How Many Countries in the World List

Countries of the World List

The seven continents are currently divided up among 195 recognized countries in the world. 193 of those countries are members of the United Nations (Vatican City and Kosovo are not currently members). In some cases, the number of countries may be counted to 196 which would include Taiwan. Taiwan qualifies as a country by most measures but due to political issues with China, it has yet to be fully recognized as a country. The world’s newest country is South Sudan, which was added in 2011 to the countries of the world and also to the United Nations. There additionally 61 dependent territories (colonies) and six disputed territories in the world today. The dependent territories and colonies are administrated by eight different countries including Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, France, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The number of countries is often disputed due to the definition being unclear. There is no correct answer to the question of “How many countries of the world are there?,” as it all depends on what governmental, academic, or agency organization that is validating claims to sovereignty. Depending on the source, you can find the number of countries in the world to be a few as 189 and as many as 196.

List of Countries of The World

+ Countries in Africa
+ Countries in Asia
+ Countries in Australia
+ Countries in Europe
+ Countries in North America
+ Countries in South America
+ Countries in Oceania
+ World Totals

Countires of the World List Capital City Population Continent
Countries of Africa
Algeria Algiers 39,667,203 Africa
Angola Luanda 25,326,755 Africa
Benin Porto-Novo 10,782,365 Africa
Botswana Gaborone 2,176,741 Africa
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou 18,450,347 Africa
Burundi Bujumbura 9,824,320 Africa
Cameroon Yaoundé 21,918,057 Africa
Cape Verde Praia 525,662 Africa
Central African Republic Bangui 4,900,413 Africa
Chad N’Djamena 13,675,741 Africa
Comoros Moroni 783,544 Africa
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa 77,267,269 Africa
Djibouti Djibouti 961,037 Africa
Egypt Cairo 88,523,985 Africa
Equatorial Guinea Malabo 1,996,227 Africa
Eritrea Asmara 6,895,222 Africa
Ethiopia Addis Ababa 99,391,145 Africa
Gabon Libreville 1,873,230 Africa
Gambia Banjul 2,022,474 Africa
Ghana Accra 27,414,682 Africa
Guinea Conakry 10,935,259 Africa
Guinea-Bissau Bissau 1,788,088 Africa
Ivory Coast Abidjan, Yamoussoukro 23,126,355 Africa
Kenya Nairobi 45,533,204 Africa
Lesotho Maseru 1,908,335 Africa
Liberia Monrovia 4,046,007 Africa
Libya Tripoli 6,278,522 Africa
Madagascar Antananarivo 23,043,955 Africa
Malawi Lilongwe 16,307,685 Africa
Mali Bamako 17,796,125 Africa
Mauritania Nouakchott 3,632,657 Africa
Mauritius Port Louis 1,263,916 Africa
Morocco Rabat 34,380,277 Africa
Mozambique Maputo 28,013,037 Africa
Namibia Windhoek 2,281,238 Africa
Niger Niamey 18,880,785 Africa
Nigeria Abuja 186,202,652 Africa
Republic of the Congo Brazzaville 4,706,257 Africa
Rwanda Kigali 11,324,426 Africa
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé 194,000 Africa
Senegal Dakar 14,150,852 Africa
Seychelles Victoria 970,457 Africa
Sierra Leone Freetown 6,513,357 Africa
Somalia Mogadishu 10,972,148 Africa
South Africa Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria 5,495,724 Africa
South Sudan Juba 12,519,321 Africa
Sudan Khartoum 42,235,712 Africa
Swaziland Mbabane 1,119,524 Africa
Tanzania Dodoma 51,046,045 Africa
Togo Lomé 7,065,418 Africa
Tunisia Tunis 11,118,759 Africa
Uganda Kampala 37,102,024 Africa
Zambia Lusaka 15,474,644 Africa
