Bn$3.67 Bn$461
164Cayman Islands65,722-$3.84 Bn$58,490
163Eswatini1,160,164$4.66 Bn$4.01 Bn$3,454
162Maldives540,544$5.75 Bn$4.22 Bn$7,815
161Montenegro628,066$5.44 Bn$4.37 Bn$6,964
160Togo8,278,724$5.59 Bn$4.45 Bn$537
159Barbados287,375$5.21 Bn$4.55 Bn$15,843
158Mauritania4,649,658$5.57 Bn$4.67 Bn$1,004
157Fiji896,445$5.32 Bn$4.67 Bn$5,211
156Malawi19,129,952$7.44 Bn$5.32 Bn$278
155Eritrea3,546,421$7.72 Bn$5.41 Bn$1,527
154French Polynesia280,908-$5.42 Bn$19,287
153Bermuda62,278-$6.13 Bn$98,387
152Liechtenstein38,128-$6.19 Bn$162,444
151Monaco39,242-$6.47 Bn$164,823
150South Sudan11,193,725$3.15 Bn$6.53 Bn$584
149Kyrgyzstan6,524,195$8.33 Bn$6.55 Bn$1,004
148Moldova4,033,963$12.04 Bn$6.77 Bn$1,679
147Tajikistan9,537,645$7.70 Bn$6.95 Bn$729
146Niger24,206,644$9.72 Bn$7.53 Bn$311
145Haiti11,402,528$9.60 Bn$7.65 Bn$671
144Republic of the Congo5,518,087$11.16 Bn$7.78 Bn$1,410
143Rwanda12,952,218$10.21 Bn$8.47 Bn$654
142Guinea13,132,795$12.62 Bn$8.48 Bn$645
141Benin12,123,200$11.18 Bn$8.89 Bn$734
140New Caledonia285,498-$9.45 Bn$33,085
139Armenia2,963,243$13.11 Bn$10.57 Bn$3,568
138Equatorial Guinea1,402,985$12.43 Bn$10.68 Bn$7,611
137North Macedonia2,083,374$12.88 Bn$10.75 Bn$5,158
136Mozambique31,255,435$15.37 Bn$10.93 Bn$350
135Namibia2,540,905$13.96 Bn$10.95 Bn$4,308
134Malta441,543$15.13 Bn$11.00 Bn$24,909
133Mongolia3,278,290$13.70 Bn$11.16 Bn$3,404
132Madagascar27,691,018$12.73 Bn$11.22 Bn$405
131Bahamas393,244$13.26 Bn$11.26 Bn$28,638
130Chad16,425,864$11.37 Bn$11.27 Bn$686
129Brunei437,479$13.32 Bn$11.40 Bn$26,059
128Burkina Faso20,903,273$14.88 Bn$11.70 Bn$559
127Albania2,877,797$15.96 Bn$11.86 Bn$4,123
126Mauritius1,271,768$14.81 Bn$12.22 Bn$9,606
125Nicaragua6,624,554$12.61 Bn$13.23 Bn$1,997
124Palestine5,101,414-$13.40 Bn$2,626
123Gabon2,225,734$16.71 Bn$13.86 Bn$6,229
122Mali20,250,833$17.83 Bn$14.00 Bn$691
121Jamaica2,961,167$16.15 Bn$14.06 Bn$4,747
120Georgia3,989,167$17.21 Bn$14.33 Bn$3,593
119Senegal16,743,927$25.32 Bn$14.60 Bn$872
118Botswana2,351,627$19.65 Bn$15.57 Bn$6,619
117Laos7,275,560$20.15 Bn$15.81 Bn$2,172
116Zimbabwe14,862,924$22.29 Bn$16.12 Bn$1,085
115North Korea25,778,816-$16.79 Bn$651
114Bosnia and Herzegovina3,280,819$20.15 Bn$16.91 Bn$5,154
113Papua New Guinea8,947,024$21.45 Bn$19.69 Bn$2,201
112Cambodia16,718,965$26.98 Bn$20.02 Bn$1,197
111Cyprus1,207,359$24.64 Bn$20.05 Bn$16,603
110Afghanistan38,928,346$19.99 Bn$20.24 Bn$520
109Iceland341,243$24.54 Bn$20.27 Bn$59,399
