What are the 10 smallest countries in Asia?
The 10 smallest countries in Asia are surprisingly unknown for their actual size, cause they have so much else to offer in general. A few are seriously threatened by climate change like the Maldives, and that is one more reason to take action to do what is possible to reverse the negative effects of global heating. One country on the list is perhaps a country, perhaps not. The list hopefully gives you travel inspiration and a bit of new information, and we love to travel the world, so to preserve it becomes even more important when you see so many beautiful fragile countries when it comes to nature.
Here is the list of the 10 smallest countries in Asia:
The Maldives is the smallest country in Asia.
The Maldives is to be found in the southern part of Asia, and it constitutes 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean. Its area is approximately 116 square miles, while the population is about 427,756. So just as small as it is precious. The Maldives is a high-lighted travel destination at traveltalk, so please feel free to be inspired.
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Singapore is one of the world’s very few city-states, and it lies in Southeast Asia. Its area is roughly 276 square miles. Singapore’s territory features both mainland and other islands. The mainland’s measurements are ca. 17 miles from north to south and 31 miles from east to west, with 120 miles of coastline. The Straits of Johor separate the state from Malaysia while the Singapore Strait separates it from Indonesia.
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Bahrain is another of Asia’s island countries, and it lies in the Persian Gulf. Its area covers 295 square miles with a population of 1,425,171. The state has launched extensive land reclamation activities that have increased its 33 islands to more than 80 island and island groups.
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Brunei. Sultan of Swing
Brunei lies in Southeastern Asia where it borders East Malaysia and the South China Sea. Its area of 2,226 square miles makes it Asia’s 4th smallest nation. Brunei is recognized as the only sovereign state located entirely on Borneo island. The rest of Borneo’s territory is shared between Indonesia and Malaysia. The politics of Brunei is an absolute monarchy, whereby the very rich Sultan of Brunei is both head of state and head of government. It is good to be sultan.
Palestine is not a country per se. It is recognized as a sovereign state by 136 UN members, but not by the US or most countries in the EU. But it is small and in Asia. Palestine’s area is 2,402 square miles with a population of 4,550,368 people. The State claims the Gaza Strip which borders Egypt and Israel and the West Bank which borders both Jordan and Israel.
The island of Cyprus lies in the Mediterranean Sea towards the East close to Turkey and Greece. Its area is 3,572 square miles and 2,276 square miles of Northern Cyprus is excluded since it belongs to Turkey and not a country.
Lebanon’s area is estimated at 4,536 square miles, and it extends along the Mediterranean Sea’s coast. It has earned the reputation of “the pearl of the middle east” as it has served as a trade link between the Mediterranean territory and East Asia and India. Even though it is such a small country, Lebanon has accepted millions of refugees in the last years.
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Qatar is officially the State of Qatar and is a country located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with neighboring Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. The Gulf of Bahrain, an inlet of the Persian Gulf, separates Qatar from nearby Bahrain.
One of the most exotic and untouched places to go for the adventure traveler, and possibly far too as the island of Timor is relatively close to Australia.
Timor-Leste ranks as the 9th smallest Asian nation covering 5743 square miles. Its territory includes the eastern half of Timor island, the outlying islands of Jaco and Atauro, and the enclave of Oecusse.
Kuwait lies at the far northwestern corner of the Persian Gulf, and it sits on an area of 6,879 square miles. This location and oil revenues have sustained its economy for decades. Kuwait’s territory extends over nine islands, and Warbah and Bubiyan remain largely uninhabited.
10 smallest countries in Asia by population
Brunei Darussalam 443,5933
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