The Many Countries in our World

How many countries are there in the world?  That is a debatable question.  Today it could be one number.  Next week it might be different.  The world is changing so fast.  Countries are dividing or conquering.  Do we include territories and such?  That would change the number drastically.  To help simplify it, let’s take a list of current countries (which means that I’ll have to update this at least once a year) and give a brief synopsis on them.

                There are 192 countries in the United Nations.  This gives you a good minimum amount.  But the current number that is “official” is 195.  Some sources will have more because they include territories.  Some will have less because they do not recognize newly established countries.  For now this can be our “official” list.  For more information or any changes, check out the links located at the bottom of the article.

Afghanistan by dimi on flickr
Afghanistan by dimi on flickr

The A's

Afghanistan – The capital is Kabul. There are over 28 million people and is located in Asia.

Albania – The capital is Tirane. There are over 3 million people and is located in Europe.

Algeria – The capital is Algiers. There are over 34 million people and located in Africa.

Andorra – The capital is Andorra la Vella. There are over 83 thousand people and is located in Europe.

Angola – The capital is Luanda. There are over 12 million people and is located in Africa.

Antigua and Barbuda – The capital is Saint John's. There are over 85 thousand people and is located in the Caribbean.

Argentina – The capital is Buenos Aires. There are over 40 million people and is located in South America.

Armenia – The capital is Yerevan. There are over 2 million people and is located in Asia.

Australia – The capital is Canberra. There are over 21 million people and is located on a continent by itself between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean.

Austria – The capital is Vienna. There are over 8 million people and is located in Europe.

Azerbaijan – The capital is Baku. There are over 8 million people and is located in Asia.

The Bahamas by Patrick Powers on flickr
The Bahamas by Patrick Powers on flickr

The B's

The Bahamas – The capital is Nassau. There are over 300 thousand people and is located in the Caribbean.

Bahrain – The capital is Manama. There are over 700 thousand people and is located in the Middle East.

Bangladesh – The capital is Dhaka. There are over 156 million people and is located in Asia.

Barbados – The capital is Bridgetown. There are over 200 thousand people and is located in the Caribbean.

Belarus – The capital is Minsk. There are over 9 million people and is located in Europe.

Belgium – The capital is Brussels. There are over 10 million people and is located in Europe.

Belize – The capital is Belmopan. There are over 3 hundred people and is located in Central America.

Benin – The capital is Porto-Novo. There are over 8 million people and is located in Africa.

Bhutan – The capital is Thimphu. There are over 600 thousand people and is located in Asia.

Bolivia – The capitals are La Paz (administrative); Sucre (judicial). There are over 9 million people and is located in South America.

Bosnia and Herzegovina – The capital is Sarajevo. There are over 4 million people and is located in Europe.

Botswana – The capital is Gaborone. There are over 1 million people and is located Africa.

Brazil – The capital is Brasilia. There are over 198 million people and is located in South America.

Brunei – The capital is Bandar Seri Begawan. There are over 300 thousand people and is located in Asia.

Bulgaria – The capital is Sofia. There are over 7 million people and is located in Europe.

Burkina Faso – The capital is Ouagadougou. There are over 15 million people and is located in Africa.

Burundi – The capital is Bujumbura. There are over 8 million people and is located in Africa

Cambodia by Frederic Poirot on flickr
Cambodia by Frederic Poirot on flickr

The C's

Cambodia – The capital is Phnom Penh.  There are over 14 million people and is located in Asia.

Cameroon – The capital is Yaounde.  There are over 18 million people and is located in Africa.

Canada – The capital is Ottawa.  There are over 33 million people and is located in North America.

Cape Verde – The capital is Praia.  There are over 400 million people and is located in Africa.

Central African Republic – The capital is Bangui.  There are over 4 million people and is located in Africa.

Chad – The capital is N'Djamena.  There are over 10 million people and is located in Africa.

Chile – The capital is Santiago.  There are over 16 million people and is located in South America.

China – The capital is Beijing.  There are over 1 billion people and is located in Asia.

Colombia – The capital is Bogota.  There are over 45 million people and is located in South America.

Comoros – The capital is Moroni.  There are over 700 thousand people and is located in Africa.

Congo, Republic of the – The capital is Brazzaville.  There are over 4 million people and is located in Africa.

