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List of sovereign states
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The following is a list providing an overview of sovereign states around the world, with information on their status and recognition of their sovereignty.
Flags of the United Nations member and non-member observer states in front of the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland
The 206 listed states can be divided into three categories based on membership within the United Nations System: 193 member states,[1] 2 observer states and 11 other states. The sovereignty dispute column indicates states having undisputed sovereignty (188 states), states having disputed sovereignty (16 states, of which there are 6 member states, 1 observer state and 9 other states), and states having a special status (2 states).
Compiling a list such as this can be a difficult and controversial process, as there is no definition that is binding on all the members of the community of nations concerning the criteria for statehood. For more information on the criteria used to determine the contents of this list, please see the criteria for inclusion section below. The list is intended to include entities that have been recognised as having de facto status as sovereign states, and inclusion should not be seen as an endorsement of any specific claim to statehood in legal terms.
List of states
Common and formal namesMembership within the UN System[a]Sovereignty dispute[b]Further information on status and recognition of sovereignty[d]
UN member states and observer states
Abkhazia → See Abkhazia listing
 Afghanistan – Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
UN member stateNone
 Albania – Republic of Albania
UN member stateNone
 Algeria – People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
UN member stateNone
 Andorra – Principality of Andorra
UN member stateNoneAndorra is a co-principality in which the office of head of state is jointly held ex officio by the French president and the bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Urgell,[2] who himself is appointed with approval from the Holy See.
 Angola – Republic of Angola
UN member stateNone
 Antigua and Barbuda
UN member stateNoneAntigua and Barbuda is a Commonwealth realm[e] with one autonomous region, Barbuda.[f]
 Argentina – Argentine Republic[g]UN member stateNoneArgentina is a federation of 23 provinces and one autonomous city.[h]
 Armenia – Republic of ArmeniaUN member stateNot recognised by Pakistan.Armenia is not recognised by Pakistan due to the dispute over Artsakh.[5][6][7]
Artsakh → See Artsakh listing
 Australia – Commonwealth of AustraliaUN member stateNoneAustralia is a Commonwealth realm[e] and a federation of both states and territories. There are six states, three internal territories, six external territories and one claimed Antarctic external territory. The external territories of Australia are:
 Austria – Republic of Austria
UN member stateNoneMember of the European Union.[c] Austria is a federation of nine states.
 Azerbaijan – Republic of AzerbaijanUN member stateNoneAzerbaijan contains one autonomous region, Nakhchivan[f] The de facto state of Artsakh has been established in the southwest of Azerbaijan.
 Bahamas, The – Commonwealth of The Bahamas[9]UN member stateNoneThe Bahamas is a Commonwealth realm.[e]
 Bahrain – Kingdom of BahrainUN member stateNone
 Bangladesh – People's Republic of BangladeshUN member stateNone
 Barbados
UN member stateNoneBarbados is a Commonwealth realm.[e]
 Belarus – Republic of BelarusUN member stateNone
 Belgium – Kingdom of Belgium
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c] Belgium is a federation of three linguistic communities and three regions.
 BelizeUN member stateNoneBelize is a Commonwealth realm.[e]
 Benin – Republic of Benin
UN member stateNone
 Bhutan – Kingdom of Bhutan
UN member stateNone
 Bolivia – Plurinational State of Bolivia
UN member stateNone
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaUN member stateNoneBosnia and Herzegovina has two constituent entities:
and Brčko District, a self-governing administrative district.[10]
 Botswana – Republic of Botswana
UN member stateNone
 Brazil – Federative Republic of Brazil
UN member stateNoneBrazil is a federation of 26 states and one federal district.
 Brunei – Nation of Brunei, the Abode of PeaceUN member stateNone
 Bulgaria – Republic of BulgariaUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Burkina Faso
UN member stateNone
Burma → See Myanmar listing
 Burundi – Republic of BurundiUN member stateNone
 Cambodia – Kingdom of Cambodia
UN member stateNone
 Cameroon – Republic of Cameroon
UN member stateNone
 Canada[i]UN member stateNoneCanada is a Commonwealth realm[e] and a federation of 10 provinces and three territories.
