How many Countries are there in the world?

Countries of the World starting with A to D

Officially there are currently 196 countries in the world. Out of those 192 are United Nations members.
I've also added various stats and links to each country, so if you're wondering what a country's capital, main languages, main religions, currency, where it's located in the world and so on - you can find it all here. Do note however that it's not only the official languages and religions that were added in the stats - but also "main" languages / religions used in those countries.




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1) Afghanistan

Official name: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Afghanistan Map OutlineCapital: Kabul
Total Area: 652,225 km2
Approximate population: 28,396,000
Location: Central Asia
Languages: Dari, Pushtu, Uzbek,Turkmen
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim
Currency: Afghani
Organizations: United Nations
World's 41st largest country

Interesting facts:
- Buzkashi, meaning "goat grabbing", is the national sport of Afghanistan.
- Gudiparan Bazi or Kite Flying (Kite Fighting) is a popular sport in Afghanistan.

2) Albania

Official name: Republic of Albania

Albania Map OutlineCapital: Tirana
Total Area: 28,748 km2
Approximate population: 3,639,000
Location: Southeastern Europe
Languages: Albanian, Greek
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Albanian Orthodox, Roman Catholic
Currency: Lek
Organizations: United Nations
World's 140th largest country

Interesting facts:
- Albania is one of the only majority Muslim nations in Europe.
- Albania had become a Christian country by the 2nd century. It was only in the 15th century that Ottoman Turks introduced Islam here.
- The local name of Albania is 'Shqiperia', which can be translated to 'Land of the Eagles'.

3) Algeria

Official name: People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

Algeria Map OutlineCapital: Algiers
Total Area: 2,381,741 km2
Approximate population: 34,895,000
Location: Northwestern Africa
Languages: Arabic, French, Berber
Religions: Sunni Muslim
Currency: Algerian Dinar
Organizations: United Nations, African Union, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
World's 11th largest country

Interesting facts:
- 70% of lawyers and 60% of judges are women. 60% of university students are women. In many families, women are contributing more to the household income than men.
- 30% of the population is under the age of 15.

4) Andorra

Official name:Principality of Andorra

Andorra Map OutlineCapital: Andorra la Vella
Total Area: 465 km2
Approximate population: 88,815
Location: Southwestern Europe
Languages: Spanish, French, Catalan
Religions: Roman Catholic
Currency: Euro
Organizations: United Nations
World's 181st largest country

Interesting facts:
Andorra has no airports and no rail systems, however it does have an excellent road system.

5) Angola

Official name: Republic of Angola

Angola Map OutlineCapital: Luanda
Total Area: 1,246,700 km2
Approximate population: 18,498,000
Location: South-central Africa
Languages: Portuguese, Bantu, other local languages
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, other traditional beliefs
Currency: Kwanza
Organizations: United Nations, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Southern African Development Community
World's 23rd largest country

Interesting facts:
- Angola has the fastest economic growth rate in Africa, mostly due to the rising oil industry.

6) Antigua and Barbuda

Official name: Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Map OutlineCapital: St. John's
Total Area: 442 km2
Approximate population: 85,630
Location: The Caribbean
Languages: English, Creole
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
Organizations: United Nations, Caribbean Community, Commonwealth of Nations
World's 183rd largest country

Interesting facts:
- The country of Antigua and Barbuda consists of the islands of Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda.
- Antigua and Barbuda doesn't collect personal tax (considered a tax haven).
- There is a weekly crab race held in Antigua and Barbuda.

7) Argentina

Official name: Argentine Republic

Argentina Map OutlineCapital: Buenos Aires
Total Area: 2,766,889 km2
Approximate population: 40,134,400
Location: Southern South America
Languages: Spanish, Italian, Amerindian languages
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Argentinian Peso
Organizations: United Nations
World's 8th largest country

Interesting facts:
- As a law, the President and Vice President of Argentina need to be Roman Catholics.
- The popular dance form 'Tango' belongs to Argentina.

