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European Countries with the Fewest Overnight Visitors

Name the European countries that had the fewest overnight international visitors in 2017.
Two countries with missing data were added for common sense reasons
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Visitors
Country
very low
Vatican City
9,597
Kosovo
78,000
San Marino
79,000
Liechtenstein
145,000
Moldova
Visitors
Country
355,000
Monaco
631,000
North Macedonia
922,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina
1,046,000
Luxembourg
1,497,000
Serbia
53 Comments
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Level 45
Sep 5, 2017
Cool Quiz!but why isn't Andorra here?
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Level 59
Sep 5, 2017
Thanks ;) They actually have many popular ski resorts and tourism is relatively large. They claim to have 3,1 - 10,2 million visitors annually.
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Level 86
Dec 1, 2018
Never considered Monaco. I would think Monte Carlo has a great deal of tourists between the casinos, the Riviera, and the Grand Prix.
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Level 70
Dec 2, 2018
Most probably just stay in France.
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Level 63
Dec 9, 2022
Indeed. At least in terms of surface area, the majority of the urban area of Monaco is actually across the border in France, and a good chunk of the population is as well.
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Level 62
Dec 3, 2018
I think most visitors of Monaco have a holiday accomodation in France or Italy, because hotels are incredibly expensive in Monaco.
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Level 93
Jan 21, 2019
also with a population of about 38000, this represents about 3% of the population coming in to stay per day which is actually pretty high.
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Level 28
Aug 12, 2023
monaco also is very expensive so that also narrows down the group of people who are able to go to monaco
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Level 76
Dec 1, 2018
No Vatican city?!
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Level 76
Dec 1, 2018
The Vatican has precisely zero hotels. Rezidenca Paolo VI comes closest, because the border is just outside its front door, but I suspect the number of overnight visits would consist of the bishops who drop by. The number of day visitors would be slightly more, though.
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Level 81
Dec 1, 2018
Exactly. So it should be top of the table. Its overnight visitors per year would probably number in the dozens only.
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Level 83
Dec 1, 2018
I realise it would be hard to measure, but it would be interesting to know which countries are least visited overall, as opposed to those which are presumably just too small to merit staying for very long.
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Level 52
Jan 11, 2019
JetPunk has a Countries with Fewest Tourists per capita quiz...
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Level 76
Dec 1, 2018
If Kosovo is not listed, it must be grouped in with Serbia, and since Serbia is here, then Kosovo must be here as well. Kosovo's 2016 Statistical Yearbook lists the following number of visitors: 2013 50,000, 2014 61,000, 2015 79,000, which you can probably extrapolate to about 110,000 for 2017. Not all of this figure would come from Serbia's total because many tourists will have visited both, and visitors between Serbia and Kosovo won't have registered at all. (Albania, then Germany, provided most visitors in 2015; Serbia came 10th with 2600. If that sounds few, that was a steady, and large percentage, increase on the 195 Serbian overnighters in 2012).
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Level 83
Dec 1, 2018
Even if it's grouped with Serbia, Serbia doesn't have the data for its Kosovo part. Though I agree Kosovo very likely belongs on this list.
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Level 70
Dec 1, 2018
922,000 visits in 2017 and I was one of them!
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Level 71
Dec 1, 2018
Surprised Albania is not on the list, must have more going for it than I am aware:
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Level 83
Dec 3, 2018
There are some huge seaside resorts in the very south near Sarandë, plus huge diaspora that visits regularly.
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Level 17
Aug 24, 2023
albania is the best country for your information
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Level ∞
Dec 1, 2018
I updated the quiz to add Kosovo and the Vatican.
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Level 50
Jan 23, 2022
Sorry but Kosovo is not an independent country. Just occupated part of Serbia.
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Level 61
Feb 23, 2022
Recognized by JetPunk and the majority of the world's countries
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Level 17
Aug 24, 2023
Yeah because its apart of albania not serbia
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Level 87
Dec 1, 2018
I see that people are avoiding Monaco on the Riviera and are heading instead for the hot tourist spots of Belarus...
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Level 74
Dec 3, 2018
Most visitors of Monaco probably come from Cannes or Nice.
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Level 83
Dec 3, 2018
This is counting all overnight visitors, not only sightseers. There is a lot of business going on between Russia and Belarus and also other countries, and families visiting. While Monaco very likely has more (ordinary) tourists than Belarus, but many don't stay the night, or they stay outside its tiny expensive borders.
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Level 59
Jan 10, 2019
Monaco is part of a densely populated area with very good transport links - the French and Italian Rivieras are more-or-less right next to Monaco, so there are plenty of other places to stay near by. Lots of people visit Monaco for the day (the railway station is very busy!) so there's no need for large numbers to stay overnight in Monaco itself.
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Level 65
Mar 10, 2020
Hotels in Monaco are very expensive, so most people stay on the French side and, in some cases, they can even walk to Monaco.
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Level 75
Dec 2, 2018
So people refrain from visiting Serbia.. interesting. I personally think Belgrade is one of the nicest cities in the Balkans. Then again, I'm guessing many westerners are biased against the country or might be reluctant to visit due to the situation with Kosovo.
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Level 60
Dec 3, 2018
So Kosovo is on the list but not Montenegro?

