Countries Without Rivers

There are 196 countries around the world where are located many rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. in some countries a network of more than 1000 rivers but, believe it or not, 17 countries do not have a single river. First of all, let’s define what we mean by the term “river”. In this case, we are talking about a constantly operating fluid reservoir.

Some of the pretenders of our list can be easily calculated, as they are located in deserts. For example, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Yemen, the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait. In these countries, there are dry riverbeds that are replenished from time to time, but there are no permanent flowing rivers.

The next few countries can also be easily guessed but by name rather than geography. These are Monaco and the Vatican, the smallest countries in the world. The Vatican occupies less than a quarter of a square mile, while Monaco is located only three-quarters of a square mile.

The next group of waterless countries is islands. There are two reasons for the lack of rivers on the islands. Firstly, the islands are too small for the flow of rivers, and secondly, sometimes there are no channels of water bodies on them, from where rivers can appear.

As for the larger islands, this includes the Bahamas, Comoros, Malta – which is considered one of the most densely populated countries in the European Union, as well as the Maldives, consisting of 1192 islands.

To complete our list, islands located in the Pacific Ocean. Kiribati occupies about 310 square kilometers and is the largest island, divided into 32 coral islands. Tonga, a state better known for rugby games and other water sports, continues our list of waterless islands. This is followed by the Marshal Islands, which are located on 24 atolls as well as the island of Tuvalu, which extends over 10 square meters.

The last on the list of islands that are considered waterless is Nauru Island with a population of about 9,000 inhabitants. Nauru is considered the second island in the world with the lowest population density after the Vatican

Countries without rivers
Rank Countries without rivers
1 Bahamas
2 Bahrain
3 Comoros
4 Kiribati
5 Kuwait
6 Libya
7 Maldives
8 Malta
9 Marshall Islands
10 Monaco
11 Nauru
12 Oman
13 Qatar
14 Saudi Arabia
15 Tonga
16 Tuvalu
17 United Arab Emirates


– Which Countries Do Not Have Rivers?

–  Bahamas; Bahrain; Comoros; Kiribati; Kuwait; Libya; Maldives; Malta; Marshall Islands; Monaco; Nauru; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Tonga; Tuvalu; United Arab Emirates;