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How Many Countries Are There in the World?

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

There are 195 countries in the world. 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 simply observer states. By some definitions, there are 197 countries in the world. This number is drawn when Taiwan and Kosovo are included.

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.

What is a Country? 

A country is a political entity that maintains total sovereignty over its territory and people. The word "state" is generally used to mean the same thing as "country". The word nation, however, differs from a state and a country because it refers to a group of people who share similar beliefs and culture. It is not necessarily confined by geography.

Country Breakdown by Continent 

Africa, the world's second-largest continent by land area, has the largest number of country divisions at 54. Here are a list of other continents and their respective country count: 

List of UN Member States

RankCountry Continent
1AfghanistanAsia
2AlbaniaEurope
3AlgeriaAfrica
4AndorraEurope
5AngolaAfrica
6Antigua and BarbudaNorth America
7ArgentinaSouth America
8ArmeniaAsia
9AustraliaOceania
10AustriaEurope
11AzerbaijanAsia
12BahrainAsia
13BangladeshAsia
14BarabadosNorth America
15BelarusEurope
16BelgiumEurope
17BelizeNorth America
18BeninAfrica
19BhutanAsia
20BoliviaSouth America
21Bosnia and HerzegovinaEurope
22BotswanaAfrica
23BrazilSouth America
24BruneiAsia
25BulgariaEurope
26Burkina FasoAfrica
27BurundiAfrica
28CambodiaAsia
29CameroonAfrica
30CanadaNorth America
31Cape VerdeAfrica
32Central African RepublicAfrica
33ChadAfrica
34ChileSouth America
35ChinaAsia
36ColombiaSouth America
37ComorosAfrica
38Costa RicaNorth America
39CroatiaEurope
40Cuba North America
41CyprusAsia
42Czech RepublicEurope
43DenmarkEurope
44DjiboutiAfrica
45DominicaNorth America
46Dominican RepublicNorth America
47East TimorAsia
48EcuadorSouth America
49EgyptAfrica
50El SalvadorNorth America
51Equatorial GuineaAfrica
52EritreaAfrica
53EstoniaEurope
54EthiopiaAfrica
55FijiOceania
56FinlandEurope
57FranceEurope
58GabonAfrica
59GeorgiaAsia
60GermanyEurope
61GhanaAfrica
62GreeceEurope
63GrenadaNorth America
64GuatemalaNorth America
65GuineaAfrica
66Guinea-BissauAfrica
67GuyanaSouth America
68HaitiNorth America
69Holy See (Observing Member)Europe
70HondurasNorth America
71HungaryEurope
72IcelandEurope
73IndiaAsia
74IndonesiaAsia
75IranAsia
76IraqAsia
77IrelandEurope
78IsraelAsia
79Italy Europe
80Ivory CoastAfrica
81Jamaica North America
82JapanAsia
83JordanAsia
84KazakhstanAsia
85KenyaAfrica
86KiribatiOceania
87KuwaitAsia
88KyrgyzstanAsia
89LaosAsia
90LatviaEurope
91LebanonAsia
92LesothoAfrica
93LiberiaAfrica
94LibyaAfrica
95LiechtensteinEurope
96LithuaniaEurope
97Luxembourg Europe
98MacedoniaEurope
99MadagascarAfrica
100MalawiAfrica
101MalaysiaAsia
102MaldivesAsia
103MaliAfrica
104MaltaEurope
105Marshall IslandsOceania
106MauritaniaAfrica
107MauritiusAfrica
108MexicoNorth America
109MicronesiaOceania
110MoldovaEurope
111MonacoEurope
112MongoliaAsia
113MontenegroEurope
114MoroccoAfrica
115MozambiqueAfrica
116MyanmarAsia
117NamibiaAfrica
118NauruOceania
119NepalAsia
120NetherlandsEurope
121New ZealandOceania
122NicaraguaNorth America
123NigerAfrica
124NigeriaAfrica
125North KoreaAsia
126NorwayEurope
127OmanAsia
128PakistanAsia
129PalauOceania
130PanamaNorth America
131Papua New GuineaOceania
132ParaguaySouth America
133PeruSouth America
134PhilippinesAsia
135PolandEurope
136PortugalEurope
137QatarAsia
138RomaniaEurope
139RussiaEurope
140RwandaAfrica
141Saint Kitts and NevisNorth America
142Saint Lucia North America
143Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesNorth America
144SamoaOceania
145San MarinoEurope
146Sao Tome and PrincipeAfrica
147Saudi ArabiaAsia
148SenegalAfrica
149SerbiaEurope
150SeychellesAfrica
151Sierra LeoneAfrica
152SingaporeAsia
153SlovakiaEurope
154SloveniaEurope
155Solomon IslandsOceania
156SomaliaAfrica
157South AfricaAfrica
158South Korea Asia
159South SudanAfrica
160SpainEurope
161Sri LankaAsia
162State of Palestine (Observing Member)Asia
163SudanAfrica
164SurinameSouth America
165SwazilandAfrica
166SwedenEurope
167SwitzerlandEurope
168SyriaAsia
169TajikistanAsia
170TanzaniaAfrica
171ThailandAsia
172The BahamasNorth America
173The Democratic Republic of the CongoAfrica
174The GambiaAfrica
175The Republic of the CongoAfrica
176TogoAfrica
177TongaOceania
178Trinidad and TobagoNorth America
179TunisiaAfrica
180TurkeyAsia
181TurkmenistanAsia
182TuvaluOceania
183UgandaAfrica
184UkraineEurope
185United Arab EmiratesAsia
186United KingdomEurope
187United StatesNorth America
188UruguaySouth America
189UzbekistanAsia
190VanuatuOceania
191Venezuela South America
192VietnamAsia
193YemenAsia
194ZambiaAfrica
195ZimbabweAfrica

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