CQJ Country List



Travelling is not a question of being in as many countries as possible. It may look impressive when somebody claims that he/she has been to more than 50 or 70 or even more countries, however, please remember that plane tickets are awfully cheap these days compared to just 20 or 30 years ago. Travelling has become much easier, so don't be impressed by sheer numbers, as it's much easier than it used to be going country-hopping from one continent to the next. That way, you can actually visit all the capitals on earth within less than one year.

Still, for the ones loving to count, the list below represents the "countries I've been to" - for the time being 182 (out of 195 possible - The Vatican has been removed from the list) and more to come, I hope. In addition, bear in mind that a "country" could be anything from a couple of days in the micro states of Monaco or San Marino (seeing all of the country) to more than eight months in India, and still only seeing a tiny fraction of it! In my opinion, it's a bit more impressive that I have spent an accumulated time of about seven years with my backpack outside Europe - and an unknown number of years in Europe. Such a feat requires much more than just lots on money and plane tickets.

Once in a while, I get the question if I ever expect to visit all the countries in the world. The answer? I don't know. I don't expect to do so just as a principle, however, if I find a remote reason to go somewhere, I might go, and in the end, who knows, I might end up with all 195 countries on the planet. I'm in no hurry, but I seriously do want to go back to Central Africa. Uruguay and Mongolia are on the to-do list as well as are a few of the North Pacific islands from Marshall Islands to Nauru. They will come, eventually, however, hardly all the 195. Time will show, but I'm in no hurry.

In addition, the lower table is a bunch of "overseas territories" which many people would like to call "countries" as well. Maybe they are, and at least some of the compete in the World Cup using their own flag, such as the Cook Islands, Scotland, Wales and American Samoa. It's all just to make the statistics happy. To the true traveller, this shouldn't make much of a difference.


Countries, regognized by UN (and the Travellers Guild of Denmark)
Asia Europe South America Africa
Afghanistan Albania Argentina Algeria
Armenia Andorra Bolivia Angola
Azerbaijan Austria Brazil Benin
Bangladesh Belarussia Chile Botswana
Bhutan Belgium Colombia Burkina Faso
Brunei Bosnia-Hercegovina Ecuador Burundi
Cambodia Bulgaria Guyana Cameroun
China (Peoples Rep.) Croatia Paraguay Cape Verde
Georgia Cyprus Peru Chad (Tchad)
India Czech Republic Surinam Comores
Indonesia Denmark Venezuela Congo (Republic)
Iran Estonia   Djibouti
Iraq Finland (Suomi) N./Central America Egypt
Israel France Antigua Eritrea
Japan Germany Bahamas Ethiopia
Jordan Greece Barbados Gabon
Kazakhstan Hungary Belize Gambia
Kuwait Ireland Canada Ghana
Kyrgyzstan Iceland Costa Rica Guinée
Laos Italy Cuba Guinée-Bissau
Lebanon Kosovo/Kosova Dominica Ivory Coast
Malaysia Latvia Dominican Republic Kenya
Maldives Liechtenstein El Salvador  Lesotho
Myanmar (Burma) Lithuania Grenada Madagascar
Nepal Luxembourg Guatemala Mali
North Korea (DPRK) Macedonia (FYROM) Haiti Mauritania
Pakistan Malta Honduras Mauritius
Philippines Moldova Jamaica Morocco
Singapore Monaco Mexico Mozambique
Sri Lanka Montenegro Nicaragua Namibia
South Korea Netherlands (Holland) Panama  Rwanda
Syria Norway St. Lucia Sao Tomé & Principe
Tajikistan Poland St. Kitts & Nevis Senegal
Taiwan Portugal St. Vincent & Grenad. Seychelles
Thailand Romania Trinidad-Tobago Sierra Leone
Timor L'Este Russia USA Somalia (Somaliland)
Turkey San Marino   South Africa (RSA)
Turkmenistan Serbia   South Sudan
Uzbekistan Switzerland Oceania Sudan (North Sudan)
Vietnam Slovakia Australia Swaziland
Yemen Spain Fiji Tanzania
  Sweden Micronesia (Fed. R.) Togo
  UK (England) New Zealand Tunisia
  Ukraine Papua New Guinea Uganda
    Palau Zambia
    Kiribati Zimbabwe
    Samoa (Independent)  

Solomon Islands





Overseas Territorries as defined by the Travellers Guild of Denmark
Asia Europe South America Oceania
Hong Kong
(UK, China)
Falkland Islands
Cook Islands
(New Zealand)
French Polynesia
(Portugal / China)
Montenegro (99-, Serbia-Montenegro)   Niue
(New Zealand)
  Easter Island
North Cyprus
  Guam (USA)
Northern Ireland (UK)     Hawaii (USA)
Vatican City (Int./Italy) North America /
Central America
Canary Islands
    Cayman Islands
    Turks & Caicos



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