Kids ASK! about Anything & Everything
Different sources provide various answers to this question. Depending on the source of information, there are 189, 191, 192, 193, 194 or 195 independent countries in the world today. As of April 26, 2009, the United Nations has 192 members. The United States’ State Department recognizes 194 independent countries around the world and states that Taiwan is part of China. According to About.com, the best answer to this question is that there are 195 countries in the world (including Taiwan). [Editor: There is no right or wrong answer to this question and you may find different answers quoted in different books and websites. I will leave it to you to decide if your best answer is 192, 194 or 195.]
1) Rosenberg, Matt (2009, March 25). Capitals of Every Independent Country. Retrieved April 26, 2009, from About.com: Geography Web site: http://geography.about.com/od/countryinformation/
2) Rosenberg, Matt (2009, March 25). The Number of Countries in the World. Retrieved April 26, 2009, from About.com: Geography Web site: http://geography.about.com/cs/countries/a/
3) How Many Countries In The World?. Retrieved April 26, 2009, from WorldAtlas.com Web site: http://www.worldatlas.com/nations.htm
If you want to read more about the different countries, you can refer to these books at our libraries:
The most stupendous atlas of the whole wide world by the Brainwaves ; written by Simon Adams.
Call No.: J 910 ADA
Children’s world atlas / consultant, David Green ; written by Simon Adams, Mary Atkinson, Sarah Phillips.
Call No.: JR 912 ADA
Our world : a country-by-country guide by Millie Miller.
Call No.: JR 910 MIL
For the availability of the above book titles, please check the library catalogue.
All book covers were extracted from www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com.
Originally answered by Koh Chee Boon
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