There are approximately 195 sovereign states recognized by the United Nations, including 193 member states and 2 observer states. Of these, there are no countries that begin with the letter W. However, several places which start with letter W stand out. They include:
Places Beginning With the Letter W
Wales is a country that is part of the Great Britain Island and United Kingdom. The official languages spoken are English and Welsh. Bristol Channel borders the state on the South, England on the East, and the Irish Sea on the North and West. The Welsh nation emerged from Celtic Britons. This is the time when the Romans withdrew from Britain in 5th century. Politically, Wales is part of the United Kingdom. In the House of Commons, the lower house of UK parliament-Wales has forty MPs. Economically, Wales for the last 250 years has transformed from predominantly agricultural country to industrial. Wales has a moderate climate similar to the rest of UK. Temperatures in winter ranges from 6 degrees Celsius while in summer they rise to 24 degrees Celsius.
Western Sahara remains a disputed region of North Africa. It is partially controlled by Moroccan occupants and self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Mauritania borders Western Sahara to the East and South, Algeria to the Northeast, Atlantic Ocean to the West and Morocco to the North. Politically, Polisario Front and Morocco government contest for the region. Western Sahara’s legality remains unresolved. The major ethnic group in this region is Sahrawis, speaking Hassaniya dialect of Arabic. Economically, Western Sahara is rich in phosphate reserves and fishing waters. It also has few natural resources but lacks enough rainfall for most agricultural activities. This is due to the fact that, Western Sahara has hot climate and dry desert. Cold offshore air currents, brings heavy dew and fog.
Western Samoa is an independent state, having a unitary parliament democracy with eleven administrative divisions. It also has two islands: Upolu and Savai’i. The official languages are English and Samoan. The Lapita people discovered Samoan Islands 3500 years ago. Samoa is among the Commonwealth Nations. The industrial sector produces the largest Gross Domestic Product of 58.4%. It is followed by services sector at 30.2%, then agriculture being the last with 11.4%. However, it is worth to note that, the GDP in purchasing power parity in 2006 was estimated at $1.218 billion USD. Western Samoa experiences tropical climate throughout the year. It has two seasons: dry season from May to October and wet season from November to April.
WA Self country is self-administered division in Myanmar (Burma). The WA Self country is composed of two regions: The Southern and Northern. The Southern region borders Thailand and it has a population of 200,000 people. WA Self was officially named by decree past on August 20, 2010. The WA government recognizes the sovereignty of its central government above all of Myanmar. The government declared WA self to be self-administered by the WA people. Currently, it is administered by the government of the, "de facto independent WA State". Its official name is WA Special Region 2. The spoken languages are Mandarin-Chinese and WA. Economically, WA self in the past has been relying mostly on Opium production. Currently, with Chinese assistance, WA Self has moved towards growing tea and rubber. Today, WA Self grows 220,000 acres of rubber. The migration of residents from mountains to fertile valleys, has contributed to growing of corn, vegetables, and wet rice. WA Self economy depends on China. China supports it financially, provides weapons, and civilian advisors.
Alphabet and Countries
There are no recognized sovereign states that begin with the letter W. In fact, W and X are the only alphabetic letters that do not have any countries beginning with that letter. The letters O, Q, and Y begin the names of one country each, composed of Oman, Qatar, and Yemen respectively.