How many countries are there in the world, today?

As of September 19, 2007.

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  • dd
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    1 decade ago
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    How Many Countries In The World?

    Now that is a question that's somewhat difficult to answer, as there is no one right answer.

    Many sources offer different answers, and depending on the source, there are 189, 191, 192, 193 or 194 independent countries in the world today.

    The United Nations has 192 members (including Montenegro and Serbia - the two newest nations) but that number does not include the Vatican, an independent nation. Regarding England, Scotland and Wales, though considered individual countries, they are all a part of the United Kingdom (UK), a European country, and therefore included within the United Kingdom on the list below.

    The US State Department recognizes 193 independent countries around the world. but that list of countries reflects the political agenda of the United States of America. As an example, it does not include Taiwan as China claims that Taiwan (the ROC) is simply a province of China.

    The latest World Almanacs use 193 countries, which is probably the best answer, but what about Palestine? Greenland? Western Sahara? The political world is constantly changing and our list of independent nations is shown below. Note that we don't say that our list is the ONLY answer, just that it's our answer.

    A complete list of Dependencies and Territories of the world here!

    (A)

    Afghanistan (Kabul) (AS)

    Albania (Tirane) (EU)

    Algeria (Algers) (AF)

    Andorra (Andorra la Vella) (EU)

    Angola (Luanda) (AF)

    Antigua and Barbuda (St. John's) (NA)

    Argentina (Buenos Aires) (SA)

    Armenia (Yerevan) (EU)

    Australia (Canberra) (AU)

    Austria (Vienna) (EU)

    Azerbaijan (Baku) (AS)

    (B)

    Bahamas (Nassau) (NA)

    Bahrain (Manama) (AS)

    Bangladesh (Dhaka) (AS)

    Barbados (Bridgetown) (NA)

    Belarus (Minsk) (EU)

    Belgium (Brussels) (EU)

    Belize (Belmopan) (NA)

    Benin (Port-Novo) (AF)

    Bhutan (Thimphu) (AS)

    Bolivia (Sucre) (SA)

    Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo) (EU)

    Botswana (Gaborone) (AF)

    Brazil (Brasilia) (SA)

    Brunei (Bander Seri Begawan) (AS)

    Bulgaria (Sofia) (EU)

    Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou) (AF)

    Burma/Myanmar (Yangon) (AS)

    Burundi (Bujumbura) (AF)

    (C)

    Cambodia (Phnom Penh) (AS)

    Cameroon (Yaounde) (AF)

    Canada (Ottawa) (NA)

    Cape Verde (Praia) (EU - Portugal)

    Central African Republic (Bangui) (AF)

    Chad (N'Djamena) (AF)

    Chile (Santiago) (SA)

    China (Beijing) (AS)

    Colombia (Bogota) (SA)

    Comoros (Moroni) (AF)

    Congo (Brazzaville) (AF)

    Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa) (AF)

    Costa Rica (San Jose) (NA)

    Cote d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast (Yamoussoukro) (AF)

    Croatia (Zagreb) (EU)

    Cuba (Havana) (NA)

    Cyprus (Nicosia) (AS) and/or (EU)

    Czech Republic (Prague) (EU)

    (D)

    Denmark (Copenhagen) (EU)

    Djibouti (Djibouti) (AF)

    Dominica (Roseau) (NA)

    Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo) (NA)

    (E)

    East Timor (Dili) (AS)

    Ecuador (Quito) (SA)

    Egypt (Cairo) (AF)

    El Salvador (San Salvador) (NA)

    Equatorial Guinea (Malabo) (AF)

    Eritrea (Asmara) (AF)

    Estonia (Tallinn) (EU)

    Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) (AF)

    (F)

    Fiji (Suva) (AU - Oceania)

    Finland (Helsinki) (EU)

    France (Paris) (EU)

    (G)

    Gabon (Liberville) (AF)

    Gambia (Banjul) (AF)

    Georgia (Tbilisi) (EU)

    Germany (Berlin) (EU)

    Ghana (Accra) (AF)

    Greece (Athens) (EU)

    Grenada (St. George's) (NA)

    Guatemala (Guatemala City) (NA)

    Guinea (Conakry) (AF)

    Guinea-Bissau (Bissau) (AF)

    Guyana (Georgetown) (SA)

    (H)

    Haiti (Port-au-Prince) (NA)

    Honduras (Tegucigalpa) (NA)

    Hungary (Budapest) (EU)

    (I)

    Iceland (Reykjavik) (EU)

    India (New Delhi) (AS)

    Indonesia (Jakarta) (AS)

    Iran (Tehran) (AS)

    Iraq (Baghdad) (AS)

    Ireland (Dublin) (EU)

    Israel (Jerusalem) (AS)

    Italy (Rome) (EU)

    (J)

    Jamaica (Kingston) (NA)

    Japan (Tokyo) (AS)

    Jordan (Amman) (AS)

    (K)

    Kazakstan (Astana) (AS)

    Kenya (Nairobi) (AF)

    Kiribati (Bairiki) (AU - Oceania)

    Korea, North (Pyongyang) (AS)

    Korea, South (Seoul) (AS)

    Kuwait (Kuwait City) (AS)

    Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek) (AS)

    (L)

    Laos (Vientiane) (AS)

    Latvia (Riga) (EU)

    Lebanon (Beirut) (AS)

    Lesotho (Maseru) (AF)

    Liberia (Monrovia) (AF)

    Libya (Tripoli) (AF)

    Liechtenstein (Vaduz) (EU)