 Cape Verde – Republic of Cabo Verde[j]UN member stateNone
 Central African Republic
UN member stateNone
 Chad – Republic of Chad
UN member stateNone
 Chile – Republic of Chile
UN member stateNone[k]
 China – People's Republic of China[l]
UN member statePartially unrecognised. Claimed by the Republic of ChinaChina contains five autonomous regions, Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Tibet, and Xinjiang.[f] Additionally, it has sovereignty over the Special Administrative Regions of:
China claims, but does not control, Taiwan, which is governed by a rival administration (the Republic of China) that claims all of China as its territory.[m]
China is not recognised by 15 UN member states and Vatican City, which, with the exception of Bhutan, all recognise Taiwan instead.[n]
China, Republic of → See Taiwan listing
 Colombia – Republic of Colombia
UN member stateNone
 Comoros – Union of the ComorosUN member stateNoneComoros is a federation of three islands.[o]
 Congo, Democratic Republic of the[p]
UN member stateNone
 Congo, Republic of the[q]
UN member stateNone
Cook Islands → See Cook Islands listing
 Costa Rica – Republic of Costa RicaUN member stateNone
Côte d'Ivoire → See Ivory Coast listing
 Croatia – Republic of CroatiaUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Cuba – Republic of CubaUN member stateNone
 Cyprus – Republic of Cyprus
UN member stateNot recognised by Turkey[13]Member of the EU.[c] The northeastern part of the island is the de facto state of Northern Cyprus.
Cyprus is not recognised by Turkey due to the Cyprus dispute, with Turkey recognising Northern Cyprus.
 Czech Republic[r]
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
Democratic People's Republic of Korea → See Korea, North listing
Democratic Republic of the Congo → See Congo, Democratic Republic of the listing
 Denmark – Kingdom of Denmark
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c] The Kingdom of Denmark includes 2 self-governing territories:
The continental territory of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland form the three constituent countries of the Kingdom.[s] The Kingdom of Denmark as a whole is a member of the EU, but EU law does not apply to the Faroe Islands and Greenland.[14][15]
 Djibouti – Republic of Djibouti
UN member stateNone
 Dominica – Commonwealth of DominicaUN member stateNone
 Dominican Republic
UN member stateNone
 East Timor – Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste[t]UN member stateNone
 Ecuador – Republic of Ecuador
UN member stateNone
 Egypt – Arab Republic of Egypt
UN member stateNone
 El Salvador – Republic of El SalvadorUN member stateNone
 Equatorial Guinea – Republic of Equatorial Guinea
UN member stateNone
 Eritrea – State of EritreaUN member stateNone
 Estonia – Republic of Estonia
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Eswatini – Kingdom of Eswatini[u]
UN member stateNone
 Ethiopia – Federal Democratic Republic of EthiopiaUN member stateNoneEthiopia is a federation of nine regions and two chartered cities.
 Fiji – Republic of FijiUN member stateNoneFiji contains one autonomous region, Rotuma.[f][16][17]
 Finland – Republic of FinlandUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Åland is a neutral and demilitarised autonomous region of Finland.[f][v]
 France – French Republic
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c] France contains five overseas regions/departments; French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Réunion. France also includes the overseas territories of:
 Gabon – Gabonese Republic
UN member stateNone
 Gambia, The – Republic of The Gambia[18]
UN member stateNone
 Georgia
UN member stateNoneGeorgia contains two autonomous republics, Adjara and Abkhazia.[f] In Abkhazia and South Ossetia, de facto states have been formed.
 Germany – Federal Republic of GermanyUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c] Germany is a federation of 16 states.
 Ghana – Republic of Ghana
UN member stateNone
 Greece – Hellenic Republic
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c] Greece contains one autonomous area, Mount Athos.[19]
 GrenadaUN member stateNoneGrenada is a Commonwealth realm.[e]
 Guatemala – Republic of GuatemalaUN member stateNone
 Guinea – Republic of Guinea[x]
UN member stateNone
 Guinea-Bissau – Republic of Guinea-BissauUN member stateNone
 Guyana – Co-operative Republic of GuyanaUN member stateNone
 Haiti – Republic of HaitiUN member stateNone
Holy See → See Vatican City listing
 Honduras – Republic of HondurasUN member stateNone
 HungaryUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Iceland[y]
UN member stateNone
 India – Republic of India
UN member stateNoneIndia is a federation of 28 states and eight union territories.
