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 2020 Population GDP (IMF '19) GDP (UN '16) Per Capita
1British Virgin Islands---
2United States Minor Outlying Islands---
3Tanzania59,734,218$61.03 Bn--
4Taiwan23,816,775$601.43 Bn--
5Solomon Islands---
6Svalbard and Jan Mayen---
7South Georgia---
8Pitcairn Islands---
9Norfolk Island---
10British Indian Ocean Territory---
11Heard Island and McDonald Islands---
13Christmas Island---
14Cocos (Keeling) Islands---
16Bouvet Island---
24Bosnia and Herzegovina---
32Antigua and Barbuda---
33French Southern and Antarctic Lands---
35American Samoa---
40Åland Islands---
43Tuvalu11,792$49.00 Mn$36.70 Mn$3,112
44Montserrat4,992-$62.05 Mn$12,430
45Nauru10,824$114.00 Mn$103.47 Mn$9,559
46Kiribati119,449$187.00 Mn$173.66 Mn$1,454
47Marshall Islands59,190$220.00 Mn$183.00 Mn$3,092
48Cook Islands17,564-$290.19 Mn$16,522
49Palau18,094$310.00 Mn$310.25 Mn$17,146
50Micronesia115,023$383.00 Mn$329.90 Mn$2,868
51Anguilla15,003-$337.52 Mn$22,497
52Sao Tome and Principe219,159$477.00 Mn$342.78 Mn$1,564
53Tonga105,695$493.00 Mn$401.46 Mn$3,798
54Dominica71,986$542.00 Mn$581.48 Mn$8,078
55Saint Vincent and the Grenadines110,940$864.00 Mn$765.32 Mn$6,898
56Samoa198,414$902.00 Mn$822.23 Mn$4,144
57Vanuatu307,145$942.00 Mn$837.52 Mn$2,727
58Saint Kitts and Nevis53,199$1.06 Bn$909.85 Mn$17,103
59Turks and Caicos Islands38,717-$917.55 Mn$23,699
60Gambia2,416,668$1.74 Bn$985.83 Mn$408
61Grenada112,523$1.27 Bn$1.02 Bn$9,031
62Sint Maarten42,876-$1.07 Bn$25,004
63Guinea-Bissau1,968,001$1.54 Bn$1.12 Bn$570
64Comoros869,601$726.00 Mn$1.15 Bn$1,322
65Somalia15,893,222$7.90 Bn$1.32 Bn$83
66Saint Lucia183,627$1.97 Bn$1.40 Bn$7,608
67Seychelles98,347$1.65 Bn$1.43 Bn$14,579
68San Marino33,931$1.62 Bn$1.59 Bn$46,882
69Cape Verde555,987$2.04 Bn$1.64 Bn$2,948
70Central African Republic4,829,767$2.29 Bn$1.81 Bn$375
71Djibouti988,000$2.39 Bn$1.89 Bn$1,914
72Lesotho2,142,249$2.81 Bn$2.24 Bn$1,046
73Greenland56,770-$2.28 Bn$40,214
74Aruba106,766$2.88 Bn$2.67 Bn$24,980
75Timor-Leste1,318,445$3.15 Bn$2.70 Bn$2,050
76Liberia5,057,681$3.22 Bn$2.76 Bn$545
77Burundi11,890,784$3.57 Bn$2.87 Bn$242
78Curaçao164,093-$3.12 Bn$19,022
79Suriname586,632$3.68 Bn$3.28 Bn$5,589
80Guyana786,552$3.83 Bn$3.44 Bn$4,369
81Sierra Leone7,976,983$4.00 Bn$3.67 Bn$461
82Cayman Islands65,722-$3.84 Bn$58,490
83Swaziland1,160,164$4.66 Bn$4.01 Bn$3,454
84Maldives540,544$5.75 Bn$4.22 Bn$7,815
85Montenegro628,066$5.44 Bn$4.37 Bn$6,964
86Togo8,278,724$5.59 Bn$4.45 Bn$537
87Mauritania4,649,658$5.57 Bn$4.67 Bn$1,004
88Fiji896,445$5.32 Bn$4.67 Bn$5,211
89Malawi19,129,952$7.44 Bn$5.32 Bn$278
90Eritrea3,546,421$7.72 Bn$5.41 Bn$1,527
91French Polynesia280,908-$5.42 Bn$19,287
92Liechtenstein38,128-$6.19 Bn$162,444
93Monaco39,242-$6.47 Bn$164,823
94South Sudan11,193,725$3.15 Bn$6.53 Bn$584
95Kyrgyzstan6,524,195$8.33 Bn$6.55 Bn$1,004
96Moldova4,033,963$12.04 Bn$6.77 Bn$1,679
97Tajikistan9,537,645$7.70 Bn$6.95 Bn$729
