How Many Countries Are There?

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Ask someone how many countries there are in the world, and the answer might surprise you. In fact, although they may hazard a wild guess, they may not be entirely wrong.

The answer to the number of countries in the world isn’t a straightforward answer.   There are a few different answers to this question, depending on who you ask and where you ask the question. The total number varies, depending on the source and the definition of what a country is.

What is the Definition of a Country?

Let’s start with what defines a country. In reality, there isn’t a standard definition of what is a country [1].

A country could be defined as a place that has a permanent population, exists in a specific geographical area, and is able to govern itself with functional political structures.

Map showing a cropped view of central European countries.  Map: Natural Earth Data.
Map showing a cropped view of central European countries. Map: Natural Earth Data.

A country could also be a group of people with a common cultural background, identity, and traditions.

A sovereign nation or state needs to have the ability to make treaties, conduct trade, and operate diplomatically with other countries; essentially, it needs a functioning government. 

So, although a group of people may identify themselves as belonging to a certain place, they may not be considered a country if they do not occupy any territory or land. Additionally, a country might have land but not have a functioning government, which makes other nations unable to conduct foreign relations with it. 

How Many Countries Does the United Nations Recognize?

According to the United Nations, the body organized to uphold the rights of people around the globe, a new country has to be recognized by other states who are members of the United Nations before it is considered a country.

The recognition of a new state assumes that this new state is willing and able to assume diplomatic relations with other member countries of the United Nations. 

Flags representing member countries fly in front of United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo: USAID, public domain
Flags representing member countries fly in front of United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo: USAID, public domain

In most cases, the ultimate country count rests on the number of UN member states that are recognized by that international body. There are 193 members, which could imply that there are 193 countries [2]. And yet…..

There are 193 countries that are recognized members of the UN as well as two UN observer states. The two UN observer states are the Holy See (also known as the Vatican) and the Palestinian Authority. 

Additionally, there are six countries that have obtained partial recognition from UN member states. These are Taiwan, Western Sahara, Kosovo, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Northern Cyprus.

These territories are claimed by other countries but are not controlled by them. Depending on the type of map you look at, these countries will be surrounded by a dotted line rather than a solid one demarcating an independent nation from the countries around it. 

South Sudan was recognized as a country in 2011, which is the latest member nation to be admitted to the UN. 

The United Nations Membership List Doesn’t Account for All Countries

There are also some partially recognized states like the Cook Islands, which often act like independent countries but have not declared independence or shown interest in joining the UN.

There are only three self-declared nations that have not been recognized by any UN member states; they are Somaliland, Transnistria, and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). 

Map showing the self-declared nation of Transnistria.  Map made with Natural Earth Data.
Map showing the self-declared nation of Transnistria. Map made with Natural Earth Data.

So, if all of these countries are added together, there are 201 countries in the world.

But we’re not done! Still, depending on who you ask, there could be up to 249 countries on Earth. On a complete list of country codes you will find 249 nations listed, because dependent territories and self-declared nations are included.

How Many Countries Does the United States Recognize?

The United States formally recognizes 195 countries.