 Indonesia – Republic of Indonesia
UN member stateNoneIndonesia has five autonomous provinces, Aceh, Jakarta, Papua, West Papua, and Yogyakarta.[f]
 Iran – Islamic Republic of IranUN member stateNone
 Iraq – Republic of Iraq
UN member stateNoneIraq is a federation[o][23] of 19 governorates, four of which make up the autonomous Kurdistan Region.[f]
 Ireland[z]UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Israel – State of Israel
UN member statePartially unrecognisedIsrael exerts strong control over the territory claimed by Palestine. Israel annexed East Jerusalem,[25] an annexation not recognised by the international community.[26] Israel maintains varying levels of control over the rest of the West Bank, and although Israel no longer has a permanent civilian or military presence in the Gaza Strip, following its unilateral disengagement, it is still considered by some to be the occupying power under international law.[27][28][29][30][31]
Israel is not recognised as a state by 28 UN members and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. The Palestine Liberation Organization, which enjoys recognition by a majority of UN member states as the sole representative of the Palestinian people, also does not recognise Israel.
 Italy – Italian Republic
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]Italy has 5 autonomous regions, Aosta Valley, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Sardinia, Sicily and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.[f]
 Ivory Coast – Republic of Côte d'Ivoire[aa]
UN member stateNone
 JamaicaUN member stateNoneJamaica is a Commonwealth realm.[e]
 Japan
UN member stateNone
 Jordan – Hashemite Kingdom of JordanUN member stateNone
 Kazakhstan – Republic of KazakhstanUN member stateNone
 Kenya – Republic of Kenya
UN member stateNone
 Kiribati – Republic of KiribatiUN member stateNone
 Korea, North – Democratic People's Republic of KoreaUN member stateClaimed by South KoreaNorth Korea is not recognised by three UN members, France, Japan, and South Korea, the last of which claims to be the sole legitimate government of Korea.[32]
 Korea, South – Republic of Korea
UN member stateClaimed by North KoreaSouth Korea has one autonomous region, Jejudo.[f][33]
South Korea is not recognised by North Korea, which claims to be the sole legitimate government of Korea.
Kosovo → See Kosovo listing
 Kuwait – State of KuwaitUN member stateNone
 Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz RepublicUN member stateNone
 Laos – Lao People's Democratic Republic
UN member stateNone
 Latvia – Republic of LatviaUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Lebanon – Lebanese Republic
UN member stateNone
 Lesotho – Kingdom of Lesotho
UN member stateNone
 Liberia – Republic of LiberiaUN member stateNone
 Libya – State of LibyaUN member stateNone
 Liechtenstein – Principality of LiechtensteinUN member stateNone
 Lithuania – Republic of LithuaniaUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Luxembourg – Grand Duchy of LuxembourgUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
Macedonia → See North Macedonia listing
 Madagascar – Republic of Madagascar
UN member stateNone
 Malawi – Republic of Malawi
UN member stateNone
 MalaysiaUN member stateNoneMalaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal territories.
 Maldives – Republic of Maldives
UN member stateNone
 Mali – Republic of Mali
UN member stateNone
 Malta – Republic of Malta
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Marshall Islands – Republic of the Marshall IslandsUN member stateNoneUnder Compact of Free Association with the United States.
 Mauritania – Islamic Republic of Mauritania
UN member stateNone
 Mauritius – Republic of Mauritius
UN member stateNoneMauritius has an autonomous island, Rodrigues.[f]
 Mexico – United Mexican StatesUN member stateNoneMexico is a federation of 31 states and one autonomous city.
The Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities have de facto autonomy.
 Micronesia – Federated States of MicronesiaUN member stateNoneUnder Compact of Free Association with the United States. The Federated States of Micronesia is a federation of four states.
 Moldova – Republic of MoldovaUN member stateNoneMoldova has the autonomous regions of Gagauzia and Transnistria autonomous territorial unit. The latter and a city Bender is under the de facto control of Transnistria.
 Monaco – Principality of Monaco
UN member stateNone
 MongoliaUN member stateNone
 MontenegroUN member stateNone
 Morocco – Kingdom of Morocco
UN member stateNonePart of the Moroccan-claimed Western Sahara is controlled by the partially recognised Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
 Mozambique – Republic of Mozambique
UN member stateNone
 Myanmar – Republic of the Union of Myanmar[ab]
UN member stateNoneWa State is a de facto autonomous state within Myanmar.
Nagorno-Karabakh → See Artsakh listing
 Namibia – Republic of Namibia
UN member stateNone
 Nauru – Republic of NauruUN member stateNone
   Nepal – Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
UN member stateNoneNepal is a federation composed of 7 provinces.
 Netherlands – Kingdom of the Netherlands
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c] The Kingdom of the Netherlands includes four areas with substantial autonomy:
The continental part of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten form the four constituent countries of the Kingdom. Three other overseas territories (Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius) are special municipalities of the continental Netherlands.[ac] The Kingdom of the Netherlands as a whole is a member of the EU, but EU law applies only to parts within Europe.
