9 Countries You’ve Never Heard Of

Did you know there’s a populated island in the Pacific Ocean that, due to rising sea levels, is slowly being swallowed up by the ocean? For bonus points, do you know what it’s called? To learn about this, and 8 other countries we guarantee you’ve never heard of, read on:

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9. Kiribati, Micronesia, Central Pacific

A small group of islands in the Micronesia region of the central Pacific Ocean. Neighboring islands include Guam, which you may recall as being captured by the Americans from the Japanese during World War II, and Samoa, which you will more likely recall as the setting of Survivor Season 19. Changing sea levels as a result of climate change threaten the survival of this tropical nation as the country becomes inundated with salt water, risking disappearance altogether if sea levels continue to rise.