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Worlds Countries and territories

How many countries and territories are there in the world?? It's a seemingly simple question. But like so many things in geopolitics, the answer is, well...complicated. If you ask different countries across the globe, youll find that the numbers don't match one another.

According to the United Nations (U.N.), there are 193 countries, plus two non-member countries with permanent observer states, the Holy See (The Vatican) and the State of Palestine. So, there is a grand total of 195 sovereign states in the world today. However, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 3166-1), currently comprises 249 countries, 193 of which are sovereign states that are members of the United Nations. Many dependent territories in the ISO 3166-1 standard are also listed as a subdivision of their parent country in the ISO 3166-2 standard.

Below is the complete list of all 249 countries and territories:

U.N. member states U.N. observer states Dependent territories
No. Country ISO Code Continent
1 AfghanistanAF / AFG Asia
Southern Asia
2 Aland IslandsAX / ALA Europe
Northern Europe
3 AlbaniaAL / ALB Europe
Southern Europe
4 AlgeriaDZ / DZA Africa
Northern Africa
5 American SamoaAS / ASM Oceania
Polynesia
6 AndorraAD / AND Europe
Southern Europe
7 AngolaAO / AGO Africa
Middle Africa
8 AnguillaAI / AIA North America
Caribbean
9 AntarcticaAQ / ATA Antarctica
Antarctica
10 Antigua and BarbudaAG / ATG North America
Caribbean
11 ArgentinaAR / ARG South America
South America
12 ArmeniaAM / ARM Asia
Western Asia
13 ArubaAW / ABW North America
Caribbean
14 AustraliaAU / AUS Oceania
Australia and New Zealand
15 AustriaAT / AUT Europe
Western Europe
16 AzerbaijanAZ / AZE Asia
Western Asia
17 BahamasBS / BHS North America
Caribbean
18 BahrainBH / BHR Asia
Western Asia
19 BangladeshBD / BGD Asia
Southern Asia
20 BarbadosBB / BRB North America
Caribbean
21 BelarusBY / BLR Europe
Eastern Europe
22 BelgiumBE / BEL Europe
Western Europe
23 BelizeBZ / BLZ North America
Central America
24 BeninBJ / BEN Africa
Western Africa
25 BermudaBM / BMU North America
Northern America
26 BhutanBT / BTN Asia
Southern Asia
27 BoliviaBO / BOL South America
South America
28 Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBQ / BES North America
Caribbean
29 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBA / BIH Europe
Southern Europe
30 BotswanaBW / BWA Africa
Southern Africa
31 Bouvet IslandBV / BVT South America
South America
32 BrazilBR / BRA South America
South America
33 British Indian Ocean TerritoryIO / IOT Africa
Eastern Africa
34 British Virgin IslandsVG / VGB North America
Caribbean
35 Brunei DarussalamBN / BRN Asia
South-eastern Asia
36 BulgariaBG / BGR Europe
Eastern Europe
37 Burkina FasoBF / BFA Africa
Western Africa
38 BurundiBI / BDI Africa
Eastern Africa
39 CambodiaKH / KHM Asia
South-eastern Asia
40 CameroonCM / CMR Africa
Middle Africa
41 CanadaCA / CAN North America
Northern America
42 Cape VerdeCV / CPV Africa
Western Africa
43 Cayman IslandsKY / CYM North America
Caribbean