98Niger24,206,644$9.72 Bn$7.53 Bn$311
99Haiti11,402,528$9.60 Bn$7.65 Bn$671
100Republic of the Congo5,518,087$11.16 Bn$7.78 Bn$1,410
101Rwanda12,952,218$10.21 Bn$8.47 Bn$654
102Guinea13,132,795$12.62 Bn$8.48 Bn$645
103Benin12,123,200$11.18 Bn$8.89 Bn$734
104New Caledonia285,498-$9.45 Bn$33,085
105Equatorial Guinea1,402,985$12.43 Bn$10.68 Bn$7,611
106Macedonia2,083,374$12.88 Bn$10.75 Bn$5,158
107Mozambique31,255,435$15.37 Bn$10.93 Bn$350
108Namibia2,540,905$13.96 Bn$10.95 Bn$4,308
109Malta441,543$15.13 Bn$11.00 Bn$24,909
110Mongolia3,278,290$13.70 Bn$11.16 Bn$3,404
111Madagascar27,691,018$12.73 Bn$11.22 Bn$405
112Chad16,425,864$11.37 Bn$11.27 Bn$686
113Burkina Faso20,903,273$14.88 Bn$11.70 Bn$559
114Mauritius1,271,768$14.81 Bn$12.22 Bn$9,606
115Nicaragua6,624,554$12.61 Bn$13.23 Bn$1,997
116Palestine5,101,414-$13.40 Bn$2,626
117Gabon2,225,734$16.71 Bn$13.86 Bn$6,229
118Mali20,250,833$17.83 Bn$14.00 Bn$691
119Jamaica2,961,167$16.15 Bn$14.06 Bn$4,747
120Georgia3,989,167$17.21 Bn$14.33 Bn$3,593
121Senegal16,743,927$25.32 Bn$14.60 Bn$872
122Laos7,275,560$20.15 Bn$15.81 Bn$2,172
123Zimbabwe14,862,924$22.29 Bn$16.12 Bn$1,085
124North Korea25,778,816-$16.79 Bn$651
125Papua New Guinea8,947,024$21.45 Bn$19.69 Bn$2,201
126Cambodia16,718,965$26.98 Bn$20.02 Bn$1,197
127Cyprus1,207,359$24.64 Bn$20.05 Bn$16,603
128Iceland341,243$24.54 Bn$20.27 Bn$59,399
129Nepal29,136,808$28.92 Bn$20.91 Bn$718
130Zambia18,383,955$24.61 Bn$21.06 Bn$1,146
131Honduras9,904,607$24.65 Bn$21.52 Bn$2,172
132Syria17,500,658-$22.16 Bn$1,266
133Estonia1,326,535$31.03 Bn$23.34 Bn$17,593
134Trinidad and Tobago1,399,488$22.44 Bn$24.09 Bn$17,211
135Uganda45,741,007$30.37 Bn$25.31 Bn$553
136Yemen29,825,964$29.08 Bn$25.37 Bn$851
137El Salvador6,486,205$26.99 Bn$26.80 Bn$4,131
138Paraguay7,132,538$42.35 Bn$27.17 Bn$3,809
139Latvia1,886,198$35.72 Bn$27.57 Bn$14,618
140Cameroon26,545,863$39.22 Bn$32.22 Bn$1,214
141Turkmenistan6,031,200$50.35 Bn$36.18 Bn$5,999
142Ivory Coast26,378,274$45.25 Bn$36.77 Bn$1,394
143Serbia8,737,371$52.42 Bn$38.30 Bn$4,383
144Jordan10,203,134$44.26 Bn$38.65 Bn$3,789
145DR Congo89,561,403$48.46 Bn$40.34 Bn$450
146Tunisia11,818,619$36.20 Bn$41.70 Bn$3,529
147Lithuania2,722,289$54.24 Bn$42.77 Bn$15,712
148Ghana31,072,940$68.26 Bn$42.79 Bn$1,377
149Libya6,871,292$44.96 Bn$42.96 Bn$6,252
150Slovenia2,078,938$55.09 Bn$44.71 Bn$21,505
151Macau649,335$58.05 Bn$45.31 Bn$69,781
152Belarus9,449,323$60.95 Bn$47.41 Bn$5,017
153Lebanon6,825,445$58.28 Bn$50.46 Bn$7,393
154Croatia4,105,267$61.25 Bn$51.23 Bn$12,479
155Uruguay3,473,730$60.23 Bn$52.42 Bn$15,090
156Bulgaria6,948,445$67.04 Bn$53.24 Bn$7,662
157Panama4,314,767$70.16 Bn$55.19 Bn$12,790
158Costa Rica5,094,118$60.46 Bn$57.44 Bn$11,275
159Luxembourg625,978$69.63 Bn$58.63 Bn$93,664
160Oman5,106,626$79.46 Bn$63.17 Bn$12,370
161Myanmar54,409,800$65.67 Bn$65.70 Bn$1,207
162Uzbekistan33,469,203$49.20 Bn$67.78 Bn$2,025
163Guatemala17,915,568$82.33 Bn$68.76 Bn$3,838
