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Flattest Countries 2024

The Maldives, an island chain in the Indian Ocean, is the flattest country in the world. The country's terrain is consistently 1.5 meters above sea level or about 5 feet above sea level. Tuvalu, a reef country in the Pacific, is also flat countrywide. Its mean elevation is about 2 meters, with slight variation. The Marshall Islands, also in the Pacific, have a similar mean elevation with slightly more variation.

Although the Maldives has the most consistently flat terrain, other countries have lower minimum elevations at some points. For example, several Middle Eastern countries have very low elevations at some points while having high elevations at others. Syria's lowest elevation is 214 meters or 702 feet below sea level, although its maximum elevation is 2,814 meters or 9,232 feet above sea level. Nearby Jordan's lowest elevation is 428 meters or 1,404 feet below sea level; however, its highest elevation is 1,854 meters or 6,083 feet above sea level. Israel's lowest elevation is the same as Jordan's, but its highest point rises only to 1,208 meters or 3,963 feet above sea level. Palestine also has similar variations, from 428 meters to 1,030 meters.

Middle Eastern countries are not the only ones with significant elevation variances. At some point, China's lowest elevation is 154 meters or 505 feet below sea level. China's maximum elevation is 8,848 meters or more than 29,000 feet. Kazakhstan, which borders China, also has great variances, with its lowest point at 132 meters or 433 feet below sea level and its highest point at 7,010 meters or 22,999 feet above sea level. In South America, Argentina also starts with low points below sea level and rises to high points. The span in Argentina is from 105 meters (344 feet) below sea level to 6,960 meters or 22,835 feet above sea level.

  • There exist multiple definitions of the word "flattest". As such, data is shown for each country's highest and lowest points, their mean/average elevation (where available), and elevation span, which is the difference between the country's highest and lowest points.
  • Countries whose minimum elevation is sea level are listed with a minimum elevation of 0.
  • Low-lying countries may display a negative (below sea level) minimum elevation due to large inland bodies of water, such as the Dead Sea (which touches Israel, Jordan, and Palestine's West Bank).

