The Marshall Islands - Majuro - Laura Beach. Credit: Stefan Lins/Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

By Raffaele Del Gatto

Almost all poorest countries in world by GDP have something in common: they are paradise islands located far away from modern civilization. Statistics Times made a list of countries projected by GDP, and at the last positions we find isolated islands and archipelagos with untouched landscapes and primitive economies.

Most of these islands are former British colonies located in the Central Pacific Ocean and, as many other Pacific island nations, rising sea level presents a major environmental threat. Fishing and agriculture are critical to these economies, which have a low annual growth and need foreign aids in order to survive.

Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tonga, Dominica, whose nominal GDP are less than $600 million, are all pristine paradises everyone should visit once in life. The uninhabited atoll islets surrounding their lagoons are a unique attraction to visitors, who can enjoy sightseeing, picnicking, and swimming in beautiful conservation area.

Tuvalu, Inaba. Credit: INABA Tomoaki/cc-by-sa-2.0


Caption: The central pacific island of Tarawa in Kiribati. Credit: Government of Kiribati/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

These islands are poorly served by flights and public transport are almost nonexistence, although there is internet connection, few tv stations, general hospitals in case of emergency, and of course many restaurants offering a variety of local and foreign dishes. Nevertheless, tourists don’t visit these islands often due to high travel costs, and tourism remains a low source of income (a flight to Tuvalu can cost up to $4.000 per person).

Those isolated countries have poor natural resources, and this is also the main reason the natural landscapes are untouched. Nauru, the only island we haven’t listed here, was very rich of phosphate and mining activities literally devastated this small country in the Micronesia region. During the 1960s the country enjoyed one of the highest per-capita income of any sovereign state in the world, but the phosphate finished in few years and mining seriously damaged the island’s environment. Nauru later become a corrupted country and an illegal money laundering centre, home of refugees and immigration detention facilities operated by the Australian government.

Former HR manager and World Editor of International Business Times Italy (Newsweek media group). Now CEO and Founder of The Business Globalist and Jobs Into Media.

Raffaele Del Gatto is a geek person obsessed by innovation, interested in geopolitics, economics and management, passionate about trading and video games.