76 | How Many Countries In The World?
Rome is one of those places that I visited multiple times. Every time discovering a new thing or two. However, recently I’ve actually paid more attention and summarised Rome in 10 surprising things. I talk about that here. Have you been to Rome? 🏛️
On the other hand, I’ve been getting more serious about visiting every country in the world. But how many countries in the world we have? According to the United Nations’ list, there are 193 members. 🧭
So that means there are 193 countries in the world, right? Not quite. The 193 United Nations list doesn’t include Kosovo, Palestine, Vatican City, or Taiwan. Are Palestine and the Vatican City countries? Yes. The United Nations also sees 2 permanent observer states in Palestine and Vatican City. So that would make the count 193 + 2 = 195. 😅
OK then we have 195 countries in the world? Nop. That list still excludes Taiwan (recognised by 20+ countries), and Kosovo (recognised by 100+ countries), so what to do? Taiwan is excluded because China claims ownership over it. The rest of the world doesn’t want to harm their relations with China due to all the trading opportunities and power, so they too cut ties in terms of recognising Taiwan as an independent country. Despite the fact that very much is a country. 🤯
Perfect, so we have 196 countries in the world? Nop. Kosovo is a country. But it’s a political issue too. Since declaring itself independent from Serbia in 2008, they had some tough challenges… but it’s recognised by countries such as the UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. I decided to follow them on the approach. 🌍
To summarise, we have 197 countries in the world? Yes! That’s my list. 🗺️
I’ll tell you on my next update, how many countries I’ve visited so far and how I plan to visit the missing ones over the next few years. 🚀
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