Congo, Democratic Republic of the – The capital is Kinshasa.  There are over 68 million people and is located in Africa.

Costa Rica – The capital is San Jose.  There are over 4 million people and is located in Central America.

Cote d'Ivoire – The capitals are Yamoussoukro (official); Abidjan (de facto).  There are over 20 million people and is located in Africa.

Croatia – The capital is Zagreb.  There are over 4 million people and is located in Europe.

Cuba – The capital is Havana.  There are over 11 million people and is located in the Caribbean.

Cyprus – The capital is Nicosia.  There are over 700 thousand people and is located in the Middle East.

Czech Republic – The capital is Prague.  There are over 10 million people and is located in Europe.

Denmark by jimg944 on flickr
Denmark by jimg944 on flickr

The D's

Denmark – The capital is Copenhagen.  There are over 5 million people and is located in Europe.

Djibouti – The capital is Djibouti.  There are over 500 thousand people and is located in Africa.

Dominica – The capital is Roseau.  There are over 72 thousand people and is located in the Caribbean.

Dominican Republic – The capital is Santo Domingo.  There are over 9 million people and is located in the Caribbean.

East Timor by Randy Stewart on flickr
East Timor by Randy Stewart on flickr

The E's

East Timor (Timor-Leste) – The capital is Dili.  There are over 1 million people and is located in Asia.

Ecuador – The capital is Quito.  There are over 14 million people and is located in South America.

Egypt – The capital is Cairo.  There are over 83 million people and is located in Africa.

El Salvador – The capital is San Salvador.  There are over 7 million people and is located in Central America.

Equatorial Guinea – The capital is Malabo.  There are over 600 thousand people and is located in Africa.

Eritrea – The capital is Asmara.  There are over 5 million people and is located in Africa.

Estonia – The capital is Tallinn.  There are over 1 million people and is located in Europe.

Ethiopia – The capital is Addis Ababa.  There are over 85 million people and is located in Africa.

Fiji by sworm on flickr
Fiji by sworm on flickr

The F's

Fiji – The capital is Suva.  There are over 900 thousand people and is located in the South Pacific Ocean.

Finland – The capital is Helsinki.  There are over 5 million people and is located in Europe.

France – The capital is Paris.  There are over 64 million people and is located in Europe.

Gabon by huguesn on flickr
Gabon by huguesn on flickr

The G's

Gabon – The capital is Libreville.  There are over 1 million people and is located in Africa.

The Gambia – The capital is Banjul.  There are over 1 million people and is located in Africa.

Georgia – The capital is Tbilisi.  There are over 4 million people and is located in Asia.

Germany – The capital is Berlin.  There are over 82 million people and is located in Europe

Ghana – The capital is Accra.  There are over 23 million people and is located in Africa.

Greece – The capital is Athens.  There are over 10 million people and is located in Europe.

Grenada – The capital is Saint George's.  There are over 90 thousand people and is located in the Caribbean.

Guatemala – The capital is Guatemala City.  There are over 13 million people and is located in Central America.

Guinea – The capital is Conakry.  There are over 10 million people and is located in Africa.

Guinea-Bissau – The capital is Bissau.  There are over 1 million people and is located in Africa.

Guyana – The capital is Georgetown.  There are over 700 thousand people and is located in South America.

Haiti by M_Eriksson on flickr
Haiti by M_Eriksson on flickr

The H's

Haiti – The capital is Port-au-Prince.  There are over 9 million people and is located in the Caribbean.

Honduras – The capital is Tegucigalpa.  There are over 7 million people and is located in Central America.

Hungary – The capital is Budapest.  There are over 9 million people and is located in Europe.

Iceland by Juergen Kurlvink on flickr
Iceland by Juergen Kurlvink on flickr

The I's

Iceland – The capital is Reykjavik.  There are over 300 thousand people and is located in Europe.

India – The capital is New Delhi.  There are over 1 billion people and is located in Asia.

Indonesia – The capital is Jakarta.  There are over 240 million people and is located in Asia.

Iran – The capital is Tehran.  There are over 66 million people and is located in the Middle East.

Iraq – The capital is Baghdad.  There are over 28 million people and is located in the Middle East.

