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How Many Countries Are There in the World?

A country is a geographic and political region with distinct boundaries recognized as an independent and sovereign state by other countries and international organizations. It is typically defined by factors such as its territory, government, population, culture, and history. Countries have their own legal systems, economies, and social structures and often have their languages, religions, and customs. As of March 2023, there were 195 recognized sovereign states worldwide, including 193 member states of the United Nations and two observer states (the Holy See and Palestine). However, the number of countries worldwide is subject to ongoing debate and depends on how one defines a "country." Some entities may have de facto control over a territory but may not be recognized as a sovereign state by the international community. Other parts may be in dispute or need more recognition. The international community does not recognize Taiwan and Kosovo as independent sovereign states.

Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), is a self-governing island territory in East Asia. The People's Republic of China (PRC) considers Taiwan a province of China, and many countries, including the United States, do not officially recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state to maintain diplomatic relations with the PRC. However, Taiwan is identified by a few countries and maintains unofficial relations with many others.

Kosovo, located in southeastern Europe, declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Kosovo had been recognized as an independent state by 98 out of 193 United Nations member states, including the United States and most European Union countries. However, Serbia, Russia, and some other countries do not recognize Kosovo's independence.

Countries by GDP

Flag CountryYearValue(Millions)
Flag of United StatesUnited States2019$21,374,418.88
Flag of ChinaChina2019$14,342,902.84
Flag of JapanJapan2019$5,081,769.54
Flag of GermanyGermany2019$3,845,630.03
Flag of IndiaIndia2019$2,875,142.31
Flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdom2019$2,827,113.18
Flag of FranceFrance2019$2,715,518.27
Flag of ItalyItaly2019$2,001,244.39
Flag of BrazilBrazil2019$1,839,758.04
Flag of CanadaCanada2019$1,736,425.63
Flag of RussiaRussia2019$1,699,876.58
Flag of South KoreaSouth Korea2019$1,642,383.22
Flag of SpainSpain2019$1,394,116.31
Flag of AustraliaAustralia2019$1,392,680.59
Flag of MexicoMexico2019$1,258,286.72
Flag of IndonesiaIndonesia2019$1,119,190.78
Flag of NetherlandsNetherlands2019$909,070.40
Flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia2019$792,966.84
Flag of TurkeyTurkey2019$754,411.71
Flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerland2019$703,082.44
Flag of PolandPoland2019$592,164.40
Flag of ThailandThailand2019$543,649.98
Flag of SwedenSweden2019$530,832.91
Flag of BelgiumBelgium2019$529,606.71
Flag of VenezuelaVenezuela2014$482,359.32
Flag of ArgentinaArgentina2019$449,663.45
Flag of NigeriaNigeria2019$448,120.43
Flag of AustriaAustria2019$446,314.74
Flag of IranIran2017$445,345.28
Flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates2019$421,142.27
Flag of NorwayNorway2019$403,336.36
Flag of IsraelIsrael2019$395,098.67
Flag of IrelandIreland2019$388,698.71
