Western Countries 2020

What countries are Western countries?

The Western world, also known as the Occident or the West, has been shaped by several different definitions, some geographic and some formed by other factors. To Europeans, the Western world used to be a literal geographical term, separating Europe from the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, North Africa, and the Far East. This is no longer used as a primary definition, since Australia and New Zealand geographically in the East, but are Western countries.

The concept of the Western part of the world is from Greco-Roman civilization in Europe and the advent of Christianity. The Western world has been influenced by the traditions of the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Age of Enlightenment and was shaped by the colonialism of the 15th-20th centuries. This mass exportation of culture to the rest of the world was known as Westernization.

By the mid-20th century, Western culture was widespread throughout the world with the help of mass media, such as television, film, radio, and music. The term “Western culture” is used broadly to refer to traditions, social norms, religious beliefs, technologies, and political systems. Because the culture is so widespread, today the term “Western world” has a cultural, economic, and political definition.

The cultural definition, known as the Latin West, broadly refers to all of the countries that were shaped by Western Christianity (Catholic and Protestant churches), have similar cultural and ethical values, and use the Latin alphabet.

The political definition is known as the Cold War West. These countries had democratic, capitalist governments after World War II and were aligned against the USSR. The common defining factor in these countries is being against communism.

The third definition is the economic definition, known as the Rich West. This is a narrower definition that includes European-settled countries that have GDPs per capita over US$10,000. This does not include many Central and South American countries that are included in the other definitions but includes former communist countries that were excluded from the political definition.

Below is a table of all of the Western countries around the world.

Country Population 2019
Andorra77,142
Antigua And Barbuda97,118
Argentina44,780,677
Australia25,203,198
Austria8,955,102
Bahamas389,482
Barbados287,025
Belgium11,539,328
Belize390,353
Bolivia11,513,100
Brazil211,049,527
Canada37,411,047
Chile18,952,038
Colombia50,339,443
Croatia4,130,304
Cuba11,333,483
Czech Republic10,689,209
Denmark5,771,876
Dominica71,808
Dominican Republic10,738,958
Ecuador17,373,662
El Salvador6,453,553
Estonia1,325,648
Finland5,532,156
France65,129,728
Germany83,517,045
Grenada112,003
Guatemala17,581,472
Haiti11,263,077
Honduras9,746,117
Hungary9,684,679
Iceland339,031
Ireland4,882,495
Italy60,550,075
Jamaica2,948,279
Latvia1,906,743
Liechtenstein38,019
Lithuania2,759,627
Luxembourg615,729
Malta440,372
Mexico127,575,529
Monaco38,964
Netherlands17,097,130
New Zealand4,783,063
Nicaragua6,545,502
Norway5,378,857
Panama4,246,439
Paraguay7,044,636
Peru32,510,453
Poland37,887,768
Portugal10,226,187
San Marino33,860
Slovakia5,457,013
Slovenia2,078,654
Spain46,736,776
Suriname581,372
Sweden10,036,379
Switzerland8,591,365
Trinidad And Tobago1,394,973
United Kingdom67,530,172
United States329,064,917
Uruguay3,461,734
Vatican City799
Venezuela28,515,829