6. Republic of the Philippines
The country is an archipelago of 7,107 islands. Its landmass is 299,764 km sq (115,831 sq miles). It is the 12th most populous country in the world with around 92 million inhabitants. The country derives its name from King Phillip II of Spain. Situated along the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, it is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes. Philippines is the 2nd largest producer of geothermal energy behind USA.
7. New Zealand
It has a total land area of 268,021 km sq (103,483 sq miles). It is one of the most isolated countries in the world and among the most liveable. Its isolation led to its fauna and flora to evolve in a manner dominated by birds such as the extinct ‘Moa’ and the flightless ‘Kiwi’. It has a rich marine life being just east of the Great Barrier Reef.
8. Republic of Cuba
The total landmass of the country is 110,861 km sq (42,803 sq miles). Famous for its revolutionaries and cigars, it is one of the last remaining bastions of communism. Situated in the Caribbean Sea, the island is prone to hurricanes.
With a total landmass of 103,001 km sq (39,770 sq miles) and a population of only about 320,000, it is regarded as one of the most peaceful nations on earth. It has no standing army. It relies totally on renewable resources for its electricity needs. Its fauna is rich in seabirds and the volcanic nature of the island prevents from much flora to evolve.
10. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Situated south of India, it covers an area of 65,610 km sq (25,332 sq miles). Formerly known as Ceylon, it was a point of hot contention for the colonial powers because of its strategic location between the Far East and Europe. It also witnessed the end of a 30-year long civil war last year.