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The World Has 195 to 249 Countries as of 2016 Records

The world has 195 to 249 countries. If you were asked by someone about – How many countries are there in the world now? Do not just give the number right what is in your mind.  You have to consider that there are sovereign states  according to the UN, there are states with at least partial recognition, there are also De Facto sovereign states, there are Olympic nations, there are FIFA countries eligible for the World cup and there are country codes in the ISO standard list.  So you should become familiar to the six possible answers to the question and they are all considered correct.

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  • 195 Sovereign States According to the UN

UN Members: 193
UN Observer States: 2
Total: 195

  • 201 States With At Least Partial Recognition

UN Members: 193
UN Observer States: 2
States With Partial Recognition: 6
Total: 201

  • 204-207 De Facto Sovereign States

UN Members: 193
UN Observer States: 2
States With Partial Recognition: 6
Unrecognized de facto Sovereign States: 3 to 6
Total: 204 to 207

  • 206 Olympic Nations

Olympic Nations that are UN Member States: 193
Olympic Nations that are UN Observer States: 1
Olympic Nations that are Partially-recognized States: 2
Olympic Nations that are Dependent Territories: 10
Total IOC-Recognized Olympic Nations: 206

  • 211 FIFA Countries Eligible for the World Cup

Teams of UN Member States: 186
Teams of UN Observer States: 1
Teams of Partially Recognized States: 2
Teams of UK Constituent Countries: 4
Teams of Dependent Territories: 18
Total FIFA Member Associations: 211

  • 249 Country Codes in the ISO Standard List

UN Members: 193
UN Observer States: 2
States With Partial Recognition: 2
Inhabited Dependent Territories: 45
Uninhabited Territories: 6
Antarctica: 1
Total: 249

Now to get the whole details and idea about the complete listing of the countries I would suggest each and every one to visit World Atlas – it caters all the information about countries, continents, facts, geography including the World’s economy, population clocks and the environments and etc.

Other source of Idea: Political Geography

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