Zimbabwe Harare 13,503,963 Africa
Totals: 54 1,125,307,147 To Top ↑
Countires of Asia
Afghanistan Kabul 30,419,928 Asia
Armenia^ Yerevan 3,229,900 Asia/Europe
Azerbaijan^ Baku 9,493,600 Asia/Europe
Bahrain Manama 1,248,348 Asia
Bangladesh Dhaka 158,039,000 Asia
Bhutan Thimphu 766,896 Asia
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan 428,786 Asia
Cambodia Phnom Penh 15,052,665 Asia
China Beijing 1,373,239,923 Asia
Cyprus^ Nicosia 1,099,341 Asia/Europe
East Timor (Timor-Leste) Dili 1,143,667 Asia
Georgia^ Tbilisi 4,661,473 Asia/Europe
India New Delhi 1,290,193,422 Asia
Indonesia Jakarta 248,645,008 Asia
Iran Tehran 78,868,711 Asia
Iraq Baghdad 36,129,225 Asia
Israel Jerusalem 8,502,900 Asia
Japan Tokyo 127,368,088 Asia
Jordan Amman 6,508,887 Asia
Kazakhstan^ Astana 17,522,010 Asia/Europe
Kuwait Kuwait City 4,146,314 Asia
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek 5,496,737 Asia
Laos Vientiane 6,586,266 Asia
Lebanon Beirut 4,140,289 Asia
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 31,179,952 Asia
Maldives Malé 394,451 Asia
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar 3,179,997 Asia
Myanmar (Burma) Naypyidaw 54,584,650 Asia
Nepal Kathmandu 29,890,686 Asia
North Korea Pyongyang 24,589,122 Asia
Oman Muscat 3,090,150 Asia
Pakistan Islamabad 190,291,129 Asia
Philippines Manila 103,224,000 Asia
Qatar Doha 1,951,591 Asia
Russia^ Moscow 143,975,923 Asia/Europe
Saudi Arabia Riyadh 31,534,504 Asia
Singapore Singapore 5,535,000 Asia
South Korea Seoul 50,004,441 Asia
Sri Lanka Colombo 21,481,334 Asia
Syria Damascus 22,530,746 Asia
Tajikistan Dushanbe 7,768,385 Asia
Thailand Bangkok 67,091,089 Asia
Turkey^ Ankara 79,749,461 Asia/Europe
Turkmenistan Ashgabat 5,054,828 Asia
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 5,314,317 Asia
Uzbekistan Tashkent 28,394,180 Asia
Vietnam Hanoi 91,519,289 Asia
Yemen Sana’a 24,771,809 Asia
Totals: 48 4,460,032,418 To Top ↑
Countries of Australia
Australia Canberra – Sydney 24,255,949 Australia (Oceania)
New Zealand Wellington – Auckland 4,727,459 Australia (Oceania)
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby 7,321,589 Australia (Oceania)
Totals: 3 36,304,997 To Top ↑
Countries of Europe
Albania Tirana 2,831,741 Europe
Andorra Andorra la Vella 68,403 Europe
Armenia^ Yerevan 3,229,900 Asia/Europe
Austria Vienna 8,169,929 Europe
Azerbaijan^ Baku 9,493,600 Asia/Europe
Belarus Minsk 9,458,047 Europe
Belgium Brussels 11,007,785 Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 3,843,126 Europe
Bulgaria Sofia 7,621,337 Europe
Croatia Zagreb 4,437,460 Europe
Cyprus^ Nicosia 1,099,341 Asia/Europe
Czech Republic Prague 10,256,760 Europe
Denmark Copenhagen 5,564,219 Europe
Estonia Tallinn 1,340,194 Europe
Finland Helsinki 5,157,537 Europe
France Paris 66,104,554 Europe
Georgia^ Tbilisi 4,661,473 Asia/Europe
Germany Berlin 80,716,124 Europe
Greece Athens 11,123,034 Europe
Hungary Budapest 10,075,034 Europe
Iceland Reykjavík 307,261 Europe
Ireland Dublin 4,234,925 Europe
Italy Rome 60,655,464 Europe
Kazakhstan^ Astana 17,522,010 Asia/Europe
Kosovo* Pristina 1,844,715 Europe
Latvia Riga 2,067,900 Europe
Liechtenstein Vaduz 32,842 Europe
Lithuania Vilnius 2,988,400 Europe
Luxembourg Luxembourg 448,569 Europe
Macedonia Skopje 2,054,800 Europe
Malta Valletta 397,499 Europe
Moldova Chișinău 4,434,547 Europe
Monaco Monaco 31,987 Europe
Montenegro Podgorica 616,258 Europe
Netherlands Amsterdam 16,902,103 Europe
Norway Oslo 5,018,836 Europe
Poland Warsaw 38,625,478 Europe
Portugal Lisbon 10,409,995 Europe
Romania Bucharest 21,698,181 Europe
Russia^ Moscow 143,975,923 Asia/Europe
San Marino San Marino 27,730 Europe