Table: List of Countries by United Nations and United States Recognition

Short NameLong-form nameU.S. recognitionMember of United NationsArea (km)Rank (area)Region
AfghanistanIslamic Republic of AfghanistanYesYes652,23041South Asia
AlbaniaRepublic of AlbaniaYesYes28,748140Europe
AlgeriaPeople’s Democratic Republic of AlgeriaYesYes2,381,74010Africa
AndorraPrincipality of AndorraYesYes468178Europe
AngolaRepublic of AngolaYesYes1,246,70022Africa
Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and BarbudaYesYes443182Central America
ArgentinaArgentine RepublicYesYes2,780,4008South America
ArmeniaRepublic of ArmeniaYesYes29,743138Middle East
AustraliaCommonwealth of AustraliaYesYes7,741,2206Australia – Oceania
AustriaRepublic of AustriaYesYes83,871112Europe
AzerbaijanRepublic of AzerbaijanYesYes86,600111Middle East
Bahamas,Commonwealth of The BahamasYesYes13,880154Central America
BahrainKingdom of BahrainYesYes760172Middle East
BangladeshPeople’s Republic of BangladeshYesYes148,46092South Asia
BarbadosBarbadosYesYes430183Central America
BelarusRepublic of BelarusYesYes207,60084Europe
BelgiumKingdom of BelgiumYesYes30,528136Europe
BelizeBelizeYesYes22,966146Central America
BeninRepublic of BeninYesYes112,622100Africa
BhutanKingdom of BhutanYesYes38,394133South Asia
BoliviaPlurinational State of BoliviaYesYes1,098,58127South America
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaYesYes51,197125Europe
BotswanaRepublic of BotswanaYesYes581,73048Africa
BrazilFederative Republic of BrazilYesYes8,515,7705South America
BruneiBrunei DarussalamYesYes5,765163East Asia/Southeast Asia
BulgariaRepublic of BulgariaYesYes110,879103Europe
BurkinaBurkina FasoYesYes274,20074Africa
BurmaUnion of BurmaYesYes676,57840East Asia/Southeast Asia
BurundiRepublic of BurundiYesYes27,830142Africa
CaboRepublic of Cabo VerdeYesYes4,033165Africa
CambodiaKingdom of CambodiaYesYes181,03588East Asia/Southeast Asia
CameroonRepublic of CameroonYesYes475,44054Africa
CanadaCanadaYesYes9,984,6702North America
Central African RepublicCentral African RepublicYesNo622,98445Africa
ChadRepublic of ChadYesYes1,284,00020Africa
ChileRepublic of ChileYesYes756,10237South America
ChinaPeople’s Republic of ChinaYesYes9,596,9604East Asia/Southeast Asia
ColombiaRepublic of ColombiaYesYes1,138,91025South America
ComorosUnion of the ComorosYesYes2,235168Africa
Congo, Democratic Republic of theDemocratic Republic of the Congo YesYes2,344,85811Africa
Congo, Republic of theRepublic of the CongoYesYes342,00063Africa
Costa RicaRepublic of Costa RicaYesYes51,100126Central America
Côte d’IvoireRepublic of Côte d’IvoireYesYes322,46368Africa
CroatiaRepublic of CroatiaYesYes56,594124Europe
CubaRepublic of CubaYesYes110,860104Central America
CyprusRepublic of CyprusYesYes444181Central America
CzechiaCzech RepublicYesYes9,251162Europe
DenmarkKingdom of DenmarkYesYes78,867114Europe
DjiboutiRepublic of DjiboutiYesYes43,094130Europe
DominicaCommonwealth of DominicaYesYes751173Central America
DominicanDominican RepublicYesYes48,670128Central America
EcuadorRepublic of EcuadorYesYes283,56173South America
EgyptArab Republic of EgyptYesYes1,001,45029Africa
ElRepublic of El SalvadorYesYes21,041148Central America
EquatorialRepublic of Equatorial GuineaYesYes28,051141Africa
EritreaState of EritreaYesYes117,60099Africa
EstoniaRepublic of EstoniaYesYes45,228129Europe
EswatiniKingdom of EswatiniYesYes17,364152Africa
EthiopiaFederal Democratic Republic of EthiopiaYesYes1,104,30026Africa
FijiRepublic of FijiYesYes18,274150Australia – Oceania
FinlandRepublic of FinlandYesYes338,14564Europe
FranceFrench RepublicYesYes643,80143Europe
GabonGabonese RepublicYesYes267,66776Africa
Gambia,Republic of The GambiaYesYes11,300158Africa
