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.
Flag Name Population 2019 Area Growth Rate
China1,433,783,6869,706,961 km²0.43%
India1,366,417,7543,287,590 km²1.02%
United States329,064,9179,372,610 km²0.60%
Indonesia270,625,5681,904,569 km²1.10%
Pakistan216,565,318881,912 km²2.04%
Brazil211,049,5278,515,767 km²0.75%
Nigeria200,963,599923,768 km²2.60%
Bangladesh163,046,161147,570 km²1.03%
Russia145,872,25617,098,242 km²0.09%
Mexico127,575,5291,964,375 km²1.10%
Japan126,860,301377,930 km²-0.27%
Ethiopia112,078,7301,104,300 km²2.61%
Philippines108,116,615342,353 km²1.37%
Egypt100,388,0731,002,450 km²2.00%
Vietnam96,462,106331,212 km²0.96%
Germany83,517,045357,114 km²0.47%
Turkey83,429,615783,562 km²1.32%
Iran82,913,9061,648,195 km²1.36%
Thailand69,625,582513,120 km²0.28%
United Kingdom67,530,172242,900 km²0.58%
France65,129,728551,695 km²0.21%
Italy60,550,075301,336 km²-0.13%
South Africa58,558,2701,221,037 km²1.33%
Tanzania58,005,463945,087 km²3.00%
Myanmar54,045,420676,578 km²0.63%
Kenya52,573,973580,367 km²2.30%
South Korea51,225,308100,210 km²0.10%
Colombia50,339,4431,141,748 km²1.37%
Spain46,736,776505,992 km²0.09%
Argentina44,780,6772,780,400 km²0.95%
Uganda44,269,594241,550 km²3.61%
Ukraine43,993,638603,500 km²-0.57%
Algeria43,053,0542,381,741 km²1.95%
Sudan42,813,2381,886,068 km²2.42%
Iraq39,309,783438,317 km²2.28%
Poland37,887,768312,679 km²-0.09%
Canada37,411,0479,984,670 km²0.91%
Morocco36,471,769446,550 km²1.23%
Saudi Arabia34,268,5282,149,690 km²1.68%
Uzbekistan32,981,716447,400 km²1.56%
Peru32,510,4531,285,216 km²1.63%
Malaysia31,949,777330,803 km²1.34%
Ghana30,417,856238,533 km²2.19%
Mozambique30,366,036801,590 km²2.95%
Yemen29,161,922527,968 km²2.33%
Nepal28,608,710147,181 km²1.83%
Venezuela28,515,829916,445 km²-1.29%
Madagascar26,969,307587,041 km²2.69%
Cameroon25,876,380475,442 km²2.62%
Ivory Coast25,716,544322,463 km²2.58%
North Korea25,666,161120,538 km²0.46%
Australia25,203,1987,692,024 km²1.23%
Taiwan23,773,87636,193 km²0.20%
Niger23,310,7151,267,000 km²3.87%
Sri Lanka21,323,73365,610 km²0.45%
Burkina Faso20,321,378272,967 km²2.89%
Mali19,658,0311,240,192 km²3.04%
Romania19,364,557238,391 km²-0.73%
Chile18,952,038756,102 km²1.19%
Malawi18,628,747118,484 km²2.68%
Kazakhstan18,551,4272,724,900 km²1.27%
Zambia17,861,030752,612 km²2.94%
Guatemala17,581,472108,889 km²1.93%
Ecuador17,373,662276,841 km²1.69%
Netherlands17,097,13041,850 km²0.22%
Syria17,070,135185,180 km²0.74%
Cambodia16,486,542181,035 km²1.46%
Senegal16,296,364196,722 km²2.79%
Chad15,946,8761,284,000 km²3.03%
Somalia15,442,905637,657 km²2.90%
Zimbabwe14,645,468390,757 km²1.43%
Guinea12,771,246245,857 km²2.88%
Rwanda12,626,95026,338 km²2.64%
Benin11,801,151112,622 km²2.75%
Tunisia11,694,719163,610 km²1.12%
Belgium11,539,32830,528 km²0.50%
Burundi11,530,58027,834 km²3.18%
Bolivia11,513,1001,098,581 km²1.41%
Cuba11,333,483109,884 km²-0.04%
Haiti11,263,07727,750 km²1.26%
South Sudan11,062,113619,745 km²0.79%
Dominican Republic10,738,95848,671 km²1.05%
Czech Republic10,689,20978,865 km²0.22%
Greece10,473,455131,990 km²-0.46%
Portugal10,226,18792,090 km²-0.29%
Jordan10,101,69489,342 km²1.37%
Azerbaijan10,047,71886,600 km²0.99%
Sweden10,036,379450,295 km²0.65%
United Arab Emirates9,770,52983,600 km²1.45%
Honduras9,746,117112,492 km²1.65%
Hungary9,684,67993,028 km²-0.24%
Belarus9,452,411207,600 km²-0.00%
