Five Least Densely Populated Countries by Continent

Can you name the five least densely populated countries in each continent?
Density in people / square kilometer. Data from Wikipedia and Worldometers.
Not counting overseas territories and regions such as Greenland or French Guiana
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Last updated: September 3, 2021
First submittedJune 22, 2015
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Africa
3.14
Namibia
3.97
Libya
4.14
Botswana
4.65
Mauritania
7.91
Central African Republic
 
 
Asia
2.14
Mongolia
2.56
Russia (Asian part)
6.99
Kazakhstan
12.6
Turkmenistan
16.5
Saudi Arabia
Europe
3.39
Iceland
16.4
Finland
16.9
Norway
22.6
Sweden
28.1
Russia (European part)
 
 
North America
3.82
Canada
17.7
Belize
28.5
Bahamas
35.0
United States
51.5
Nicaragua
Oceania
3.36
Australia
18.0
New Zealand
19.6
Papua New Guinea
24.5
Solomon Islands
25.9
Vanuatu
 
 
South America
3.62
Suriname
3.70
Guyana
10.8
Bolivia
16.4
Argentina
17.8
Paraguay
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Level 65
Jul 23, 2016
Nice!
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Level 64
Jul 23, 2016
:)
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Level 61
Jan 30, 2020
Shocked Madagascar didn't make the list. Where does it fall? And how does Denmark not make it with the large land mass of Greenland?
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Level 85
Jan 30, 2020
I think Madagascar has lots of people (despite the sneaky baobab picture at the top of the quiz). But I think the Denmark / Greenland comment is fair. Either Denmark should make the quiz for North America (split by continent), or the comments should explicitly exclude external territories.
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Level ∞
Jan 30, 2020
Those are quiver trees from Namibia, not baobabs.
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Level ∞
Jan 30, 2020
Added a caveat about Greenland.
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
I always feel sad for greenland, always the outcast, not included with greenland and not considered on its own... like that piece of the world doesnt exist.
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Level 69
Jan 31, 2020
I agree with Greenland not being counted, since it is a territory and not part of the country. That being said, France should be number one on the least densely populated list for South America, as French Guiana (as much a part of France as Alaska or Hawaii are of the US) has a population density of 3.55 per km^2.
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Level 78
Sep 19, 2021
Agree about France and South America - this would be consistent with how Russia is treated in this quiz.
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Level 48
Sep 19, 2021
but libya. it has less population than laos somehow..
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Level 85
Jan 30, 2020
I find it hard to believe that Chad is more densely populated than Gabon, e.g. It just seems geographically impossible. Chad is huge, and it's basically just Tuaregs on camels in the desert!
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Level ∞
Jan 30, 2020
And yet, when we divide people by area we see that Gabon is in fact less densely populated than Chad.
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Level 50
Feb 16, 2020
N'Djamena has a metro area of about 1.5 million. It's not exactly tiny.
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Level 76
Feb 16, 2020
I just missed Turkmenistan!
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Level 34
Jan 8, 2021
Wow i didn't even think 2 put USA
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Level 59
Apr 5, 2021
Honestly astounded that Chad and Niger aren't on the list.
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Level 50
Jun 14, 2021
Ok so I checked Wikipedia (I know some of you don't believe it's a reliable source) and I found that French Guiana, which is not an overseas TERRITORY, has a population density of 3.52 inhabitants/km². So France is the less densely populated country of South America if you break the transcontinental countries in parts.

And YES, French Guiana is a part of France equal to Corsica or Normandy, the same as Hawaii is part of the USA.

Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana

(If you are not sure that I chose the good language, on the French page it's 3.3)

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Level ∞
Sep 3, 2021
Thank you. Added a caveat.
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Level 83
Sep 7, 2021
Hmm, lots of elbow room in Namibia. Plus, they've got a really amazing seal-rescue team there.
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Level 85
Sep 8, 2021
Yup -- Seal Team 6, I believe. Lots of rescues.
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Level 83
Sep 20, 2021
Ocean Conservation Namibia. Naude, Antoine, Denzel and Wally....such kind souls. The seal rescue videos they post are wonderful.
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Level 85
Sep 8, 2021
Puzzling. I've been to all these places, and Niger, Mali and Chad definitely FEEL less crowded than CAR.
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Level 19
Sep 19, 2021
I'm quite baffled that Brazil doesn't make the top five for South America. I guess they just really stack that east coast.
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Level 55
Sep 19, 2021
yeah brazil do be populated
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Level 75
Sep 20, 2021
I suspect megacities really skew the results.
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Level 65
Oct 4, 2021
Brazil is one of the 2 countries in S America that is neither in the top 5 nor the bottom 5 for population density by continent
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Level 48
Apr 12, 2022
How high up is the PRC?