108Nepal29,136,808$28.92 Bn$20.91 Bn$718
107Zambia18,383,955$24.61 Bn$21.06 Bn$1,146
106Honduras9,904,607$24.65 Bn$21.52 Bn$2,172
105Syria17,500,658-$22.16 Bn$1,266
104Estonia1,326,535$31.03 Bn$23.34 Bn$17,593
103Trinidad and Tobago1,399,488$22.44 Bn$24.09 Bn$17,211
102Uganda45,741,007$30.37 Bn$25.31 Bn$553
101Yemen29,825,964$29.08 Bn$25.37 Bn$851
100El Salvador6,486,205$26.99 Bn$26.80 Bn$4,131
99Paraguay7,132,538$42.35 Bn$27.17 Bn$3,809
98Latvia1,886,198$35.72 Bn$27.57 Bn$14,618
97Bahrain1,701,575$38.95 Bn$32.18 Bn$18,911
96Cameroon26,545,863$39.22 Bn$32.22 Bn$1,214
95Bolivia11,673,021$43.69 Bn$33.81 Bn$2,896
94Turkmenistan6,031,200$50.35 Bn$36.18 Bn$5,999
93Ivory Coast26,378,274$45.25 Bn$36.77 Bn$1,394
92Azerbaijan10,139,177$45.25 Bn$37.85 Bn$3,733
91Serbia8,737,371$52.42 Bn$38.30 Bn$4,383
90Jordan10,203,134$44.26 Bn$38.65 Bn$3,789
89DR Congo89,561,403$48.46 Bn$40.34 Bn$450
88Tunisia11,818,619$36.20 Bn$41.70 Bn$3,529
87Lithuania2,722,289$54.24 Bn$42.77 Bn$15,712
86Ghana31,072,940$68.26 Bn$42.79 Bn$1,377
85Libya6,871,292$44.96 Bn$42.96 Bn$6,252
84Slovenia2,078,938$55.09 Bn$44.71 Bn$21,505
83Macau649,335$58.05 Bn$45.31 Bn$69,781
82Belarus9,449,323$60.95 Bn$47.41 Bn$5,017
81Lebanon6,825,445$58.28 Bn$50.46 Bn$7,393
80Croatia4,105,267$61.25 Bn$51.23 Bn$12,479
79Uruguay3,473,730$60.23 Bn$52.42 Bn$15,090
78Bulgaria6,948,445$67.04 Bn$53.24 Bn$7,662
77Panama4,314,767$70.16 Bn$55.19 Bn$12,790
76Costa Rica5,094,118$60.46 Bn$57.44 Bn$11,275
75Luxembourg625,978$69.63 Bn$58.63 Bn$93,664
74Oman5,106,626$79.46 Bn$63.17 Bn$12,370
73Myanmar54,409,800$65.67 Bn$65.70 Bn$1,207
72Uzbekistan33,469,203$49.20 Bn$67.78 Bn$2,025
71Guatemala17,915,568$82.33 Bn$68.76 Bn$3,838
70Ethiopia114,963,588$90.97 Bn$70.31 Bn$612
69Kenya53,771,296$99.25 Bn$70.53 Bn$1,312
68Dominican Republic10,847,910$84.84 Bn$71.58 Bn$6,599
67Sri Lanka21,413,249$84.16 Bn$81.32 Bn$3,798
66Sudan43,849,260-$82.89 Bn$1,890
65Cuba11,326,616-$89.69 Bn$7,918
64Slovakia5,459,642$109.86 Bn$89.77 Bn$16,442
63Ukraine43,733,762$134.89 Bn$93.27 Bn$2,133
62Ecuador17,643,054$106.29 Bn$98.01 Bn$5,555
61Morocco36,910,560$121.35 Bn$103.61 Bn$2,807
60Puerto Rico2,860,853$103.51 Bn$105.03 Bn$36,714
59Angola32,866,272$92.19 Bn$106.92 Bn$3,253
58Kuwait4,270,571$136.94 Bn$110.35 Bn$25,839
57Hungary9,660,351$168.78 Bn$125.82 Bn$13,024
56Kazakhstan18,776,707$164.21 Bn$135.01 Bn$7,190
55Qatar2,881,053$193.50 Bn$152.45 Bn$52,915
54Algeria43,851,044$183.69 Bn$159.05 Bn$3,627