Flag of PhilippinesPhilippines2019$376,795.51
Flag of SingaporeSingapore2019$372,062.53
Flag of Hong KongHong Kong2019$366,029.56
Flag of MalaysiaMalaysia2019$364,701.52
Flag of South AfricaSouth Africa2019$351,431.65
Flag of DenmarkDenmark2019$348,078.02
Flag of ColombiaColombia2019$323,802.81
Flag of EgyptEgypt2019$303,175.13
Flag of BangladeshBangladesh2019$302,571.25
Flag of ChileChile2019$282,318.16
Flag of PakistanPakistan2019$278,221.91
Flag of FinlandFinland2019$268,761.20
Flag of VietnamVietnam2019$261,921.24
Flag of RomaniaRomania2019$250,077.44
Flag of CzechiaCzechia2019$246,489.25
Flag of PortugalPortugal2019$237,686.08
Flag of IraqIraq2019$234,094.04
Flag of PeruPeru2019$226,848.05
Flag of GreeceGreece2019$209,852.76
Flag of New ZealandNew Zealand2019$206,928.77
Flag of QatarQatar2019$183,466.21
Flag of KazakhstanKazakhstan2019$180,161.74
Flag of AlgeriaAlgeria2019$169,988.24
Flag of HungaryHungary2019$160,967.16
Flag of UkraineUkraine2019$153,781.07
Flag of KuwaitKuwait2019$134,761.20
Flag of MoroccoMorocco2019$118,725.28
Flag of EcuadorEcuador2019$107,435.67
Flag of SlovakiaSlovakia2019$105,422.30
Flag of CubaCuba2018$100,023.00
Flag of EthiopiaEthiopia2019$96,107.66
Flag of KenyaKenya2019$95,503.09
Flag of AngolaAngola2019$94,635.42
Flag of Dominican RepublicDominican Republic2019$88,941.30
Flag of Sri LankaSri Lanka2019$84,008.78
Flag of OmanOman2019$76,983.09
Flag of GuatemalaGuatemala2019$76,710.39
Flag of MyanmarMyanmar2019$76,085.85
Flag of LuxembourgLuxembourg2019$71,104.92
Flag of BulgariaBulgaria2019$67,927.18
Flag of GhanaGhana2019$66,983.63
Flag of PanamaPanama2019$66,800.80
Flag of TanzaniaTanzania2019$63,177.07
Flag of BelarusBelarus2019$63,080.46
Flag of Costa RicaCosta Rica2019$61,773.94
Flag of CroatiaCroatia2019$60,415.55
Flag of Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire2019$58,792.21
Flag of UzbekistanUzbekistan2019$57,921.29
Flag of UruguayUruguay2019$56,045.91
Flag of LithuaniaLithuania2019$54,219.32
Flag of MacauMacau2019$53,859.12
Flag of SloveniaSlovenia2019$53,742.16
Flag of LebanonLebanon2019$53,367.04
Flag of LibyaLibya2019$52,076.25
Flag of SerbiaSerbia2019$51,409.17
Flag of AzerbaijanAzerbaijan2019$48,047.65
Flag of Democratic Republic of the CongoDemocratic Republic of the Congo2019$47,319.62
Flag of JordanJordan2019$43,743.66
Flag of BoliviaBolivia2019$40,895.32
Flag of TurkmenistanTurkmenistan2018$40,761.14
Flag of SyriaSyria2007$40,405.01
Flag of TunisiaTunisia2019$38,797.71
Flag of CameroonCameroon2019$38,760.47
Flag of BahrainBahrain2019$38,574.07
Flag of ParaguayParaguay2019$38,145.29
Flag of UgandaUganda2019$34,387.23
Flag of LatviaLatvia2019$34,117.20
Flag of EstoniaEstonia2019$31,386.95
Flag of NepalNepal2019$30,641.38
Flag of YemenYemen2018$27,591.26
Flag of CambodiaCambodia2019$27,089.39
Flag of El SalvadorEl Salvador2019$27,022.64
Flag of HondurasHonduras2019$25,095.40
Flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea2019$24,969.61
Flag of CyprusCyprus2019$24,564.65
Flag of IcelandIceland2019$24,188.04
Flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago2019$24,100.20
Flag of SenegalSenegal2019$23,578.08
Flag of ZambiaZambia2019$23,064.72
Flag of ZimbabweZimbabwe2019$21,440.76
Flag of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina2019$20,047.85
Flag of AfghanistanAfghanistan2019$19,101.35
