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Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a Country Emblem?
Each country of the world has a coat of arms or emblem as a national symbol of their country. The design of Country Coats of Arms contains of elements that are a representative the history of countries, cultural identity and its people.

What is the difference between a Country and a Territory?
Both have geological boundaries, but a country (nation) has patriotic support by the inhabitants and is generally recognized as an independent state by the international community. A territory, such as Puerto Rico, is a subservient to another nation, although receiving representation in some form, they are not independent nor officially a part of the U.S.

Fun Fact: Although the three island groups that make up the Pacific nation of Kiribati only have a land area of 811 sq km, their 32 coral reefs and one coral island are dispersed across 3.5 million sq km of ocean and fall on both sides of the Equator and the 180th meridian. Kiribati thus is the only country in the world to fall into all four hemispheres (northern, southern, eastern, and western).

How many territories belong to The United States of America?
5- Inhabited, 9- Uninhabited, and 2- Disputed. See list here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic Ocean is the most remote island in the world (the farthest from any other point of land)? A territory of Norway, the island is 1,639 km (1,019 mi) from Antarctica.

How many democracies in the world?
167. See the list here.

What is the population of the world?
7.7 billion people as of November 2018. It took over 200,000 years of human history for the world's population to reach 1 billion; and only 200 years more to reach 7 billion.

Fun Fact: The number of countries by continent varies greatly. Africa has the most with 54; South America only has 12.

Fun Fact: On 18 April 2018, the king of Swaziland announced his intention to change the internationally used name of his country to more closely reflect the Swazi-language form of the name. The decision came into force the following day. On 11 May 2018, the Government of Swaziland published a gazette officially changing the name from Kingdom of Swaziland to Kingdom of Eswatini (long form) or just Eswatini (short form).

What is the oldest country in the world?
Even though empires existed in ancient China, Japan, Iran, etc. The following three countries are most often cited as being the world's oldest. San Marino (founded 301 BCE*), Japan (660 BCE), and China (221 BCE)

What is the smallest country in the world?
The smallest country in the world is the State of Vatican City or Holy See, an enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. It has an area of 108.7 acres, (or about 0.44 sq km).

Which two countries share Victoria Falls?
Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Fun Fact: Many national flags exhibit either numerous stars or merely one star in their design. There are only four countries that prominently display just two stars on their flag. Can you identify them? Consult the Flags page to find the answer.

Fun Fact: Not many people realize it, but nine of the world's 25 largest countries by land area are in Africa; they are (in alphabetical order) Algeria, Angola, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Mali, Niger, South Africa, and Sudan.

Name the top 10 countries by population?
China, India, United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia and Mexico.

Fun Fact: A country modifying its name does not occur very often but it has happend recently. Following UN and US State Department notification, the Czech Republic officially changed its English short-form name to Czechia as of 1 July 2016. In addition, in 2018, Swaziland chaned its name to Eswatini.



*BCE= Before Common Era (about 1 AD)



Source: CIA The World Factbook

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