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Least Densely Populated Countries

by Vishul Malik

When it comes to population density, some countries are much more crowded than others. While some nations have cities teeming with people, others have vast expanses of uninhabited wilderness.

Least Densely Populated Countries

Population density is a measure of how crowded a country is, calculated as the number of people per unit of area, such as square miles or square kilometers. 


This table lists the ten least densely populated countries in the world, ranked by the number of people per square mile. These countries are home to some of the most unique landscapes and cultures in the world, with wide-open spaces, stunning natural beauty, and fascinating histories.


Top 10 Least Densely Populated Countries

Country Population Density (people per sq. mile) Population (millions) (2021) About Country
Greenland 0.07 0.056 The least densely populated country in the world.
Suriname 3.5 3.3 A vast landlocked country in East and Central Asia.
Mongolia 5.3 2.54 A southern African country known for its desert landscapes.
Namibia 8 25.7 A continent with diverse geography and unique wildlife.
Australia 9.3 0.34 A North Atlantic island with volcanoes, glaciers, and hot springs.
Iceland 10.2 0.6 A small country on the northeastern coast of South America.
Mauritania 10.7 4.6 A West African country with a large desert region.
Canada 11.1 38.1 A North American country with vast wilderness areas.
Botswana 11.9 2.4 A landlocked country in southern Africa known for its wildlife.
Libya 13.4 6.8 A North African country with a large desert region.


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