How many countries are there ?

In the first set of columns we count the independent countries. There are 191 Members of the United Nations, and a further 5 "independent" countries. (196)

In the second set of columns we count the non-independent countries that have received an ISO-code. This list is supposed to cover the whole world. (244)

In the third set of columns we count subdivisions of these other entities, as listed by one of the following: (282)

The fourth set of columns includes the TCC list and the DXCC list used by radio-amateurs (383)

In the fifth set of columns are further subdivisions of these areas (493)

1 AF Afghanistan YA Afghanistan
2 AL Albania ZA Albania
3 DZ Algeria 7T Algeria
4 AD Andorra C3 Andorra
5 AO Angola D2 Angola (*) Angola
426 Cabinda
6 AG Antigua
and Barbuda
V2 Antigua &
Barbuda
(*) Antigua
394 Barbuda
458 Redonda
7 AR Argentina LO Argentina
8 AM Armenia EK Armenia
9 AU Australia (*) Australia VK Australia
299 Tasmania
327 VK Lord Howe Island
353 VK Macquarie Island
248 Ashmore
and Cartier Islands
249 Coral Sea
Islands Territory
(*) VK Mellish Reef
354 VK Willis Island
213 CX Christmas Island VK Christmas Island
214 CC Cocos Islands VK Cocos Islands
231 HM Heard Island and
McDonald Islands
VK Heard Island &
McDonald Islands
(*) Heard Island
459 MacDonald Islands
215 NF Norfolk Island VK Norfolk Island
10 AT Austria OE Austria
11 AZ Azerbaijan 4J Azerbaijan
300 Nakhichevan
388 Nagorno-Karabakh
12 BS Bahamas C6 Bahamas
13 BH Bahrain A9 Bahrain
14 BD Bangladesh S2 Bangladesh
404 Chittagong Hill Tracts
15 BB Barbados 8P Barbados
16 BY Belarus EU Belarus
17 BE Belgium ON Belgium (*) Brussels
395 Flanders
396 Wallonia
18 BZ Belize V3 Belize
19 BJ Benin TY Benin
20 BT Bhutan A5 Bhutan
21 BO Bolivia CP Bolivia
22 BA Bosnia
and Herzegovina
T9 Bosnia
and Herzegovina
(*) Federation of
Bosnia and Herzegovina
283 Republic of Serbska
397 Brcko district
23 BW Botswana A2 Botswana
24 BR Brazil PP Brazil
328 PP Fernando de
Noronha
355 PP St. Peter &
St. Paul Rocks
356 PP Trindade &
Martim Vaz Is.
25 BN Brunei
Darussalam
V8 Brunei
26 BG Bulgaria LZ Bulgaria
27 BF Burkina Faso XT Burkina Faso
28 BI Burundi 9U Burundi
29 KH Cambodia XU Cambodia
30 CM Cameroon TJ Cameroon
31 CA Canada VE Canada
301 Prince Edward Island
357 CY Sable Island, NS
358 CY St Paul Island,
NS
32 CV Cape Verde D4 Cape Verde
33 CF Central African
Republic
TL Central African
Republic
34 TD Chad TT Chad
35 CL Chile CA Chile
329 CE Easter Island
460 Sala y Gomez
330 CE Juan Fernandez
Islands
(*) Robinson Crusoe
461 Alejandro Selkirk
359 CE San Felix &
San Ambrosio
36 CN China BY China
302 Hainan Island
238 HK Hong Kong VR Hong Kong
239 MO Macao XX Macao
405 Guangxi
406 Nei Mongol
407 Ningxia
408 Xinjiang
340 Tibet Xizang (Tibet)
37 CO Colombia HJ Colombia
360 HK Malpelo Island
303 HK San Andres &
Providencia
(*) San Andres
439 Providencia &
Santa Catalina
38 KM Comoros D6 Comoros (*) Grande Comore
