Sovereign Nation 2019

What is a sovereign nation? A sovereign nation is a nation that has one centralized government that has the power to govern a specific geographic area. Under the definition set by international law, a sovereign nation has a defined territory with just one government. These nations have a permanent population and can enter into relations with other sovereign countries.

The United Nations has a list of all of the world’s sovereign states. There are 206 total states, broken down into 193 member states, two observer states, and 11 classified as “other” states.

Of these states, 191 states have sovereignty that is undisputed. There are 15 states with disputed sovereignty.

All sovereign nations, in alphabetical order, include:

Of these states, there are 15 with disputed sovereignty. Breaking these states down show that:

  • The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is claimed by South Korea.
  • The Republic of Korea is claimed by North Korea.
  • Abkhazia is claimed by Georgia.
  • Artsakh is claimed by Azerbaijan.
  • Kosovo is claimed by Serbia.
  • Northern Cyprus is claimed by the Republic of Cyprus.
  • Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is claimed by Morocco.
  • Somaliland is claimed by Somalia.
  • South Ossetia is claimed by Georgia.
  • Taiwan is claimed by the People’s Republic of China.
  • Transnistria is claimed by Moldova.
  • Cyprus is not recognized by Turkey.
  • Israel is partially unrecognized.
  • China is partially unrecognized and is claimed by the Republic of China.
  • Palestine is partially recognized and is disputed by Israel.
Rank Flag Country Population 2019
1China1,433,783,686
2India1,366,417,754
3United States329,064,917
4Indonesia270,625,568
5Pakistan216,565,318
6Brazil211,049,527
7Nigeria200,963,599
8Bangladesh163,046,161
9Russia145,872,256
10Mexico127,575,529
11Japan126,860,301
12Ethiopia112,078,730
13Philippines108,116,615
14Egypt100,388,073
15Vietnam96,462,106
16Germany83,517,045
17Turkey83,429,615
18Iran82,913,906
19Thailand69,625,582
20United Kingdom67,530,172
21France65,129,728
22Italy60,550,075
23South Africa58,558,270
24Tanzania58,005,463
25Myanmar54,045,420
26Kenya52,573,973
27South Korea51,225,308
28Colombia50,339,443
29Spain46,736,776
30Argentina44,780,677
31Uganda44,269,594
32Ukraine43,993,638
33Algeria43,053,054
34Sudan42,813,238
35Iraq39,309,783
36Poland37,887,768
37Canada37,411,047
38Morocco36,471,769
39Saudi Arabia34,268,528
40Uzbekistan32,981,716
41Peru32,510,453
42Malaysia31,949,777
43Ghana30,417,856
44Mozambique30,366,036
45Yemen29,161,922
46Nepal28,608,710
47Venezuela28,515,829
48Madagascar26,969,307
49Cameroon25,876,380
50Ivory Coast25,716,544
51North Korea25,666,161
52Australia25,203,198
53Taiwan23,773,876
54Niger23,310,715
55Sri Lanka21,323,733
56Burkina Faso20,321,378
57Mali19,658,031
58Romania19,364,557
59Chile18,952,038
60Malawi18,628,747
61Kazakhstan18,551,427
62Zambia17,861,030
63Guatemala17,581,472
64Ecuador17,373,662
65Netherlands17,097,130
66Syria17,070,135
67Cambodia16,486,542
68Senegal16,296,364
69Chad15,946,876
70Somalia15,442,905
71Zimbabwe14,645,468
72Guinea12,771,246
73Rwanda12,626,950
74Benin11,801,151
75Tunisia11,694,719
76Belgium11,539,328
77Burundi11,530,580
78Bolivia11,513,100
79Cuba11,333,483
80Haiti11,263,077
81South Sudan11,062,113
82Dominican Republic10,738,958
83Czech Republic10,689,209
84Greece10,473,455
85Portugal10,226,187
86Jordan10,101,694
87Azerbaijan10,047,718
88Sweden10,036,379
89United Arab Emirates9,770,529
90Honduras9,746,117
91Hungary9,684,679
92Belarus9,452,411
93Tajikistan9,321,018
94Austria8,955,102
95Papua New Guinea8,776,109
96Serbia8,772,235
97Switzerland8,591,365
98Israel8,519,377
99Togo8,082,366
100Sierra Leone7,813,215
101Laos7,169,455
102Paraguay7,044,636
103Lebanon6,855,713
104Libya6,777,452
105Nicaragua6,545,502
106El Salvador6,453,553
107Kyrgyzstan6,415,850
108Turkmenistan5,942,089
109Singapore5,804,337
110Denmark5,771,876
111Finland5,532,156
112Slovakia5,457,013
113Republic Of The Congo5,380,508
114Norway5,378,857
115Costa Rica5,047,561
116Palestine4,981,420
117Oman4,974,986
118Liberia4,937,374
119Ireland4,882,495
120New Zealand4,783,063
121Central African Republic4,745,185
122Mauritania4,525,696
123Panama4,246,439
124Kuwait4,207,083
125Croatia4,130,304
126Moldova4,043,263
127Georgia3,996,765
128Eritrea3,497,117
129Uruguay3,461,734
130Bosnia And Herzegovina3,301,000
131Mongolia3,225,167
132Armenia2,957,731
133Jamaica2,948,279
134Albania2,880,917
135Qatar2,832,067
136Lithuania2,759,627
137Namibia2,494,530
138Gambia2,347,706
139Botswana2,303,697
140Gabon2,172,579
141Lesotho2,125,268
142Slovenia2,078,654
143Guinea Bissau1,920,922
144Latvia1,906,743
145Bahrain1,641,172
146Trinidad And Tobago1,394,973
147Equatorial Guinea1,355,986
148Estonia1,325,648
149Timor Leste1,293,119
150Mauritius1,269,668
151Cyprus1,198,575
152Djibouti973,560
153Fiji889,953
154Comoros850,886
155Guyana782,766
156Bhutan763,092
157Solomon Islands669,823
158Montenegro627,987
159Luxembourg615,729
160Suriname581,372
161Cape Verde549,935
162Maldives530,953
163Malta440,372
164Brunei433,285
165Belize390,353
166Bahamas389,482
167Iceland339,031
168Vanuatu299,882
169Barbados287,025
170Sao Tome And Principe215,056
171Samoa197,097
172Saint Lucia182,790
173Kiribati117,606
174Micronesia113,815
175Grenada112,003
176Saint Vincent And The Grenadines110,589
177Tonga104,494
178Seychelles97,739
179Antigua And Barbuda97,118
180Andorra77,142
181Dominica71,808
182Marshall Islands58,791
183Saint Kitts And Nevis52,823
184Monaco38,964
185Liechtenstein38,019
186San Marino33,860
187Palau18,008
188Cook Islands17,548
189Tuvalu11,646
190Nauru10,756
191Niue1,615
192Vatican City799