8) Armenia

Official name: Republic of Armenia

Armenia Map OutlineCapital: Yerevan
Total Area: 29,800 km2
Approximate population: 2,967,000
Location: Southern Caucasus region of Eurasia
Languages: Armenian, Azeri
Religions: Armenian Orthodox
Currency: Dram
Organizations: United Nations, Commonwealth of Independent States
World's 139th largest country

Interesting facts:
- Armenia's Ararat Valley houses a huge underground lake.
- The Ararat Valley of Armenia is believed to be inhabited since the Stone Age, making it is one of the oldest settled regions in the world.
- It is said that astronomy has been studied in Armenia since the time of the early city of Metsamor (3,000 - 4,000 BC).

9) Australia

Official name: Commonwealth of Australia

Australia Map OutlineCapital: Canberra
Total Area: 7,692,024 km2
Approximate population: 22,138,900
Location: Oceania, between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean
Languages: English
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox
Currency: Australian Dollar
Organizations: United Nations, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Commonwealth of Nations, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
World's 6th largest country

Interesting facts:
- The Great Barrier Reef is the largest organic construction on earth.
- Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
- Australia is known as the smallest continent in the world.
- Australia is three times larger than the largest island (Greenland) in the world.
- The oldest skeleton to ever be found in Australia was believed to be 60,000 years old.

10) Austria

Official name: Republic of Austria

Austria Map OutlineCapital: Vienna
Total Area: 83,855 km2
Approximate population: 8,356,700
Location: Central Europe
Languages: German, Croatian, Turkish
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Euro
Organizations: United Nations, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, European Union
World's 112th largest country

Interesting facts:
- The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flag in the world. It dates from 1191, when Duke Leopold V fought in the Battle of Acre during the Third Crusade.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Hollywood actor and current governor of California, grew up as an Austrian citizen.
- Vienna once served as the musical center of Europe.
- Austria has given the world many famous classical music composers, including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, J. Strauss, Mahler, and Bruckner.

11) Azerbaijan

Official name: Republic of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Map OutlineCapital: Baku
Total Area: 86,600 km2
Approximate population: 9,000,000
Location: Southern Caucasus region of Eurasia
Languages: Armenian, Azeri, Lezgian, Russian
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Russian and Armenian Orthodox
Currency: Azerbaijani Manat
Organizations: United Nations, Commonwealth of Independent States
World's 111th largest country

Interesting facts:
- The Azykh cave of Azerbaijan is believed to be one of the earliest known caves inhabited by man.
- The first oil well world was drilled near Baku, somewhere around the end-19th century.
- Baku used to serve as one of the important commercial centers on the Silk Road, from Europe to China.

12) The Bahamas

Official name: Commonwealth of the Bahamas

The Bahamas Map OutlineCapital: Nassau
Total Area: 13,939 km2
Approximate population: 331,000
Location: The Caribbean, Atlantic
Languages: English, Creole
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Bahamian Dollar
Organizations: United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, Caribbean Community
World's 156th largest country

Interesting facts:
- The Bahamas is an archipelago, consisting of more than 700 islands.
- There is no income tax or corporate tax levied in Bahamas.

13) Bahrain

Official name: Kingdom of Bahrain

Bahrain Map OutlineCapital: Manama
Total Area: 691 km2
Approximate population: 791,000
Location: Middle East
Languages: English, Arabic
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Christian
Currency: Bahraini Dinar
Organizations: United Nations
World's 178th largest country

Interesting facts:
- Bahrain is an amalgamation of 33 islands.
- Bahrain has been proposed as a site for the Biblical Garden of Eden.
- Bahrain is one of the fastest growing economies in the whole of Arab world.

14) Bangladesh

Official name: People's Republic of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Map OutlineCapital: Dhaka
Total Area: 143,998 km2
Approximate population: 162,221,000
Location: Southern Asia
Languages: English, Bengali
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Hindu
Currency: Taka
Organizations: United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations
World's 93rd largest country

Interesting facts:
- The Lily is the national flower of Bangladesh.
- Bangladesh was earlier known as East Pakistan.
- The national game of Bangladesh is known as Kabaddi (a team sport involving tagging / wrestling).

15) Barbados

Official name: Barbados

Barbados Map OutlineCapital: Bridgetown
Total Area: 430 km2
Approximate population: 284,590
Location: The Caribbean
Languages: English, Creole
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Barbados Dollar
Organizations: United Nations, Caribbean Community, Commonwealth of Nations
World's 184th largest country

Interesting facts:
- Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the world with 358 years of an uninterrupted parliamentary system of government.
- It's considered good luck to have a mongoose scurry across the road in front of you in Barbados.
- The National dish of Barbados is Cou-Cou and Flying Fish (these fish can "glide" for 30 to 50 meters out of the water).