GeorgiaGeorgiaYesYes69,700119Middle East
GermanyFederal Republic of GermanyYesYes357,02262Europe
GhanaRepublic of GhanaYesYes238,53380Africa
GreeceHellenic RepublicYesYes131,95795Europe
GrenadaGrenadaYesYes344185Central America
GuatemalaRepublic of GuatemalaYesYes108,889105Central America
GuineaRepublic of GuineaYesYes245,85777Africa
Guinea-BissauRepublic of Guinea-BissauYesYes36,125134Africa
GuyanaCo-operative Republic of GuyanaYesYes214,96983South America
HaitiRepublic of HaitiYesYes27,750143Central America
Holy See *Holy SeeYesNo (Observer State)0196Europe
HondurasRepublic of HondurasYesYes112,090101Central America
IcelandRepublic of IcelandYesYes103,000106Europe
IndiaRepublic of IndiaYesYes3,287,2637South Asia
IndonesiaRepublic of IndonesiaYesYes1,904,56914East Asia/Southeast Asia
IranIslamic Republic of IranYesYes1,648,19517Middle East
IraqRepublic of IraqYesYes438,31758Middle East
IsraelState of IsraelYesYes21,937147Middle East
ItalyItalian RepublicYesYes301,34071Europe
JamaicaJamaicaYesYes10,991159Central America
JapanJapanYesYes377,91561East Asia/Southeast Asia
JordanHashemite Kingdom of JordanYesYes89,342110Middle East
KazakhstanRepublic of KazakhstanYesYes2,724,9009Central Asia
KenyaRepublic of KenyaYesYes580,36749Africa
KiribatiRepublic of KiribatiYesYes811171Australia – Oceania
Korea, NorthRepublic of KoreaYesYes120,53897East Asia/Southeast Asia
Korea, SouthDemocratic People’s Republic of KoreaYesYes99,720107East Asia/Southeast Asia
KosovoRepublic of KosovoYesNo10,887160Europe
KuwaitState of KuwaitYesYes17,818151Middle East
KyrgyzstanKyrgyz RepublicYesYes199,95185Central Asia
LaosLao People’s Democratic RepublicYesYes236,80082East Asia/Southeast Asia
LatviaRepublic of LatviaYesYes64,589122Europe
LebanonLebanese RepublicYesYes10,400161Middle East
LesothoKingdom of LesothoYesYes30,355137Africa
LiberiaRepublic of LiberiaYesYes111,369102Africa
LibyaState of LibyaYesYes1,759,54016Africa
LiechtensteinPrincipality of LiechtensteinYesYes160190Europe
LithuaniaRepublic of LithuaniaYesYes65,300121Europe
LuxembourgGrand Duchy of LuxembourgYesYes2,586167Europe
MadagascarRepublic of MadagascarYesYes587,04147Africa
MalawiRepublic of MalawiYesYes118,48498Africa
MalaysiaMalaysiaYesYes329,84766East Asia/Southeast Asia
MaldivesRepublic of MaldivesYesYes298187South Asia
MaliRepublic of MaliYesYes1,240,19223Africa
MaltaRepublic of MaltaYesYes316186Europe
MarshallRepublic of the Marshall IslandsYesYes181189Australia – Oceania
MauritaniaIslamic Republic of MauritaniaYesYes1,030,70028Africa
MauritiusRepublic of MauritiusYesYes2,040169Africa
MexicoUnited Mexican StatesYesYes1,964,37513North America
Micronesia, Federated States Federated States of MicronesiaYesNo702176Australia – Oceania
MoldovaRepublic of MoldovaYesYes33,851135Europe
MonacoPrincipality of MonacoYesYes2195Europe
MongoliaMongoliaYesYes1,564,11618East Asia/Southeast Asia
MoroccoKingdom of MoroccoYesYes716,55039Africa
MozambiqueRepublic of MozambiqueYesYes799,38034Africa
NamibiaRepublic of NamibiaYesYes824,29233Africa
NauruRepublic of NauruYesYes21193Australia – Oceania
Nepal! NepalYesYes147,18193South Asia
NetherlandsKingdom of the NetherlandsYesYes41,543131Europe
New ZealandNew ZealandYesYes268,83875Australia – Oceania
NicaraguaRepublic of NicaraguaYesYes130,37096Central America
NigerRepublic of NigerYesYes1,267,00021Africa
NigeriaFederal Republic of NigeriaYesYes923,76831Africa
North MacedoniaRepublic of North MacedoniaYesYes25,713145Australia – Oceania
NorwayKingdom of NorwayYesYes323,80267Europe
OmanSultanate of OmanYesYes309,50070Middle East
PakistanIslamic Republic of PakistanYesYes796,09535South Asia
PalauRepublic of PalauYesYes459179Australia – Oceania
PalestineState of PalestineNoNo (Observer State)12194Australia – Oceania
PanamaRepublic of PanamaYesYes75,420116Central America
PapuaIndependent State of Papua New GuineaYesYes462,84055East Asia/Southeast Asia
ParaguayRepublic of ParaguayYesYes406,75259South America
PeruRepublic of PeruYesYes1,285,21619South America
PhilippinesRepublic of the PhilippinesYesYes300,00072East Asia/Southeast Asia
PolandRepublic of PolandYesYes312,68569Europe
PortugalPortuguese RepublicYesYes92,090109Europe
QatarState of QatarYesYes11,586157Middle East
RussiaRussian FederationYesYes17,098,2421Central Asia
RwandaRepublic of RwandaYesYes26,338144Africa
Saint Kitts and NevisFederation of Saint Kitts and NevisYesYes261188Central America
Saint LuciaSaint LuciaYesYes616177Central America
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesYesYes389184Central America
SamoaIndependent State of SamoaYesYes2,831166Australia – Oceania
SanRepublic of San MarinoYesYes61191Europe
SaoDemocratic Republic of Sao Tome and PrincipeYesYes964170Africa
Saudi ArabiaKingdom of Saudi ArabiaYesYes2,149,69012Middle East
SenegalRepublic of SenegalYesYes196,72286Africa
SerbiaRepublic of SerbiaYesYes77,474115Europe
SeychellesRepublic of SeychellesYesYes455180Africa
Sierra LeoneRepublic of Sierra LeoneYesYes71,740117Africa
SingaporeRepublic of SingaporeYesYes719175East Asia/Southeast Asia
SlovakiaSlovak RepublicYesYes49,035127Europe
SloveniaRepublic of SloveniaYesYes20,273149Europe
SolomonSolomon IslandsYesYes28,896139Australia – Oceania
SomaliaFederal Republic of SomaliaYesYes637,65744Africa
South AfricaRepublic of South AfricaYesYes1,219,09024Africa
South SudanRepublic of South SudanYesYes644,32942Africa
SpainKingdom of SpainYesYes505,37052Europe
Sri LankaDemocratic Socialist Republic of Sri LankaYesYes65,610120South Asia
SudanRepublic of the SudanYesYes1,861,48415Africa
SurinameRepublic of SurinameYesYes163,82090South America
SwedenKingdom of SwedenYesYes450,29556Europe
SwitzerlandSwiss ConfederationYesYes41,277132Europe
SyriaSyrian Arab RepublicYesYes187,43787Middle East
TaiwanRepublic of China (ROC)NoNo35,980Southeast Asia
TajikistanRepublic of TajikistanYesYes144,10094Central Asia
TanzaniaUnited Republic of TanzaniaYesYes947,30030Africa
ThailandKingdom of ThailandYesYes513,12051East Asia/Southeast Asia
Timor-LesteDemocratic Republic of Timor-LesteYesYes14,874153East Asia/Southeast Asia
TogoTogolese RepublicYesYes56,785123Africa
TongaKingdom of TongaYesYes747174Australia – Oceania
TrinidadRepublic of Trinidad and TobagoYesYes5,128164Central America
TunisiaRepublic of TunisiaYesYes163,61091Africa
TurkeyRepublic of TurkeyYesYes783,56236Middle East
TurkmenistanTurkmenistanYesYes488,10053Central Asia
TuvaluTuvaluYesYes26192Australia – Oceania
UgandaRepublic of UgandaYesYes241,03879Africa
United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab EmiratesYesYes83,600113Middle East
United KingdomUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandYesYes243,61078Europe
United States of AmericaUnited States of AmericaYesYes9,833,5173North America
UruguayOriental Republic of UruguayYesYes176,21589South America
UzbekistanRepublic of UzbekistanYesYes447,40057Central Asia
VanuatuRepublic of VanuatuYesYes12,189156Australia – Oceania
VenezuelaBolivarian Republic of VenezuelaYesYes912,05032South America
VietnamSocialist Republic of VietnamYesYes331,21065East Asia/Southeast Asia
YemenRepublic of YemenYesYes527,96850Middle East
ZambiaRepublic of ZambiaYesYes752,61838Africa
ZimbabweRepublic of ZimbabweYesYes390,75760Africa
Sources: List of countries and recognition states: Independent States in the World, U.S. Department of State, January 29, 2021. Sizes of countries: CIA World Factbook.

