257 Countries (inc. Taiwan) to Choose From – 1st Round
Click Here to read the intro blog post first so you know what I’m talking about in this post!
So how many countries in the world are there to choose from?
According to some site on Google there are only 257 countries that are not disputed. Whatever that means. Does partially disputed mean they are at war? That would rule about 60 out.
About.com says there are 196 countries in the world. The USA only recognises 195 as it does not recognise Taiwan as an independent country because China claims it’s a wee province of theirs.
Some sources will claim there are only 193 countries because that’s the amount in the UN but the Vatican and Kosovo are independent and not members of the UN.
So where to? Where should I pack my family off to in the world for a new idyllic start? I’m going to keep an open mind and go through them one by one. There are a few instant strike offs: any country at war or with war potential in near future. Most small tropical islands that are good for two weeks holidays but boring after that. I’m not a big lover of sun, sea, sand combinations – we’re not a beach loving family – more forest jungle type people. More Tarzan than Robinson Crusoe.
I’m ruling out the continent of Africa too – too many countries at war, famine and creatures that can kill you.
Eastern European countries are out too – I’ve been to a few and we’re really not looking for the historical, town type life. The languages are too diverse and I find the people too serious. Also there are tons of eastern European people in Ireland, so if they are coming here they must be getting away from something.
Any country ending in ‘stan’ is ruled out too – you can thank Borat for that one.
Here’s my instant thoughts and yes some of you will think I am as ignorant as hell about the culture, history and geography of some countries and you are right, I am. So if you want to educate me about a country you know and that I have unfairly ditched, leave a comment.