How Many Countries in the World


How Many Countries in the World

Our globe comprises of 195 countries. Out of these 195 countries, 193 are members of united nations whereas two countries Holy see (vatican city state) and state of Palestine are non- member, observer countries. 

How many Muslim Countries

All the countries where Islam is wider spread are called Muslim countries. Although for some countries the term “Islamic majority” is used but many countries have politically defined Islam as their practicing religion. And there is only one country Pakistan whose ideology is based on Islam.  South Asia has largest numbers of Muslim countries. In all Muslim countries, not everyone is Muslim. There are minorities also. Muslims make 22% of world population. So in any country where Muslim population is more than 50% is considered Muslim majority country.According to there are 45 Muslim countries identified in total. Among these are Islamic states: Islamic states are purely functioning on Islamic basis. Any anti-Islamic activities are banned and considered illegal in these countries. Laws in these countries are made in light of Islamic teachings . Moreover, these are Muslim majority countries. These countries are Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Oman, and Yemen. Islamic states accept the rights of minorities as per Islamic teachings.

States where Islam is Politically Defined as State Religion

Countries where other religions are practiced by large number of people but Islam is politically defined as state religion are Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Algeria, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Somalia and Brunei. Countries with Muslim-majority  There are countries where other religions are practiced. And Islam is not necessarily defined as their state religion but they have Muslims in majority. These countries are Niger, Indonesia, Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Northern Cyprus, Nigeria, Senegal, Syria, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

Non Muslim countries in the world

There are many countries in the world where islam is not a practicing religion at wider level but almost every country has some muslim population.  As mentioned earlier, Islam is the second largest religion followed world wide and muslims make up to 22% of whole world population. So it is safe to say that only non muslim country is israel with no muslim population and the country with largest muslim population is indonesia which has 13% of world muslims. 

How many Hindus countries 

Hinduism is world third largest religion according to population size after Christianity  and Islam. Only india and nepal are two countries who have Hindu majority. Other countries with more than 5 lac Hindu residents and citizens are Bangladesh ,Indonesia , Pakistan, Srilanka, Malaysia , Singapore ,United states, United kingdom , Myanmar, Canada, South Africa, Mauritius  and West Indies.

How many Christian Countries 

Christianity is world largest religion according to population. The three largest Christian populations lands are America, Africa and Europe.America, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria have most Christian population.Other countries with increasingly growing number of Christians are phillipines, Russia, Congo, Italy , Ethiopia and Germany. 

How many Countries are Atomic power

Being Atomic power is right or not is a delicate topic to touch.  But there are countries who possess nuclear weapons.  

Countries with designated nuclear weapons (NPT) 

These countries have right to veto power and possess nuclear waepons. China,  France , Russia , United Kingdom, United states are countries who are considered “authorized” to have these weapons.

Other States possessing nuclear weapon

Every country wants safety for its people. Being a nuclear power is threat to most countries in the world. India,  Pakistan, North- Korea are states that have nuclear weapons.  Although veto power countries may have objection on these countries to have weapons of their own. But these countries have their own policy of safety and they consider it necessary to have nuclear weapons.

Nuclear weapon sharing states

NATO has a policy that the countries who do not have their own nuclear weapons can share from Nato member countries in time of their demand.Nuclear weapons sharing countries make common polices for nuclear weapons. Sharing countries are Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey

States possessing nuclear weapons in past

There are countries who had these weapons in past but didn’t get to assemble or attest them. These countries are Belarus, South Africa, Ukarine and Kazakhstan.Israel is the only state persumed to have nuclear weapons but they have not tested any yet.

How many countries are Land-Locked

Countries who are locked by land from all sides or who share coastline with closed seas are known as land locked countries. There are 49 land locked countries in total and 17 are in Europe. These are Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Vatican City.According to map,  land locked countries can be grouped as 

  1. Central Asian cluster includes six countries Afghanistan , Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan ,Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
  2. Central European cluster includes nine countries Austria , Czech republic, Hungary, Kosovo , Lichtenstein, North Macedonia , Serbia , Slovakia and Switzerland.
  3. West, Central and East African cluster includes ten countries :Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African  Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali,  Niger,  Rwanda ,south Sudan and Uganda 
  4. South African cluster includes four countries : Botswana, Malawi, Zambia,  Zimbabwe .
  5. Caucasian cluster includes three countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Artsakh
  6. South American cluster includes two countries: Bolivia and Paraguay.


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