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Foreign Countries 2024

There are one hundred ninety-five countries in the United Nations (193 full members as well as observers Palestine and Vatican City/Holy See). Moreover, with the arguable exceptions of dual-citizens and jet-setters, human beings on Earth live in only one country at a time. Therefore, every other country in the world is a "foreign" country in relation to where a person lives and/or has citizenship.

What makes foreign countries feel so different?

Many factors influence whether a country feels familiar or different to a visitor. For some people, it's the country's geography, climate, and ecology. For example, Caribbean countries tend to have a tropical island feel, very different from forests and mountains of Eastern Europe or the arid deserts that cover much of the Saharan countries.

Weather can also play a role. For people who live in the Northern Hemisphere (which is a majority of the world's population), a Southern Hemisphere country that is warm in December may feel very foreign indeed.

There are also many cultural influences that can make a country feel foreign. Cuisine, fashion, local customs all have an impact. Language is another major factor. For instance, people from English-speaking countries can instantly tell they're far from home when they enter a country that speaks another native language, such as Arabic, Russian, or an East-Asian language such as Chinese or Japanese. The level of overall development in a country matters too, as low-income countries with a lower Human Development Index tend to feel much different than more technologically advanced countries.

Tourism to foreign countries

Foreign countries are both appealing and fascinating to many people. Tourism—the act of visiting foreign countries (or other parts of one's own country), meeting their residents, and sampling their food, culture, and way of life—is one of the most popular pastimes in the world.

Two of the most important factors that contribute to whether a country is one of the world's most-visited countries or one of the least-visited countries in the world are its climate and the time of year.

On the subject of least-visited countries, two beautiful parts of the world that are less well-known on a global scale are the European country of Andorra and the French territory of New Caledonia.


Located on the continent of Europe. Andorra is officially known by two other titles: the Principality of Andorra, and the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra. As the sixth-smallest nation on the European continent, Andorra is also one of the smallest countries in the world, with an approximate area of only one hundred eighty-one square miles.

The capital of Andorra is a city called Andorra la Vella. An interesting fact about Andorra la Vella is that it happens to be located 3,356 feet above sea level, a higher elevation than any other European capital. Most people in Andorra speak the country's official language of Catalan, but other languages spoken include French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Andorra is one of many countries that does not officially acknowledge English as one of its most-recognized languages.

According to a 2019 census, the population of Andorra is approximately 77,054 people, which accounts for approximately 0.001% of the global population. The population density of Andorra, on the other hand, is 470 people for every square kilometer (km²) of land area—more than ten times higher than that of the United States' 37/km². Perhaps unsurprisingly given the country's high population density, most of Andorra's population resides in urban areas.

New Caledonia

As an island nation in the southern Pacific Ocean, the French "overseas collectivity" of New Caledonia consists of Grande Terre—the main island where most of the population lives—the Chesterfield Islands, the Loyalty Islands, a smaller archipelago named Belep, the Isle of Pines, and a handful of smaller, lesser populated islands and islets.

The most commonly spoken language in New Caledonia is French. Other languages spoken by residents in New Caledonia include Drehu, French Nengone, Ajie, and Paici, along with upwards of thirty-five more languages, all belonging to native people and indigenous tribes that continue to populate the island country.

The population of New Caledonia is around 282,831 people, roughly 1/3 of whom live in the capital city of Nouméa. The rest are spread across all its major islands and spanning a total area of 7,058 square miles, for a population density of 16 people per square kilometer (km²).

New Caledonia is said to have the highest ecological diversity per square kilometer in the entire world, with its small size and varied geography combining to create a vast range of ecological niches, many of which are rife with endemic species found nowhere else on Earth.

  • Every country in the world is a "foreign" country to people who do not live there and are not citizens of it.