16) Belarus

Official name: Republic of Belarus

Belarus Map OutlineCapital: Minsk
Total Area: 207,600 km2
Approximate population: 9,648,500
Location: Eastern Europe
Languages: Belorussian, Russian
Religions: Belorussian Orthodox>/a>, Roman Catholic
Currency: Belarus Rouble
Organizations: United Nations, Commonwealth of Independent States
World's 84th largest country

Interesting facts:
- Belarus is sometimes also known as 'White Russia'.
- Belarus has a literacy rate of over 99%.
- The unemployment rate in Belarus is very low, only 1.5%. Two-thirds of the total number of unemployed people are women.

17) Belgium

Official name: Kingdom of Belgium

Belgium Map OutlineCapital: Brussels
Total Area: 30,520 km2
Approximate population: 10,414,300
Location: Western Europe
Languages: Dutch, French, German
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Euro
Organizations: United Nations, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
World's 137th largest country

Interesting facts:
- There are over 800 kinds of beer in Belgium, and Belgians consume on average about 150 liters of beer pet person in a year.
- Belgium produces 220,000 tonnes of chocolate every year. That's about 22 kg of chocolate per person annually.
- The parliament of Belgium has the highest number of female ministers in the world.
- Education is compulsory in Belgium upto the age of 18, which makes it the highest in the world.
- The only man-made structure visible from the moon is the Belgian motorway system.

18) Belize

Official name: Belize

Belize Map OutlineCapital: Belmopan
Total Area: 22,965 km2
Approximate population: 307,900
Location: The Caribbean, Central America
Languages: English, Spanish, Mayan, Creole
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Belize Dollar
Organizations: United Nations, Caribbean Community, Commonwealth of Nations
World's 148th largest country

Interesting facts:
- Belize is the only country in Central America to have English as its official language.

19) Benin

Official name: Republic of Benin

Benin Map OutlineCapital: Porto-Novo
Total Area: 112,620 km2
Approximate population: 8,791,800
Location: Wesern Africa
Languages: French, Fon, Yoruba, Adja, other local languages
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Roman Catholic, other traditional beliefs
Currency: CFA Franc
Organizations: United Nations
World's 100th largest country

Interesting facts:
- There are over 40 different ethnic groups and 51 languages spoken in the country.
- Most Haitians trace their ancestry to Benin.
- Benin's capital Porto-Novo, is also known as "the city with three names" (Porto-Novo, Hogbonou, and Adjatche).

20) Bhutan

Official name: Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan Map OutlineCapital: Thimphu
Total Area: 46,620 km2
Approximate population: 658,000
Location: Southern Asia
Languages: Dzongkha, Nepali, Assamese
Religions: Buddhist, Hindu
Currency: Ngultrum, Indian Rupee
Organizations: United Nations

21) Bolivia

Official name: Republic of Bolivia

Bolivia Map OutlineCapital: La Paz, Sucre
Total Area: 1,098,581 km2
Approximate population: 9,525,000
Location: Central South America
Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Religions:
Protestant, Roman Catholic, Baha'i
Currency: Boliviano
Organizations: United Nations

22) Bosnia-Herzegovina

Official name: Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia-Hertzegovina Map OutlineCapital: Sarajevo
Total Area: 51,130 km2
Approximate population: 3,935,000
Location: Southern Europe
Languages: Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sunni Muslim, Serbian Orthodox
Currency: Marka
Organizations: United Nations

23) Botswana

Official name: Republic of Botswana

Botswana Map OutlineCapital: Gaborone
Total Area: 581,370 km2
Approximate population: 1,882,000
Location: Southern Africa
Languages: English, Setswana, Shona, other local languages
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, other traditional beliefs
Currency: Pula
Organizations: United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, Southern African Development Community

24) Brazil

Official name: Federative Republic of Brazil

Brazil Map OutlineCapital: Brasilia
Total Area: 8,514,879 km2
Approximate population: 191,791,000
Location: Eastern South America
Languages: Portuguese
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Real
Organizations: United Nations

