How Many Countries in the World
The number of countries is often disputed due to the definition being unclear. There is no correct answer to the question of "How many countries in the world?" as it all depends on governmental, academic, agency or organisation that is validating claims to sovereignty.
Depending on the source, you can find the number of countries in the world to be a as few as 190 and as many as 196.
In addition there are 61 dependent territories and six disputed territories in the world today. The dependent territories are administrated by eight different countries including Australia, Denmark, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom, and the United States.