 New ZealandUN member stateNoneNew Zealand is a Commonwealth realm,[e] and has one dependent territory and one claimed Antarctic dependent territory of:
The New Zealand Government acts for the entire Realm of New Zealand in all international contexts, which has responsibilities for (but no rights of control over) two freely associated states:
The Cook Islands and Niue have diplomatic relations with 49 and 18 UN members respectively.[34][35][36] They have full treaty-making capacity in the UN,[37] and are members of some UN specialized agencies.
 Nicaragua – Republic of NicaraguaUN member stateNoneNicaragua contains two autonomous regions, Atlántico Sur and Atlántico Norte.[f]
 Niger – Republic of Niger
UN member stateNone
 Nigeria – Federal Republic of NigeriaUN member stateNoneNigeria is a federation of 36 states and one federal territory.
Niue → See Niue listing
North Korea → See Korea, North listing
 North Macedonia – Republic of North Macedonia[ad]UN member stateNone
Northern Cyprus → See Northern Cyprus listing
 Norway – Kingdom of Norway
UN member stateNoneNorway has two unincorporated areas in Europe:
  •  Svalbard is an integral part of Norway, but has a special status due to the Svalbard Treaty.
  •  Jan Mayen is an uninhabited island that is an integral part of Norway, although unincorporated.
Norway has one dependent territory and two claimed Antarctic dependent territories in the Southern Hemisphere:
 Oman – Sultanate of OmanUN member stateNone
 Pakistan – Islamic Republic of Pakistan
UN member stateNonePakistan is a federation of four provinces and one capital territory. Pakistan exercises control over certain portions of Kashmir, but has not officially annexed any of it,[38][39] instead regarding it as a disputed territory.[40][41] The portions that it controls are divided into two territories, administered separately from Pakistan proper:
Azad Kashmir describes itself as a "self-governing state under Pakistani control", while Gilgit-Baltistan is described in its governance order as a group of "areas" with self-government.[42][43][44] These territories are not usually regarded as sovereign, as they do not fulfil the criteria set out by the declarative theory of statehood (for example, their current laws do not allow them to engage independently in relations with other states). Several state functions of these territories (such as foreign affairs and defence) are performed by Pakistan.[43][45][46]
 Palau – Republic of PalauUN member stateNoneUnder Compact of Free Association with the United States.
 Palestine – State of PalestineUN observer state; member of 2 UN specialized agenciesPartially unrecognised. Disputed by IsraelThe State of Palestine, declared in 1988, is not recognised as a state by Israel but has received diplomatic recognition from 138 states.[47] The proclaimed state has no agreed territorial borders, or effective control over much of the territory that it proclaimed.[48] The Palestinian National Authority is an interim administrative body formed as a result of the Oslo Accords that exercises limited autonomous jurisdiction within the Palestinian territories. In foreign relations, Palestine is represented by the Palestine Liberation Organization.[49] The State of Palestine is a member state of UNESCO,[50] UNIDO and other international organizations.[51]
 Panama – Republic of Panama
UN member stateNone
 Papua New Guinea – Independent State of Papua New Guinea
UN member stateNonePapua New Guinea is a Commonwealth realm[e] with one autonomous region, Bougainville.[f]
 Paraguay – Republic of ParaguayUN member stateNone
 Peru – Republic of Peru
UN member stateNone
 Philippines – Republic of the PhilippinesUN member stateNoneThe Philippines contains one autonomous region, Bangsamoro.[f]
 Poland – Republic of PolandUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Portugal – Portuguese Republic
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c] Portugal contains two autonomous regions, the Azores and Madeira.[f]
Pridnestrovie → See Transnistria listing
 Qatar – State of QatarUN member stateNone
Republic of Korea → See Korea, South listing
Republic of the Congo → See Congo, Republic of the listing
 Romania
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Russia – Russian Federation
UN member stateNoneRussia is a federation of 85 federal subjects (republics, oblasts, krais, autonomous okrugs, federal cities, and an autonomous oblast). Several of the federal subjects are ethnic republics.[f]
 Rwanda – Republic of Rwanda
UN member stateNone
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic → See Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic listing
 Saint Kitts and Nevis – Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
UN member stateNoneSaint Kitts and Nevis is a Commonwealth realm[e] and is a federation[o] of two islands, St. Kitts and Nevis.