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Country
Elevation Span (m)
Elevation Span (ft)
Mean Elevation (m)
Maximum Elevation (m)
Maximum Elevation (ft)
Minimum Elevation (m)
Minimum Elevation (ft)
Tuvalu5152515
Tokelau516516
Maldives5172517
Marshall Islands103321033
Vatican City421387524633108
Cayman Islands4615146151
Turks and Caicos Islands4916149161
Bahamas6320763207
Gambia6421064210
Nauru6521365213
Niue6822368223
Anguilla7324073240
Bermuda7624976249
Kiribati8126628281266
Qatar10333828103338
Guernsey114374114374
Bahrain122400122400
Jersey136446136446
Monaco161528161528
Singapore164537164537
Macau172564172564
Denmark17858434171561-7-23
Aruba188617188617
Saint Pierre and Miquelon240787240787
Palau242794242794
Malta253830253830
Belarus2568401603461,13590295
Guinea Bissau26286070262860
Saint Barthelemy286938286938
Lithuania295968110294964-5-16
Kuwait3061,0041083061,004
Latvia3121,024873121,024
Estonia3181,043613181,043
Barbados3361,1023361,102
Curacao3751,2303751,230
Sint Maarten3831,2573831,257
Antigua and Barbuda4021,3194021,319
Guam4061,3324061,332
Saint Martin4241,3914241,391
Gibraltar4261,3984261,398
Luxembourg4271,4013255601,837133436
Moldova4281,4041394301,41127
United States Virgin Islands4741,5554741,555
Uruguay5141,6851095141,685
British Virgin Islands5211,7095211,709
Wallis and Futuna5241,7195241,719
Burkina Faso5491,8012977492,457200656
Isle of Man6212,0376212,037
Senegal6482,126696482,126
Cook Islands6522,1396522,139
Benin6582,1592736582,159
Western Sahara6602,1656051,985-55-180
Mayotte6602,1656602,165
San Marino6842,2447392,42555180
Belgium6982,2901816942,277-4-13
Falkland Islands7052,3137052,313
Micronesia7822,5667822,566
Paraguay7962,6121788422,76246151
Mauritius8282,7178282,717
Grenada8402,7568402,756
French Guiana8512,7928512,792
Ghana8802,8871908802,887
Faroe Islands8802,8878802,887
Netherlands8942,932308872,910-7-22
Seychelles9052,9699052,969
Montserrat9153,0029153,002
Mauritania9203,0182769153,002-5-16
Hungary9383,0771431,0143,32776249
Trinidad and Tobago9403,084839403,084
Saint Lucia9503,1179503,117
Hong Kong9583,1439583,143
Northern Mariana Islands9653,1669653,166
American Samoa9663,1699663,169
Botswana9783,2091,0131,4914,8925131,683
Togo9863,2352369863,235
Republic of the Congo1,0203,3464301,0203,346
Tonga1,0333,3891,0333,389
Ireland1,0383,4061181,0383,406-3-10
Bangladesh1,0633,488851,0633,488
Gabon1,0703,5103771,0703,510
Central African Republic1,0853,5606351,4204,6593351,099
Belize1,1243,6881731,1243,688
Mali1,1323,7143431,1553,7892375
Saint Kitts and Nevis1,1563,7931,1563,793
Suriname1,2304,0352461,2304,035
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines1,2344,0491,2344,049
Finland1,3244,3441641,3244,344
Fiji1,3244,3441,3244,344
Puerto Rico1,3384,3902611,3384,390
United Kingdom1,3494,4261621,3454,413-4-13
Martinique1,3974,5831,3974,583
Liberia1,4404,7242431,4404,724
Palestine1,4444,7381,0303,379-428-1,404
Dominica1,4474,7471,4474,747
Guadeloupe1,4844,8691,4844,869
Czech Republic1,4874,8794331,6035,259115377
Tunisia1,5615,1212461,5445,066-17-56
New Caledonia1,6285,3411,6285,341
Israel1,6365,3675081,2083,963-428-1,404
Ivory Coast1,7525,7482501,7525,748
Guinea1,7525,7484721,7525,748
Cambodia1,8105,9381261,8105,938
Niger1,8225,9784742,0226,634200656
Croatia1,8316,0073311,8316,007
Eswatini1,8416,0403051,8626,1092169
Brunei1,8506,0704781,8506,070
Samoa1,8576,0931,8576,093
Vanuatu1,8776,1581,8776,158
United Arab Emirates1,9106,2661491,9106,266
Burundi1,9126,2731,5042,6848,8067722,533
Sierra Leone1,9486,3912791,9486,391
South Korea1,9506,3982821,9506,398
Cyprus1,9516,401911,9516,401
Cuba1,9746,4761081,9746,476
Zambia2,0006,5622,3297,6413291,079
Ukraine2,0666,7781752,0616,762-5-16
Lesotho2,0826,8312,1613,48211,4241,4004,593
Sweden2,0996,8883202,0976,880-2-8
Andorra2,1026,8961,9962,9429,6528402,756
Nicaragua2,1076,9132982,1076,913
Iceland2,1106,9215572,1106,921
Serbia2,1417,0244422,1697,1162892
Liechtenstein2,1697,1162,5998,5274301,411
Djibouti2,1837,1624302,0286,654-155-509
French Polynesia2,2417,3522,2417,352
Australia2,2437,3593302,2287,310-15-49
Jamaica2,2567,402182,2567,402
