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Jordan’s “Visited Country Methodology”

Exactly how many countries in the world are there? Depending on the source, you’ll find a number of different answers to this question. The U.S. State Department claims 194; many current world almanacs recognize 193; and, the United Nations quotes 192. I’ve seen answers numbering anywhere from 189 to 196 on the innerwebs. I’ve tried to be as judicious as possible in calculating my “country count,” but there are some territories that Google, the all-knowing oracle, just can’t decide on. In these cases, I’ve reviewed several sources to decide whether or not to include them in the official list. If there’s only one source claiming a place to be an independent nation, I’ve left it off; if there are several, I’ve put it on. (The Vatican and Aruba are good examples.) I’ve kept a separate list of former and constituent countries outside of my final count for good measure. If I have it my way, I’ll have visited enough countries by 40 that those in question won’t have any bearing on whether I’ve met my goal or not, anyway. And, for the record, I don’t count airports or places I don’t feel I’ve really experienced in some way, shape, or form.

Countries visited map

The Official Country List

Andorra | Antigua | Aruba | Austria | Barbados | Belgium | Bosnia & Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Canada | Chile | China | Costa Rica | Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | Ecuador | Estonia | Fiji | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | Ireland | Italy | Japan | Latvia | Liechtenstein | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Mexico | Monaco | Montenegro | Netherlands | New Zealand | Portugal | Romania | Saint Kitts | Saint Lucia | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Korea | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Taiwan | Turkey | United Kingdom | United States | Vatican City

Constituent Nations, Former Countries, Et Al.

Azores | Demilitarized Zone | England | Faroe Islands | Hong Kong | Macau | Northern Ireland | Puerto Rico | Scotland | Sint Maarten | West Germany

United States & Canadian Provinces

All fifty states | Alberta | British Columbia | New Brunswick | Ontario | Quebec

Coming Soon!

Italy | Portugal | San Marino

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