Serbia Belgrade 7,120,666 Europe
Slovakia Bratislava 5,422,366 Europe
Slovenia Ljubljana 2,050,189 Europe
Spain Madrid 47,059,533 Europe
Sweden Stockholm 9,090,113 Europe
Switzerland Bern 7,507,475 Europe
Turkey^ Ankara 79,749,461 Asia/Europe
Ukraine Kiev 45,360,224 Europe
United Kingdom London 65,110,274 Europe
Vatican City Vatican City 900 Europe
Totals: 51 605,148,242 To Top ↑
Countries of North America
Antigua and Barbuda St. John’s 88,057 North America
Bahamas Nassau 369,670 North America
Barbados Bridgetown 277,821 North America
Belize Belmopan 368,310 North America
Canada Ottawa 36,851,774 North America
Costa Rica San José 4,832,234 North America
Cuba Havana 11,204,000 North America
Dominica Roseau 67,117 North America
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo 10,911,819 North America
El Salvador San Salvador 6,163,000 North America
Grenada St. George’s 10,437 North America
Guatemala Guatemala City 16,176,133 North America
Haiti Port-au-Prince 10,033,254 North America
Honduras Tegucigalpa 8,576,500 North America
Jamaica Kingston 2,719,814 North America
Mexico Mexico City 114,322,757 North America
Nicaragua Managua 6,071,045 North America
Panama Panama City 3,454,698 North America
Saint Kitts and Nevis Basseterre 52,249 North America
Saint Lucia Castries 172,746 North America
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Kingstown 109,088 North America
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain 1,339,002 North America
United States of America Washington, D.C. 329,314,000 North America
Totals: 23 563,485,525 To Top ↑
Countries of South America
Argentina Buenos Aires 40,482,489 South America
Bolivia La Paz and Sucre 9,863,224 South America
Brazil Brasília 202,241,714 South America
Chile Santiago 16,928,873 South America
Colombia Bogotá 46,920,257 South America
Ecuador Quito 14,573,101 South America
Guyana Georgetown 772,298 South America
Paraguay Asunción 6,831,306 South America
Peru Lima 29,132,013 South America
Suriname Paramaribo 472,155 South America
Uruguay Montevideo 3,477,780 South America
Venezuela Caracas 31,768,930 South America
Totals: 12 403,464,140 To Top ↑
Countries of Oceania
Fiji Suva 909,389 Oceania
Kiribati Tarawa 103,245 Oceania
Marshall Islands Majuro 52,879 Oceania
Federated States of Micronesia Palikir 106,348 Oceania
Nauru Yaren 10,084 Oceania
Palau Ngerulmud 17,948 Oceania
Samoa Apia 194,899 Oceania
Solomon Islands Honiara 539,241 Oceania
Tonga Nuku’alofa 103,036 Oceania
Tuvalu Funafuti 10,647 Oceania
Vanuatu Port-Vila 243,304 Oceania
Totals: 11 2,291,020
To Top ↑
WORLD TOTALS: 195 7,347,896,647

^ Portions of the country in both Europe and Asia
* Not universally recognized as a country

The world is ever-changing. The geography changes slow and steady. The political divisions that make up the countries of the world are always expanding as well. Prior to World War I (1914), there were just 57 countries in the world. 100 Years later we have 195 which is an increase by almost 4X!

Keep in mind that a list of this nature is always an approximation. With the popluation of the world ever-growing and the number of countries seemingly always expanding it is very difficult to keep information up to date. However, we do our best to keep this page updated. If you see anything that may be inaccurate please leave us a comment below!

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  1. “There additionally 61 dependent territories (colonies) and six disputed territories in the world today.”

    what are the 61 dependent territories (colonies) and the six disputed territories?


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