25) Brunei

Official name: Brunei Darussalam

Brunei Map OutlineCapital: Bandar Seri Begawan
Total Area: 5,765 km2
Approximate population: 390,000
Location: South-eastern Asia
Languages: Malay, English, Chinese
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Buddhist, Christian
Currency: Brunei Dollar
Organizations: United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Association of Southeast Asian Nations

26) Bulgaria

Official name: Republic of Bulgaria

Bulgaria Map OutlineCapital: Sofia
Total Area: 110,994 km2
Approximate population: 7,639,000
Location: Southern Europe
Languages: Bulgarian, Turkish, Romany, Macedonian
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Bulgarian Orthodox
Currency: Lev
Organizations: United Nations, European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

27) Burkina Faso

Official name: Democratic Republic of Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Map OutlineCapital: Quagadougou
Total Area: 274,200 km2
Approximate population: 14,784,000
Location: Western Africa
Languages: French, Moore, Fulani, other local languages
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Roman Catholic, other traditional beliefs
Currency: CFA Franc
Organizations: United Nations

28) Burundii

Official name: Republic of Burundi

Burundi Map OutlineCapital: Bujumbura
Total Area: 27,835 km2
Approximate population: 8,508,000
Location: Eastern Africa
Languages: Kirundi (Hutu, Tutsi), French
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, other traditional beliefs
Currency: Burundian Franc
Organizations: United Nations

29) Cambodia

Official name: Kingdom of Cambodia

Cambodia Map OutlineCapital: Phnom Penh
Total Area: 181,000 km2
Approximate population: 14,444,000
Location: Southeastern Asia
Languages: Khmer, Vietnamese
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Buddhist, Roman Catholic
Currency: Riel
Organizations: United Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations

30) Cameroon

Official name: Republic of Cameroon

Cameroon Map OutlineCapital: Yaoundé
Total Area: 475,442 km2
Approximate population: 18,549,000
Location: Western Africa
Languages: French, English, Fang, Bamileke, other local languages
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sunni Muslim, other traditional beliefs
Currency: CFA Franc
Organizations: United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations

31) Canada

Official name: Canada

Canada Map OutlineCapital: Ottawa
Total Area: 9,984,670 km2
Approximate population: 33,855,103
Location: Northern North America
Languages: English, French
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Organizations: United Nations, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Commonwealth of Nations, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

32) Cape Verde

Official name: Republic of Cape Verde

Cape VerdeCapital: Praia
Total Area: 4,033 km2
Approximate population: 530,000
Location: Atlantic, off Western African coast
Languages: Portuguese, Creole
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Cape Verde Escudo
Organizations: United Nations

33) Central African Republic

Official name: Central African Republic

Central African Republic Map OutlineCapital: Bangui
Total Area: 622,436 km2
Approximate population: 4,343,000
Location: Central Africa
Languages: French, Sango, Banda, Baya, other local languages
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sunni Muslim, other traditional beliefs
Currency: CFA Franc
Organizations: United Nations

34) Chad

Official name: Republic of Chad

Chad Map OutlineCapital: Ndjamena
Total Area: 1,284,000 km2
Approximate population: 10,781,000
Location: North-central Africa
Languages: Arabic, French, Sara, other local languages
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sunni Muslim, other traditional beliefs
Currency: CFA Franc
Organizations: United Nations

35) Chile

Official name: Republic of Chile

Chile Map OutlineCapital: Santiago
Total Area: 756,945 km2
Approximate population: 16,635,000
Location: Southeastern South America
Languages: Spanish, Amerindian languages
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Chilean Peso
Organizations: United Nations, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

36) China

Official name: People's Republic of China

China Map OutlineCapital: Beijing
Total Area: 9,584,492 - 9,640,821 km2
Approximate population: 1,313,437,000
Location: Central/Eastern Asia
Languages: Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, Hsiang, other regional languages and dialects
Religions: Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist
Currency: Yuan, Hong Kong Dollar, Macau Pataca
Organizations: United Nations, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

37) Colombia

Official name: Republic of Colombia

Colombia Map OutlineCapital: Bogotá
Total Area: 1,141,748 km2
Approximate population: 46,156,000
Location: Northwestern South America
Languages: Spanish, Amerindian languages
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Colombian Peso
Organizations: United Nations