Flag of SudanSudan2019$18,902.28
Flag of BotswanaBotswana2019$18,340.51
Flag of LaosLaos2019$18,173.84
Flag of GeorgiaGeorgia2019$17,743.20
Flag of MaliMali2019$17,510.14
Flag of GabonGabon2019$16,657.96
Flag of JamaicaJamaica2019$16,458.07
Flag of Burkina FasoBurkina Faso2019$15,745.81
Flag of AlbaniaAlbania2019$15,278.08
Flag of MozambiqueMozambique2019$14,934.16
Flag of MaltaMalta2019$14,786.16
Flag of BeninBenin2019$14,390.71
Flag of MauritiusMauritius2019$14,180.44
Flag of MadagascarMadagascar2019$14,083.91
Flag of MongoliaMongolia2019$13,852.85
Flag of ArmeniaArmenia2019$13,672.80
Flag of GuineaGuinea2019$13,590.28
Flag of BruneiBrunei2019$13,469.42
Flag of NigerNiger2019$12,928.15
Flag of BahamasBahamas2019$12,827.00
Flag of North MacedoniaNorth Macedonia2019$12,694.82
Flag of NicaraguaNicaragua2019$12,520.92
Flag of NamibiaNamibia2019$12,366.53
Flag of South SudanSouth Sudan2015$11,997.80
Flag of MoldovaMoldova2019$11,955.44
Flag of ChadChad2019$11,314.95
Flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea2019$11,026.77
Flag of Republic of the CongoRepublic of the Congo2019$10,820.59
Flag of RwandaRwanda2019$10,122.47
Flag of HaitiHaiti2019$8,498.98
Flag of KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan2019$8,454.62
Flag of TajikistanTajikistan2019$8,116.63
Flag of MalawiMalawi2019$7,666.70
Flag of MauritaniaMauritania2019$7,593.75
Flag of MonacoMonaco2018$7,188.24
Flag of LiechtensteinLiechtenstein2017$6,552.86
Flag of MaldivesMaldives2019$5,729.25
Flag of FijiFiji2019$5,535.55
Flag of MontenegroMontenegro2019$5,494.74
Flag of TogoTogo2019$5,459.98
Flag of BarbadosBarbados2019$5,209.00
Flag of EswatiniEswatini2019$4,405.41
Flag of GuyanaGuyana2019$4,280.44
Flag of SurinameSuriname2019$3,985.25
Flag of Sierra LeoneSierra Leone2019$3,941.47
Flag of DjiboutiDjibouti2019$3,318.72
Flag of AndorraAndorra2019$3,154.06
Flag of LiberiaLiberia2019$3,070.52
Flag of BurundiBurundi2019$3,012.33
Flag of LesothoLesotho2019$2,460.07
Flag of BhutanBhutan2018$2,446.67
Flag of Central African RepublicCentral African Republic2019$2,220.31
Flag of Saint LuciaSaint Lucia2019$2,122.45
Flag of EritreaEritrea2011$2,065.00
Flag of Cape VerdeCape Verde2019$1,981.85
Flag of BelizeBelize2019$1,879.61
Flag of GambiaGambia2019$1,763.82
Flag of Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbuda2019$1,727.76
Flag of SeychellesSeychelles2019$1,698.84
Flag of East TimorEast Timor2019$1,673.54
Flag of San MarinoSan Marino2018$1,637.93
Flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands2019$1,425.07
Flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau2019$1,340.39
Flag of GrenadaGrenada2019$1,228.17
Flag of ComorosComoros2019$1,185.73
Flag of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevis2019$1,050.99
Flag of VanuatuVanuatu2019$917.06
Flag of SomaliaSomalia1990$917.04
Flag of SamoaSamoa2019$850.66
Flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadines2019$825.39
Flag of DominicaDominica2019$596.03
Flag of TongaTonga2018$450.35
Flag of Sao Tome and PrincipeSao Tome and Principe2019$429.02
Flag of MicronesiaMicronesia2018$401.93
Flag of PalauPalau2018$283.99
Flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall Islands2018$221.28
Flag of KiribatiKiribati2019$194.65
Flag of NauruNauru2019$118.22
Flag of TuvaluTuvalu2019$47.27
Flag of North KoreaNorth Korea2021$0.00
Flag of TaiwanTaiwan2021$0.00