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79 Countries That are Smaller Than Gilgit-Baltistan

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.

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Katpana village, Skardu.

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.

NameTotal in km2 (mi2)Population
Gilgit-Baltistan72,971 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.

RankSovereign state/dependencyTotal in km2 (mi2)Land in km2(mi2)
1Sierra Leone71,740
(27,700)
71,620
(27,650)
2Ireland70,273
(27,133)
68,883
(26,596)
3Georgia69,700
(26,900)
69,700
(26,900)
4Sri Lanka65,610
(25,330)
62,732
(24,221)
5Lithuania65,300
(25,200)
62,680
(24,200)
6Latvia64,559
(24,926)
62,249
(24,034)
7Togo56,785
(21,925)
54,385
(20,998)
8Croatia56,594
(21,851)
55,974
(21,612)
9Bosnia and Herzegovina51,209
(19,772)
51,187
(19,763)
10Costa Rica51,100
(19,700)
51,060
(19,710)
11Slovakia49,037
(18,933)
48,105
(18,573)
12Dominican Republic48,671
(18,792)
48,320
(18,660)
13Estonia45,227
(17,462)
42,388
(16,366)
14Denmark43,094
(16,639)
42,434
(16,384)
15Netherlands41,850
(16,160)
33,893
(13,086)
16Switzerland41,284
(15,940)
39,997
(15,443)
17Bhutan38,394
(14,824)
38,394
(14,824)
18 Guinea-Bissau36,125
(13,948)
28,120
(10,860)
19Moldova33,846
(13,068)
32,891
(12,699)
20Belgium30,528
(11,787)
30,278
(11,690)
21Lesotho30,355
(11,720)
30,355
(11,720)
22Armenia29,743
(11,484)
29,843
(11,522)
23Solomon Islands28,896
(11,157)
27,986
(10,805)
24Albania28,748
(11,100)
27,398
(10,578)
25Equatorial Guinea28,051
(10,831)
28,051
(10,831)
26Burundi27,834
(10,747)
25,680
(9,920)
27Haiti27,750
(10,710)
27,560
(10,640)
28Rwanda26,338
(10,169)
24,668
(9,524)
29Macedonia25,713
(9,928)
25,433
(9,820)
30Djibouti23,200
(9,000)
23,180
(8,950)
31Belize22,966
(8,867)
22,806
(8,805)
32El Salvador21,041
(8,124)
20,721
(8,000)
33Israel20,770
(8,020)
20,330
(7,850)
34Slovenia20,273
(7,827)
20,151
(7,780)
35Fiji18,272
(7,055)
18,274
(7,056)
36Kuwait17,818
(6,880)
17,818
(6,880)
37Swaziland17,364
(6,704)
17,204
(6,643)
38East Timor14,874
(5,743)
14,874
(5,743)
39Bahamas13,943
(5,383)
10,010
(3,860)
40Montenegro13,812
(5,333)
13,452
(5,194)
41Vanuatu12,189
(4,706)
12,189
(4,706)
42Qatar11,586
(4,473)
11,586
(4,473)
43Gambia11,295
(4,361)
10,000
(3,900)
44Jamaica10,991
(4,244)
10,831
(4,182)
45Lebanon10,452
(4,036)
10,230
(3,950)
46Cyprus9,251
(3,572)
9,241
(3,568)
47State of Palestine6,220
(2,400)
5,640
(2,180)
48Brunei5,765
(2,226)
5,265
(2,033)
49Trinidad and Tobago5,130
(1,980)
5,128
(1,980)
50Cape Verde4,033
(1,557)
4,033
(1,557)
51Samoa2,842
(1,097)
2,821
(1,089)
52Luxembourg2,586
(998)
2,586
(998)
53Mauritius2,040
(790)
2,030
(780)
54Comoros1,862
(719)
1,862
(719)
55 São Tomé and Príncipe964
(372)
964
(372)
56Kiribati811
(313)
811
(313)
57Bahrain765
(295)
765
(295)
58Dominica751
(290)
751
(290)
59Tonga747
(288)
717
(277)
60Singapore719
(278)
687
(265)
61Federated States of Micronesia702
(271)
702
(271)
62Saint Lucia616
(238)
606
(234)
63Andorra468
(181)
468
(181)
64Palau459
(177)
459
(177)
65Seychelles452
(175)
455
(176)
66Antigua and Barbuda442
(171)
442.6
(170.9)
67Barbados430
(170)
431
(166)
68Saint Vincent and the Grenadines389
(150)
389
(150)
69Grenada344
(133)
344
(133)
70Malta316
(122)
316
(122)
71Maldives300
(120)
298
(115)
72Saint Kitts and Nevis261
(101)
261
(101)
73Marshall Islands181
(70)
181
(70)
74Liechtenstein160
(62)
160
(62)
75San Marino61
(24)
61
(24)
76Tuvalu26
(10)
26
(10)
77Nauru21
(8.1)
21
(8.1)
78Monaco2.02
(0.78)
2.02
(0.78)
79Vatican City0.44
(0.17)
0.44
(0.17)

Amazing, isn’t it?

Statistics credits: United Nations Statistics Division

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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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