Tajikistan9,321,018143,100 km²2.42%
Austria8,955,10283,871 km²0.72%
Papua New Guinea8,776,109462,840 km²1.97%
Serbia8,772,23588,361 km²-0.35%
Switzerland8,591,36541,284 km²0.77%
Israel8,519,37720,770 km²1.64%
Togo8,082,36656,785 km²2.45%
Sierra Leone7,813,21571,740 km²2.13%
Laos7,169,455236,800 km²1.53%
Paraguay7,044,636406,752 km²1.27%
Lebanon6,855,71310,452 km²-0.05%
Libya6,777,4521,759,540 km²1.48%
Nicaragua6,545,502130,373 km²1.24%
El Salvador6,453,55321,041 km²0.51%
Kyrgyzstan6,415,850199,951 km²1.77%
Turkmenistan5,942,089488,100 km²1.56%
Singapore5,804,337710 km²0.81%
Denmark5,771,87643,094 km²0.34%
Finland5,532,156338,424 km²0.17%
Slovakia5,457,01349,037 km²0.07%
Republic Of The Congo5,380,508342,000 km²2.60%
Norway5,378,857323,802 km²0.77%
Costa Rica5,047,56151,100 km²0.96%
Palestine4,981,4206,220 km²2.44%
Oman4,974,986309,500 km²3.01%
Liberia4,937,374111,369 km²2.46%
Ireland4,882,49570,273 km²1.32%
New Zealand4,783,063270,467 km²0.84%
Central African Republic4,745,185622,984 km²1.69%
Mauritania4,525,6961,030,700 km²2.78%
Panama4,246,43975,417 km²1.67%
Kuwait4,207,08317,818 km²1.69%
Croatia4,130,30456,594 km²-0.63%
Moldova4,043,26333,846 km²-0.21%
Georgia3,996,76569,700 km²-0.15%
Eritrea3,497,117117,600 km²1.28%
Uruguay3,461,734181,034 km²0.36%
Bosnia And Herzegovina3,301,00051,209 km²-0.69%
Mongolia3,225,1671,564,110 km²1.73%
Armenia2,957,73129,743 km²0.20%
Jamaica2,948,27910,991 km²0.46%
Albania2,880,91728,748 km²-0.06%
Qatar2,832,06711,586 km²1.81%
Lithuania2,759,62765,300 km²-1.49%
Namibia2,494,530825,615 km²1.89%
Gambia2,347,70610,689 km²2.97%
Botswana2,303,697582,000 km²2.20%
Gabon2,172,579267,668 km²2.52%
Lesotho2,125,26830,355 km²0.80%
Macedonia2,083,45925,713 km²0.02%
Slovenia2,078,65420,273 km²0.04%
Guinea Bissau1,920,92236,125 km²2.49%
Latvia1,906,74364,559 km²-1.13%
Bahrain1,641,172765 km²4.57%
Trinidad And Tobago1,394,9735,130 km²0.37%
Equatorial Guinea1,355,98628,051 km²3.59%
Estonia1,325,64845,227 km²0.21%
Mauritius1,269,6682,040 km²0.20%
Cyprus1,198,5759,251 km²0.78%
Swaziland1,148,13017,364 km²1.04%
Djibouti973,56023,200 km²1.53%
Fiji889,95318,272 km²0.73%
Comoros850,8861,862 km²2.23%
Guyana782,766214,969 km²0.48%
Bhutan763,09238,394 km²1.15%
Solomon Islands669,82328,896 km²2.60%
Montenegro627,98713,812 km²0.03%
Luxembourg615,7292,586 km²1.90%
Suriname581,372163,820 km²0.93%
Cape Verde549,9354,033 km²1.13%
Maldives530,953300 km²2.96%
Malta440,372316 km²0.26%
Brunei433,2855,765 km²1.01%
Belize390,35322,966 km²1.90%
Bahamas389,48213,943 km²1.00%
Iceland339,031103,000 km²0.69%
Vanuatu299,88212,189 km²2.46%
Barbados287,025430 km²0.13%
Sao Tome And Principe215,056964 km²1.91%
Samoa197,0972,842 km²0.49%
Saint Lucia182,790616 km²0.50%
Kiribati117,606811 km²1.52%
Micronesia113,815702 km²1.04%
Grenada112,003344 km²0.49%
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines110,589389 km²0.34%
Tonga104,494747 km²1.26%
Seychelles97,739452 km²0.66%
Antigua And Barbuda97,118442 km²0.86%
Andorra77,142468 km²0.18%
Dominica71,808751 km²0.26%
Marshall Islands58,791181 km²0.65%
Saint Kitts And Nevis52,823261 km²0.73%
Monaco38,9642.02 km²0.73%
Liechtenstein38,019160 km²0.29%
San Marino33,86061 km²0.22%
Palau18,008459 km²0.56%
Cook Islands17,548236 km²0.17%
Tuvalu11,64626 km²1.20%
Nauru10,75621 km²0.81%
Niue1,615260 km²-0.31%
Vatican City7990.44 km²-0.25%