Countries of the World

Hi, my name is Vicki and I’m a travel addict. Travel is my very favourite thing to do, and nothing sounds more appealing to me than flying through the clouds en route to a new destination. For years, I’ve been keeping detailed notes and tracking every place I visit on my travels. How many flights I’ve been on, what cities I’ve explored, and, of course, how many countries I’ve been to. Naturally, there’s an official number of countries recognized by the United Nations – but I don’t necessarily agree with them. And then it hit me, why don’t I make my own list? And so, I bring you: Countries of the World, according to me!

All of the countries listed in bold below are places I have visited, and all of the underlined countries are places I’ve blogged about. You can click on these links to read posts about my travels there! 🙂

COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD

A

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan

B

  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi

C

  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the
  • Congo, Republic of the
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia/Czech Republic

D

  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic

E

  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • England
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia

F

G

  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana

H

  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary

I

J

  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan

K

  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan

L

  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg

M

  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar

N

  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway

O

  • Oman

P

  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal

Q

  • Qatar

R

  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda

S

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria

T

  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu

U

  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan

V

  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

W

  • Wales

Y

  • Yemen

Z

  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

TOTAL: 200*

Countries of the world; how I arrived at this number

• the list above includes all 193 fully recognized members of the United Nations, except for the United Kingdom. This makes 192 countries.

• I have added the 4 member countries of the UK to the list individually. When you include England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, the number goes from 192 to 196.

• Palestine and Vatican City are listed above, because although they aren’t official members of the UN, they’re both recognized as non-member observer states. Adding in these two countries brings the total from 196 to 198.

• similarly, Kosovo and Taiwan are not member states, but they are recognized by certain UN member states, and so they’re listed above. This brings the total country count from 198 to an even 200.

COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD; MY OWN PERSONAL COUNT

Now we’re at the best part – my own personal count! Drumroll please!

COUNTRIES VISITED: 26**

*obviously, this is by no means an official countries of the world count, just something to help me keep track of my personal travels.

**or 25 if you don’t count Ireland, my native country.