398 Anjouan
399 Mohéli
39 CD Congo, Democratic
Republic of
9Q Congo, Democratic
Republic of
40 CG Congo,
Republic of
TN Congo,
Republic of
41 CR Costa Rica TI Costa Rica
361 TI Cocos Island
42 CI Côte d'Ivoire TU Côte d'Ivoire
43 HR Croatia 9A Croatia
44 CU Cuba CM Cuba
267 Guantanamo Bay KG Guantanamo Bay
45 CY Cyprus 5B Cyprus
(*) Southern Cyprus
337 Northern Cyprus
275 Akrotiri
Sovereign
Base Area
ZC UK Sov. Base
Areas on Cyprus
276 Dhekelia
Sovereign
Base Area
46 CZ Czech Republic OK Czech Republic
47 DK Denmark OZ Denmark
427 Bornholm
216 FO Faroe Islands OY Faroe Islands
217 GL Greenland OX Greenland
48 DJ Djibouti J2 Djibouti
49 DM Dominica J7 Dominica
50 DO Dominican
Republic
HI Dominican
Republic
51 EC Ecuador HC Ecuador
304 HC Galapagos Islands
52 EG Egypt SU Egypt
53 SV El Salvador YS El Salvador
54 GQ Equatorial Guinea 3C Continental Eq Guinea
343 3C Annobon Island
428 Bioko
55 ER Eritrea E3 Eritrea
56 EE Estonia ES Estonia
57 ET Ethiopia ET Ethiopia
58 FJ Fiji 3D Fiji
362 3D Conway Reef
344 3D Rotuma Island
59 FI Finland OF Finland
240 AX Åland OH Åland
363 OJ Märket Reef
60 FR France F* France
305 TI Corsica
241 GF French Guiana FY French Guiana
218 PF French Polynesia FO French Polynesia
345 FO Austral Islands (*) Tubuai Islands
462 Bass Islands
331 FO Marquesas
Islands
250 Clipperton Island FO Clipperton Island
232 TF French
Southern Territories
(*) FT Kerguelen
364 FT Crozet Islands
365 FT Amsterdam
& Saint Paul
242 GP Guadeloupe FG Guadeloupe
306 FJ St Martin, St Barts (*) Saint Martin (Fr.)
384 Saint Barthelémy
243 MQ Martinique FM Martinique
219 YT Mayotte FH Mayotte
197 NC New Caledonia FK New Caledonia
366 FK Chesterfield
Islands
(*) Chesterfield Islands
463 Huon Islands
464 Ile des Pins
465 Loyalty Islands
466 Walpole
244 RE Réunion FR Réunion
251 Bassas da India
252 Europa Island
253 Glorioso Islands FR Glorioso Is
254 Juan de Nova
Island
FR Juan de Nova,
Europa
255 Tromelin Island FR Tromelin Island
220 PM Saint Pierre
and Miquelon
FP Saint Pierre
and Miquelon
221 WF Wallis and Futuna FW Wallis and Futuna (*) Iles Wallis (Uvéa)
440 Futuna & Alofi
61 GA Gabon TR Gabon
62 GM Gambia C5 Gambia
63 GE Georgia 4L Georgia
409 Adjaria
389 Abkhazia
390 South Ossetia
64 DE Germany DA Germany
435 Helgoland
436 Büsingen-am-Hochrhein
65 GH Ghana 9G Ghana
66 GR Greece SV Greece
346 SV Mount Athos
307 SV Dodecanese
308 SV Crete
309 Ionian Islands
67 GD Grenada J3 Grenada
441 Carriacou &
Petit Martinique
68 GT Guatemala TG Guatemala
69 GN Guinea 3X Guinea
70 GW Guinea-Bissau J5 Guinea-Bissau
71 GY Guyana 8R Guyana
72 HT Haiti HH Haiti
73 HN Honduras HQ Honduras
74 HU Hungary HA Hungary
75 IS Iceland TF Iceland
76 IN India VU India
310 VU Andaman &
Nicobar Islands
311 VU Lakshadweep
Islands
341 Kashmir (*) Kashmir (India)
342 Sikkim
77 ID Indonesia YB Indonesia
(*) Java
284 Irian Jaya
285 Kalimantan
286 Lesser Sunda Islands
287 Moluka
288 Sulawesi
289 Sumatra
78 IR Iran EP Iran
