Do you find yourself arranging items alphabetically? If you do, you will agree that it makes things easier. The list of all countries in the world is no different and when alphabetized, you can easily pick out 17 countries that start with B.
Apparently, all continents except Oceania are represented. Here’s another fact; if you made to travel into each of these countries, you will have set foot into 8.67% of all countries in the world.
That said, which are these countries and what do they have to offer? Indulge yourself below
What are all the Countries that Start with the Letter B?
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
The Bahamas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. People come here for vacations, weddings, and adventure.
The country consists of over 700 islands scattered between Cuba, The U.S, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Nassau, the capital, is home to over 70% of Bahamans, making it just as popular as it was during the piracy era in the area.
The islands enjoy a tropical savannah climate, with relatively warm weather all year round. West African, European, and Greek culture dominates the nation.
Fun Fact: Beaches in the Bahamas are said to appear pink due to broken seashells that have become mixed in the sand over the years.
Bahrain is a collection of over 30 islands that lie between the Qatar peninsula and Saudi Arabia. Interestingly, half of its 1.2 million population are non-nationals. Its desert climate makes it extremely hot in summer and milder in winter.
Although most of the Bahraini people practice Islam, religious tolerance is high among the country’s ethnically diverse population. Generosity, close family ties, and conservative dressing are highly upheld.
Small as it is, the country boasts forts, historical sites, museums and a great environment for popular tourist activities like birdwatching, scuba diving, boat racing, and horse riding.
Has the garden of Eden finally been located? Researchers believe that Dilmun, located in Bahrain is the biblical garden of Eden.
Bangladesh is one of the most populated countries in the world, with over 163 million people living in an area about half the size of the UK. Almost 90% of the population is Muslim.
The country shares borders with India, Myanmar, and the Indian Ocean. It experiences a tropical climate with mild winters and hot humid summers.
Dhaka, the capital, has been a cultural and political center since medieval times. The city is known for its millennia-old temples, mosques, and forts.
The country has a well-preserved history with arts, literature, and architecture dating as far back as 400 BC.
Fun Fact: Smilling is frowned upon in Bangladesh; it is seen as a sign of immaturity.
Located in the Atlantic ocean, and on the Eastern side of the rest of the West Indies Islands is Barbados. The Island has an area of 167 sq mi and an estimated population of over 287,000.
95% of Barbadians practice Christianity while the rest follow other religions. Their culture, a fusion of West African and British culture, is apparent in their Banjan dialect, architecture, music, and cuisine.
The country is sunny and warm all year round with brief showers and a constant cooling sea breeze. Hurricanes and tropical storms may occur between June and November.
Parks, wild reserves, sandy beaches, architecture, and varying vegetation are some of the sights to behold in Barbados.
Belarus is a European nation bordering Russia, Ukraine, Polland, Lithuania, and Latvia. The population is about 9.5 million with Minsk City as the capital.
Belarusians account for over 80% of the population with most being Eastern Orthodox Christians. The nation’s culture is dominated by native, Russian, and Polish practices.
The country has a mixture of continental and maritime climates with moist summers and cold winters. The best time to visit Belarus is between May and September when it’s warm.
Visiting the many and beautiful chalk pits in the country is a favorite pastime. Typically, cuisine in the region comprises of veggies, bread, and meat. Traditionally, the host offered you bread and salt as welcoming gifts.
Belgium is a neighbor of Germany and France in Western Europe. The home to the father of the big band theory, Georges Lemaître, has a population of over 11.5 million people.
The country experiences cool summers and moderate winters which can sometimes go below zero, thanks to the temperate maritime climate.
Besides being the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, Belgium is known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture, landscaped gardens, and modern cities that mesmerize visitors from all over the world.
Most Belgians are Christians but the state also officially recognizes Islam and Judaism. The main communities, the Dutch and the French-speaking communities concentrate their cultural activities within themselves. Both, however, identify with the European culture.
Belize borders Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea. It is a well known holiday getaway, with hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting every year. Top attractions include scuba diving, snorkeling, and sightseeing.
Belize has the fewest people in Central America at below half a million. Belizeans are a mixture of several ethnic groups, with English as the national language.
The region has a tropical climate. Seasons are marked by rainfall rather than temperatures, which averages at 790 F all year long. The dry season runs from November to mid-April, which is the best time to visit.
Belize has a rich history with ancient architecture, dating as far back as 1500 BC, still standing in the countryside.
This is a West African country sandwiched between Nigeria and Togo. Most of its 12.12 million population is settled on the country’s southern coastline called the Bight of Benin.
The country’s breath-taking floating village of Ganvie, or the ‘Venice of Africa’ is the only one of its kind in the world. This, added to rich culture, national parks, route of slaves, museums and architecture make up the major tourist attractions.
Though the country practices Christianity, Islam, and other religions, it is also believed to be the home of voodoo, an African traditional religion officially recognized by the state.
The northern and southern parts of the country experience different seasons characterized by wet and dry seasons at different times.
Did you know that Bhutan is the only one among the countries that start with B that has never been colonized?
This south Asian country borders India, China, and West Bengal. It is ruled by a monarchy whose king is referred to as “the Dragon King”. Buddhism is the state religion, with Hinduism coming second in a country of about 790,000 people.
