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As of 2014, the number of nations in the world is 193, 195 or 196, depending on the resource. Because nations are recognized based on the political agendas of other nations, there is not a universal consensus.


As of July 2015, the U.S. Department of State recognizes a total of 195 independent states worldwide, although many other countries consider Taiwan the 196th country. The U.S. government stopped recognizing Taiwan as a nation independent of China in 1979.


There are 48 countries within Europe when qualifying the United Kingdom as a single entity. If the countries that comprise the United Kingdom are counted separately, there are 51 countries in Europe.


As of 2014, Africa has 54 countries. The largest country by area is Algeria, while the most populous country is Nigeria. African countries can be divided by location into the following regions: Northern Africa, the Horn of Africa, Eastern Africa, Central Africa, Souther...


As of August 2014, there are 51 countries in Asia. Of these, Egypt has regions located in both Asia and Africa, while regions of Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are also located in Europe. Asia is the largest continent in the world.


There are 12 countries and three major territories in South America. The countries include Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname. The three major territories include French Guiana, the Falkland Isla...


Africa is home to 54 fully recognized countries, though there are two additional states that may or may not be counted due to political disputes. They are Western Sahara and Somaliland.