Different Organizations Recognize a Different Number of Countries

There are also 206 nations that compete in the Olympics, 211 nations that are able to play in the FIFA World Cup, and a total of 204-207 self-declared nations [3]. 

So, in the end, the answer to the question of how many countries there are in the world remains a question with many different possible answers. 

How Do New Countries Get Formed?

With changes in political situations, such as the dissolution of the USSR, new countries can be formed. While there aren’t any set procedures for the establishment of a new country, there are some general parameters as established by international law.

The  Montevideo Convention of 1933 codified the declarative theory of statehood which established four conditions under which a state could be established as a country under international law. These conditions are: 1) a defined territory; 2) a permanent population; 3) a government and 4) a capacity to enter into relations with other states.

What is the Newest Country in the World?

The youngest country in the world is South Sudan, having obtained its independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011 after a referendum.

This East-Central Africa is located south of Sudan, north of Uganda and Kenya, and west of Ethiopia. A landlocked country, South Sudan has an estimated July 2020 population of 10,561,244. South Sudan’s capital, Juba, is one of the world’s fastest growing cities. Only about 20% of South Sudan’s population lives in urban areas.

Map showing the location of South Sudan.  Map: CIA, public domain.
Map showing the location of South Sudan. Map: CIA, public domain.

What is the Biggest Country in the World?

The country of Russia is the biggest country in the world. The total area of 17,098,242 sq km  with 720,500 sq km of that being water. This makes Russia about 1.8 times the size of the United States.

Map showing the location of Russia.  Map: CIA, public domain.
Map showing the location of Russia. Map: CIA, public domain.

Russia shares a border with 14 countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine.

Is Antarctica a Country?

No, Antarctica is not a country. Antarctica is a continent and no single country has jurisdiction over it.

Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom are the seven sovereign states that have made territorial claims in Antarctica.

Number of Countries by Continent

Listed here are the countries found within each continent.

The only continent that has no countries is Antarctica although several countries claim sovereignty in certain regions.

The continent with the most countries is Africa with 54 recognized countries.

Map of the continent of Africa showing individual countries.
Map of the continent of Africa showing individual countries. Map: Equal Earth, public domain.

The continent with the least amount of countries is South America with 12 countries and three dependent territories.

Map of South America showing the countries.
Map of South America showing the countries. Map: Equal Earth, public domain.

Some countries overlap continents. For example, Turkey and Russia geographically and politically straddling the continents of Asia and Europe, these countries are listed for both continents. Countries that appear across multiple continents are noted with an asterisk.

List of Countries in Africa

The continent of Africa is the second-largest and second-most populous continent in the world. Africa has 54 fully recognized and independent countries.

List of countries in Africa with their capitals:

Algeria – Algiers
Angola – Luanda
Benin – Porto Novo, Cotonou
Botswana – Gaborone
Burkina Faso – Ouagadougou
Burundi – Gitega
Cameroon (also spelled Cameroun) – Yaoundé
Cape Verde – Praia
Central African Republic – Bangui
Chad (Tchad) – N’Djamena
Comoros – Moroni
Republic of the Congo – Brazzaville
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) – Kinshasa
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) – Yamoussoukro
Djibouti – Djibouti
Egypt (Misr) – Cairo – spans the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia by a land bridge
Equatorial Guinea – Malabo
Eritrea – Asmara
Ethiopia (Abyssinia) – Addis Ababa
Gabon – Libreville
The Gambia – Banjul
Ghana – Accra
Guinea – Conakry
Guinea-Bissau – Bissau
Kenya – Nairobi
Lesotho – Maseru
Liberia – Monrovia
Libya – Tripoli
Madagascar – Antananarivo
Malawi – Lilongwe
Mali – Bamako
Mauritania – Nouakchott
Mauritius – Port Louis
Morocco (Al Maghrib) – Rabat
Mozambique – Maputo
Namibia – Windhoek
Niger – Niamey
Nigeria – Abuja
Rwanda – Kigali
São Tomé and Príncipe – São Tomé
Senegal – Dakar
Seychelles – Victoria, Seychelles
Sierra Leone – Freetown
Somalia – Mogadishu
South Africa – Pretoria
South Sudan – Juba
Sudan – Khartoum
Swaziland (Eswatini) – Mbabane
Tanzania – Dodoma
Togo – Lome
Tunisia – Tunis
Uganda – Kampala
Western Sahara – El Aaiún (disputed)
Zambia – Lusaka
Zimbabwe – Harare

