Sovereign Nation 2019

A sovereign nation is defined as 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 Area Population 2019 Growth Rate
China9,706,961 km²1,420,062,0220.35%
India3,287,590 km²1,368,737,5131.08%
United States9,372,610 km²329,093,1100.71%
Indonesia1,904,569 km²269,536,4821.03%
Brazil8,515,767 km²212,392,7170.72%
Pakistan881,912 km²204,596,4421.88%
Nigeria923,768 km²200,962,4172.60%
Bangladesh147,570 km²168,065,9201.02%
Russia17,098,242 km²143,895,551-0.05%
Mexico1,964,375 km²132,328,0351.20%
Japan377,930 km²126,854,745-0.26%
Ethiopia1,104,300 km²110,135,6352.42%
Philippines342,353 km²108,106,3101.50%
Egypt1,002,450 km²101,168,7451.80%
Vietnam331,212 km²97,429,0610.97%
Turkey783,562 km²82,961,8051.28%
Iran1,648,195 km²82,820,7660.99%
Germany357,114 km²82,438,6390.18%
Thailand513,120 km²69,306,1600.18%
United Kingdom242,900 km²66,959,0160.58%
France551,695 km²65,480,7100.38%
Tanzania945,087 km²60,913,5573.08%
Italy301,336 km²59,216,525-0.13%
South Africa1,221,037 km²58,065,0971.16%
Myanmar676,578 km²54,336,1380.89%
Kenya580,367 km²52,214,7912.48%
South Korea100,210 km²51,339,2380.34%
Colombia1,141,748 km²49,849,8180.78%
Spain505,992 km²46,441,0490.09%
Uganda241,550 km²45,711,8743.26%
Argentina2,780,400 km²45,101,7810.92%
Ukraine603,500 km²43,795,220-0.49%
Algeria2,381,741 km²42,679,0181.60%
Sudan1,886,068 km²42,514,0942.42%
Iraq438,317 km²40,412,2992.73%
Poland312,679 km²38,028,278-0.20%
Canada9,984,670 km²37,279,8110.88%
Morocco446,550 km²36,635,1561.23%
Saudi Arabia2,149,690 km²34,140,6621.75%
Peru1,285,216 km²32,933,8351.17%
Uzbekistan447,400 km²32,807,3681.37%
Venezuela916,445 km²32,779,8681.23%
Malaysia330,803 km²32,454,4551.29%
Mozambique801,590 km²31,408,8232.88%
Ghana238,533 km²30,096,9702.15%
Nepal147,181 km²29,942,0181.07%
Yemen527,968 km²29,579,9862.30%
Madagascar587,041 km²26,969,6422.69%
North Korea120,538 km²25,727,4080.46%
Ivory Coast322,463 km²25,531,0832.51%
Cameroon475,442 km²25,312,9932.57%
Australia7,692,024 km²25,088,6361.28%
Taiwan36,193 km²23,758,2470.27%
Niger1,267,000 km²23,176,6913.88%
Sri Lanka65,610 km²21,018,8590.33%
Burkina Faso272,967 km²20,321,5602.89%
Malawi118,484 km²19,718,7432.89%
Mali1,240,192 km²19,689,1403.04%
Romania238,391 km²19,483,360-0.50%
Kazakhstan2,724,900 km²18,592,9701.03%
Syria185,180 km²18,499,1811.17%
Chile756,102 km²18,336,6530.77%
Zambia752,612 km²18,137,3693.00%
Guatemala108,889 km²17,577,8421.93%
Zimbabwe390,757 km²17,297,4952.27%
Netherlands41,850 km²17,132,9080.28%
Ecuador276,841 km²17,100,4441.41%
Senegal196,722 km²16,743,8592.76%
Cambodia181,035 km²16,482,6461.46%
Chad1,284,000 km²15,814,3453.00%
Somalia637,657 km²15,636,1712.99%
Guinea245,857 km²13,398,1802.65%
South Sudan619,745 km²13,263,1842.66%
Rwanda26,338 km²12,794,4122.35%
Benin112,622 km²11,801,5952.75%
Tunisia163,610 km²11,783,1681.06%
Burundi27,834 km²11,575,9643.21%
Belgium30,528 km²11,562,7840.56%
Cuba109,884 km²11,492,0460.03%
Bolivia1,098,581 km²11,379,8611.46%
Haiti27,750 km²11,242,8561.17%
Greece131,990 km²11,124,603-0.16%
Dominican Republic48,671 km²10,996,7741.05%
Czech Republic78,865 km²10,630,5890.05%
Portugal92,090 km²10,254,666-0.35%
Jordan89,342 km²10,069,7941.68%
Sweden450,295 km²10,053,1350.71%
Azerbaijan86,600 km²10,014,5750.91%
United Arab Emirates83,600 km²9,682,0881.47%
Hungary93,028 km²9,655,361-0.35%
Honduras112,492 km²9,568,6881.61%
