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HOW MANY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD provides information on all the world territorial entities. Our sources* include the best intelligence gathering services in the world today. We are committed to keeping our data as current as is possible given the natural fluctuations in information like population, politics, and economical changes, etc.

The number of countries in the world can change over time depending on the results of territorial disputes and the extent of political unrest in the world. In addition, the number of nations in the world varies depending on the source of information and the way that information is interpreted. To simplify things, our official 'Independent States in the World' number is based on the current US Department of State (DOS) list and is comprised of data supplied by the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

At this time there are officially 195 countries in the world,

with an additional 63 dependent areas and other entities for a total of 258 countries and territories.

It is our goal to display a variety of pertinent information on every sovereign nation in the world along with links leading to additional informative sources. We welcome your suggestions and comments as we are always trying to improve your research experience on our site.

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Use the main navigation links at the top of each page to enter a section of interest. From there you may narrow your search to a particular country or territory.

Ever wonder where a country is located, or how big it is? What type of government does it have, or what is its capital? What is its population? What is its Internet country code? Does it have an official government website? Just check out the 'Quick Facts' page for that country. Clicking on the 'Quick Facts' link here or above will take you to a complete menu of every sovereign nation and territory in the world. Click on the nation you are curious about to pull up a quick facts page on that country to reveal relative information including Population, Area, and Internet Codes, as well as a selection of helpful images including a map, country locater, country flag, and emblem (Coat of Arms) (Sample Page). Click on the 'flag' for a detailed description of its origin and meaning-click on the 'locater' image to find that countries location in the world-click the map for a larger image.

Use the Comparisons section to examine the relative data standings of each country in a particular category. For example, you can see a difference in the results between highly industrialized nations and third world countries. Or the surprising difference in the number of Airports in America (13,513) vs. China (507), while China's population is more than 4 times that of the United States . Is it because America has a well developed middle class? Because Americans wages are higher and have disposable income to spend? Comparison statistics can reveal much more than just the data relationship.

For a quick reference guide of the countries of the world today just click on the printable 'list' link here or above and print out a list of all the countries, from there you may also print a list of territories, and regions in dispute; both lists are in alphabetical order. An asterisk after the territories lets you know if it is an official administrative region, or an area in dispute.

The Flags of every nation, territory, and administration region are displayed in this section. In addition, flag detailed descriptions and significance are revealed when you click on a flag to show an enlarged image.

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*Sources include, but are not limited to, The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The US Department of Interior (DOI), The Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center, The United Nations, World Bank, NATO, The US Census Bureau, Wikipedia and Wikipedia Travel, The European Forum for Geography and Statistics, and a variety of Government and Informational Websites Worldwide.