79 IQ Iraq YI Iraq
410 Kurdish Region
80 IE Ireland EI Ireland
81 IL Israel 4X Israel
82 IT Italy I* Italy
437 Campione
438 Livigno
312 IS Sardinia
313 Sicily
332 Lampedusa
411 Friuli-Venezia Giula
412 Trentino-Alto Adige
413 Valle d'Aosta
83 JA Jamaica 6Y Jamaica
84 JP Japan JA Japan
314 Ryu-Kyu
367 JD Minami Torishima
336 JD Ogasawara
467 Okino Torishima
468 Daito Islands
268 Senkaku Island
85 JO Jordan JY Jordan
86 KZ Kazakhstan UN Kazakhstan
414 Baykonur
87 KE Kenya 5Y Kenya
88 KI Kiribati (*) T3 W. Kiribati
(Gilbert Islands)
333 T3 C. Kiribati
(Phoenix Islands)
347 T3 E. Kiribati
(Line Islands)
348 T3 Banaba Island
(Ocean Island)
89 KP Korea, Democratic
People's Republic
P5 North Korea
415 Sinuiju
90 KR Korea, Republic HL South Korea
91 KW Kuwait 9K Kuwait
92 KG Kyrgyzstan EX Kyrgyzstan
93 LA Laos XW Laos
94 LV Latvia YL Latvia
95 LB Lebanon OD Lebanon
96 LS Lesotho 7P Lesotho
97 LR Liberia EL Liberia
98 LY Libya 5A Libya
99 LI Liechtenstein HB Liechtenstein
100 LT Lithuania LY Lithuania
101 LU Luxembourg LX Luxembourg
102 MK FYRO Macedonia Z3 Macedonia
103 MG Madagascar 5R Madagascar
104 MW Malawi 7Q Malawi
105 MY Malaysia 9M Western Malaysia
(*) 9M Eastern Malaysia
315 Sabah
316 Sarawak
106 MV Maldives 8Q Maldives
107 ML Mali TZ Mali
108 MT Malta 9H Malta
109 MH Marshall Islands V7 Marshall Islands
110 MR Mauritania 5T Mauritania
111 MU Mauritius 3B Mauritius
317 3B Rodrigues
349 3B Agalega &
St Brandon
(*) Agalega
469 Cargados Carajos
112 MX Mexico XA Mexico
350 XA Revillagigedo
470 Guadalupe Island
471 Rocas Alijos
113 FM Micronesia,
Federated States of
V6 Micronesia
442 Nukuoro
443 Kapingamarangi
114 MD Moldova ER Moldova
338 Transdnistria
416 Gagauzia
115 MC Monaco 3A Monaco
116 MN Mongolia JT Mongolia
117 MA Morocco CN Morocco
212 EH Western Sahara S0 Western Sahara
118 MZ Mozambique C8 Mozambique
119 MM Myanmar XY Myanmar
120 NA Namibia V5 Namibia
121 NR Nauru C2 Nauru
122 NP Nepal 9N Nepal
123 NL Netherlands PA Netherlands
222 AW Aruba P4 Aruba
223 AN Netherlands
Antilles
PJ Bonaire, Curacao (*) Bonaire
385 Curaçao
318 PJ St. Maarten, Saba,
St. Eustatius
(*) Saba
386 Sint-Eustachius
387 Sint-Maarten (Nl.)
124 NZ New Zealand ZL New Zealand
334 ZL Chatham Island
368 ZL Kermadec Island
369 ZL Auckland &
Campbell Islands
(*) Auckland Island
472 Campbell Island
473 Antipodes Islands
474 Bounty Islands
475 the Snares
224 CK Cook Islands (*) ZK N. Cook Islands
351 ZK S. Cook Islands
225 NU Niue ZK Niue
198 TK Tokelau ZK Tokelau
125 NI Nicaragua YN Nicaragua
417 North Atlantic
418 South Atlantic
126 NE Niger 5U Niger
127 NG Nigeria 5N Nigeria
128 NO Norway LA Norway
233 BV Bouvet Island 3Y Bouvet Island
234 SJ Svalbard
and Jan Mayen
(*) Svalbard JW Svalbard
476 Bjornoya
277 Jan Mayen JX Jan Mayen
129 OM Oman A4 Oman
429 Musandam
130 PK Pakistan AP Pakistan
419 Kashmir
131 PW Palau T8 Palau
132 PA Panama HO Panama
133 PG Papua New Guinea P2 Papua New Guinea
319 Bismarck Archipelago