38) Comoros

Official name: Union of the Comoros

Comoros Map OutlineCapital: Moroni
Total Area: 1,862 km2
Approximate population: 839,000
Location: Off Eastern African coast
Languages: Comorian, French, Arabic
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Roman Catholic
Currency: Comoros Franc
Organizations: United Nations

39) Congo

Official name: Republic of Congo

Congo Map OutlineCapital: Brazzaville
Total Area: 342,000 km2
Approximate population: 3,768,000
Location: Central Africa
Languages: French, Kongo, Monokutuba, other local languages
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sunni Muslim, other traditional beliefs
Currency: CFA Franc
Organizations: United Nations

40) Democratic Republic of the Congo

Official name: Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo Map OutlineCapital: Kinshasa
Total Area: 2,345,410 km2
Approximate population: 62,636,000
Location: Central Africa
Languages: French, Lingala, Swahili, Kongo, other local languages
Religions: Sunni Muslim, Christian
Currency: Congolese Franc
Organizations: United Nations, Southern African Development Community

41) Costa Rica

Official name: Republic of Costa Rica

Costa Rica Map OutlineCapital: San José
Total Area: 51,100 km2
Approximate population: 4,468,000
Location: Central America
Languages: Spanish
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Costa Rican Colón
Organizations: United Nations

42) Côte D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Official name: Republic of Côte D'Ivoire

Ivory Coast (Côte D'Ivoire) Map OutlineCapital: Yamoussoukro
Total Area: 322,463 km2
Approximate population: 19,262,000
Location: Western Africa
Languages: French, Creole, Akan, other local languages
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sunni Muslim, other traditional beliefs
Currency: CFA Franc
Organizations: United Nations

43) Croatia

Official name: Republic of Croatia

Croatia Map OutlineCapital: Zagreb
Total Area: 56,538 km2
Approximate population: 4,555,000
Location: Southern Europe
Languages: Croatian, Serbian
Religions: Serbian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Sunni Muslim
Currency: Kuna
Organizations: United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

44) Cuba

Official name: Republic of Cuba

Cuba Map OutlineCapital: Havana
Total Area: 110,860 km2
Approximate population: 11,268,000
Location: The Caribbean
Languages: Spanish
Religions: Protestant Roman Catholic
Currency: Cuban Peso
Organizations: United Nations

45) Cyprus

Official name: Republic of Cyprus

Cyprus Map OutlineCapital: Nicosia
Total Area: 9,251 km2
Approximate population: 855,000
Location: Eastern Mediterranean
Languages: English, Greek, Turkish
Religions: Greek Orthodox, Sunni Muslim
Currency: Euro
Organizations: United Nations, European Union, Commonwealth of Nations

46) Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia)

Official name: Czech Republic

Czech Republic Map OutlineCapital: Prague
Total Area: 78,864 km2
Approximate population: 10,186,000
Location: Central Europe
Languages: Czech, Moravian, Slovakian
Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Czech Koruna
Organizations: United Nations, European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

47) Denmark

Official name: Kingdom of Denmark

Denmark Map OutlineCapital: Copenhagen
Total Area: 43,075 km2
Approximate population: 5,442,000
Location: Northern Europe
Languages: Danish
Religions: Protestant
Currency: Danish Krone
Organizations: United Nations, European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

48) Djibouti

Official name: Republic of Djibouti

Djibouti Map OutlineCapital: Djibouti
Total Area: 23,200 km2
Approximate population: 833,000
Location: Northeastern Africa
Languages: Somali, Afar, French, Arabic
Religions: Christian, Sunni Muslim
Currency: Djibouti Franc
Organizations: United Nations

49) Dominica

Official name: Commonwealth of Dominica

Dominica Map OutlineCapital: Roseau
Total Area: 750 km2
Approximate population: 67,000
Location: Eastern Caribbean
Languages: English, Creole
Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
Organizations: United Nations, Caribbean Community, Commonwealth of Nations

50) Dominican Republic

Official name: Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Map OutlineCapital: Santo Domingo
Total Area: 48,442 km2
Approximate population: 9,760,000
Location: Eastern Caribbean
Languages: Spanish, Creole
Religions: Roman Catholic,Protestant
Currency: Dominican Peso
Organizations: United Nations

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