What countries are left?

I recently had some interviews in Reykjavik about potentially being the most traveled living Icelander. It´s never fair to measure or compete in ´travel´, but they say 222 countries may be the record. Some are still unclear how many countries there are in the world (including me) but I tried to explain the numbers once here: “How many countries are there in the world?” When asked what countries are left, these are the 25ish countries, territories and islands I´m still on my way to, whether or not they count.

  1. Tokelau
  2. Tajikistan
  3. Turkmenistan
  4. Uzbekistan
  5. Ngorno-Karabakh
  6. Iraq
  7. Syria
  8. Yemen
  9. Eritrea
  10. South Sudan
  11. Libya
  12. Chad
  13. Niger
  14. Central African Republic
  15. Cameroon
  16. Congo Brazzaville
  17. Gabon
  18. Angola
  19. Equatorial Guinea
  20. Sao Tome Principe
  21. Pitcairn island
  22. Falkland Islands
  23. South Georgia and South Sandwich islands
  24. St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan de Cunha
  25. Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

I´ve never traveled to check countries off a list, I simply travel to go to new places. However, its fun to count, continents, islands or borders or passport stamps, whatever system you like keeping track with, and the definition of a country has many interpretations. I think it´s weird to say I´ve been to Denmark when I went to Greenland, and even weirder to say I went to France when I went to Guadaloupe. Check out my blog on other examples, and please don´t be fooled the UN member states that total only 196 countries – many countries and sovereign territories are still fighting to be recognised and we should honor that. 

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