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Countries that start with D (2023) | Ratepunk

There are only 4 countries that start with the letter D at their beginning and 6 if we also count the ones that start with democratic, which is a small proportion of the country names!

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By Amir

Published: Apr 19, 2023 min read

Countries that start with D (2023) | Ratepunk

Whether your purpose is traveling, or you just want to improve your general knowledge, or you need these countries to win a Scrabble game, you might have difficulty finding countries that start with the alphabet letter D. 

There are not a lot of countries starting with this letter, but the ones that do, are a mix of very interesting countries that are worth knowing about. Some of these countries are very well-known travel destinations, some are off the beaten, and some are not advised to travel to.

As it seems like we have it all, let's take a look at the countries starting with D.

List of all countries that start with ‘D’

  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dominica
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korean*

Here is the table list of all the countries starting with ‘D’ as of 2023.

You can see and compare these countries by their populations and area size.

Denmark5,848,92442,430 Km2 (16,382 sq. miles)
Dominican Republic11,150,89548,320 Km2 (18,656 sq. miles)
Dominica72,484750 Km2 (290 sq. miles)
Democratic Republic of Congo97,155,6092,267,050 Km2 (875,313 sq. miles)
Djibouti1,028,03023,180 Km2 (8,950 sq. miles)
Democratic People’s Republic of Korean*26,093,316120,410 Km2 (46,491 sq. miles)

All the data is from worldometers and was gathered on 18th April 2023.

*The Democratic People’s Republic of Korean is the full name of North Korea.

flags of countries that start with "D"


Denmark is for sure the first country that comes to mind when you think of countries starting with the alphabet ‘D’ and is definitely the most tourists of all, although the most expensive one. Denmark is also the only country in Europe that starts with the letter ‘D’.

Denmark is a flat country that does not have any mountains, which might seem like a disappointment, but as many residents of the country use bicycles for transportation, it is not very bad to be flat! Interestingly, more than 75% of cyclists use bicycles in the winter as well. 

Denmark has two of the oldest amusement parks in the world, great aquariums, and super clean water, both for drinking and swimming. Maybe these are the reasons that Denmark is always on top of the list when it comes to happiness. 

colored buildings in Denmark near the river

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the oldest country in America! It was first discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus. The capital city, Santo Domingo, is the first capital city in America that contains the first University, the first Catholic Cathedral, and the first Hospital.

The national sport of the country is baseball, and there are many talented baseball players, such as Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martinez, and David Ortiz, who are from this country.  

This country is mostly protected by ecosystem environments. Around three to five thousand whales come to the shore of the Dominican Republic to give birth every year from January to March.

Dominican Republic flag near some trees in Dominican republic


Dominica, the island with 9 volcanos, is definitely not the Dominican Republic! It is worth mentioning because usually when people hear the word Dominica, they immediately think about the Dominican Republic, or maybe sometimes vice versa. However, the Caribbean island of Dominica is quite far from the Dominican Republic.

Talking about volcanos, Morne Diablotins is the highest volcano here and is situated in the middle of the jungle. You can climb it as it is currently safe, but it will take you around 6 hours, which is worth it because you will see many different species of animals and plants on your way.

Here nature is beautiful, there are beaches, jungles, rivers that go through them, and volcanos. Whale watching is an amazing activity that can be done here, and one of the Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed here.

ocean and island of Dominica

Democratic Republic of Congo

The second largest country in Africa is one of the countries that start with the letter ‘D’. This country borders nine countries, has 200 ethnic groups, and has nearly 250 languages. This country also hosts the oldest national park in Africa, which is home to rare mountain gorillas, elephants, and other animals.

The country is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of mineral resources but still has a very poor population. Also, there are ongoing conflicts in the country between different groups, and it is not considered to be safe to travel to.

a small village in Democratic Republic of Congo, near the river and mountains


Djibouti is the smallest country in Africa and is located near the Red Sea. For a very small country, Djibouti has different kinds of nature, such as salt lakes, deep ravines, and extinct volcanoes. This country is the host of the lowest land in Africa below sea level and has 314 km (195 mi) coastline lies. Also, 90 percent of the country is covered in the desert, so probably not the best country to visit.

Visiting Djibouti might not be recommended, but this country has some attractions. Here you have the possibility to swim with the whale sharks, the biggest fish in the world, which can be a very interesting experience to have. Also, you have the option to visit the wildlife at Decan wildlife refuge, where many different types of animals are kept.

salt water lake in Djibouti

Democratic People’s Republic of Korean

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea, is the last country on the list that starts with the letter ‘D’. Although the country starts with Democratic and therefore has been chosen to be on our list, but it is a dictatorship and is not recommended to be visited by tourists.

This country has many interesting and shocking facts that are very different from the rest of the world. To start, this country has its own rules for basketball that are different from the rest of the world, for example, if you score in the last 3 seconds, you get 8 points. There are only 28 websites on the internet and only 3 channels on the television. Also, North Korea has only 28 haircuts that are state-approved, and people can use them. Furthermore, as the country is under difficult sanctions, it is not easy to access oil, so there are cars that burn wood as their fuel to function. 

north korea with the flag hanging on the right and some buildings on the left and behind

Here were the list of all the countries starting with the letter ‘D’. If you got any questions, leave them for us below in the comment section. 

Apr 19, 2023

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