To figure out which countries are most visited, looking at tourism is the simplest method. We will focus on those two variables: tourism rates and the number of tourists visiting annually.
A common theme that you will find when looking at countries with the highest tourism rates over a given year is that they have always been popular destinations. Most of them are countries in Europe, and the majority of the most visited countries are very near to, if not directly positioned on, the coasts of different bodies of water. People want to escape their everyday lives and explore relaxed, lowkey, and beautiful places, which tend to be beachside areas and provide access to gorgeous oceanic scenery.
Based on 2019 tourism numbers, the most visited countries are:
- France - 89.4 million
- Spain - 83.7 million
- United States - 79.3 million
- China - 65.7 million
- Italy - 64.5 million
- Turkey - 51.2 million
- Mexico - 45.0 million
- Thailand - 39.8 million
- Germany - 39.6 million 10 United Kingdom - 39.4 million
France has a population of 65,450,090 people, and with a total area of 211,413 square miles, its population density is about three hundred ten people per square mile. The majority of French residents live in the cities, while less than twenty percent of people in France resides in the outskirts of the busiest urban areas of France. Around 0.85% of the world's population lives in France, ranking France as the twenty-second biggest country. On average, people who are born in France end up living around forty-one years old. Paris, France's capital, is the most visited city in Europe, receiving 38 million tourists in 2019.
The population of Spain is estimated to be around 46,435,537 people. With a total area calculated to be 192,588 square miles of land, Spain's population density is about two hundred forty-one people for every square mile within its official boundaries. Looking solely at Spain's population, data analysts have declared that Spain ranks as the thirtieth largest country globally, with the population being the only factor in mind. Although Spain seems to have many residents, its population is only a tiny fraction of the global population. Compared to everyone on Earth, those who live in Spain only account for 0.6% of the whole world.
The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is the home of over sixty-six million people. With a population size of about 66,909,462 people, the United Kingdom is a group of countries in Europe, and the UK is inclusive of Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland. The United Kingdom is an interesting place to name as one of the most visited countries, primarily because it comprises four different countries rather than one individual country. But that is precisely why the UK attracts such a high percentage of the tourism industry every year.
People are drawn to the United Kingdom because it is a region of multiple countries. There is more to see, do, eat, and try when you have multiple cultures in one area, so people find a lot of joy in perusing the United Kingdom countries and exploring the island home to various countries. As the twenty-first largest place to live, the United Kingdom has a density value of about seven hundred seventeen people for every square mile of area. Speaking of area, the total area of the United Kingdom is about 93,410 square miles. The United Kingdom is collectively the equivalent of 0.87% of everyone who lives on Earth, which is not the largest percentage to rank as given the fact that the UK is four countries in one. However, this is good news for vacationers who want to relax in an area that is not overcrowded and populated beyond belief.
The population of Turkey is around 82,831,977 people since the latest headcount in 2019. As the seventeenth largest country in terms of population size, Turkey's population is around 1.1% of the world's population. The country's total area amounts to about 297,156 square miles. By taking Turkey's population size and dividing the population by the nation's total area, you will end up with a value of two hundred seventy-nine. This value is known as the country's population density, which means that there are about two hundred ninety-seven people per square mile.
The South Asian country of Thailand is a nation of 69,290,565 people. The country comprises a total area of 197,256 square miles, which amounts to a population density of around three hundred fifty-one people per square mile of land. As the twentieth largest country in terms of the number of people who live there, Thailand is home to only 0.9% of the world's total population. While there are plenty of suburban regions in Thailand, most Thai people inhabit the country's urban areas. Thailand's capital, Bangkok, receives over 20 million visitors every year.