Ireland – The capital is Dublin.  There are over 4 million people and is located in Europe.

Israel – The capital is Jerusalem.  There are over 7 million people and is located in the Middle East.

Italy – The capital is Rome.  There are over 58 million people and is located in Europe.

Japan by Okinawa Soba on flickr
Japan by Okinawa Soba on flickr

The J's

Jamaica – The capital is Kingston.  There are over 2 million people and is located in the Caribbean.

Japan – The capital is Tokyo. There are over 127 million people and is located in Asia.

Jordan – The capital is Amman. There are over 6 million people and is located in the Middle East.

Kazakhstan by Irene2005 on flickr
Kazakhstan by Irene2005 on flickr

The K's

Kazakhstan – The capital is Astana.  There are over 15 million people and is located in Asia.

Kenya – The capital is Nairobi.  There are over 39 million people and is located in Africa.

Kiribati – The capital is Tarawa Atoll.  There are over 112 thousand people and is located in the South Pacific Ocean.

Korea, North – The capital is Pyongyang.  There are over 22 million people and is located in Asia.

Korea, South – The capital is Seoul.  There are over 48 million people and is located in Asia.

Kosovo – The capital is Pristina.  There are over 1 million people and is located in Europe.

Kuwait – The capital is Kuwait City.  There are over 2 million people and is located in the Middle East.

Kyrgyzstan – The capital is Bishkek.  There are over 5 million people and is located in Asia.

Laos by grjenkin on flickr
Laos by grjenkin on flickr

The L's

Laos – The capital is Vientiane.  There are over 6 million people and is located in Asia.

Latvia – The capital is Riga.  There are over 2 million people and is located in Europe.

Lebanon – The capital is Beirut.  There are over 4 million people and is located in the Middle East.

Lesotho – The capital is Maseru.  There are over 2 million people and is located in Africa.

Liberia – The capital is Monrovia.  There are over 3 million people and is located in Africa.

Libya – The capital is Tripoli.  There are over 6 million people and is located in Africa.

Liechtenstein – The capital is Vaduz.  There are over 30 thousand people and is located in Europe.

Lithuania – The capital is Vilnius.  There are over 3 million people and is located in Europe.

Luxembourg – The capital is Luxembourg.  There are over 400 thousand people and is located in Europe.

Macedonia by waywuwei on flickr
Macedonia by waywuwei on flickr

The M's

Macedonia – The capital is Skopje.  There are over 2 million people and is located in Europe.

Madagascar – The capital is Antananarivo.  There are over 20 million people and is located in Africa.

Malawi – The capital is Lilongwe.  There are over 14 million people and is located in Africa.

Malaysia – The capital is Kuala Lumpur.  There are over 25 million people and is located in Asia.

Maldives – The capital is Male.  There are over 300 thousand and is located in Asia.

Mali – The capital is Bamako.  There are over 12 million and is located in Africa.

Malta – The capital is Valletta.  There are over 400 thousand and is located in Europe.

Marshall Islands – The capital is Majuro.  There are over 60 thousand people and is located in the North Pacific Ocean.

Mauritania – The capital is Nouakchott.  There are over 3 million people and is located in Africa.

Mauritius – The capital is Port Louis.  There are over 1 million people and is located in Africa.

Mexico – The capital is Mexico City.  There are over 100 million people and is located in North America.

Micronesia, Federated States of – The capital is Palikir.  There are over 100 thousand people and is located in the North Pacific Ocean.

Moldova – The capital is Chisinau.  There are over 4 million people and is located in Europe.

Monaco – The capital is Monaco.  There are over 30 thousand people and is located in Europe.

Mongolia – The capital is Ulaanbaatar.  There are over 3 million people and is located in Asia.

Montenegro – The capital is Podgorica.  There are over 600 thousand people and is located in Europe.

Morocco – The capital is Rabat.  There are over 34 million people and is located in Africa.

Mozambique – The capital is Maputo.  There are over 21 million people and is located in Africa.

Myanmar (Burma) – The capitals are Rangoon (Yangon); Naypyidaw or Nay Pyi Taw (administrative).  There are over 48 million people and is located in Asia.

Namibia by Rui Orneles on flickr
Namibia by Rui Orneles on flickr

The N's

Namibia – The capital is Windhoek.  There are over 2 million people and is located in Africa.

