10 Poorest Countries in the World

Published February 23rd, 2021 - 12:14 GMT

Countries hit hardest by poverty are often countries that are also caught in other crises, including political conflict, hunger, and climate change. 

Here, we look at the ten fiscally-poorest countries in the world.

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1. Burundi

1. Burundi: Burundi is the poorest country in the world. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) based on purchasing-power-parity (PPP) per capita is $727. Burundi is a landlocked country in east Africa with a population of 11.5 million.

2. Central African Republic

2. Central African Republic: The Central African Republic came in second place with a GDP - PPP of $823. Central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa with a population of around 4.7 million.

3. Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

3. Democratic Republic of the Congo: In the third place comes the democratic republic of Congo with GDP - PPP of $849. DRC is located in central Africa and has a population of more than 85 million.

4. Eritrea

4. Eritrea: Eritrea came 4th with GDP - PPP of $1,060. Eritrea is a northeast African country on the Red Sea coast with a population of 3.2 million.

5. Niger

5. Niger: Niger came in 5th place with a GDP - PPP of $1,106. Niger is a country in west Africa with a population estimated to be around 23 million.

6. Malawi

6.Malawi: Malawi ranked 6th with GDP-PPP of $1,240. Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa with a population of 18.6 million.

7. Mozambique

7.Mozambique: Mozambique ranked 7th on the list of world’s poorest countries with GDP-PPP of $1,303. Mozambique is a southern African country with a long coast on the Indian Ocean and a population around 30 million.

8. Liberia

8.Liberia: Liberia ranked 8th with a GDP-PPP of $1,414. The country is located in west Africa on the Atlantic coast, bordering Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire with a population of around 4.9 million.

9. South Sudan

9. South Sudan: South Sudan came in the 9th place with a GDP-PPP of $1,602. The country is located in east central Africa with a population of around 11.6 Million. South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011.

10. Sierra Leone

10.Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone came in 10th place with a GDP - PPP of $1,690. The country is located in west Africa on the Atlantic Ocean with a population of around 7.8 million.

1. Burundi
2. Central African Republic
3. Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
4. Eritrea
5. Niger
6. Malawi
7. Mozambique
8. Liberia
9. South Sudan
10. Sierra Leone
1. Burundi
1. Burundi: Burundi is the poorest country in the world. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) based on purchasing-power-parity (PPP) per capita is $727. Burundi is a landlocked country in east Africa with a population of 11.5 million.
2. Central African Republic
2. Central African Republic: The Central African Republic came in second place with a GDP - PPP of $823. Central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa with a population of around 4.7 million.
3. Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
3. Democratic Republic of the Congo: In the third place comes the democratic republic of Congo with GDP - PPP of $849. DRC is located in central Africa and has a population of more than 85 million.
4. Eritrea
4. Eritrea: Eritrea came 4th with GDP - PPP of $1,060. Eritrea is a northeast African country on the Red Sea coast with a population of 3.2 million.
5. Niger
5. Niger: Niger came in 5th place with a GDP - PPP of $1,106. Niger is a country in west Africa with a population estimated to be around 23 million.
6. Malawi
6.Malawi: Malawi ranked 6th with GDP-PPP of $1,240. Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa with a population of 18.6 million.
7. Mozambique
7.Mozambique: Mozambique ranked 7th on the list of world’s poorest countries with GDP-PPP of $1,303. Mozambique is a southern African country with a long coast on the Indian Ocean and a population around 30 million.
8. Liberia
8.Liberia: Liberia ranked 8th with a GDP-PPP of $1,414. The country is located in west Africa on the Atlantic coast, bordering Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire with a population of around 4.9 million.
9. South Sudan
9. South Sudan: South Sudan came in the 9th place with a GDP-PPP of $1,602. The country is located in east central Africa with a population of around 11.6 Million. South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011.
10. Sierra Leone
10.Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone came in 10th place with a GDP - PPP of $1,690. The country is located in west Africa on the Atlantic Ocean with a population of around 7.8 million.