    Lithuania (Vilnius) (EU)

    Luxembourg (Luxembourg) (EU)

    (M)

    Macedonia (Skopje) (EU)

    Madagascar (Antananarivo) (AF)

    Malawi (Lilongwe) (AF)

    Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) (AS)

    Maldives (Male) (AS)

    Mali (Bamako) (AF)

    Malta (Valletta) (EU)

    Marshall Islands (Majuro) (AU - Oceania)

    Mauritania (Nouakchott) (AF)

    Mauritius (Port Louis) (AF)

    Mexico (Mexico City) (NA)

    Micronesia (Palikir) (AU - Oceania)

    Moldova (Chisinau) (EU)

    Monaco (Monaco) (EU)

    Mongolia (Ulan Bator) (AS)

    Montenegro (Podgorica) (EU)

    Morocco (Rabat) (AF) (including Western Sahara)

    Mozambique (Maputo) (AF)

    (N)

    Namibia (Windhoek) (AF)

    Nauru (no official capital) (AU - Oceania)

    Nepal (Kathmandu) (AS)

    Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague) (EU)

    New Zealand (Wellington) (AU)

    Nicaragua (Managua) (NA)

    Niger (Niamey) (AF)

    Nigeria (Abuja) (AF)

    Norway (Oslo) (EU)

    (O)

    Oman (Muscat) (AS)

    (P)

    Pakistan (Islamabad) (AS)

    Palau (Koror) (AU - Oceania)

    Panama (Panama City) (NA)

    Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby) (AU)

    Paraguay (Asuncion) (SA)

    Peru (Lima) (SA)

    Philippines (Manila) (AS)

    Poland (Warsaw) (EU)

    Portugal (Lisbon) (EU)

    (Q)

    Qatar (Doha) (AS)

    (R)

    Romania (Bucharest) (EU)

    Russian Federation (Moscow) (AS)

    Rwanda (Kigali) (AF)

    (S)

    Saint Kitts and Nevis (Basseterre) (NA)

    Saint Lucia (Castries) (NA)

    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Kingstown) (NA)

    Samoa (Apia) (AU - Oceania)

    San Marino (San Marino) (EU)

    Sao Tome and Principe (Sao Tome) (AF)

    Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) (AS)

    Senegal (Dakar) (AF)

    Serbia (Belgrade) (EU)

    Seychelles (Victoria) (AF)

    Sierra Leone (Freetown) (AF)

    Singapore (Singapore City) (AS)

    Slovakia (Bratislava) (EU)

    Slovenia (Ljubljana) (EU)

    Solomon Islands (Honiara) (AU - Oceania)

    Somalia (Mogadishu) (AF)

    South Africa (Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein) (AF)

    Spain (Madrid) (EU)

    Sri Lanka (Colombo) (AS)

    Sudan (Khartoum) (AF)

    Suriname (Paramaribo) (SA)

    Swaziland (Mbabane) (AF)

    Sweden (Stockholm) (EU)

    Switzerland (Bern) (EU)

    Syria (Damascus) (AS)

    (T)

    Tajikistan (Dushanbe) (AS)

    Tanzania (Dodoma) (AF)

    Thailand (Bangkok) (AS)

    Togo (Lome) (AF)

    Tonga (Nuku'alofa) (AU - Oceania)

    Trinidad and Tobago (Port-of-Spain) (NA)

    Tunisia (Tunis) (AF)

    Turkey (Ankara) (AS) & (EU)

    Turkmenistan (Ashgabat) (AS)

    Tuvalu (Funafuti) (AU - Oceania)

    (U)

    Uganda (Kampala) (AF)

    Ukraine (Kiev) (EU)

    United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi) (AS)

    United Kingdom (London) (EU)

    United States (Washington D.C.) (NA)

    Uruguay (Montevideo) (SA)

    Uzbekistan (Tashkent) (AS)

    (V)

    Vanuatu (Port-Vila) (AU - Oceania)

    Vatican City (na) (EU)

    Venezuela (Caracas) (SA)

    Vietnam (Hanoi) (AS)

    (Y)

    Yemen (Sana) (AS)

    (Z)

    Zambia (Lusaka) (AF)

    Zimbabwe (Harare) (AF)

  • 1 decade ago

    Now that is a question that's somewhat difficult to answer, as there is no one right answer.

    Many sources offer different answers, and depending on the source, there are 189, 191, 192, 193 or 194 independent countries in the world today.

    The United Nations has 192 members (including Montenegro and Serbia - the two newest nations) but that number does not include the Vatican, an independent nation. Regarding England, Scotland and Wales, though considered individual countries, they are all a part of the United Kingdom (UK), a European country, and therefore included within the United Kingdom on the list below.

    The US State Department recognizes 193 independent countries around the world. but that list of countries reflects the political agenda of the United States of America. As an example, it does not include Taiwan as China claims that Taiwan (the ROC) is simply a province of China.

    The latest World Almanacs use 193 countries, which is probably the best answer, but what about Palestine? Greenland? Western Sahara? The political world is constantly changing and our list of independent nations is shown below. Note that we don't say that our list is the ONLY answer, just that it's our answer.

    Source(s): www.worldatlas.com
  • 1 decade ago

    there are 193 countries in the world today.......including the recent newly independent countries....which is Serbia.....and Montenegro

    Source(s): myself
  • 1 decade ago

    192 countries

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  • 1 decade ago

    193 if you don't count Taiwan

    194 if you do.

  • 5 years ago

    IUm I don't know

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