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IndiaIN Flag1,441,719,852
ChinaCN Flag1,425,178,782
United StatesUS Flag341,814,420
IndonesiaID Flag279,798,049
PakistanPK Flag245,209,815
NigeriaNG Flag229,152,217
BrazilBR Flag217,637,297
BangladeshBD Flag174,701,211
RussiaRU Flag143,957,079
EthiopiaET Flag129,719,719
MexicoMX Flag129,388,467
JapanJP Flag122,631,432
PhilippinesPH Flag119,106,224
EgyptEG Flag114,484,252
DR CongoCD Flag105,625,114
VietnamVN Flag99,497,680
IranIR Flag89,809,781
TurkeyTR Flag86,260,417
GermanyDE Flag83,252,474
ThailandTH Flag71,885,799
TanzaniaTZ Flag69,419,073
United KingdomGB Flag67,961,439
FranceFR Flag64,881,830
South AfricaZA Flag61,020,221
ItalyIT Flag58,697,744
KenyaKE Flag56,203,030
MyanmarMM Flag54,964,694
ColombiaCO Flag52,340,774
South KoreaKR Flag51,741,963
UgandaUG Flag49,924,252
SudanSD Flag49,358,228
SpainES Flag47,473,373
IraqIQ Flag46,523,657
AlgeriaDZ Flag46,278,751
ArgentinaAR Flag46,057,866
AfghanistanAF Flag43,372,950
PolandPL Flag40,221,726
CanadaCA Flag39,107,046
MoroccoMA Flag38,211,459
UkraineUA Flag37,937,821
AngolaAO Flag37,804,634
Saudi ArabiaSA Flag37,473,929
UzbekistanUZ Flag35,673,804
YemenYE Flag35,219,853
MozambiqueMZ Flag34,858,402
GhanaGH Flag34,777,522
PeruPE Flag34,683,444
MalaysiaMY Flag34,671,895
NepalNP Flag31,240,315
MadagascarMG Flag31,056,610
Ivory CoastCI Flag29,603,302
VenezuelaVE Flag29,395,334
CameroonCM Flag29,394,433
NigerNE Flag28,238,972
AustraliaAU Flag26,699,482
North KoreaKP Flag26,244,582
SyriaSY Flag24,348,053
MaliML Flag24,015,789
TaiwanTW Flag23,950,214
Burkina FasoBF Flag23,840,247
Sri LankaLK Flag21,949,268
MalawiMW Flag21,475,962
ZambiaZM Flag21,134,695
KazakhstanKZ Flag19,828,165
ChileCL Flag19,658,839
RomaniaRO Flag19,618,996
ChadTD Flag18,847,148
SomaliaSO Flag18,706,922
EcuadorEC Flag18,377,367
GuatemalaGT Flag18,358,430
SenegalSN Flag18,221,567
NetherlandsNL Flag17,671,125
CambodiaKH Flag17,121,847
ZimbabweZW Flag17,020,321
GuineaGN Flag14,528,770
RwandaRW Flag14,414,910
BeninBJ Flag14,080,072
BurundiBI Flag13,591,657
BoliviaBO Flag12,567,336
TunisiaTN Flag12,564,689
HaitiHT Flag11,867,030
BelgiumBE Flag11,715,774
Dominican RepublicDO Flag11,434,005
JordanJO Flag11,384,922
South SudanSS Flag11,277,092
CubaCU Flag11,174,587
HondurasHN Flag10,759,406
SwedenSE Flag10,673,669
Papua New GuineaPG Flag10,515,788
Czech RepublicCZ Flag10,503,734
AzerbaijanAZ Flag10,462,904
TajikistanTJ Flag10,331,513
GreeceGR Flag10,302,720
PortugalPT Flag10,223,349
HungaryHU Flag9,994,993
United Arab EmiratesAE Flag9,591,853
BelarusBY Flag9,455,037
IsraelIL Flag9,311,652
TogoTG Flag9,260,864
Sierra LeoneSL Flag8,977,972
AustriaAT Flag8,977,139
SwitzerlandCH Flag8,851,431
LaosLA Flag7,736,681
Hong KongHK Flag7,496,681
NicaraguaNI Flag7,142,529
SerbiaRS Flag7,097,028
LibyaLY Flag6,964,197
ParaguayPY Flag6,947,270
KyrgyzstanKG Flag6,839,606
BulgariaBG Flag6,618,615
TurkmenistanTM Flag6,598,071
El SalvadorSV Flag6,396,289
Republic of the CongoCG Flag6,244,547
SingaporeSG Flag6,052,709
DenmarkDK Flag5,939,695
Central African RepublicCF Flag5,915,627
SlovakiaSK Flag5,702,832
FinlandFI Flag5,549,886
LiberiaLR Flag5,536,949
NorwayNO Flag5,514,477
PalestinePS Flag5,494,963
New ZealandNZ Flag5,269,939