53Iraq40,222,493$225.26 Bn$160.02 Bn$3,978
52Romania19,237,691$244.16 Bn$186.69 Bn$9,704
51New Zealand4,822,233$210.47 Bn$187.52 Bn$38,886
50Peru32,971,854$232.08 Bn$192.21 Bn$5,830
49Greece10,423,054$219.75 Bn$192.69 Bn$18,487
48Czech Republic10,708,981$246.16 Bn$195.31 Bn$18,238
47Portugal10,196,709$239.47 Bn$204.84 Bn$20,089
46Vietnam97,338,579$260.30 Bn$205.28 Bn$2,109
45Bangladesh164,689,383$314.66 Bn$220.84 Bn$1,341
44Finland5,540,720$276.57 Bn$238.50 Bn$43,045
43Chile19,116,201$295.61 Bn$247.05 Bn$12,923
42Egypt102,334,404$299.59 Bn$270.14 Bn$2,640
41Colombia50,882,891$336.60 Bn$282.46 Bn$5,551
40Pakistan220,892,340$278.02 Bn$282.51 Bn$1,279
39Venezuela28,435,940$76.46 Bn$291.38 Bn$10,247
38South Africa59,308,690$371.30 Bn$295.44 Bn$4,981
37Malaysia32,365,999$373.45 Bn$296.53 Bn$9,162
36Singapore5,850,342$372.81 Bn$296.95 Bn$50,757
35Ireland4,937,786$381.57 Bn$304.82 Bn$61,732
34Philippines109,581,078$356.68 Bn$304.91 Bn$2,782
33Denmark5,792,202$349.52 Bn$306.90 Bn$52,985
32Israel8,655,535$381.57 Bn$317.75 Bn$36,710
31Hong Kong7,496,981$381.72 Bn$320.91 Bn$42,806
30United Arab Emirates9,890,402$427.88 Bn$348.74 Bn$35,261
29Norway5,421,241$427.04 Bn$371.07 Bn$68,447
28Austria9,006,398$459.59 Bn$390.80 Bn$43,391
27Nigeria206,139,589$444.92 Bn$404.65 Bn$1,963
26Thailand69,799,978$516.66 Bn$407.03 Bn$5,831
25Iran83,992,949$484.66 Bn$425.40 Bn$5,065
24Belgium11,589,623$531.81 Bn$467.96 Bn$40,377
23Poland37,846,611$593.29 Bn$471.40 Bn$12,456
22Sweden10,099,265$547.12 Bn$514.48 Bn$50,942
21Argentina45,195,774$477.74 Bn$545.87 Bn$12,078
20Saudi Arabia34,813,871$762.26 Bn$639.62 Bn$18,372
19Switzerland8,654,622$707.57 Bn$668.85 Bn$77,283
18Netherlands17,134,872$914.00 Bn$777.23 Bn$45,359
17Turkey84,339,067$706.24 Bn$863.71 Bn$10,241
16Indonesia273,523,615$1.10 Tn$932.26 Bn$3,408
15Mexico128,932,753$1.24 Tn$1.08 Tn$8,353
14Spain46,754,778$1.43 Tn$1.24 Tn$26,463
13Russia145,934,462$1.61 Tn$1.25 Tn$8,538
12Australia25,499,884$1.42 Tn$1.30 Tn$51,156
11South Korea51,269,185$1.66 Tn$1.41 Tn$27,526
10Canada37,742,154$1.74 Tn$1.53 Tn$40,532
9Brazil212,559,417$1.96 Tn$1.80 Tn$8,449
8Italy60,461,826$2.03 Tn$1.86 Tn$30,745
7India1,380,004,385$2.97 Tn$2.26 Tn$1,637
6France65,273,511$2.76 Tn$2.47 Tn$37,771
5United Kingdom67,886,011$2.83 Tn$2.65 Tn$39,005
4Germany83,783,942$3.96 Tn$3.48 Tn$41,509
3Japan126,476,461$5.18 Tn$4.94 Tn$39,029
2China1,439,323,776$14.22 Tn$11.22 Tn$7,794
1United States331,002,651$21.34 Tn$18.62 Tn$56,267