The 10 most visited countries in the world (PHOTOS)

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

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.



3. China

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



4. Spain

Barcelona, Spain. David Ramos/Getty.



5. Italy

Vineyard in Tuscany. FABIO MUZZI/Getty.



6. Turkey

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Dan Kitwood/Getty.


7. United Kingdom

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



8. Germany

Christmas market in Berlin. Sean Gallup/Getty.



9. Russia

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



10. Malaysia

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