Costa RicaCR Flag5,246,714
LebanonLB Flag5,219,044
IrelandIE Flag5,089,478
MauritaniaMR Flag4,993,922
OmanOM Flag4,713,553
PanamaPA Flag4,527,961
KuwaitKW Flag4,349,380
CroatiaHR Flag3,986,627
EritreaER Flag3,817,651
GeorgiaGE Flag3,717,425
MongoliaMN Flag3,493,629
UruguayUY Flag3,423,316
MoldovaMD Flag3,329,865
Puerto RicoPR Flag3,268,802
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBA Flag3,194,378
GambiaGM Flag2,841,803
AlbaniaAL Flag2,826,020
JamaicaJM Flag2,824,738
ArmeniaAM Flag2,777,979
QatarQA Flag2,737,061
BotswanaBW Flag2,719,694
LithuaniaLT Flag2,692,798
NamibiaNA Flag2,645,805
GabonGA Flag2,484,557
LesothoLS Flag2,356,083
Guinea BissauGW Flag2,197,149
SloveniaSI Flag2,118,965
North MacedoniaMK Flag2,082,706
LatviaLV Flag1,810,240
Equatorial GuineaGQ Flag1,754,993
Trinidad and TobagoTT Flag1,538,200
BahrainBH Flag1,498,712
Timor LesteTL Flag1,379,883
EstoniaEE Flag1,319,041
MauritiusMU Flag1,301,978
CyprusCY Flag1,268,467
EswatiniSZ Flag1,222,075
DjiboutiDJ Flag1,152,329
ReunionRE Flag989,350
FijiFJ Flag943,072
ComorosKM Flag867,605
GuyanaGY Flag819,594
BhutanBT Flag792,382
Solomon IslandsSB Flag756,673
MacauMO Flag713,082
LuxembourgLU Flag661,594
SurinameSR Flag628,785
MontenegroME Flag626,102
Cape VerdeCV Flag604,461
Western SaharaEH Flag598,385
MaltaMT Flag536,740
MaldivesMV Flag517,887
BruneiBN Flag455,858
BelizeBZ Flag416,656
BahamasBS Flag415,223
GuadeloupeGP Flag396,346
IcelandIS Flag377,689
MartiniqueMQ Flag366,416
MayotteYT Flag345,996
VanuatuVU Flag342,325
French GuianaGF Flag319,796
French PolynesiaPF Flag311,383
New CaledoniaNC Flag295,966
BarbadosBB Flag282,309
Sao Tome and PrincipeST Flag236,381
SamoaWS Flag228,966
CuracaoCW Flag192,965
Saint LuciaLC Flag180,805
GuamGU Flag174,114
KiribatiKI Flag135,763
GrenadaGD Flag126,887
MicronesiaFM Flag116,300
JerseyJE Flag112,843
TongaTO Flag108,683
SeychellesSC Flag108,263
ArubaAW Flag106,177
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesVC Flag103,683
United States Virgin IslandsVI Flag98,055
Antigua and BarbudaAG Flag94,816
Isle of ManIM Flag84,904
AndorraAD Flag80,341
DominicaDM Flag73,368
Cayman IslandsKY Flag69,885
BermudaBM Flag63,935
GuernseyGG Flag63,788
GreenlandGL Flag56,789
Faroe IslandsFO Flag53,444
Northern Mariana IslandsMP Flag50,025
Saint Kitts and NevisKN Flag47,847
Turks and Caicos IslandsTC Flag46,431
Sint MaartenSX Flag44,309
American SamoaAS Flag43,544
Marshall IslandsMH Flag42,415
LiechtensteinLI Flag39,822
MonacoMC Flag36,157
San MarinoSM Flag33,614
GibraltarGI Flag32,718
Saint MartinMF Flag32,337
British Virgin IslandsVG Flag31,763
PalauPW Flag18,051
Cook IslandsCK Flag17,072
AnguillaAI Flag15,936
NauruNR Flag12,884
TuvaluTV Flag11,478
Wallis and FutunaWF Flag11,439
Saint BarthelemyBL Flag11,019
Saint Pierre and MiquelonPM Flag5,815
MontserratMS Flag4,372
Falkland IslandsFK Flag3,803
NiueNU Flag1,935
TokelauTK Flag1,915
Vatican CityVA Flag764
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What are considered foreign countries?

A foreign country is officially described as any country that you don't personally live in. Therefore, any country, other than the one you currently call home, will be a foreign country to you.

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