How many countries are there in the world?

How many countries are there on our planet? What’s the list of all the countries? A question with 6 continents and 8 billion inhabitants!

Planet Earth is the only planet officially inhabited by individuals gifted with superior intelligence. Over the ages, these individuals have organized themselves into cities, estates, kingdoms and empires, but our era is characterized by the mutation of these ancestral forms of grouping populations into modern forms, states, nations or countries.

How many countries are there in the world? We’ll help you brush up on your geography.

Country list: 197 countries on 6 continents


There are 6 continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Oceania. But how many countries are there in the world?

These continents, which resulted from the break-up of Pangea, are home to a total of 197 countries recognized by the United Nations, including 193 member states, two non-member observer states (the Vatican and Palestine) and two states that are neither members nor permanent observers, but full members of several UN specialized agencies: the Cook Islands and Niue. But if we count all the micro-states and dependent territories, there are 220 in all!

However, the countries are not evenly distributed across the continents. Africa has 54 countries, Asia only 48, Europe 44, South America 15, North America (which includes Central America and the Caribbean, for example) 45 and Oceania 14.

How many countries are there in Europe?


Undoubtedly the continent with the oldest civilization, hence its nickname of the Old Continent. With an estimated population of 741 million, Europe is the world’s third most populous continent. There are 44 countries in Europe, listed in order of population size:

How many countries are there in Africa?


Africa is the continent with the most countries. 54 in all, divided into small groups in the West, East, Centre and South. It is also the world’s second most populous continent, after Asia, with 1.2 billion inhabitants.

From the most populous to the least, here are the 53 countries of the African continent:

  • Nigeria
  • Ethiopia
  • Egypt
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Algeria
  • Sudan
  • Morocco
  • Angola
  • Mozambique
  • Ghana
  • Madagascar
  • Ivory Coast
  • Cameroon
  • Niger
  • Burkina Faso
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Senegal
  • Chad
  • Somalia
  • Guinea Conakry
  • South Sudan
  • Rwanda
  • Benin
  • Tunisia
  • Burundi
  • Togo
  • Sierra Leone
  • Libya
  • Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Liberia
  • Central African Republic
  • Mauritania
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Gambia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Swaziland
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Maurice
  • Djibouti
  • Comoros
  • Cape Verde
  • Sao Tome & Principe
  • Seychelles

How many countries are there in Asia?


Asia is the world’s most populous continent, with a population of over 4.4 billion – more than half the world’s population. There are 48 countries, listed from most to least populous:

How many countries are there in South America?

Amérique du Sud

Assimilated to Latin America, South America comprises a total of 15 countries. Some are better known than others. Argentina, for example, is the birthplace of one of the greatest soccer players of all time, Lionel Messi.

The world’s fifth most populous continent, with 422.5 million inhabitants, South America comprises 15 countries listed below:

How many countries are there in North America?

Amérique du Nord

North America is the world’s fourth most populous continent, with an estimated population of 580 million. It also includes nations such as the United States, Mexico (often referred to as Central America) and Canada.

While Uncle Sam’s country has 328 million inhabitants and Canada 37, the remaining 215 million inhabitants live in territories such as the continent’s microstates, the Caribbean and Central America.

How many countries are there in Oceania?


While one might have expected Oceania to be the continent with the fewest countries in the world (the two best-known being Australia and New Zealand), this is not the case, as there are 14 countries divided up according to population size: