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How Many Countries Are in the World?

There are 195 countries in the world, 193 of which are members of the United Nations.

The United Nations (UN) recognizes 195 sovereign countries. 193 of these countries are members of the United Nations, and two - the Holy See and the State of Palestine - are not. By some definitions, there are 197 countries in the world. This number is drawn when Taiwan and Kosovo are included.

How Is a Country Defined?

A country is a sovereign nation that occupies a specified territory, is a place with its own self-ruling government, and is a land area (and may include territorial waters) that is subject to no other government but its own. Many territories are designated as countries, but do not have full sovereignty. Examples include England, Wales, Scotland and Greenland. England, Wales, and Scotland are constituents of the United Kingdom, and Greenland is a constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark. According to the strict definition of sovereignty, there are 196 sovereign nations, or 196 countries.

Is Taiwan a Country?

Taiwan is officially named "the Republic of China" (China is "the People's Republic of China). 21 members of the United Nations, as well as the Holy See, recognize Taiwan as the seat of the Republic of China. Taiwan has many qualities commonly attributed to statehood. For example, Taiwan has its own armed forces, a president who is elected, and its own constitution. However, the People's Republic of China believes the government of Taiwan is illegitimate.

Is Kosovo a Country?

110 United Nations members recognize Kosovo. It is also a member of several official organizations, including the International Money Bank and the World Bank. However, its statehood has been disputed ever since it declared itself independent from Serbia in February of 2008. The United States has kept official relations with Kosovo since 2008, and recognizes Kosovo's sovereignty.


List of UN Member States

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barabados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Norway
Omen
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
The Bahamas
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Gambia
The Republic of the Congo
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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