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According to the UN, there are 195 officially-recognized countries in the world. South Sudan became the most recent state to be recognized by the international community as a sovereign nation. On July 9th, 2011, South Sudan declared independence from Sudan after nearly 99% of voters had voted for independence in a referendum. Despite recognizing 195 countries, the United Nations consists of just 193 sovereign member states – the only two countries that are not represented by the UN are the State of Palestine and the Holy See (aka the Vatican). Until the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is resolved, it’s unlikely the State of Palestine will gain full-member status.

According to the UN, there are 195 officially-recognized countries in the world. South Sudan became the most recent state to be recognized by the international community as a sovereign nation. On July 9th, 2011, South Sudan declared independence from Sudan after nearly 99% of voters had voted for independence in a referendum. Despite recognizing 195 countries, the United Nations consists of just 193 sovereign member states – the only two countries that are not represented by the UN are the State of Palestine and the Holy See (aka the Vatican). Until the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is resolved, it’s unlikely the State of Palestine will gain full-member status.

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