How Many Countries Are There in the World in 2017?

Jun 28, 2017 | 15:06 GMT

How many countries are there in the world? To answer that, you first must define what is meant by "country."

The numbers can vary widely depending on how broad the definition of a country is.

Editor's Note

This Partner Perspective, first published in 2011, was updated in June 2017. With the permission of Political Geography Now, we have also included supplementary graphics and photographs curated by Stratfor's Creative Department. Interested in learning more about the countries listed below? Visit our Regions page.

One of the most basic questions for map-lovers is, "How many countries are there in the world?" But anyone who replies with just a number is leaving out part of the story. It actually depends a lot on how you define a "country."...

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