That's interesting, does Montenegro have many tourist attractions?

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Level 69
Dec 3, 2018
Yes! Montenegro is situated on the very beauuuutiful Adriatic Coast, not very far from Dubrovnik, Croatia, which is now a hotbed of tourism thanks to Game of Thrones. Travelers coming that far would do well to pop down to Montenegro while they're in the neighborhood, and clearly many are doing just that! Plus, Montenegro didn't have the whole military / instability issues that Kosovo has; their "divorce" from Serbia was amicable.
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Level 64
Dec 4, 2018
That's correct. I were in Montenegro that summer and I can recommend this country. Another plus is that Euro is a currency.
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Level 83
Dec 11, 2018
While most tourists come for the coast, mostly Russians, it's also a great hiking destination
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Level 61
Feb 23, 2022
And it's got that weird Lazy Olympics thing in Donja Brezna
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Level 61
Dec 4, 2018
My favorite data; very low
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Level 82
Jan 10, 2019
I've stayed at least one night in 6 of these places, and I probably would have spent the night in Monaco, too, if I'd ever gotten there.
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Level 65
Mar 10, 2020
I, on the contrary, only stayed a few nights in Monaco. I would have done it in the Vatican too if I had found a hotel there.
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Level 60
Jan 10, 2019
Is this counted with hotelstays or are stays with family/friends counted as well?
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Level 65
Mar 10, 2020
If you stay with family/friends... how will they know it?
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Level 81
Jan 10, 2019
I'm surprised about Albania/Serbia/Kosovo. I grew up in a Connecticut city just a few blocks from the Albanian mosque and the large diasporic community who established it were always coming and going from the region.
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Level 65
Mar 10, 2020
But those you're talking about are Albanians/Serbians/Kosovars, they're not international visitors.
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Level 81
May 10, 2022
Yeah, they were. They were US citizens.
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Level 54
Jan 11, 2019
I've been to Bosnia & really enjoyed it; beautiful country & the cities of Sarajevo & Mostar are fascinating. So I can only say there are a lot of people missing out!
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Level 82
Jan 12, 2019
excluding the Vatican which obviously makes sense being on this list as the tourists are all sleeping in Rome, I think I would probably agree that Bosnia is the most worthwhile destination here. I enjoyed both Kosovo and San Marino, but a day trip would probably cut it for both of them.
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Level 51
Jan 5, 2021
I think Vatican City gets like 1 overnight visitors at most
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Level 71
Jan 28, 2021
Did anyone else here make the mistake of thinking "Vatican City gets a bunch of tourists, I highly doubt it'll show up on this list" while forgetting that it was specifically about overnight stays and not just visits? Because I certainly did.
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Level 79
Mar 2, 2021
Vatican and Monaco were my first two guesses, having been to both and knowing that I tried to stay in Monaco but it was extortionate, so I stayed in Nice overnight and did the day-trip. Same with Vatican City and Rome.
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Level 64
Jan 27, 2022
Suprised Serbia has more tourists than North Korea, Somalia, Kosovo, and Syria...
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Level 43
Mar 17, 2023
It's not really that surprising. North Korea is dangerous, Syria is also dangerous, Somalia is also dangerous, and Serbia is bigger than Kosovo.
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Level 17
Aug 24, 2023
but kosovo is albania
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Level 56
Jan 27, 2023
Is "very low" the scientific name?
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Level 72
Mar 27, 2023
They probably don't have records on it. Also, the caveats state "fewest overnight international visitors in 2017", I don't imagine there's too much lodging in the Vatican.
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Level 68
Jun 3, 2023
I read that as overweight visitors 🤦🏻