 Saint LuciaUN member stateNoneSaint Lucia is a Commonwealth realm.[e]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
UN member stateNoneSaint Vincent and the Grenadines is a Commonwealth realm.[e]
 Samoa – Independent State of SamoaUN member stateNone
 San Marino – Republic of San Marino
UN member stateNone
 São Tomé and Príncipe – Democratic Republic of São Tomé and PríncipeUN member stateNoneSão Tomé and Príncipe contains one autonomous province, Príncipe.[f]
 Saudi Arabia – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
UN member stateNone
 Senegal – Republic of Senegal
UN member stateNone
 Serbia – Republic of Serbia
UN member stateNoneSerbia contains two autonomous regions, Vojvodina and Kosovo and Metohija.[f] The latter is under the de facto control of Kosovo.
 Seychelles – Republic of SeychellesUN member stateNone
 Sierra Leone – Republic of Sierra Leone
UN member stateNone
 Singapore – Republic of Singapore
UN member stateNone
 Slovakia – Slovak Republic
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Slovenia – Republic of SloveniaUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
 Solomon IslandsUN member stateNoneSolomon Islands is a Commonwealth realm.[e]
 Somalia – Federal Republic of Somalia
UN member stateNoneSomalia is a federation of six states. Two, Puntland and Galmudug, have self-declared autonomy, while one, Somaliland, is de facto independent.
Somaliland → See Somaliland listing
 South Africa – Republic of South Africa
UN member stateNone
South Korea → See Korea, South listing
South Ossetia → See South Ossetia listing
 South Sudan – Republic of South SudanUN member stateNoneSouth Sudan is a federation of 10 states and three administrative areas.
The Abyei Area is a zone with "special administrative status" established by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. It is de jure a condominium of South Sudan and Sudan, but de facto administered by two competing administrations and the United Nations.[52][53]
 Spain – Kingdom of Spain
UN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c] Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities and two special autonomous cities.[f][ae]
 Sri Lanka – Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka[af]UN member stateNone
 Sudan – Republic of the SudanUN member stateNoneSudan is a federation of 18 states.
The Abyei Area is a zone with "special administrative status" established by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. It is de jure a condominium of South Sudan and Sudan, but de facto administered by two competing administrations and the United Nations.[52][53]
Sudan, South → See South Sudan listing
 Suriname – Republic of Suriname
UN member stateNone
Swaziland → See Eswatini listing
 Sweden – Kingdom of SwedenUN member stateNoneMember of the EU.[c]
  Switzerland – Swiss Confederation
UN member stateNoneSwitzerland is a federation of 26 cantons.
 Syria – Syrian Arab Republic
UN member stateNoneThe Syrian National Coalition, which is recognised as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people by 20 UN members, has established an interim government to rule rebel controlled territory during the Syrian civil war.
Syria has one self-declared autonomous region: Rojava.
Taiwan (Republic of China) → See Taiwan listing
 Tajikistan – Republic of TajikistanUN member stateNoneTajikistan contains one autonomous region, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province.[f]
 Tanzania – United Republic of Tanzania
UN member stateNoneTanzania contains one autonomous region, Zanzibar.[f]
 Thailand – Kingdom of Thailand
UN member stateNone
The Bahamas → See Bahamas, The listing
The Gambia → See Gambia, The listing
Timor-Leste → See East Timor listing
 Togo – Togolese RepublicUN member stateNone
 Tonga – Kingdom of TongaUN member stateNone
Transnistria → See Transnistria listing
 Trinidad and Tobago – Republic of Trinidad and TobagoUN member stateNoneTrinidad and Tobago contains one autonomous region, Tobago.[f]
 Tunisia – Republic of TunisiaUN member stateNone
 Turkey – Republic of TurkeyUN member stateNone
 Turkmenistan - Republic of TurkmenistanUN member stateNone
 TuvaluUN member stateNoneTuvalu is a Commonwealth realm.[e]
 Uganda – Republic of UgandaUN member stateNone
 UkraineUN member stateNoneUkraine contains one autonomous region, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,[f] which is under the de facto control of Russia, along with neighbouring Sevastopol.
 United Arab EmiratesUN member stateNoneThe United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates.