164Ethiopia114,963,588$90.97 Bn$70.31 Bn$612
165Kenya53,771,296$99.25 Bn$70.53 Bn$1,312
166Dominican Republic10,847,910$84.84 Bn$71.58 Bn$6,599
167Sri Lanka21,413,249$84.16 Bn$81.32 Bn$3,798
168Sudan43,849,260-$82.89 Bn$1,890
169Cuba11,326,616-$89.69 Bn$7,918
170Slovakia5,459,642$109.86 Bn$89.77 Bn$16,442
171Ukraine43,733,762$134.89 Bn$93.27 Bn$2,133
172Ecuador17,643,054$106.29 Bn$98.01 Bn$5,555
173Morocco36,910,560$121.35 Bn$103.61 Bn$2,807
174Puerto Rico2,860,853$103.51 Bn$105.03 Bn$36,714
175Kuwait4,270,571$136.94 Bn$110.35 Bn$25,839
176Hungary9,660,351$168.78 Bn$125.82 Bn$13,024
177Kazakhstan18,776,707$164.21 Bn$135.01 Bn$7,190
178Qatar2,881,053$193.50 Bn$152.45 Bn$52,915
179Iraq40,222,493$225.26 Bn$160.02 Bn$3,978
180Romania19,237,691$244.16 Bn$186.69 Bn$9,704
181New Zealand4,822,233$210.47 Bn$187.52 Bn$38,886
182Peru32,971,854$232.08 Bn$192.21 Bn$5,830
183Greece10,423,054$219.75 Bn$192.69 Bn$18,487
184Czech Republic10,708,981$246.16 Bn$195.31 Bn$18,238
185Portugal10,196,709$239.47 Bn$204.84 Bn$20,089
186Vietnam97,338,579$260.30 Bn$205.28 Bn$2,109
187Finland5,540,720$276.57 Bn$238.50 Bn$43,045
188Chile19,116,201$295.61 Bn$247.05 Bn$12,923
189Egypt102,334,404$299.59 Bn$270.14 Bn$2,640
190Colombia50,882,891$336.60 Bn$282.46 Bn$5,551
191Pakistan220,892,340$278.02 Bn$282.51 Bn$1,279
192Venezuela28,435,940$76.46 Bn$291.38 Bn$10,247
193South Africa59,308,690$371.30 Bn$295.44 Bn$4,981
194Malaysia32,365,999$373.45 Bn$296.53 Bn$9,162
195Singapore5,850,342$372.81 Bn$296.95 Bn$50,757
196Ireland4,937,786$381.57 Bn$304.82 Bn$61,732
197Philippines109,581,078$356.68 Bn$304.91 Bn$2,782
198Denmark5,792,202$349.52 Bn$306.90 Bn$52,985
199Israel8,655,535$381.57 Bn$317.75 Bn$36,710
200Hong Kong7,496,981$381.72 Bn$320.91 Bn$42,806
201United Arab Emirates9,890,402$427.88 Bn$348.74 Bn$35,261
202Norway5,421,241$427.04 Bn$371.07 Bn$68,447
203Nigeria206,139,589$444.92 Bn$404.65 Bn$1,963
204Thailand69,799,978$516.66 Bn$407.03 Bn$5,831
205Iran83,992,949$484.66 Bn$425.40 Bn$5,065
206Poland37,846,611$593.29 Bn$471.40 Bn$12,456
207Sweden10,099,265$547.12 Bn$514.48 Bn$50,942
208Saudi Arabia34,813,871$762.26 Bn$639.62 Bn$18,372
209Switzerland8,654,622$707.57 Bn$668.85 Bn$77,283
210Netherlands17,134,872$914.00 Bn$777.23 Bn$45,359
211Turkey84,339,067$706.24 Bn$863.71 Bn$10,241
212Indonesia273,523,615$1.10 Tn$932.26 Bn$3,408
213Mexico128,932,753$1.24 Tn$1.08 Tn$8,353
214Spain46,754,778$1.43 Tn$1.24 Tn$26,463
215Russia145,934,462$1.61 Tn$1.25 Tn$8,538
216South Korea51,269,185$1.66 Tn$1.41 Tn$27,526
217Canada37,742,154$1.74 Tn$1.53 Tn$40,532
218Italy60,461,826$2.03 Tn$1.86 Tn$30,745
219India1,380,004,385$2.97 Tn$2.26 Tn$1,637
220France65,273,511$2.76 Tn$2.47 Tn$37,771
221United Kingdom67,886,011$2.83 Tn$2.65 Tn$39,005
222Germany83,783,942$3.96 Tn$3.48 Tn$41,509
223Japan126,476,461$5.18 Tn$4.94 Tn$39,029
224China1,439,323,776$14.22 Tn$11.22 Tn$7,794
225United States331,002,651$21.34 Tn$18.62 Tn$56,267

Poorest Countries In The World 2020