Jordan2,2767,4678121,8546,083-428-1,404
Libya2,3147,5924232,2677,438-47-154
Solomon Islands2,3357,6612,3357,661
Portugal2,3517,7133722,3517,713
Comoros2,3607,7432,3607,743
Bosnia and Herzegovina2,3867,8285002,3867,828
Nigeria2,4197,9373802,4197,936-1
Zimbabwe2,4307,9722,5928,504162531
Mozambique2,4367,9923452,4367,992
Somalia2,4508,0384102,4508,038
Norway2,4698,1004602,4698,100
Poland2,5028,2091732,5008,202-2-7
Sri Lanka2,5248,2812282,5248,281
Montenegro2,5348,3141,0862,5348,314
Romania2,5448,3464142,5448,346
Slovakia2,5618,4024582,6558,71194308
Thailand2,5658,4152872,5658,415
Namibia2,5738,4421,1412,5738,442
Angola2,6208,5961,1122,6208,596
Haiti2,6808,7934702,6808,793
North Macedonia2,7148,9047412,7649,06850164
El Salvador2,7308,9574422,7308,957
North Korea2,7449,0036002,7449,003
Laos2,7479,0127102,8179,24270230
Egypt2,7629,0623212,6298,625-133-436
Albania2,7649,0688002,7649,068
Guyana2,7729,0942072,7729,094
Syria2,8149,2325142,8149,232-214-702
Cape Verde2,8299,2812,8299,281
South Sudan2,8379,3083,18710,4563501,148
Slovenia2,8649,3964922,8649,396
Honduras2,8709,4166842,8709,416
Madagascar2,8769,4366152,8769,436
Greece2,9179,5704982,9179,570-6-20
Bulgaria2,9259,5964722,9259,596
Philippines2,9549,6924422,9549,692
Timor Leste2,9639,7212,9639,721
Malawi2,9659,7287793,0029,84937121
Germany2,9669,7292632,9629,718-4-12
Brazil2,9959,8263202,9959,826
Saudi Arabia3,0009,8436653,13310,279
Equatorial Guinea3,0089,8695773,0089,869
Oman3,0099,8723103,0099,872
Sudan3,0429,9805683,0429,980
Algeria3,0439,9843,0039,852-40-131
Reunion3,06910,0693,06910,069
Lebanon3,08810,1311,2503,08810,131
Eritrea3,09310,1488533,0189,902-75-246
Vietnam3,14310,3123983,14310,312
Dominican Republic3,14310,3124243,09810,164-45-148
Turkmenistan3,22010,5642303,13910,299-81-266
Chad3,28510,7785433,44511,302160525
South Africa3,45011,3191,0343,45011,319
Panama3,47511,4013603,47511,401
Rwanda3,55711,6701,5984,50714,7879503,117
Iraq3,61111,8473123,61111,847
Yemen3,66612,0283,66612,028
Austria3,68312,0839103,79812,461115377
Armenia3,69012,1061,7924,09013,4194001,312
Greenland3,70012,1391,7923,70012,139
Spain3,71512,1886603,71512,188
New Zealand3,72612,2243883,72412,218-2-7
Japan3,78012,4024383,77612,388-4-13
Costa Rica3,82012,5337463,82012,533
Mongolia3,85612,6511,5284,37414,3505181,699
Taiwan3,95212,9661,1503,95212,966
Cameroon4,04013,2556674,04013,255
Malaysia4,09513,4364194,09513,436
Guatemala4,22013,8457594,22013,845
Morocco4,22213,8529094,16713,671-55-180
Switzerland4,44114,5701,3504,63415,203193633
Uganda4,48814,7245,10916,7626212,037
Papua New Guinea4,50914,7936674,50914,793
Azerbaijan4,51314,8063844,48514,715-28-92
Uzbekistan4,65515,2724,64315,233-12-39
Ethiopia4,67515,3381,3304,55014,928-125-410
Italy4,81315,7915384,81015,781-3-10
France4,82015,8143754,81015,781-10-33
Indonesia4,88416,0243674,88416,024
Venezuela4,99016,3714504,97816,332-12-39
DR Congo5,10916,7627265,10916,762
Turkey5,13716,8541,1325,13716,854
Kenya5,19917,0577625,19917,057
Georgia5,20117,0641,4325,20117,064
Iran5,63818,4971,3055,61018,406-28-92
Mexico5,64618,5241,1115,63618,491-10-33
Russia5,67018,6026005,64218,510-28-92
Colombia5,70018,7015935,70018,701
Myanmar5,88119,2957025,88119,295
Tanzania5,89219,3311,0185,89219,331
Canada5,95919,5514875,95919,551
Ecuador6,26720,5611,1176,26720,561
United States6,27620,5917606,19120,310-86-281
Bolivia6,45221,1681,1926,54221,46390295
Peru6,80222,3161,5556,76822,205-34-112
Chile6,89322,6151,8716,89322,615
Kyrgyzstan7,00422,9792,9887,43924,4064351,427
Argentina7,06523,1795956,96022,835-105-344
Kazakhstan7,14223,4323877,01022,999-132-433
Tajikistan7,19523,6063,1867,49524,590300984
Afghanistan7,23423,7341,8847,49224,580258846
Bhutan7,47324,5182,2207,57024,83697318
India8,58828,1771608,58628,169-2-7
Pakistan8,61128,2519008,61128,251
Nepal8,78928,8352,5658,84829,02959194
China9,00229,5341,8408,84829,029-154-505
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What is the flattest country in world?

Tuvalu is the flattest country on Earth. Its terrain maintains a consistent height of approximately 15 ft.

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