List of Countries in Asia

Asia has 48 countries recognized by the United Nations. There are numerous highly autonomous regions and disputed areas.

The list of countries in Asia and their capitals:

Afghanistan – Kabul
Armenia – Yerevan
* Azerbaijan – Baku ~ Located in the Caucasus, between Europe and Asia
Bahrain – Manama
Bangladesh – Dhaka (ঢাকা)
Bhutan – Thimphu
Brunei – Bandar Seri Begawan
Cambodia (Kampuchea) – Phnom Penh
China – Beijing
East Timor (Timor Leste) – Dili
* Georgia – Tbilisi ~ Located in the Caucasus, between Europe and Asia
India – New Delhi
* Indonesia – Jakarta ~ Lies partly in Oceania
Iran – Tehran
Iraq – Baghdad
Israel – Jerusalem
Japan – Tokyo
Jordan (Al Urdun) – Amman
* Kazakhstan – Nur-Sultan
Kuwait – Kuwait city
Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek
Laos – Vientiane
Lebanon (Lubnan) – Beirut
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
Maldives – Malé
Mongolia – Ulaanbaatar
Myanmar (Burma) – Naypyidaw
Nepal – Kathmandu
North Korea – Pyongyang
Oman – Muscat
Pakistan – Islamabad
Philippines – Manila
Qatar – Doha
* Russia – Moscow ~ Russia is a part of Asia geographically, but politically it is a part of Europe
Saudi Arabia – Riyadh
Singapore – Singapore
South Korea – Seoul
Sri Lanka – Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte (administrative), Colombo (commercial)
Syria – Damascus
Tajikistan – Dushanbe
Thailand (Muang Thai) – Bangkok
* Turkey – Ankara ~ 3rd largest country in Western Asia and the largest in Southeastern Europe
Turkmenistan – Aşgabat
Taiwan – Taipei
United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi
Uzbekistan – Tashkent
Vietnam – Hanoi
Yemen – Sana’a

List of Countries in Europes

Europe has 49 countries and de facto countries.

List of countries in Europe and their capitals:

Albania (Shqipëria) – Tirana
Andorra – Andorra la Vella
Austria (Österreich) – Vienna
Belarus (Беларусь) – Minsk
Belgium (Dutch: België, French: Belgique, German: Belgien) – Brussels
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina) – Sarajevo
Bulgaria (България) – Sofia
Croatia (Hrvatska) – Zagreb
Cyprus (Κύπρος) – Nicosia
Czech Republic (Česko) – Prague
Denmark (Danmark) – Copenhagen
Estonia (Eesti) – Tallinn
Finland (Suomi) – Helsinki
France – Paris
* Georgia – Tbilisi
Germany (Deutschland) – Berlin
Greece (Ελλάδα) – Athens
Hungary (Magyarország) – Budapest
Iceland (Island) – Reykjavik ~ Iceland sits on the European – North American tectonic plates. The Western half sits in North America, while the Eastern half sits on the European tectonic plate.
Republic of Ireland (Éire) – Dublin
Italy (Italia) – Rome
* Kazakhstan – Nur-Sultan
Kosovo – Pristina ~ disputed territory with de facto independence.
Latvia (Latvija) – Riga
Liechtenstein – Vaduz
Lithuania (Lietuva) – Vilnius
Luxembourg – Luxembourg City
North Macedonia (Македонија) – Skopje
Malta – Valletta
Moldova – Chisinau
Monaco – Monte Carlo Quarter
Montenegro (Crna Gora, Црна Гора) – Podgorica
Netherlands (Nederland) – Amsterdam (Capital), The Hague (Government)
Norway (Norge) – Oslo
Poland (Polska) – Warsaw
Portugal – Lisbon
Romania – Bucharest
* Russia – Moscow ~ Europe up to the Ural Mountains; Asia: the rest to Vladivostok)
San Marino – San Marino
Serbia (Србија) – Belgrade
Slovakia (Slovensko) – Bratislava
Slovenia (Slovenija) – Ljubljana
Spain (España) – Madrid
Sweden (Sverige) – Stockholm
Switzerland (German: Schweiz, French: Suisse, Italian: Svizzera, Romansh: Svizra) – Bern
* Turkey – Ankara ~ ~ 3rd largest country in Western Asia and the largest in Southeastern Europe
Ukraine (Україна) – Kyiv or Kiev
United Kingdom – London
Vatican City** (Italian: Città del Vaticano, Latin: Civitas Vaticana) – Vatican City – Vatican City State is a U.N observer state and not a U.N member.

List of Countries in North America

North America has 23 countries and 22 dependent territories.

The list of countries and their capitals are:

 United States – Washington, D.C.
 Mexico – Mexico City
 Nicaragua – Managua ( Central America)
 Honduras – Tegucigalpa ( Central America)
 Cuba – Havana
 Guatemala –  Guatemala
 Panama – Panama City ( Central America)
 Costa Rica – San José ( Central America)
 Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo
 Haiti – Port-au-Prince
 Belize – Belmopan ( Central America)
 El Salvador – San Salvador ( Central America)
 The Bahamas – Nassau
 Jamaica – Kingston
 Trinidad and Tobago – Port of Spain
 Dominica – Roseau
 Saint Lucia – Castries
 Antigua and Barbuda – St. John’s
 Barbados – Bridgetown
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Kingstown
 Grenada – St. George’s
 Saint Kitts and Nevis

List of Countries in South America

South America has 12 countries. It is the fourth largest continent and fifth most populous. South America also has three dependent territories.

The list of South American countries and their capitals are:

Argentina – Buenos Aires
Bolivia – Sucré
Brazil (Brasil) – Brasília
Chile – Santiago
Colombia – Bogotá
Ecuador – Quito
Guyana – Georgetown
Paraguay – Asunción
Peru – Lima
Suriname – Paramaribo
Uruguay – Montevideo
Venezuela – Caracas

List of Countries in Australia / Oceania

Oceania is the term used to describe Australia and the nations of the Pacific Ocean. There are 14 countries found in this region. In addition, part of Indonesia and the U.S. state of Hawaii are found in Oceania.

The list of countries and their capitals in Oceania is:

Australia – Canberra
Federated States of Micronesia – Palikir
Fiji – Suva
Kiribati – South Tarawa
Marshall Islands – Majuro
Nauru – no capital; biggest city is Yaren
New Zealand – Wellington
Palau – Melekeok
Papua New Guinea – Port Moresby
Samoa – Apia
Solomon Islands – Honiara
Tonga – Nuku’alofa
Tuvalu – Funafuti
Vanuatu – Port Vila


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It is organized around the constituent elements that make up any nation-building mission: military, police, rule of law, humanitarian relief, governance, economic stabilization, democratization, and development. The chapters describe how each of these components should be organized and employed, how much of each is likely to be needed, and the likely cost. The lessons are drawn principally from 16 U.S.- and UN-led nation-building operations since World War II and from a forthcoming study on European-led missions. In short, this guidebook presents a comprehensive history of best practices in nation-building and serves as an indispensable reference for the preplanning of future interventions and for contingency planning on the ground.

You can either purchase the volume or access it for free in PDF format.  Also available in PDF format is a summary of the monograph.  The mongraph was written by James Dobbins, Seth G. Jones, Keith Crane, and Beth Cole DeGrasse.

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