List of countries
This is an alphabetical list of the independent countries of the world. This includes not only de jure independent countries, but also de facto independent countries, state for some explanation of the difference between these. To be listed here as a de facto independent country, article 1 of the Montevideo Convention from 1933 is followed, which means that entity should possess the following qualifications: (a) a permanent population; (b) a defined territory; (c) government; and (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states. Furthermore, the entity doesn't accept that it de jure belongs to another country. In the case a de facto independent country is included in this list, a note explains why this country is included. There are also a list of dependent territories and a list of disputed or occupied areas.
Other articles focus on imaginary countries, micronations and former countries (see List of extinct countries, empires, etc). One can also browse countries by capital city, by continent, by population, by area, by population density, by gross domestic product, by date of nationhood and by time zone. Also, you can see a list of island countries.
The WikiProject Countries is an attempt to formulate a template for the country articles and expands articles with public domain sources (see Status of the porting of the CIA World Factbook, Status of the porting of U.S. Dept of State info).
For more sources, see Geographic references.
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The Bahamas - Bahrain - Bangladesh - Barbados - Belarus - Belgium - Belize - Benin - Bhutan - Bolivia - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Botswana - Brazil - Brunei - Bulgaria - Burkina Faso - Burma (now Myanmar) - Burundi
Cambodia - Cameroon - Canada - Cape Verde - Central African Republic - Chad - Chile - People's Republic of China - Republic of China1 (Taiwan) - Colombia - Comoros - Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) - Republic of the Congo - Costa Rica - Côte d'Ivoire - Croatia - Cuba - Cyprus8 - Czech Republic
Republic of Macedonia6- Madagascar - Malawi - Malaysia - Maldives - Mali - Malta - Marshall Islands - Mauritania - Mauritius - Mexico - Federated States of Micronesia - Moldova - Monaco - Mongolia - Morocco - Mozambique - Myanmar
Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Samoa - San Marino - São Tomé and Príncipe - Saudi Arabia - Senegal - Serbia and Montenegro - Seychelles - Sierra Leone - Singapore - Slovakia - Slovenia - Solomon Islands - Somalia - Somaliland7 - South Africa - South Korea - South Ossetia7 - Spain - Sri Lanka - Sudan - Suriname - Swaziland - Sweden - Switzerland - Syria
About the status/sovereignty of countries listed