Some countries are over populated while some countries, on the contrary, have minimal population. Here are the most sparsely populated countries/territories in the world.
Greenland, which is part of Denmark, is the most sparsely populated place on Earth. Greenland, the largest island in the world, has a total population of 57,000 and a total area of 2,175,600 km². For every km², there are only .026 people living on it.
2.) Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands is a very sparsely populated area in the world. With a total land area of 12,173 km², its total population is merely 3,140. This British possession has a population density of .258/km².
Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world. With a land area of 1,564,116 km² and a population of 2,651,000 it has a population density of 1.708 per square kilometer.
4.) Western Samoa
Western Samoa, a country located in northern Africa is a very sparsely populated country with a density of 1.929/km². This disputed territory has a total population of 513,000 and a land area of 266,000 km².
5.) French Guiana
French Guiana is a French possession located in South America. It has a population of 187,056 and an area of 90,000 km². it has a population density of 2.078 persons per square kilometer.
Namibia is an African nation located on the southern part of the continent. It has a population of 2,171,000 and a land area of 824,292 km². This HIV/AIDS stricken country has a population density of 2.634/km².
Australia, the smallest continent on the planet, is sparsely populated with a density of 2.898 persons per kilometer square. The total population of this continental country is 22,264,384 with an area of 7,682,300 km².
Iceland has a population of 319,246. Its land area is 103 km². This volcanic country has a population density of 3.099/km².
Suriname is a tiny country located in South America. As of 2009, this country has a population of 520,000 with a land area of 163,820 km². The country’s population density is 3.174/km².
Mauritania is a country located in Africa. With a population of 3,291,000 it has a land area of 1.025,520 km². Mauritania has a population density of 3.209 persons per square kilometer.
Other sparsely populated countries in the world are Botswana with 3.352/km² density; Canada with 3.414/km²; Guyana with 3.545/km² and Libya with 3.649/km².