 United Kingdom – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandUN member stateNoneThe United Kingdom is a Commonwealth realm[e] consisting of four constituent countries; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The United Kingdom has the following 13 overseas territories and one claimed Antarctic dependent territory:
The British monarch also has direct sovereignty over three self-governing Crown dependencies:
 United States – United States of AmericaUN member stateNoneThe United States is a federation of 50 states, one federal district, and one incorporated territory. Additionally, the Federal government of the United States has sovereignty over 13 unincorporated territories. Of these territories, the following five are inhabited possessions:
It also has sovereignty over several uninhabited territories:
It also disputes sovereignty over the following two territories:
Three sovereign states have become associated states of the United States under the Compact of Free Association:
 Uruguay – Oriental Republic of UruguayUN member stateNone
 Uzbekistan – Republic of UzbekistanUN member stateNoneUzbekistan contains one autonomous region, Karakalpakstan.[f]
 Vanuatu – Republic of VanuatuUN member stateNone
  Vatican City – Vatican City StateUN observer state under the designation of "Holy See"; member of three UN specialized agencies and the IAEANoneAdministered by the Holy See, a sovereign entity with diplomatic relations to 183 states. This figure consists of 180 UN member states, the Cook Islands, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the State of Palestine.[54] In addition, the European Union and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta maintain diplomatic relations with the Holy See. The Holy See is a member of the IAEA, ITU, UPU, and WIPO and a permanent observer of the UN (in the category of "Non-member State")[49] and multiple other UN System organizations. The Vatican City is governed by officials appointed by the Pope, who is the Bishop of the Diocese of Rome and ex officio sovereign of Vatican City.
 Venezuela – Bolivarian Republic of VenezuelaUN member stateNoneVenezuela is a federation of 23 states, one capital district, and federal dependencies.
 Vietnam – Socialist Republic of VietnamUN member stateNone
 Yemen – Republic of YemenUN member stateNone
 Zambia – Republic of ZambiaUN member stateNone
 Zimbabwe – Republic of ZimbabweUN member stateNone
UN member states and observer states
↓ Other states ↓
 Abkhazia – Republic of AbkhaziaNo membershipClaimed by GeorgiaRecognised by Russia, Nauru, Nicaragua, Syria, Venezuela, Artsakh, South Ossetia and Transnistria.[55] Claimed in whole by Georgia as the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia.
 Artsakh – Republic of Artsakh[ag]No membershipClaimed by AzerbaijanA de facto independent state,[56][57][58]recognised only byAbkhazia,[59] South Ossetia[59] and Transnistria.[59][60] Claimed in whole by Azerbaijan.[61]
 Cook IslandsMember of eight UN specialized agenciesNone
(See political status)
A state in free association with New Zealand, the Cook Islands maintains diplomatic relations with 52 states. The Cook Islands is a member of multiple UN agencies with full treaty making capacity.[37] It shares a head of state with New Zealand as well as having shared citizenship.
 Kosovo – Republic of KosovoMember of two UN specialized agenciesClaimed by SerbiaPursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244, Kosovo was placed under the administration of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo in 1999.[62] Kosovo declared independence in 2008, and it has received diplomatic recognition from 113 UN member states and the Republic of China, while 18 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.[63] Serbia continues to maintain its sovereignty claim over Kosovo. Other UN member states and non UN member states continue to recognise Serbian sovereignty or have taken no position on the question. Kosovo is a member of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. The Republic of Kosovo has de facto control over most of the territory, with limited control in North Kosovo.
 NiueMember of five UN specialized agenciesNone
(See political status)
A state in free association with New Zealand, Niue maintains diplomatic relations with 20 states. Niue is a member of multiple UN agencies with full treaty making capacity.[37] It shares a head of state with New Zealand as well as having shared citizenship.
 Northern Cyprus – Turkish Republic of Northern CyprusNo membershipClaimed by the Republic of CyprusRecognised only byTurkey. Under the name "Turkish Cypriot State", it is an observer state of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Economic Cooperation Organization. Northern Cyprus is claimed in whole by the Republic of Cyprus.[64]
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic RepublicNo membershipClaimed by MoroccoRecognised at some stage by 84 UN member states, 45 of which have since withdrawn or frozen their recognition. It is a founding member of the African Union and the Asian–African Strategic Partnership formed at the 2005 Asian–African Conference. The territories under its control, the so-called Free Zone, are claimed in whole by Morocco as part of its Southern Provinces. In turn, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic claims the part of Western Sahara to the west of the Moroccan Wall controlled by Morocco. Its government resides in exile in Tindouf, Algeria.