Nauru – There is no official capital.  Government offices can be found in Yaren District.  There are over 14 thousand people and is located in the South Pacific Ocean.

Nepal – The capital is Kathmandu.  There are over 28 million people and is located in Asia.

Netherlands – The capital is Amsterdam.  Government offices can be in The Hague.  There are over 16 million people and is located in Europe.

New Zealand – The capital is Wellington.  There are over 4 million people and is located in the South Pacific Ocean.

Nicaragua – The capital is Managua.  There are over 5 million people and is located in Central America.

Niger – The capital is Niamey.  There are over 15 million people and is located in Africa.

Nigeria – The capital is Abuja.  There are over 149 million people and is located in Africa.

Norway – The capital is Oslo.  There are over 4 million people and is located in Europe.

by since1968 on flickr
by since1968 on flickr

The O

Oman – The capital is Muscat.  There are over 3 million people and is located in the Middle East.

Pakistan by Imran.... on flickr
Pakistan by Imran.... on flickr

The P's

Pakistan – The capital is Islamabad.  There are over 176 million people and is located in Asia.

Palau – The capital is Melekeok.  There are over 20 thousand people and is located in the North Pacific Ocean.

Panama – The capital is Panama City.  There are over 3 million people and is located in Central America.

Papua New Guinea – The capital is Port Moresby.  There are over 6 million people and is located in the South Pacific Ocean.

Paraguay – The capital is Asuncion.  There are over 6 million people and is located in South America.

Peru – The capital is Lima.  There are over 29 million people and is located in South America.

Philippines – The capital is Manila.  There are over 97 million people and is located in Asia.

Poland – The capital is Warsaw.  There are over 38 million people and is located in Europe.

Portugal – The capital is Lisbon.  There are over 10 million people and is located in Europe.

by M.Lubinski on flickr
by M.Lubinski on flickr
Romania by Chodaboy on flickr
Romania by Chodaboy on flickr

The Q

Qatar – The capital is Doha.  There are over 800 thousand people and is located in the Middle East.

The R's

Romania – The capital is Bucharest.  There are over 22 million people and is located in Europe.

Russia – The capital is Moscow.  There are over 140 million people and is located mainly in Asia.

Rwanda – The capital is Kigali.  There are over 10 million people and is located in Africa.

St. Kitts by **Mary** on flickr
St. Kitts by **Mary** on flickr

The S's

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The capital is Basseterre.  There are over 40 thousand and is located in the Caribbean.

Saint Lucia – The capital is Castries.  There are over 160 thousand people and is located in the Caribbean.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – The capital is Kingstown.  There are over 104 thousand people and is located in the Caribbean.

Samoa – The capital is Apia.  There are over 200 thousand people and is located in the South Pacific Ocean.

San Marino –The capital is San Marino.  There are over 30 thousand people and is located in Europe.

Sao Tome and Principe – The capital is Sao Tome.  There are over 200 thousand people and is located in Africa.

Saudi Arabia – The capital is Riyadh.  There are over 28 million people and is located in the Middle East.

Senegal – The capital is Dakar.  There are over 13 million people and is located in Africa.

Serbia – The capital is Belgrade.  There are over 7 million people and is located in Europe.

Seychelles – The capital is Victoria.  There are over 87 thousand people and is located in the Indian Ocean.

Sierra Leone – The capital is Freetown.  There are over 6 million people and is located in Africa.

Singapore – The capital is Singapore.  There are over 4 million people and is located in Asia.

Slovakia – The capital is Bratislava.  There are over 5 million people and is located in Europe.

Slovenia – The capital is Ljubljana.  There are over 2 million people and is located in Europe.

Solomon Islands – The capital is Honiara.  There are over 500 thousand people and is located in the South Pacific Ocean.

Somalia – The capital is Mogadishu.  There are over 9 million and is located in Africa.

South Africa – The capitals are Pretoria, Cape Town and Bloemfontein.  There are over 49 million people and is located in Africa.

Spain – The capital is Madrid.  There are over 40 million people and is located in Europe.

Sri Lanka – The capitals are Colombo and Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.  There are over 21 million people and is located in Asia.

Sudan – The capital is Khartoum.  There are over 41 million people and is located in Africa.

