Lifestyle & Belief

The 10 most visited countries in the world (PHOTOS)

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Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2014 in London, England.

Credit:

Dan Kitwood

The World Bank collected the number of visits each country receives every year. The list below is based on their latest data. How does it work? A few caveats:

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  • The country the person visited had to be outside their residence.
  • The visit has to be shorter than 12 months.
  • The person wasn't visiting for work.
  • The way some countries count visits vary so caution should be used in comparing across countries.

Here's the list:

1. France


Eiffle Tower in Paris.LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty .

Number of visitors: 81,411,000

 

2. United States


The Grand Canyon in Arizona. David McNew/Getty.

62,711,000

 

3. China


The Great Wall of China. Trey Ratcliff/Flickr Commons.

57,581,100

 

4. Spain


Barcelona, Spain. David Ramos/Getty.

56,694,000

 

5. Italy


Vineyard in Tuscany. FABIO MUZZI/Getty.

46,199,000

 

6. Turkey


The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Dan Kitwood/Getty.

34,038,000

7. United Kingdom


Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. Da Matt Cardy/Getty.

29,306,000

 

8. Germany


Christmas market in Berlin. Sean Gallup/Getty.

28,374,000

 

9. Russia


St. Basils Cathedra in Moscow. DMITRY KOSTYUKOV/AFP/Getty.

24,932,000

 

10. Malaysia


Skydiving over Kuala Lumpur. MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty.

24,714,000