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The Number Of Countries In The World

Updated on November 28, 2016

Here's a question everyone seems to need to know the answer to at one point or another. Whether for research, work, study or just to know in case of it coming up at the pub quiz! The short, and most excepted answer is 195.

Map of the World
Map of the World

Wrong Answer - 193

Whilst searching for your answer, you may find some confusion, finding the answer to be 193. As there are 193 members of the untied nations, this is often thought as the number of countries in the world. Although this number represents almost all the countries in the world, it doesn't include the countries that remain independent, such as Vatican City and the State of Palestine.

Taiwan & China

Taiwan is a 'country' that has the requirements to be an independent country, however due to political reasons, it is not recognised as so. Taiwan was a member of the Untied Nations until 1971, when mainland China replaced it. Taiwan continues to press for full recognition by all countries but China claims it is simply a province of China.

Locations

The 195 countries are spread as across all seven continents...

  • 54 in Africa
  • 48 in Asia
  • 44 in Europe
  • 33 in Latin America and The Caribbean
  • 14 in Oceania
  • 2 in Northern America

Continents of The World

Source

Conclusion

So with all these facts, it seems that fairly the best current answer (2016) you can get to the question 'How many countries are there in the world?' is, 195.

The Countries

Here, I have divided the countries into the eight geographic regions of the world;

1. Asia

2. Middle East, North Africa, Greater arabia

3. Europe

4. North America

5. Central America & the Caribbean

6. South America

7. Sub-Saharan Africa

8. Australia & Oceania.

Asia


1. Bangladesh

2. Bhutan

3. Brunei

4. Cambodia

5. China

6. India

7. Indonesia

8. Japan
9. Kazakhstan
10. North Korea
11. South Korea
12. Kyrgyzstan
13. Laos
14. Malaysia
15. Maldives
16. Mongolia
17. Myanmar
18. Nepal
19. Philippines
20. Singapore
21. Sri Lanka
22. Taiwan
23. Tajikistan
24. Thailand
25. Turkmenistan
26. Uzbekistan
27. Vietnam

Middle East, North Africa and Greater Arabia


28. Afghanistan
29. Algeria
30. Azerbaijan
31. Bahrain
32. Egypt
33. Iran
34. Iraq
35. Israel
36. Jordan
37. Kuwait
38. Lebanon
39. Libya
40. Morocco
41. Oman
42. Pakistan
43. Qatar
44. Saudi Arabia
45. Somalia
46. Syria
47. Tunisia
48. Turkey
49. United Arab Emirates
50. Yemen

Europe


51. Albania
52. Andorra
53. Armenia
54. Austria
55. Belarus
56. Belgium
57. Bosnia and Herzegovina
58. Bulgaria
59. Croatia
60. Cyprus
61. Czech Republic
62. Denmark
63. Estonia
64. Finland
65. France
66. Georgia
67. Germany
68. Greece
69. Hungary
70. Iceland
71. Ireland
72. Italy
73. Kosovo
74. Latvia
75. Liechtenstein
76. Lithuania
77. Luxembourg
78. Macedonia
79. Malta
80. Moldova
81. Monaco
82. Montenegro
83. Netherlands
84. Norway
85. Poland
86. Portugal
87. Romania
88. Russia
89. San Marino
90. Serbia
91. Slovakia
92. Slovenia
93. Spain
94. Sweden
95. Switzerland
96. Ukraine
97. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
98. Vatican City

North America

99. Canada
100. Greenland
101. Mexico
102. United States of America

Central America and the Caribbean


103. Antigua and Barbuda
104. The Bahamas
105. Barbados
106. Belize
107. Costa Rica
108. Cuba
109. Dominica
110. Dominican Republic
111. El Salvador
112. Grenada
113. Guatemala
114. Haiti
115. Honduras
116. Jamaica
117. Nicaragua
118. Panama
119. Saint Kitts and Nevis
120. Saint Lucia
121. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
122. Trinidad and Tobago

South America


123. Argentina
124. Bolivia
125. Brazil
126. Chile
127. Colombia
128. Ecuador
129. Guyana
130. Paraguay
131. Peru
132. Suriname
133. Uruguay
134. Venezuela

Sub-Saharan Africa


135. Angola
136. Benin
137. Botswana
138. Burkina Faso
139. Burundi
140. Cameroon
141. Cape Verde
142. Central African Republic
143. Chad
144. Comoros
145. Republic of the Congo
146. Democratic Republic of the Congo
147. Cote d'Ivoire
148. Djibouti
149. Equatorial Guinea
150. Eritrea
151. Ethiopia
152. Gabon
153. The Gambia
154. Ghana
155. Guinea
156. Guinea-Bissau
157. Kenya
158. Lesotho
159. Liberia
160. Madagascar
161. Malawi
162. Mali
163. Mauritania
164. Mauritius
165. Mozambique
166. Namibia
167. Niger
168. Nigeria
169. Rwanda
170. Sao Tome and Principe
171. Senegal
172. Seychelles
173. Sierra Leone
174. South Africa
175. South Sudan
176. Sudan
177. Swaziland
178. Tanzania
179. Togo
180. Uganda
181. Zambia
182. Zimbabwe

Australia/Oceania


183. Australia
184. East Timor
185. Fiji
186. Kiribati
187. Marshall Islands
188. Federated States of Micronesia
189. Nauru
190. New Zealand
191. Palau
192. Papua New Guinea
193. Samoa
194. Solomon Islands
195. Tonga
196. Tuvalu

The Flags

Below are the flags of the worlds countries, in no particular order.

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