A new comparison of the population size of a destination and the number of people who visit it has revealed the most and least touristy countries in the world.

Among them, Bangladesh, Guinea and Moldova are considered the least touristy while the destinations where you're most likely to meet fellow travellers is in Andorra, Aruba and Monaco.

There are also a number of countries that have become much more touristy over the past decade or so, with Georgia, Bhutan and Congo-Brazzaville coming top of the list.

The comparison, by Priceonomics, was made using raw data from the World Bank, which has been tracking international tourists by the number of arrivals since 1981.

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For the most and least touristy destinations, Priceonomics looked at the most recent available data, which was from 2014.

Bangladesh, which was once promoted with the slogan "visit Bangladesh before the tourists come", remains the world's least touristy country with 1,273 local per tourist.

This is thanks in part to its huge population size of more than 159 million people.

The country is far more heavily populated by locals than the next countries on the list, Guinea and Moldova, which have 372 and 323 locals per tourist respectively.

Andorra, in contrast, has the highest number of tourists compared to local residents thanks to its popular ski resorts. Photo / iStock
Andorra, in contrast, has the highest number of tourists compared to local residents thanks to its popular ski resorts. Photo / iStock

Andorra was the surprise winner as the most touristy country in the world.

Sandwiched between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains, the tiny principality has an estimated population size of just 73,000.

But its popular ski resort, historic churches and pristine lakes attracted more than 2.36million visitors in 2014 - a ratio of more than 32 tourists per local resident.

Andorra is followed by Aruba and Monaco, both favoured by well-heeled jet-setters.

Aruba might be the picture of paradise but the tiny Caribbean island has a lot of tourists visiting it. Photo / iStock
Aruba might be the picture of paradise but the tiny Caribbean island has a lot of tourists visiting it. Photo / iStock

Rather surprisingly, popular destinations like France, Spain and Italy were not among the most touristy destinations.

Neither are any of the world's biggest countries in land-size like Russia, the USA and China.

Priceonomics also looked at the growth rate of the number of tourists to visit a country and found that Georgia had the highest increase in tourists between 2004 and 2014, followed by Bhutan and Congo-Brazzaville, or the Republic of Congo.

However, there are some limitations to the World Bank Data.

For example, a number of countries do not have data attributed to them, either because the numbers are too small or because the data has been impossible to track.

What's more, different countries will have different methods for collecting the data and some tourists who make several visits to the same destinations will be counted multiple times.

The data also only considers those who have spent a night in the country.

25 least touristy countries (number of locals per tourist)

Bangladesh: 1,273
Guinea: 372
Moldov: 323
India: 169
Sierra Leone: 144
Niger: 142
Ethiopia: 126
Chad: 111
Madagasca: 106
Mali: 102
Burkina Faso: 92
Belarus: 69
Sudan: 58
Cote d'Ivoire: 47
Tanzania: 47
Benin: 44
Papua New Guinea: 41
Angola: 41
Tajikistan: 39
Venezuela: 36
Nepal: 36
Kenya: 36
Brazil: 32
Uganda: 30
Solomon Islands: 28

25 most touristy countries (number of tourists per local)

Andorra: 32.4
Aruba: 10.4
Monaco: 8.7
Bahrain: 7.7
Palau: 6.7
Malta: 4.0
Hong Kong: 3.8
The Bahamas:3.7
Bermuda: 3.4
Iceland: 3.1
Maldives: 3.0
Austria: 3.0
Curacao: 2.9
Croatia: 2.7
Antigua and Barbuda: 2.7
Seychelles: 2.6
San Marino: 2.3
Estonia: 2.2
Montenegro: 2.2
Singapore: 2.2
Cyprus: 2.1
St Kitts and Nevis: 2.1
Greece: 2.0
Ireland: 1.9
Luxembourg: 1.9