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The 10 most visited countries in the world

Published On 08/19/2014 Published On 08/19/2014

Over one billion people traveled to another country last year, according to the World Tourism Organization's annual report on international travel. That's billion, with a "b". And that's a lot of cheesy Facebook pics of people holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

Where'd they all go, you ask?

Well, while hiking (without enough water) into the Grand Canyon or (blocking traffic in) Harvard Square are both good guesses, turns out, the United States isn't the world's first choice of vacation destination. 

Nope, the US has been bested for the second year running -- and by France, no less. It's gotta be the cheese. Spain reclaimed its third place showing from 2012, edging out China, and Thailand vaulted five spots to crack the Top 10 for the first time. 

Here's the full list of the world's most popular countries (based on the number of "international tourist arrivals" who spent at least one night there):

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10. Thailand — 26.5 million

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9. Russian Federation — 28.4 million

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8. United Kingdom — 31.2 million

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7. Germany — 31.5 million

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6. Turkey — 37.8 million

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5. Italy — 47.7 million

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4. China — 55.7 million

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3. Spain — 60.7 million

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2. United States — 69.8 million

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1. France — 83.0 million

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