Belarus207,600 km²9,433,874-0.19%
Tajikistan143,100 km²9,292,0002.03%
Austria83,871 km²8,766,2010.16%
Serbia88,361 km²8,733,407-0.33%
Switzerland41,284 km²8,608,2590.75%
Papua New Guinea462,840 km²8,586,5252.00%
Israel20,770 km²8,583,9161.55%
Togo56,785 km²8,186,3842.45%
Sierra Leone71,740 km²7,883,1232.12%
Laos236,800 km²7,064,2421.48%
Paraguay406,752 km²6,981,9811.23%
Libya1,759,540 km²6,569,8641.53%
El Salvador21,041 km²6,445,4050.53%
Nicaragua130,373 km²6,351,1571.06%
Kyrgyzstan199,951 km²6,218,6161.40%
Lebanon10,452 km²6,065,922-0.45%
Turkmenistan488,100 km²5,942,5611.56%
Singapore710 km²5,868,1041.32%
Denmark43,094 km²5,775,2240.36%
Finland338,424 km²5,561,3890.34%
Republic Of The Congo342,000 km²5,542,1972.64%
Slovakia49,037 km²5,450,9870.02%
Norway323,802 km²5,400,9160.89%
Eritrea117,600 km²5,309,6592.35%
Palestine6,220 km²5,186,7902.65%
Oman309,500 km²5,001,8753.56%
Costa Rica51,100 km²4,999,3840.93%
Liberia111,369 km²4,977,7202.56%
Ireland70,273 km²4,847,1390.90%
Central African Republic622,984 km²4,825,7111.86%
New Zealand270,467 km²4,792,4090.90%
Mauritania1,030,700 km²4,661,1492.67%
Kuwait17,818 km²4,248,9741.24%
Panama75,417 km²4,226,1971.53%
Croatia56,594 km²4,140,148-0.59%
Moldova33,846 km²4,029,750-0.28%
Georgia69,700 km²3,904,204-0.07%
Bosnia And Herzegovina51,209 km²3,501,774-0.05%
Uruguay181,034 km²3,482,1560.36%
Mongolia1,564,110 km²3,166,2441.42%
Albania28,748 km²2,938,4280.14%
Armenia29,743 km²2,936,7060.09%
Jamaica10,991 km²2,906,3390.26%
Lithuania65,300 km²2,864,459-0.42%
Qatar11,586 km²2,743,9011.82%
Namibia825,615 km²2,641,9962.09%
Botswana582,000 km²2,374,6361.78%
Lesotho30,355 km²2,292,6821.31%
Gambia10,689 km²2,228,0752.97%
Gabon267,668 km²2,109,0992.01%
Macedonia25,713 km²2,086,7200.08%
Slovenia20,273 km²2,081,9000.03%
Guinea Bissau36,125 km²1,953,7232.44%
Latvia64,559 km²1,911,108-0.98%
Bahrain765 km²1,637,8964.52%
Swaziland17,364 km²1,415,4141.73%
Trinidad And Tobago5,130 km²1,375,4430.21%
Equatorial Guinea28,051 km²1,360,1043.52%
Estonia45,227 km²1,303,798-0.23%
Mauritius2,040 km²1,271,3680.24%
Cyprus9,251 km²1,198,4270.79%
Djibouti23,200 km²985,6901.47%
Fiji18,272 km²918,7570.71%
Comoros1,862 km²850,9102.23%
Bhutan38,394 km²826,2291.12%
Guyana214,969 km²786,5080.55%
Solomon Islands28,896 km²635,2541.92%
Montenegro13,812 km²629,3550.02%
Luxembourg2,586 km²596,9921.13%
Suriname163,820 km²573,0850.84%
Cape Verde4,033 km²560,3491.27%
Maldives300 km²451,7381.68%
Brunei5,765 km²439,3361.21%
Malta316 km²433,2450.27%
Bahamas13,943 km²403,0950.95%
Belize22,966 km²390,2312.04%
Iceland103,000 km²340,5660.82%
Vanuatu12,189 km²288,0172.09%
Barbados430 km²287,0100.22%
Sao Tome And Principe964 km²213,3792.18%
Samoa2,842 km²198,9090.61%
Saint Lucia616 km²180,4540.44%
Kiribati811 km²120,4281.70%
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines389 km²110,4880.26%
Tonga747 km²110,0410.95%
Grenada344 km²108,8250.45%
Micronesia702 km²106,9830.71%
Antigua And Barbuda442 km²104,0841.00%
Seychelles452 km²95,7020.49%
Andorra468 km²77,0720.15%
Dominica751 km²74,6790.50%
Saint Kitts And Nevis261 km²56,3450.89%
Marshall Islands181 km²53,2110.08%
Monaco2.02 km²39,1020.53%
Liechtenstein160 km²38,4040.65%
San Marino61 km²33,6830.38%
Palau459 km²22,2061.10%
Cook Islands236 km²17,4620.29%
Tuvalu26 km²11,3930.94%
Nauru21 km²11,260-0.46%
Niue260 km²1,6280.25%
Vatican City0.44 km²799-0.25%