The Least Populated States in the World

 

Not all states in the world enjoy the presence of super-inhabited metropolises and millions of people who tread their varied terrain. Unbelievable but true, there are places on the globe that are so uninhabited that they constitute real oases of tranquility for those looking for a corner of peace and silence.

Interested in finding out which are these states?

Keep on reading as below, we bring you the 30 least populated states in the world.

State Name Continent Population Population density
Åland Islands Europe 26,711 inhabitants 18.14 inhabitants per sq. Km
British Virgin Islands North America 21,730 inhabitants 183 inhabitants per sq. Km
Cook Islands Oceania 21,388 inhabitants 82 inhabitants per sq. Km
Turks and Caicos Islands North America 20,556 inhabitants 76,74 inhabitants per sq. Km
Palau Oceania 19,907 inhabitants 42 inhabitants per sq. Km
Bonaire North America 18,012 inhabitants 57,43 inhabitants per sq. Km
Wallis and Futuna Oceania 16,025 inhabitants 51 inhabitants per sq. Km
Eel North America 13,254 inhabitants 132 inhabitants per sq. Km
Tuvalu Oceania 10,472 inhabitants 378 inhabitants per sq. Km
Nauru Oceania 10,065 inhabitants 476 inhabitants per sq. Km
Montserrat North America 9,341 inhabitants 92 inhabitants per sq. Km
Saint Barthélemy North America 8,450 inhabitants 435 inhabitants per sq. Km
Saint Helena Africa 7,460 inhabitants 35 inhabitants per sq. Km
Saint Pierre and Miquelon North America 7.012 inhabitants 25 inhabitants per sq. Km
British Indian Ocean Territory Asia 4000 inhabitants 63,32 inhabitants per sq. Km
Falkland Islands South America 12,173 inhabitants 0.26 inhabitants per sq. Km
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Europe 2,550 inhabitants 0.042 inhabitants per sq. Km
Niue Oceania 2,166 inhabitants 5.38 inhabitants per sq. Km
Norfolk Island Oceania 1,828 inhabitants 61.9 inhabitants per sq. Km
Christmas Island Oceania 1,500 inhabitants 10.4 inhabitants per sq. Km
Tokelau Oceania 1,466 inhabitants 141 inhabitants per sq. Km
Vatican CITY Europe 921 inhabitants 1,93 inhabitants per sq. Km
Cocos (or Keeling) Islands Asia 628 inhabitants 42.5 inhabitants per sq. Km
French Southern and Antarctic Lands Antarctica 140 inhabitants 55 inhabitants per sq. Km
Pitcairn Islands Oceania 46 inhabitants 1 inhabitant per sq. Km
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Antarctica 30 inhabitants 0.006 inhabitants per sq. Km
United States Minor Outlying Islands Oceania 0 inhabitants 0 inhabitants per sq. Km
Heard and Mc Donald Islands Antarctica 0 inhabitants 0 inhabitants per sq. Km
Bouvet Island Antarctica 0 inhabitants 0 inhabitants per sq. Km
Antarctica Antarctica 0 inhabitants 0 inhabitants per sq. Km

 

Now, that we’ve seen the least populated states in the world, let’s take a better look at the 5 of them!

5. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia

Barely 30 inhabitants populate the small British overseas territory located in the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean. This archipelago is not exactly hospitable for humans due to the morphology of the territory, which consists of numerous steep and jagged mountainous areas and a constant presence of snow and ice.

Capital: Grytviken
Population: 30 (of which 20 inhabitants live in the capital)
Area: 3,903 square kilometer
Population density: 0.006 per square kilometer

4. United States Minor Outlying Islands

4. United States Minor Outlying Islands

The only people who populate (not permanently) the US Minor Outlying Islands are military and personnel of scientific meteorological stations who, in “hot” periods, make up for something over 300 inhabitants within the entire archipelago of 9 islands. One of the islands is located in the Caribbean Sea while the others “float” in the waters of the Pacific.

Capital: The islands are headed by Washington; they don’t have their own capital
Population: 0 permanent inhabitants; Johnston Atoll periodically records the presence of around 300 inhabitants for work reasons.
Area: 34.2 square kilometers
Population density: 0 inhabitants per square kilometer

3. Heard and Mc Donald Islands

3. Heard and Mc Donald Islands

In the icy Atlantic waters, we find the Heard and Mc Donald Islands, which are home to the only two active volcanoes present on Australian soil. Apart from these volcanic peaks, there is not a living soul in the area.

Capital: none
Population: 0 inhabitants
Area: 368 square kilometers
Population density: 0 inhabitants per square kilometer

2. Bouvet Island

2. Bouvet Island

Credit: Amusing Planet

Almost completely covered by glaciers, Bouvet Island, despite its inhospitable nature, became the main location of the 2004 blockbuster Alien VS Predator.

Capital: none
Population: 0 inhabitants
Area: 49 square kilometers
Population density: 0 inhabitants per square kilometer

1. Antarctica

1. Antarctica

A territory as vast as it is uninhabited, the Antarctic continent is definitely not the best location for a holiday filled with sun and relaxation. However, it records occasional visits, most of which refer to the presence of research stations and scientific bases of several different branches of science, from astronomy to oceanography.

Some sources report a constant population of 1,000 inhabitants, however, they are researchers who dwell in the scientific stations, not actual inhabitants. On the other hand, there is a reason why it is called “the coldest and most inhospitable continent on the planet”: 98% of the surface is covered with perennial ice, which is up to 1,600 meters thick.

Capital: none (there are no cities, only scientific stations)
Population: 0 inhabitants, except for the employees of the scientific bases
Area: 14,000,000 square kilometers
Population density: 0 inhabitants per square kilometer