If you are planning to visit, start by sharpening your hiking skills; Bhutan lies in the Eastern Himalayas, therefore, the land is full of mountains, valleys, and rivers.
Bhutan’s climate varies with altitude. The country experiences five seasons including monsoon, a period of hevy rains that usually last from June to September.
Bolivia is second among the largest countries that start with B. Its nationals have managed to blend religion, especially Catholicism with their cultural traditions. Its neighbors include Brazil, Peru, and Chile.
Despite being one of the poorest countries in Latin America, Bolivia’s riches in incredible biodiversity (harboring the majority of earth’s species). Additionally, the country possesses cities in high altitude, rare gems, the highest lake, and the largest salt flat.
The climate in Bolivia varies with the varying ecosystems. Basically, winters are dry with colder nights while summers are humid and rainy.
Fun Fact: The National Congress building in La Paz has a clock that runs backward; the idea is to remind people to think differently.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Located within the Balkan Peninsula, bordering Serbia, Montenegro, and Croatia is Bosnia and Herzegovina. Simply known as Bosnia, the country is known for its rich cultural heritage and breath-taking environment.
This European country is predominantly Muslim with Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian as the official languages. Historians put the earliest human settlement in the country at around 6230 BC, making it one of the oldest nations in the world.
Bosnia’s climate is a combination of continental and Mediterranean climates. May, June, and September are the best time to visit when the summer heat subsides.
Main attractions in the country include medieval buildings, magnificent waterfalls, fly-fishing, paddle boating, kayaking, and first-class skiing resorts.
Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable states. About 2.3 million people live in this Southern African country that is roughly the size of Texas, US. It borders South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
Generally, the land is flat with the Kalahari Desert running through approximately 70% of the country. The climate in the area is semi-arid, with temperatures of around 800 F in summer and around 570 F in winter.
Botswanans are mainly Christians with the country’s culture being influenced by religious and ethnic practices. The country’s history can be traced back to over 20, 000 years ago when Khoisan bushmen hunted in the Kalahari.
Brazil is the largest among countries that start with B. Its territory covers about 3.2 million square miles, making it the fifth-largest nation in the world.
So large that Brazil borders all South American nations except Chile and Ecuador. Over 211 million people live in the country, with the population being very racially diverse.
Portuguese is the nation’s official language and Catholicism is a major religion. Due to its large size, the country hosts several climates with tropical being the main one.
Brazil is the top tourist destination in the region, and with a good reason, the country has everything: Christ the Redeemer statue, the Amazon rainforest, carnivals, 17th-century buildings, pristine beaches, and much more.
Brunei is arguably the richest in this list of countries that start with B. It is a small nation in Southeast Asia with lots of natural gas and oil.
It lies on Borneo island which is shared by two other nations- Malaysia and Indonesia. The climate in the region is a tropical rainforest with hot, humid, and rainy weather.
This pint-sized Islamic nation is a sultanate, meaning that it is ruled by a sultan. Its size is comparable to Delaware, US. with a population of fewer than 500,000 people.
Fun Fact: The sultan’s home holds the record for the largest residential palace. It has 1,788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, 5 swimming pools, and a 110-car garage.
Bulgaria is a European country that borders Romania, Greece, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey, and the Black Sea. The country has roughly 7 million people with Christianity as the main religion.
Its climate is described as temperate-continental with four distinct seasons. Summers reach 860 F and winters average between freezing and 410 F with a lot of snowfall.
There is a wide variety of animals and plants in Bulgaria, with large mammals and birds attracting many travelers. Sofia, the capital, attracts information technology enthusiasts from all over the world.
Fun Fact: Shaking your head is the proper way to express approval while in Bulgaria; nodding means no. Weird, huh.
Burkina Faso is a Western African nation neighboring six countries. Its nationals are known as Burkinabe and are mainly French speakers.
The major religion in the country is Islam, with Christianity and traditional African beliefs also being practiced. The total population is around 20.3 million people in a 274,200 km sq mile area.
Burkina Faso is a fairly flat country with the highest point, Mount Tenakourou, being 2,457 ft in height- basically a hill. Its climate is tropical with distinct rainy and dry seasons.
The country is a biodiverse paradise for both plants and animals. Tourists come to see elephants, lions, buffaloes, cheetahs, and the rare dwarf buffaloes.
In Africa, at the meeting point of the African great lakes region and East Africa is Burundi. The former colony of Germany and Belgium has a population of just over 10 million. It borders Rwanda and Tanzania.
Burundian culture, though affected by civil unrest, is a mixture of local tradition and the influence of neighboring nations. Their greatest cultural pride are the wooden drums, alongside other musical instruments. The majority of Burundians are Christians.
The tropical highland climate causes varied weather conditions alternating between dry and wet seasons and an average annual temperature of 73o F.
Did you know that Burundi shares the world’s longest freshwater lake, Lake Tanganyika, with 3 three other African countries?
The above countries are just a sneak peek of what the world has to offer especially to travel enthusiasts. No matter how similar any of the countries are to each other, they are also so unique in their own respects.
Some have even won their own spots in the world records for possessing little-known attributes and wonders, that we can only behold with awe. Which of the country appealed to you the most?