Countries That Recognize Taiwan 2019

The countries of the world are generally pretty clear-cut. For example, we know that Canada, Mexico, Spain, and the United States are all countries. However, what happens when there is a dispute over the status of a region? In the case of Taiwan, only a few other nations recognize it is as a country.

Taiwan is seen by some nations as a sovereign entity. However, there are also nations that do not recognize Taiwan. While these nations maintain diplomatic relationships with Taiwan and acknowledge that Taiwan’s government represents the people of China, Taiwan is not viewed as an independent state by these nations.

As of 2018, there are a total of 18 nations that recognize Taiwan. The first to recognize it as an independent nation was the Holy See – also known as Vatican City. This country first recognized Taiwan in 1942.

Throughout the years, other nations have joined suit with Vatican City to recognize Taiwan, with the most recent being Saint Lucia in 2007.

All nations that recognize Taiwan as an independent state are:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1Guatemala17,581,472108,889 km²42,031 mi²< 0.1%1.93%AmericasCentral America
2Haiti11,263,07727,750 km²10,712 mi²< 0.1%1.26%AmericasCaribbean
3Honduras9,746,117112,492 km²43,422 mi²< 0.1%1.65%AmericasCentral America
4Paraguay7,044,636406,752 km²157,006 mi²0.27%1.27%AmericasSouth America
5Nicaragua6,545,502130,373 km²50,324 mi²< 0.1%1.24%AmericasCentral America
6El Salvador6,453,55321,041 km²8,122 mi²< 0.1%0.51%AmericasCentral America
7Swaziland1,148,13017,364 km²6,703 mi²< 0.1%1.04%AfricaSouthern Africa
8Solomon Islands669,82328,896 km²11,154 mi²< 0.1%2.60%OceaniaMelanesia
9Belize390,35322,966 km²8,865 mi²< 0.1%1.90%AmericasCentral America
10Saint Lucia182,790616 km²238 mi²< 0.1%0.50%AmericasCaribbean
11Kiribati117,606811 km²313 mi²< 0.1%1.52%OceaniaMicronesia
12Saint Vincent And The Grenadines110,589389 km²150 mi²< 0.1%0.34%AmericasCaribbean
13Marshall Islands58,791181 km²70 mi²< 0.1%0.65%OceaniaMicronesia
14Saint Kitts And Nevis52,823261 km²101 mi²< 0.1%0.73%AmericasCaribbean
15Palau18,008459 km²177 mi²< 0.1%0.56%OceaniaMicronesia
16Tuvalu11,64626 km²10 mi²< 0.1%1.20%OceaniaPolynesia
17Nauru10,75621 km²8 mi²< 0.1%0.81%OceaniaMicronesia
18Vatican City7990.44 km² mi²< 0.1%-0.25%EuropeSouthern Europe