Political Map of the World

In the political map of the world, the main sites for studying and explaining are the individual states, political unions and alliances.

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What is a political map

In 2020 the countries in the world are 197. The number of sovereign (politically independent) countries is smaller, for example in 1900 they were 57, in 1940 – 71, and in 2004 – 195. Other countries are parts of former colonial empires. They’re politically dependent territories are managed by a sovereign state, but they are not part of its territory or a major part. They often have a certain degree of autonomy, represented by a local government, but they do not have full political independence or sovereignty as a state. Many dependencies countries have opted to maintain their territorial status and rejected the independence. An example of such territories in Europe are the states of Abkhazia – (part of Georgia), Kosovo (Serbia), Isle of Man (Dominion of the United Kingdom), Faroese Islands (possession of Denmark). In Asia, such territories are Macau and Hong Kong.

List with countries

Alphabetically ordered list of all countries.

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B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

Y

Z