44 Central African RepublicCF / CAF Africa
Middle Africa
45 ChadTD / TCD Africa
Middle Africa
46 ChileCL / CHL South America
South America
47 ChinaCN / CHN Asia
Eastern Asia
48 Christmas IslandCX / CXR Oceania
Australia and New Zealand
49 Cocos IslandsCC / CCK Oceania
Australia and New Zealand
50 ColombiaCO / COL South America
South America
51 ComorosKM / COM Africa
Eastern Africa
52 Congo (the Democratic Republic)CD / COD Africa
Middle Africa
53 Congo (the Republic)CG / COG Africa
Middle Africa
54 Cook IslandsCK / COK Oceania
Polynesia
55 Costa RicaCR / CRI North America
Central America
56 CroatiaHR / HRV Europe
Southern Europe
57 CubaCU / CUB North America
Caribbean
58 CuracaoCW / CUW North America
Caribbean
59 CyprusCY / CYP Asia
Western Asia
60 Czech RepublicCZ / CZE Europe
Eastern Europe
61 DenmarkDK / DNK Europe
Northern Europe
62 DjiboutiDJ / DJI Africa
Eastern Africa
63 DominicaDM / DMA North America
Caribbean
64 Dominican RepublicDO / DOM North America
Caribbean
65 East Timor (Timor Leste)TL / TLS Asia
South-eastern Asia
66 EcuadorEC / ECU South America
South America
67 EgyptEG / EGY Africa
Northern Africa
68 El SalvadorSV / SLV North America
Central America
69 Equatorial GuineaGQ / GNQ Africa
Middle Africa
70 EritreaER / ERI Africa
Eastern Africa
71 EstoniaEE / EST Europe
Northern Europe
72 EswatiniSZ / SWZ Africa
Southern Africa
73 EthiopiaET / ETH Africa
Eastern Africa
74 Falkland IslandsFK / FLK South America
South America
75 Faroe IslandsFO / FRO Europe
Northern Europe
76 FijiFJ / FJI Oceania
Melanesia
77 FinlandFI / FIN Europe
Northern Europe
78 FranceFR / FRA Europe
Western Europe
79 French GuianaGF / GUF South America
South America
80 French PolynesiaPF / PYF Oceania
Polynesia
81 French Southern TerritoriesTF / ATF Africa
Eastern Africa
82 GabonGA / GAB Africa
Middle Africa
83 GambiaGM / GMB Africa
Western Africa
84 GeorgiaGE / GEO Asia
Western Asia
85 GermanyDE / DEU Europe
Western Europe
86 GhanaGH / GHA Africa
Western Africa
87 GibraltarGI / GIB Europe
Southern Europe
88 GreeceGR / GRC Europe
Southern Europe
89 GreenlandGL / GRL North America
Northern America
90 GrenadaGD / GRD North America
Caribbean
91 GuadeloupeGP / GLP North America
Caribbean
92 GuamGU / GUM Oceania
Micronesia
93 GuatemalaGT / GTM North America
Central America
94 GuernseyGG / GGY Europe
Northern Europe
95 GuineaGN / GIN Africa
Western Africa
96 Guinea BissauGW / GNB Africa
Western Africa
97 GuyanaGY / GUY South America
South America
98 HaitiHT / HTI North America
Caribbean
99 Heard Island and McDonald IslandsHM / HMD Oceania
Australia and New Zealand
100 HondurasHN / HND North America
Central America
101 Hong KongHK / HKG Asia
Eastern Asia
102 HungaryHU / HUN Europe
Eastern Europe
103 IcelandIS / ISL Europe
Northern Europe
104 IndiaIN / IND Asia
Southern Asia
105 IndonesiaID / IDN Asia
South-eastern Asia
106 IranIR / IRN Asia
Southern Asia
107 IraqIQ / IRQ Asia
Western Asia
108 IrelandIE / IRL Europe
Northern Europe
109 Isle of ManIM / IMN Europe
Northern Europe
110 IsraelIL / ISR Asia
Western Asia
111 ItalyIT / ITA Europe
Southern Europe
112 Ivory Coast (Cote d Ivoire)CI / CIV Africa
Western Africa