420 Bougainville
134 PY Paraguay ZP Paraguay
135 PE Peru OA Peru
136 PH Philippines DU Philippines
421 Muslim Mindanao
137 PL Poland SN Poland
138 PT Portugal CT Portugal
256 Azores CU Azores
257 Madeira CT Madeira
139 QA Qatar A7 Qatar
140 RO Romania YO Romania
141 RU Russia (*) UA European Russia
320 UA Kaliningrad
321 UA Asiatic Russia
370 R1 Franz Josef Land
371 R1 Malyj Vysotskij I.
269 Kurile Islands
142 RW Rwanda 9X Rwanda
143 KN Saint Kitts
and Nevis
V4 Saint Kitts
and Nevis
(*) Saint Kitts
400 Nevis
144 LC Saint Lucia J6 Saint Lucia
145 VC Saint Vincent J8 Saint Vincent
146 WS Samoa 5W Samoa
147 SM San Marino T7 San Marino
148 ST São Tomé
and Príncipe
S9 São Tomé
and Príncipe
(*) São Tomé
401 Ilha do Príncipe
149 SA Saudi Arabia HZ Saudi Arabia
150 SN Senegal 6V Senegal
151 CS Serbia
and Montenegro
YT Serbia
and Montenegro
196 -- Montenegro Montenegro
(*) -- Serbia (*) Serbia
290 Kosovo
402 Vojvodina
152 SC Seychelles S7 Seychelles (*) Inner Islands
335 Zil Elwannyen Sesel (*) Amirantes
444 Alphonse Group
445 Aldabra Islands
446 Farquhar Group
153 SL Sierra Leone 9L Sierra Leone
154 SG Singapore 9V Singapore
155 SK Slovakia OM Slovakia
156 SI Slovenia S5 Slovenia
157 SB Solomon Islands H4 Solomon Islands
352 H4 Temotu Province
158 SO Somalia T5 Somalia (*) Somalia
339 Somaliland
391 Puntland
392 Southwestern Somalia
159 ZA South Africa ZR South Africa
372 ZS Prince Edward
& Marion Islands
160 ES Spain EA Spain
322 EA Balearic Islands
278 Ceuta, Melilla (EA) EA Ceuta & Melilla (*) Ceuta
430 Melilla
477 Islas Chafarinas
478 Penon de Alhucemas
479 Penon de Velez
de la Gomera
279 Canary Islands (IC) EA Canary Islands
161 LK Sri Lanka 4P Sri Lanka
393 Tamil Eelam
162 SD Sudan ST Sudan
163 SR Suriname PZ Suriname
164 SZ Swaziland 3D Swaziland
165 SE Sweden SA Sweden
166 CH Switzerland HB Switzerland
167 SY Syria YK Syria
422 Golan heights
168 TJ Tajikistan EY Tajikistan
423 Gorno-Badakhshan
169 TZ Tanzania 5H Tanzania (*) Tanganyika
323 Zanzibar & Pemba (*) Zanzibar
431 Pemba
170 TH Thailand HS Thailand
171 TL Timor-Leste 4W Timor-Leste
432 Ocussi
172 TG Togo 5V Togo
173 TO Tonga A3 Tonga
480 Minerva Reefs
174 TT Trinidad
and Tobago
9Y Trinidad
and Tobago
(*) Trinidad
403 Tobago
175 TN Tunisia 3V Tunisia
176 TR Turkey TA Turkey
(*) Asiatic Turkey
324 European Turkey
177 TM Turkmenistan EZ Turkmenistan
178 TV Tuvalu T2 Tuvalu
179 UG Uganda 5X Uganda
180 UA Ukraine UR Ukraine
424 Krym
181 AE United Arab Emirates A6 United Arab Emirates
291 Abu Dhabi
292 Ajman
293 Dubai
294 Fujeirah
295 Ras Al Khaimah
296 Sharjah
297 Umm Al Qaiwain
182 GB United Kingdom (*) England G* England
245 Scotland GM Scotland
433 Shetland Islands
481 Rockall
246 Wales GW Wales
247 Northern Ireland GI Northern Ireland
226 GG Guernsey (GG) GU Guernsey (*) Guernsey
447 Alderney
448 Herm
449 Sark
227 IM Isle of Man (IM) GD Isle of Man
228 JE Jersey (JE) GJ Jersey
199 AI Anguilla VP Anguilla
482 Sombrero
