The Countries I Have Visited

(not including airplane stops)
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As of february 2015, i have visited 168 countries of the world.
(Yes i know my Seneca: "Nusquam est qui ubique est")
By continent

Africa


Tunisia
Morocco
Senegal
Gambia
Bissau
Mali
Burkina Faso
Ghana
Togo
Benin
Egypt
Tanzania
Kenya
Uganda
Rwanda
Congo Kinshasa
Congo Brazzaville
Gabon
Cameroon
Ethiopia
Eritrea
Djibouti
Somaliland
Mozambique
Madagascar
Swaziland
Lesotho
South Africa
Malawi
Zambia
Botswana
Namibia
Zimbabwe
Mauritius
Seychelles

Asia: Middle East and Central Asia


Armenia
Georgia
Iran
Israel
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Palestine
Syria
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Yemen
Kuwait
Qatar
Oman
Tajikstan
United Arab Emirates
Bahrein

Asia: Indian subcontinent


Bangladesh
Maldives
Burma/Myanmar
Pakistan
India
Nepal
Bhutan
Sri Lanka

Asia: Far East


Mongolia
South Korea
China
Japan
Thailand
Malaysia
Brunei
Singapore
Laos
Vietnam
Cambodia
Indonesia
Philippines
Taiwan

North America


USA
Canada
Mexico
Guatemala
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama
Belize
Costarica

Caribbeans


Antigua
Bahamas
Barbados
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
St Kitts
St Lucia
St Vincent
Trinidad

South America


Colombia
Venezuela
Guyana
Suriname
Brazil
Ecuador
Peru
Chile
Argentina
Bolivia
Uruguay
Paraguay

Oceania


Australia
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Fiji
Samoa
Tonga
Vanuatu
Solomon
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia

Europe


Albania
Macedonia
Serbia
Kosovo
Montenegro
Moldova
Ukraine
Portugal
Spain
Andorra
San Marino
Vatican
France
Monaco
Luxemburg
Liechtenstein
Belgium
Netherlands
Britain
Ireland
Denmark
Iceland
Germany
Italy
Malta
Cyprus
Slovenia
Croatia
Bosnia
Switzerland
Austria
Norway
Sweden
Finland
Estonia
Latvia
Lithuania
Russia
Poland
Hungary
Czech Republic
Slovakia
Greece
Romania
Bulgaria
Turkey
In alphabetical order

Albania
Andorra
Antigua
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrein
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bissau
Bolivia
Bosnia
Botswana
Brazil
Britain
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma/Myanmar
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Congo Brazzaville
Congo Kinshasa
Costarica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czeck Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxemburg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Samoa
San Marino
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon
Somaliland
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
St Kitts
St Lucia
St Vincent
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikstan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
USA
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Ironically it is really difficult to decide how many independent countries there are in the world because different countries and agencies recognize different countries. For example, i recognize Taiwan, Somaliland and Palestine and i used to recognize Tibet before everybody abandoned it, and i come up with 198 independent countries. The Vatican is recognized by almost every country in the world but it is not represented at the United Nations. The US State Department recognizes 194 independent countries, but it does not include Taiwan (so much for your closest allies), nor Somaliland nor Palestine. Russia and Serbia do not recognize Kosovo. The United Nations has 192 members. Turkey recognizes half of Cyprus as independent and Russia recognizes all sorts of separatists as independent. I still have to see the following independent countries:
  • America: Suriname,
  • Asia: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Iraq, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Timor-Leste,
  • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan,
  • Europe: Belarus,
  • Oceania: Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu,

And just to avoid that some of these missing countries acquire the status of "rarity": some of them i didn't see because of difficulty, and some i didn't see simply because i've never been curious to see them.