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distinct region in geography; a broad term that can include political divisions or regions associated with distinct political characteristics
Map of Europe showing the different countries

In geography and politics, a country is a political division. Some of the best-known countries are Germany, China, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. There are 196 of them in the world, or 195 if Taiwan is not counted as a country.[1]

Most countries in the world are sovereign states, meaning they are independent of each other. The term is most commonly used as both a state and a nation. 193 of the world's countries are part of the United Nations, which recognises lots of countries and other dependent territories.

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  1. "How Many Countries?". Sandbox Networks, Inc. Retrieved 14 April 2017.

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