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How many countries are there?

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As of 2014, the number of nations in the world is 193, 195 or 196, depending on the resource. Because nations are recognized based on the political agendas of other nations, there is not a universal consensus.

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Some use membership within the United Nations as a determinant. There are currently 193 member nations within the United Nations. However, a handful of nations are widely accepted as countries that are not members of the United Nations. The United States recognizes 195 nations in the world. Many countries, however, recognize 196. Taiwan is controversial when determining the final number of nations. Some countries acknowledge Taiwan as independent from China. Others, including the United States, do not.

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