Suriname – The capital is Paramaribo.  There are over 400 thousand people and is located in South America.

Swaziland – The capital is Mbabane.  There are over 1 million people and is located in Africa.

Sweden – The capital is Stockholm.  There are over 9 million people and is located in Europe.

Switzerland – The capital is Bern.  There are over 7 million people and is located in Europe.

Syria – The capital is Damascus.  There are over 20 million people and is located in the Middle East.

Taiwan by Harry Taiwan on flickr
Taiwan by Harry Taiwan on flickr

The T's

Taiwan – The capital is Taipei.  There are over 22 million people and is located in Asia.

Tajikistan – The capital is Dushanbe.  There are over 7 million people and is located in Asia.

Tanzania – The capitals are Dar es Salaam and Dodoma.  There are over 41 million people and is located in Africa.

Thailand – The capital is Bangkok.  There are over 65 million people and is located in Asia.

Togo – The capital is Lome.  There are over 6 million people and is located in Africa.

Tonga – The capital is Nuku'alofa.  There are over 100 thousand and is located in the South Pacific.

Trinidad and Tobago – The capital is Port-of-Spain.  There are over 1 million people and is located in the Caribbean.

Tunisia – The capital is Tunis.  There are over 10 million people and is located in Africa.

Turkey – The capital is Ankara.  There are over 76 million people and is located in Europe and Asia.

Turkmenistan – The capital is Ashgabat.  There are over 4 million people and is located in Asia.

Tuvalu – The capital is Funafuti.  There are over 12 thousand people and is located in the South Pacific Ocean.

Uganda by neiljs on flickr
Uganda by neiljs on flickr

The U's

Uganda – The capital is Kampala.  There are over 32 million people and is located in Africa.

Ukraine – The capital is Kyiv.  There are over 45 million people and is located in Europe.

United Arab Emirates – The capital is Abu Dhabi.  There are over 4 million people and is located in the Middle East.

United Kingdom – The capital is London.  There are over 61 million people and is located in Europe.

United States of America – The capital is Washington D.C.  There are over 307 million people and is located in North America.

Uruguay – The capital is Montevideo.  There are over 3 million people and is located in South America.

Uzbekistan – The capital is Tashkent.  There are over 27 million people and is located in Asia.

Vanuatu by Stephan Roletto on flickr
Vanuatu by Stephan Roletto on flickr

The V's

Vanuatu – The capital is Port-Vila.  There are over 200 thousand people and is located in the South Pacific Ocean.

Vatican City (Holy See) – The capital is Vatican City.  There are less than a thousand people and is located in Europe.

Venezuela – The capital is Caracas.  There are over 26 million people and is located in South America.

Vietnam – The capital is Hanoi.  There are over 86 million people and is located in Asia.

by eesti on flickr
by eesti on flickr

The Y

Yemen – The capital is Sanaa.  There are over 23 million people and is located in the Middle East.

Zambia by Ruth Flickr on flickr
Zambia by Ruth Flickr on flickr

The Z's

Zambia – The capital is Lusaka.  There are over 11 million people and is located in Africa.

Zimbabwe – The capital is Harare.  There are over 11 million people and is located in Africa.

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heydave 6 years ago

Wow, this is an interesting list.


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livingsta 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Great work Rgraf..thank you for sharing


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Wow. You must have worked hard and typed a lot to complete the list. Thanks for putting up this hub.


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dusanotes 6 years ago from Windermere, FL

What a great resource you have given us. I'll check back to it from time to time. Are your numbers current? They probably are. When I lived in Finland years and years ago there were 5 million people. Also in Denmark. Now there still are only 5 million people. Those figures could be very correct because there is an inordinate number of Scandinavians (Finland, technically is not Scandinavian) who each year leave Finland and Denmark and come to America. Or I should say they used to do that, but since the advent of Obama's administration, they may have second thoughts. What did you use as your source? Don White


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RGraf 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Don,

I used the population numbers from the CIA database and many of the countries' websites. There were variances on all sites so I just rounded and used the terms "over" or "less than"

Check out the links at the bottom of the article.


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MJFenn 5 years ago

The Factbook put out by the CIA has useful statistical country resources; a lot of their research isn't classified and can be a practical source of information.

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