79 Countries That are Smaller Than Gilgit-Baltistan


Katpana village, Skardu.
Katpana village, Skardu. Photo by S.M.Bukhari

You might think of Gilgit-Baltistan as a small piece of land lying in the north of Pakistan. What if I tell you there are 79 countries/sovereign states is the world that are smaller than Gilgit-Baltistan. This number not even includes the two and half dozen dependent territories like Taiwan and Hong Kong etc.

Here are some facts and figures about area and population of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Name Total in km2 (mi2) Population
Gilgit-Baltistan 72,971 km2 (28,174 sq mi) 1,441,523

Now let’s look at the complete list of sovereign states that are smaller than Gilgit-Baltistan in terms of size or area covered.

Rank Sovereign state/dependency Total in km2 (mi2) Land in km2(mi2)
1 Sierra Leone 71,740
(27,700)
71,620
(27,650)
2 Ireland 70,273
(27,133)
68,883
(26,596)
3 Georgia 69,700
(26,900)
69,700
(26,900)
4 Sri Lanka 65,610
(25,330)
62,732
(24,221)
5 Lithuania 65,300
(25,200)
62,680
(24,200)
6 Latvia 64,559
(24,926)
62,249
(24,034)
7 Togo 56,785
(21,925)
54,385
(20,998)
8 Croatia 56,594
(21,851)
55,974
(21,612)
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina 51,209
(19,772)
51,187
(19,763)
10 Costa Rica 51,100
(19,700)
51,060
(19,710)
11 Slovakia 49,037
(18,933)
48,105
(18,573)
12 Dominican Republic 48,671
(18,792)
48,320
(18,660)
13 Estonia 45,227
(17,462)
42,388
(16,366)
14 Denmark 43,094
(16,639)
42,434
(16,384)
15 Netherlands 41,850
(16,160)
33,893
(13,086)
16 Switzerland 41,284
(15,940)
39,997
(15,443)
17 Bhutan 38,394
(14,824)
38,394
(14,824)
18  Guinea-Bissau 36,125
(13,948)
28,120
(10,860)
19 Moldova 33,846
(13,068)
32,891
(12,699)
20 Belgium 30,528
(11,787)
30,278
(11,690)
21 Lesotho 30,355
(11,720)
30,355
(11,720)
22 Armenia 29,743
(11,484)
29,843
(11,522)
23 Solomon Islands 28,896
(11,157)
27,986
(10,805)
24 Albania 28,748
(11,100)
27,398
(10,578)
25 Equatorial Guinea 28,051
(10,831)
28,051
(10,831)
26 Burundi 27,834
(10,747)
25,680
(9,920)
27 Haiti 27,750
(10,710)
27,560
(10,640)
28 Rwanda 26,338
(10,169)
24,668
(9,524)
29 Macedonia 25,713
(9,928)
25,433
(9,820)
30 Djibouti 23,200
(9,000)
23,180
(8,950)
31 Belize 22,966
(8,867)
22,806
(8,805)
32 El Salvador 21,041
(8,124)
20,721
(8,000)
33 Israel 20,770
(8,020)
20,330
(7,850)
34 Slovenia 20,273
(7,827)
20,151
(7,780)
35 Fiji 18,272
(7,055)
18,274
(7,056)
36 Kuwait 17,818
(6,880)
17,818
(6,880)
37 Swaziland 17,364
(6,704)
17,204
(6,643)
38 East Timor 14,874
(5,743)
14,874
(5,743)
39 Bahamas 13,943
(5,383)
10,010
(3,860)
40 Montenegro 13,812
(5,333)
13,452
(5,194)
41 Vanuatu 12,189
(4,706)
12,189
(4,706)
42 Qatar 11,586
(4,473)
11,586
(4,473)
43 Gambia 11,295
(4,361)
10,000
(3,900)
44 Jamaica 10,991
(4,244)
10,831
(4,182)
45 Lebanon 10,452
(4,036)
10,230
(3,950)
46 Cyprus 9,251
(3,572)
9,241
(3,568)
47 State of Palestine 6,220
(2,400)
5,640
(2,180)
48 Brunei 5,765
(2,226)
5,265
(2,033)
49 Trinidad and Tobago 5,130
(1,980)
5,128
(1,980)
50 Cape Verde 4,033
(1,557)
4,033
(1,557)
51 Samoa 2,842
(1,097)
2,821
(1,089)
52 Luxembourg 2,586
(998)
2,586
(998)
53 Mauritius 2,040
(790)
2,030
(780)
54 Comoros 1,862
(719)
1,862
(719)
55  São Tomé and Príncipe 964
(372)
964
(372)
56 Kiribati 811
(313)
811
(313)
57 Bahrain 765
(295)
765
(295)
58 Dominica 751
(290)
751
(290)
59 Tonga 747
(288)
717
(277)
60 Singapore 719
(278)
687
(265)
61 Federated States of Micronesia 702
(271)
702
(271)
62 Saint Lucia 616
(238)
606
(234)
63 Andorra 468
(181)
468
(181)
64 Palau 459
(177)
459
(177)
65 Seychelles 452
(175)
455
(176)
66 Antigua and Barbuda 442
(171)
442.6
(170.9)
67 Barbados 430
(170)
431
(166)
68 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 389
(150)
389
(150)
69 Grenada 344
(133)
344
(133)
70 Malta 316
(122)
316
(122)
71 Maldives 300
(120)
298
(115)
72 Saint Kitts and Nevis 261
(101)
261
(101)
73 Marshall Islands 181
(70)
181
(70)
74 Liechtenstein 160
(62)
160
(62)
75 San Marino 61
(24)
61
(24)
76 Tuvalu 26
(10)
26
(10)
77 Nauru 21
(8.1)
21
(8.1)
78 Monaco 2.02
(0.78)
2.02
(0.78)
79 Vatican City 0.44
(0.17)
0.44
(0.17)

Amazing, isn’t it?

Statistics credits: United Nations Statistics Division

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Imran Hunzai
Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.
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