200 BM Bermuda VP Bermuda
235 IO British Indian
Ocean Territory
(*) Chagos
Archipelago
VQ Chagos Islands
280 Diego Garcia (DG)
201 VG Virgin Islands
(British)
VP Virgin Islands
(British)
(*) Tortola, Jost Van Dyke
& Virgin Gorda
450 Anegada
202 KY Cayman Islands ZF Cayman Islands (*) Grand Cayman
451 Little Cayman &
Cayman Brac
203 FK Falkland Islands VP Falkland Islands
204 GI Gibraltar ZB Gibraltar
205 MS Montserrat VP Montserrat
206 PN Pitcairn VP Pitcairn Island
373 VP Ducie Island
483 Oeno Island &
Sandy Island
484 Henderson Island
207 SH Saint Helena (*) Saint Helena ZD Saint Helena
281 Ascension Island
(AC)
ZD Ascension Island
282 Tristan da Cunha
(TA)
ZD Tristan da Cunha
485 Gough Island
236 GS South Georgia and
the South Sandwich
Islands
VP South Georgia
486 Shag Rocks
487 Clerke Rocks
374 VP South Sandwich Islands
208 TC Turks
and Caicos Islands
VP Turks
and Caicos Islands
183 US United States
of America
AA Continental US
325 KL Alaska
326 KH Hawaii
375 KH Kure Island
209 AS American Samoa KH American Samoa (*) Tutuila Island
452 Manu'a Islands
453 Rose Island
454 Swains Island
210 GU Guam KH Guam
229 MP Northern
Mariana Islands
KH Mariana Islands
230 PR Puerto Rico KP Puerto Rico
376 KP Desecheo Island
488 Isla Mona
237 UM United States
Minor Outlying
Islands
(*) Baker Island KH Baker & Howland Is
258 Howland Island
259 Jarvis Island
260 Johnston Atoll KH Johnston Island
261 Kingman Reef KH Kingman Reef
262 Midway Island KH Midway Island
263 Navassa Island KP Navassa Island
264 Palmyra Atoll KH Palmyra & Jarvis
Islands
265 Wake Island KH Wake Island
211 VI Virgin Islands
(US)
KP Virgin Islands
(US)
(*) Charlotte Amalie
& St John
455 St Croix
184 UY Uruguay CV Uruguay
185 UZ Uzbekistan UJ Uzbekistan
425 Karakalpakh
186 VU Vanuatu YJ Vanuatu
187 VE Venezuela YV Venezuela
270 Bird Island YV Aves Island
188 VN Viet Nam 3W Viet Nam
189 YE Yemen 7O Yemen
434 Socotra
190 ZM Zambia 9I Zambia
191 ZW Zimbabwe Z2 Zimbabwe
192 VA Holy See
(Vatican City State)
HV Vatican
193 PS Palestinian
Territories,
Occupied
(*) Gaza E4 Palestine
266 West Bank
194 TW Taiwan,
province of China
BV Taiwan
456 Quemoy
457 Matsu
377 BV Pratas Island
195 AQ Antarctica CE Antarctica
(*) Argentinian Claim
489 Australian Claim
297 Chilean Claim
490 French Claim
298 New Zealand Claim
491 Norwegian Claim
378 3Y Peter I Island
379 VP South Orkney
Islands
380 VP South Shetland
Islands
492 UK Claim
493 Unclaimed Antarctica
271 Paracel Islands
272 Liancourt Rock
273 Scarborough Reef BS Scarborough Reef
274 Spratly Islands (1) Spratly Islands
381 1A Sovereign Military
Order of Malta
382 4U ITU HQ
383 4U UN HQ

(*) If these parts are counted, the complete country cannot. (+1)

There are several other regions or peoples that have expressed their desire to be independent from a country.

See here for Stamp-issuing countries.


Written : 2003-09-25 - Last Modified : 2005-12-15

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