113 JamaicaJM / JAM North America
Caribbean
114 JapanJP / JPN Asia
Eastern Asia
115 JerseyJE / JEY Europe
Northern Europe
116 JordanJO / JOR Asia
Western Asia
117 KazakhstanKZ / KAZ Asia
Central Asia
118 KenyaKE / KEN Africa
Eastern Africa
119 KiribatiKI / KIR Oceania
Micronesia
120 KuwaitKW / KWT Asia
Western Asia
121 KyrgyzstanKG / KGZ Asia
Central Asia
122 LaosLA / LAO Asia
South-eastern Asia
123 LatviaLV / LVA Europe
Northern Europe
124 LebanonLB / LBN Asia
Western Asia
125 LesothoLS / LSO Africa
Southern Africa
126 LiberiaLR / LBR Africa
Western Africa
127 LibyaLY / LBY Africa
Northern Africa
128 LiechtensteinLI / LIE Europe
Western Europe
129 LithuaniaLT / LTU Europe
Northern Europe
130 LuxembourgLU / LUX Europe
Western Europe
131 MacauMO / MAC Asia
Eastern Asia
132 MadagascarMG / MDG Africa
Eastern Africa
133 MalawiMW / MWI Africa
Eastern Africa
134 MalaysiaMY / MYS Asia
South-eastern Asia
135 MaldivesMV / MDV Asia
Southern Asia
136 MaliML / MLI Africa
Western Africa
137 MaltaMT / MLT Europe
Southern Europe
138 Marshall IslandsMH / MHL Oceania
Micronesia
139 MartiniqueMQ / MTQ North America
Caribbean
140 MauritaniaMR / MRT Africa
Western Africa
141 MauritiusMU / MUS Africa
Eastern Africa
142 MayotteYT / MYT Africa
Eastern Africa
143 MexicoMX / MEX North America
Central America
144 MicronesiaFM / FSM Oceania
Micronesia
145 MoldovaMD / MDA Europe
Eastern Europe
146 MonacoMC / MCO Europe
Western Europe
147 MongoliaMN / MNG Asia
Eastern Asia
148 MontenegroME / MNE Europe
Southern Europe
149 MontserratMS / MSR North America
Caribbean
150 MoroccoMA / MAR Africa
Northern Africa
151 MozambiqueMZ / MOZ Africa
Eastern Africa
152 MyanmarMM / MMR Asia
South-eastern Asia
153 NamibiaNA / NAM Africa
Southern Africa
154 NauruNR / NRU Oceania
Micronesia
155 NepalNP / NPL Asia
Southern Asia
156 NetherlandsNL / NLD Europe
Western Europe
157 New CaledoniaNC / NCL Oceania
Melanesia
158 New ZealandNZ / NZL Oceania
Australia and New Zealand
159 NicaraguaNI / NIC North America
Central America
160 NigerNE / NER Africa
Western Africa
161 NigeriaNG / NGA Africa
Western Africa
162 NiueNU / NIU Oceania
Polynesia
163 Norfolk IslandNF / NFK Oceania
Australia and New Zealand
164 North KoreaKP / PRK Asia
Eastern Asia
165 North MacedoniaMK / MKD Europe
Southern Europe
166 Northern Mariana IslandsMP / MNP Oceania
Micronesia
167 NorwayNO / NOR Europe
Northern Europe
168 OmanOM / OMN Asia
Western Asia
169 PakistanPK / PAK Asia
Southern Asia
170 PalauPW / PLW Oceania
Micronesia
171 PalestinePS / PSE Asia
Western Asia
172 PanamaPA / PAN North America
Central America
173 Papua New GuineaPG / PNG Oceania
Melanesia
174 ParaguayPY / PRY South America
South America
175 PeruPE / PER South America
South America
176 PhilippinesPH / PHL Asia
South-eastern Asia
177 PitcairnPN / PCN Oceania
Polynesia
178 PolandPL / POL Europe
Eastern Europe
179 PortugalPT / PRT Europe
Southern Europe
180 Puerto RicoPR / PRI North America
Caribbean
181 QatarQA / QAT Asia
Western Asia
182 ReunionRE / REU Africa
Eastern Africa
183 RomaniaRO / ROU Europe
Eastern Europe
184 RussiaRU / RUS Europe
Eastern Europe
185 RwandaRW / RWA Africa
