| How many countries are there in the world?
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Dec 29, 2005, 17:31
How many countries are there in the world?
Approximately 192 countries, is the best estimate that I can give you.
" 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 191 members (including East Timor, the newest
nation) but that number does not include the Vatican, an independent
"The US State Department recognizes 192 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 is simply a province of China.
"Many World Almanacs use 192 countries, which is probably the best answer,
but what about East Timor? Palestine? Greenland? Western Sahara?"
List of nations: "http://worldatlas.com/nations.htm"
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