 Somaliland – Republic of SomalilandNo membershipClaimed by SomaliaA de facto independent state,[56][65][66][67][68]not diplomatically recognised by any other state, claimed in whole by the Federal Republic of Somalia.[69]
 South Ossetia – Republic of South Ossetia–the State of AlaniaNo membershipClaimed by GeorgiaA de facto independent state,[70] recognised by Russia, Nicaragua, Nauru, Syria, Venezuela, Abkhazia, Artsakh and Transnistria. Claimed in whole by Georgia as the Provisional Administrative Entity of South Ossetia.[71]
 Taiwan – Republic of China[l]Former UN member and former permanent UN Security Council member (as Republic of China, 1945–1971)
Observer in one UN specialized agency under the name "Chinese Taipei"
Claimed by the People's Republic of ChinaA state competing (nominally) for recognition with the People's Republic of China (PRC) as the government of China since 1949. The Republic of China (ROC) controls the island of Taiwan and associated islands, Quemoy, Matsu, the Pratas and parts of the Spratly Islands, and has not renounced claims over its annexed territories on the mainland.[72] The ROC is recognised by 14 UN member states and the Holy See as of 20 September 2019, none of which recognise the PRC. Additionally, one UN member (Bhutan) has refrained from recognising either the ROC or the PRC.
The territory of the ROC is claimed in whole by the PRC.[m] The ROC participates in international organizations under a variety of pseudonyms, most commonly "Chinese Taipei" and in the WTO it has full membership. The ROC was a founding member of the UN and enjoyed membership from 1945 to 1971, with veto power in the UN Security Council. See China and the United Nations.
 Transnistria – Pridnestrovian Moldavian RepublicNo membershipClaimed by MoldovaA de facto independent state,[56] recognised only by Abkhazia, Artsakh and South Ossetia.[55] Claimed in whole by Moldova.[73]
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Legend "Membership within the UN System" column
  UN Member states
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Legend "Sovereignty dispute" column
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  Sovereignty disputed
Criteria for inclusion
The dominant customary international law standard of statehood is the declarative theory of statehood, which was codified by the Montevideo Convention of 1933. The Convention defines the state as a person of international law if it "possess[es] the following qualifications: (a) a permanent population; (b) a defined territory; (c) government; and (d) a capacity to enter into relations with the other states" so long as it was not "obtained by force whether this consists in the employment of arms, in threatening diplomatic representations, or in any other effective coercive measure".[74][improper synthesis?]
Debate exists on the degree to which recognition should be included as a criterion of statehood. The declarative theory of statehood argues that statehood is purely objective and recognition of a state by other states is irrelevant. On the other end of the spectrum, the constitutive theory of statehood defines a state as a person under international law only if it is recognised as sovereign by other states. For the purposes of this list, included are all states that either:
Note that in some cases, there is a divergence of opinion over the interpretation of the first point, and whether an entity satisfies it is disputed. Unique political entities which fail to meet the classification of a sovereign state are considered proto-states.[75][76]
On the basis of the above criteria, this list includes the following 206 entities:[77][ah]
The table includes bullets representing entities which are either not sovereign states or have a close association to another sovereign state. It also includes subnational areas where the sovereignty of the titular state is limited by an international agreement. Taken together, these include:
See also
Notes
  1. ^ This column indicates whether or not a state is a member of the United Nations.[1] It also indicates which non-member states participate in the United Nations System through membership in the International Atomic Energy Agency or one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations. All United Nations members belong to at least one specialized agency and are parties to the statute of the International Court of Justice.
  2. ^ This column indicates whether or not a state is the subject of a major sovereignty dispute. Only states whose entire sovereignty is disputed by another state are listed.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa abThe member states of the European Union have transferred part of their sovereignty in the form of legislative, executive, and judicial powers to the institutions of the EU, which is an example of supranational union. The EU has 27 member states.[8]
  4. ^ Information is included on:
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Commonwealth realm refers to any member state of the Commonwealth of Nations whose head of state is (currently) Queen Elizabeth II. Each realm is separate, independent, and a sovereign state; see Relationship of the realms.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x For more information on divisions with a high degree of autonomy, see List of autonomous areas by country.[3]
  7. ^ The Argentine Constitution (Art. 35) recognises the following denominations for Argentina: "United Provinces of the Río de la Plata", "Argentine Republic" and "Argentine Confederation"; furthermore, it establishes the usage of "Argentine Nation" for purposes of legislation.
  8. ^ Argentina's claimed Antarctic territory of Argentine Antarctica (Antártida Argentina) is one of five constituent departments of the province Tierra del Fuego.[4]
  9. ^ The legal name for Canada is the sole word; an officially sanctioned, though disused, name is Dominion of Canada (which includes its legal title); see: Name of Canada, Dominion.