Eastern Africa
186 Saint BarthelemyBL / BLM North America
Caribbean
187 Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSH / SHN Africa
Western Africa
188 Saint Kitts and NevisKN / KNA North America
Caribbean
189 Saint LuciaLC / LCA North America
Caribbean
190 Saint MartinMF / MAF North America
Caribbean
191 Saint Pierre and MiquelonPM / SPM North America
Northern America
192 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesVC / VCT North America
Caribbean
193 SamoaWS / WSM Oceania
Polynesia
194 San MarinoSM / SMR Europe
Southern Europe
195 Sao Tome and PrincipeST / STP Africa
Middle Africa
196 Saudi ArabiaSA / SAU Asia
Western Asia
197 SenegalSN / SEN Africa
Western Africa
198 SerbiaRS / SRB Europe
Southern Europe
199 SeychellesSC / SYC Africa
Eastern Africa
200 Sierra LeoneSL / SLE Africa
Western Africa
201 SingaporeSG / SGP Asia
South-eastern Asia
202 Sint MaartenSX / SXM North America
Caribbean
203 SlovakiaSK / SVK Europe
Eastern Europe
204 SloveniaSI / SVN Europe
Southern Europe
205 Solomon IslandsSB / SLB Oceania
Melanesia
206 SomaliaSO / SOM Africa
Eastern Africa
207 South AfricaZA / ZAF Africa
Southern Africa
208 South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsGS / SGS South America
South America
209 South KoreaKR / KOR Asia
Eastern Asia
210 South SudanSS / SSD Africa
Eastern Africa
211 SpainES / ESP Europe
Southern Europe
212 Sri LankaLK / LKA Asia
Southern Asia
213 SudanSD / SDN Africa
Northern Africa
214 SurinameSR / SUR South America
South America
215 Svalbard and Jan MayenSJ / SJM Europe
Northern Europe
216 SwedenSE / SWE Europe
Northern Europe
217 SwitzerlandCH / CHE Europe
Western Europe
218 SyriaSY / SYR Asia
Western Asia
219 TaiwanTW / TWN Asia
Eastern Asia
220 TajikistanTJ / TJK Asia
Central Asia
221 TanzaniaTZ / TZA Africa
Eastern Africa
222 ThailandTH / THA Asia
South-eastern Asia
223 TogoTG / TGO Africa
Western Africa
224 TokelauTK / TKL Oceania
Polynesia
225 TongaTO / TON Oceania
Polynesia
226 Trinidad and TobagoTT / TTO North America
Caribbean
227 TunisiaTN / TUN Africa
Northern Africa
228 TurkeyTR / TUR Asia
Western Asia
229 TurkmenistanTM / TKM Asia
Central Asia
230 Turks and Caicos IslandsTC / TCA North America
Caribbean
231 TuvaluTV / TUV Oceania
Polynesia
232 UgandaUG / UGA Africa
Eastern Africa
233 UkraineUA / UKR Europe
Eastern Europe
234 United Arab EmiratesAE / ARE Asia
Western Asia
235 United KingdomGB / GBR Europe
Northern Europe
236 United StatesUS / USA North America
Northern America
237 United States Minor Outlying IslandsUM / UMI Oceania
Micronesia
238 United States Virgin IslandsVI / VIR North America
Caribbean
239 UruguayUY / URY South America
South America
240 UzbekistanUZ / UZB Asia
Central Asia
241 VanuatuVU / VUT Oceania
Melanesia
242 Vatican City (Holy See)VA / VAT Europe
Southern Europe
243 VenezuelaVE / VEN South America
South America
244 Vietnam VN / VNM Asia
South-eastern Asia
245 Wallis and FutunaWF / WLF Oceania
Polynesia
246 Western SaharaEH / ESH Africa
Northern Africa
247 YemenYE / YEM Asia
Western Asia
248 ZambiaZM / ZMB Africa
Eastern Africa
249 ZimbabweZW / ZWE Africa
Eastern Africa