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How many Countries are there in the World?

How many Countries are there in the World?

Countries in the World:

There are 195 countries in the world today. This total comprises 193 countries that are member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states: the Holy See and the State of Palestine.

Not in the list

Not included in this total count of 195 countries are:

  • Taiwan – the United Nations considers it represented by the People’s Republic of China
  • The Cook Islands and Niue, both states in free association with New Zealand which are members of several UN specialized agencies and have been recognized “full treaty-making capacity”, but are neither member states nor non-member observer states.
  • Dependencies (or dependent territories, dependent areas, dependencies) and Areas of Special Sovereignty (autonomous territories)
  • Other countries recognized by the United Nations as not being self-governing

Where are they located?

Of the 195 countries in the world:

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


List of countries

Below is the full table of countries ranked by the most populous and showing current population, share of world population, and land area:

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