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Ranked: The 10 Most Visited Countries in 2023

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This graphic depicts the most visited countries in 2023, based on the total number of foreigners entering each country.

Ranked: The 10 Most Visited Countries in 2023

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The development of commercial aviation over the last few decades has made much of the world accessible to many. In 2023 alone, global inbound tourist arrivals reached 1.3 billion.

This graphic depicts the most visited countries in 2023, based on the total number of foreigners entering each country. The data is from to The World Tourism Organization (UN Tourism) and the National Immigration Administration of China.

Europe is the Top Destination

Europe is the most sought-after destination, drawing the most international visitors worldwide. Seven of the top 10 destinations are in the region.

At the top of the list, France received 100 million visitors last year. The country is expected to repeat the number in 2024, influenced mainly by the 2024 Paris Olympics taking place in July and August.

RankCountryRegionTourists (millions)
1🇫🇷 FranceEurope100
2🇪🇸 SpainEurope85
3🇺🇸 United StatesNorth America67
4🇮🇹 ItalyEurope57
5🇹🇷 TürkiyeEurope/Asia55
6🇲🇽 MexicoNorth America42
7🇬🇧 United KingdomEurope37
8🇨🇳 ChinaAsia36
9🇩🇪 GermanyEurope35
10🇬🇷 GreeceEurope33

Spain followed France with 85 million visits in 2023, and the United States came in third place with 67 million tourists arriving in that year.

China has been among the top destinations for years, but the number of visitors has dropped drastically in recent years due to COVID-19 restrictions. Foreign visitors to China dropped from 65.7 million in 2019 to only 35.5 million in 2023 after the country adopted stringent restrictions.

No African, South American, or Oceanian countries appear on our list.

If you enjoyed this post, check out Visualized: The World’s Busiest Airports, by Passenger Count. In this graphic, we use data from Airports Council International (ACI) to rank the top 10 busiest airports in the world.

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Mapped: 15 Countries with the Highest Smoking Rates

Since the 1950s, many countries have tried to discourage tobacco use and bring down smoking rates. Here’s where they haven’t worked.

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Mapped: 15 Countries with the Highest Smoking Rates

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

It was not until 1950 when the link between smoking and lung cancer was proven, though physicians as far back as the late 19th century had identified it as a potential cause.

Since then, many countries have discouraged tobacco products in an attempt to reduce smoking rates, and consequent health effects.

We visualize the countries with the highest rates of tobacco use among their population aged 15 and older. Data is sourced from the World Health Organization, and is current up to 2022.

Which Countries Smoke the Most?

In Nauru, nearly half of the population aged 15+ uses a tobacco product, the highest in the world. The island also has a high obesity rate, and nearly one-third of the population suffers from diabetes, due to poor nutritional variety in the food supply.

Here’s a list of smoking rates by country, ranked from highest to lowest.

RankCountryTobacco use in
those aged 15+
1🇳🇷 Nauru48%
2🇲🇲 Myanmar44%
3🇰🇮 Kiribati40%
4🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea40%
5🇧🇬 Bulgaria40%
6🇷🇸 Serbia40%
7🇹🇱 Timor-Leste39%
8🇮🇩 Indonesia38%
9🇭🇷 Croatia37%
10🇸🇧 Solomon Islands37%
11🇦🇩 Andorra36%
12🇧🇦 Bosnia &
Herzegovina
36%
13🇨🇾 Cyprus36%
14🇯🇴 Jordan36%
15🇫🇷 France35%
N/A🌍 World23%

Note: Figures rounded. “Tobacco use” includes smoke and smokeless products.

Meanwhile, countries in the Balkan also see a high incidence of tobacco use, bucking the general European trend. Entrenched cultural norms, lax laws, and inexpensive cigarettes are some of the most commonly identified causes.

On the other hand, tobacco use is a lot lower in the Americas and sub-Saharan Africa.

In the U.S., fewer than one in four adults smoke. Canada is even lower at 12% of the population. But some African countries (Nigeria and Ghana) are all the way down in the single-digits, at 3%.

Interestingly, men smoke more than women in nearly every country in the world.

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