  10. ^ The government of Cape Verde declared "Cabo Verde" to be the official English name of the country in 2013.[11]
  11. ^ Chile's claimed Antarctic territory of the Chilean Antarctic (Antártica Chilena) is a commune of the Antártica Chilena Province of the Magallanes Region.
  12. ^ a b The People's Republic of China (PRC) is commonly referred to as "China", while the Republic of China (ROC) is commonly referred to as "Taiwan". The ROC is also occasionally known diplomatically as Chinese Taipei, or by another alternative name.
  13. ^ a b In 1949, the Republic of China government led by the Kuomintang (KMT) lost the Chinese Civil War to the Communist Party of China (CPC) and set up a provisional capital in Taipei. The CPC established the PRC. As such, the political status of the ROC and legal status of Taiwan (alongside the territories under ROC jurisdiction) are in dispute. In 1971, the United Nations gave the China seat to the PRC. In the view of the United Nations, no member of the organisation withdrew as a consequence of this but the ROC representatives declared that they were withdrawing. Most states recognise the PRC to be the sole legitimate representative of all China, and the UN classifies Taiwan as "Taiwan, Province of China". The ROC has de facto relations with most sovereign states. A significant political movement within Taiwan advocates Taiwan independence.
  14. ^ See also Dates of establishment of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and Foreign relations of China.
  15. ^ a b c More information on more or less federal structures can be found at a List of federations.[12]
  16. ^ Also known as Congo-Kinshasa. Formerly referred to as Zaire, its official name from 1971 to 1997.
  17. ^ Also known as Congo-Brazzaville.
  18. ^ A simpler official short name has been encouraged by the Czech government, "Czechia". This variant remains uncommon, but has been adopted by several companies and organisations. See Name of the Czech Republic.
  19. ^ The designation "Denmark" can refer either to continental Denmark or to the short name for the entire Kingdom of the Danish Realm (e.g. in international organizations).
  20. ^ The government of East Timor uses "Timor-Leste" as the official English name of the country.
  21. ^ Formerly referred to as the Kingdom of Swaziland, its official name until 2018.
  22. ^ Åland was demilitarised by the Treaty of Paris in 1856, which was later affirmed by the League of Nations in 1921, and in a somewhat different context reaffirmed in the treaty on Finland's admission to the European Union in 1995.
  23. ^ France's claimed Antarctic territory of Adélie Land (Terre Adélie) is one of five constituent districts of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
  24. ^ Also known as Guinea-Conakry.
  25. ^ While sometimes referred to as the "Republic of Iceland"[20][21] and sometimes its counterpart Lýðveldið Ísland in Icelandic, the official name of the country is simply "Iceland".[22] One example of the former is the name of the Constitution of Iceland, which in Icelandic is Stjórnarskrá lýðveldisins Íslands and literally means "the Constitution of the republic of Iceland". However, note that in this usage "republic" is not capitalised.
  26. ^ "Ireland" is the official name of the country in English. "Republic of Ireland" (the official description in English) and "Éire" (the official name in Irish) have sometimes been used unofficially to distinguish the state from the larger island of Ireland, however, this is officially deprecated.[24] See names of the Irish state.
  27. ^ The government of Ivory Coast uses "Côte d'Ivoire" as the official English name of the country.
  28. ^ The country's official name of Myanmar, adopted in 1989, has been mixed and controversial, with the former name Burma still being used in many cases. See Names of Myanmar.
  29. ^ The designation "Netherlands" can refer either to the continental Netherlands or to the short name for the entire Kingdom (e.g. in international organizations).
  30. ^ Formerly known constitutionally as the "Republic of Macedonia" from 1991 to 2019 and under the international designation of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (FYROM) from 1993 to 2019 due to the Macedonia naming dispute with Greece. Following the Prespa agreement going into effect in February 2019, the country was renamed "North Macedonia".
  31. ^ Spain holds several small overseas territories scattered along the Mediterranean coast bordering Morocco, known as the Plazas de soberanía.
  32. ^ Formerly known as Ceylon until 1972.
  33. ^ Formerly known as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, its official name from 1991 to 2017
  34. ^ The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is not included, as despite being a sovereign entity it lacks territory and does not claim statehood. Entities considered to be micronations are not included. It is often up to debate whether a micronation truly controls its claimed territory. Also omitted from this list are all uncontacted peoples, either who live in societies that cannot be defined as states or whose statuses as such are not definitively known.
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  77. ^ The following bullets are grouped according to the availability of sources for the two criteria ((a) and/or (b)). This arrangement is not intended to reflect the relative importance of the two theories. Additional details are discussed in the state's individual entries.
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