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The 10 most visited countries in the world (PHOTOS)

In the global race to collect passport stamps, these countries are the most popular.

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:

  • 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


http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/culture-lifestyle/traveltourism/130509/the-10-most-visited-countries-the-world-photos