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How many countries are in the world?

How many countries are in the world? It is a fascinating question. Have you ever thought about it? Continue reading the article to get plenty of tasty information on this issue.

How many countries are in the world?

How many countries are there in the world in 2016? If you want to find out the correct answer, it is necessary to understand what you want to know. How many countries or how many states? These concepts are quite different.

The number of countries exceeds the number of states. Since the concept of a country is much broader than the idea of a state, some states are not recognized by other nations as independent ones. A country is a land area and the state, while a territory is a land area with a government. Some countries, such as Cyprus, can be considered as one and two. One country is divided into two parts with different governments. This fact explains why the number of countries and states differs.

How many countries are there on the planet?

How many countries are there on the planet?

The total number of countries as territories is 262. These are official states, dependent territories of another state, the unrecognized states, islands, partially recognized states.

There are 194 recognized countries. 192 of them are members of the United Nations. Two countries are observers. These are Vatican and Taiwan (Republic of China).

The unrecognized countries are certain areas that are not separate states. Most of the world countries do not recognize them.

The unrecognized country

These are ten countries:

  • Abkhazia
  • Kosovo
  • Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,
  • Luhansk People's Republic
  • Donetsk People's Republic
  • Transnistria (the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic)
  • South Ossetia
  • The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
  • The Republic of China.

Dependent territories

Dependent territories

There are twenty dependent territories in the world. The dependent area is a land that belongs to s state, controlled by its government, but it is located outside the region of that country. For example, there are some islands in the Indian Ocean, which belong to the United Kingdom. Canary Islands (in Africa), Ceuta and Melilla are Spain`s dependent territories.

Antarctic

Antarctic

Seven countries divided the area of this part of the world. These are Australia, Argentina, France, Chile, The United Kingdom, Norway, and New Zealand.

Countries in Eurasia (94):

Eurasia

  •     Austria
  •     Azerbaijan
  •     Albania
  •     Andorra
  •     Algeria
  •     Armenia
  •     Afghanistan
  •     Bangladesh
  •     Bahrain
  •     Belarus
  •     Belize
  •     Belgium
  •     Bulgaria
  •     Bosnia and Herzegovina
  •     Butane
  •     Brunei
  •     Vatican
  •     The United Kingdom
  •     Hungary
  •     East Timor
  •     Vietnam
  •     Germany
  •     Greece
  •     Georgia
  •     Denmark
  •     Israel
  •     India
  •     Indonesia
  •     Jordan
  •     Iraq
  •     Iran
  •     Ireland
  •     Iceland
  •     Spain
  •     Italy
  •     Yemen
  •     Qatar
  •     Kazakhstan
  •     Cambodia
  •     Cyprus
  •     Kyrgyzstan
  •     Kiribati
  •     China
  •     Korea
  •     Kuwait
  •     Laos
  •     Latvia
  •     Lebanon
  •     Lithuania
  •     Liechtenstein
  •     Luxembourg
  •     Macedonia
  •     Malaysia
  •     Maldives
  •     Malta
  •     Moldova
  •     Monaco
  •     Mongolia
  •     Myanmar
  •     Netherlands
  •     Nepal
  •     Norway
  •     United Arab Emirates
  •     Oman
  •     Pakistan
  •     Poland
  •     Portugal
  •     Russia
  •     Romania
  •     San Marino
  •     Serbia
  •     Singapore
  •     Syria
  •     Slovakia
  •     Slovenia
  •     Somalia
  •     Saudi Arabia
  •    Tajikistan
  •     Thailand
  •     Turkmenistan
  •     Turkey
  •     Ukraine
  •     Uzbekistan
  •     Philippines
  •     Finland
  •     France
  •     Croatia
  •     Montenegro
  •     Czech Republic
  •     Switzerland
  •     Sweden
  •     Sri Lanka
  •     Estonia
  •     Japan

Countries in Africa (52)

Countries in Africa

  •     Algeria
  •     Angola
  •     Benin
  •     Botswana
  •     Burkina Faso
  •     Burundi
  •     Gabon
  •     Gambia
  •     Ghana
  •     Guinea
  •     Guinea-Bissau
  •     Djibouti
  •     Egypt
  •     Zambia
  •     Zimbabwe
  •     Cape Verde
  •     Cameroon
  •     Kenya
  •     Comoros
  •     Congo
  •     Côte d'Ivoire
  •     Lesotho
  •     Liberia
  •     Libya
  •     Mauritius
  •     Mauritania
  •     Madagascar
  •     Malawi
  •     Mali
  •     Morocco
  •     Mozambique
  •     Namibia
  •     Niger
  •     Nigeria
  •     Rwanda
  •     Sao Tome and Principe
  •     Swaziland
  •     Seychelles
  •     Senegal
  •     Somalia
  •     Sudan
  •     Sierra Leone
  •     Tanzania
  •     Togo
  •     Tunisia
  •     Uganda
  •     Central African Republic
  •     Chad
  •     Equatorial Guinea
  •     Eritrea
  •     Ethiopia
  •     South Africa

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Countries in North America (23)

Countries in North America

  •      Antigua and Barbuda
  •      Bahamas
  •      Barbados
  •      Belize
  •      Haiti
  •      Guatemala
  •      Honduras
  •      Grenada
  •      Dominica
  •      Dominican Republic
  •      Canada
  •      Costa Rica
  •      Cuba
  •      Mexico
  •      Nicaragua
  •      Panama
  •      Salvador
  •      Saint Lucia
  •      Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  •      St. Kitts and Nevis
  •      USA
  •      Trinidad and Tobago
  •      Jamaica

Countries in Australia (13)

Countries in Australia

  •      Australia
  •      Vanuatu
  •      Papua New Guinea
  •      Solomon Islands
  •      Fiji
  •      Marshall Islands
  •      Federated States of Micronesia
  •      Nauru
  •      Palau
  •      New Zealand
  •      Samoa
  •      Tonga
  •      Tuvalu

Countries in South America (12)

Countries in South America

  •      Argentina
  •      Bolivia
  •      Brazil
  •      Venezuela
  •      Guyana
  •      Colombia
  •      Paraguay
  •      Peru
  •      Surinam
  •      Uruguay
  •      Chile
  •      Ecuador

Conclusion

Now you know that there are 194 countries in the world. If you want to know the world better, we wish you to see, if not all, then at least half of these countries!  

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