20 Poorest Countries in Asia

Asia is the world’s largest continent, spanning 17 million square miles of land, and it is the most populous continent with a 3.8 billion population. The continent’s 48 countries include India, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea. Agriculture and small-scale trading networks provide a significant portion of the revenue for many of the world’s poorest countries, and the continent is home to economically emerging states.

North Korea is the poorest country in Asia with $1,800 per capita. North Korea’s poverty levels, indicating that the country has much lower income levels and significantly greater poverty levels than previously believed. Income levels in North Korea have risen and fallen dramatically over the past decade.

Note: the Per Capita income is divided by GDP by total population, the civilian’s income may be much lower or higher than that.

Town in Afghanistan
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RanksCountryGDP Per CapitaPopulation
1North Korea$1,80025,155,317
2Afghanistan$2,00033,332,025
3Yemen$2,47625,408,000
4Nepal$2,57328,825,709
5Tajikistan$3,1468,481,855
6Bangladesh$3,581163,187,000
7Kyrgyzstan$3,6696,019,480
8Cambodia$4,02215,957,223
9Pakistan$5,374207,774,520
10Myanmar$5,77351,486,253
11Laos$6,1156,803,699
12Vietnam$6,92592,700,000
13Uzbekistan$7,02332,979,000
14Mongolia$7,02332,979,000
15India$7,1531,326,572,000
16Bhutan$8,762742,737
17Georgia$10,1003,720,400
18Jordan$11,1249,952,293
19Indonesia$12,432263,510,000
20Sri Lanka$13,01221,203,000

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