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Life Travels - nation and continent totals

Year Total Nations *
in year
Total Continents *
in year
Total Nations
lifetime
Total Continents
lifetime
2015 5 out of 197 2 out of 7 85 out of 197 5 out of 7
2014 13 out of 197 4 out of 7 85 out of 197 5 out of 7
2013 9 out of 197 4 out of 7 80 out of 197 5 out of 7
2012 8 out of 197 3 out of 7 78 out of 197 5 out of 7
2011 9 out of 197 3 out of 7 75 out of 197 5 out of 7
2010 9 out of 196 3 out of 7 72 out of 196 5 out of 7
2009 8 out of 196 3 out of 7 70 out of 196 5 out of 7
2008 11 out of 196 3 out of 7 68 out of 196 5 out of 7
2007 11 out of 196 2 out of 7 65 out of 196 5 out of 7
2006 9 out of 196 2 out of 7 60 out of 196 5 out of 7
2005 12 out of 195 2 out of 7 54 out of 195 5 out of 7
2004 10 out of 195 2 out of 7 47 out of 195 5 out of 7
2003 11 out of 195 3 out of 7 42 out of 195 5 out of 7
2002 7 out of 195 2 out of 7 36 out of 195 5 out of 7
2001 11 out of 194 3 out of 7 32 out of 194 5 out of 7
2000 6 out of 194 3 out of 7 26 out of 194 5 out of 7
1999 10 out of 194 3 out of 7 22 out of 194 5 out of 7
1998 6 out of 194 2 out of 7 15 out of 194 4 out of 7
1997 5 out of 194 3 out of 7 11 out of 194 3 out of 7
1996 6 out of 194 1 out of 7 7 out of 194 1 out of 7
1995 2 out of 194 1 out of 7 3 out of 194 1 out of 7
1982-1995 2 (U.K. & France) 1 (Europe) out of 7 2 (U.K. & France) 1 (Europe) out of 7
pre-1982 1 (U.K.) 1 (Europe) out of 7 1 (U.K.) 1 (Europe) out of 7

Notes

The current tally of 196 nations includes the 192 sovereign members of the United Nations (www.un.org/en/members) plus:

Vatican City Ecclesiastical city state governed by papal commission; the smallest sovereign state in the world.
Palestine Self-ruling (limited) democracy; Gaza, Jericho, West Bank regions; nation status not globally acknowledged.
Taiwan Self-ruling island republic; nation status not globally acknowledged.
Western Sahara Disputed territory under Moroccan military jurisdiction; nation status not globally acknowledged.

Variations during previous years:

2011
  • South Sudan - declared independence on 9 July 2011; joined the United Nations on 14 July 2011.
2006
  • Montenegro - declared independence on 3 June 2006; joined the United Nations on 28 June 2006.
2002
  • East Timor - gained independence on 20 May 2002; joined the United Nations on 27 September 2002.
  • Switzerland - independent sovereign state; joined the United Nations on 10 September 2002.
2000
  • Yugoslavia - independent sovereign state; joined the United Nations on 1 November 2000.
  • Tuvalu - independent sovereign state; joined the United Nations on 5 September 2000.
1999
  • Kiribati - independent sovereign state; joined the United Nations on 14 September 1999.
  • Nauru - independent sovereign state; joined the United Nations on 14 September 1999.
  • Tonga - independent sovereign state; joined the United Nations on 14 September 1999.
1995 184 sovereign members of the United Nations at the beginning of 1995, plus:
  • Kiribati - independent sovereign state; non-member of the United Nations.
  • Nauru - independent sovereign state; non-member of the United Nations.
  • Switzerland - independent sovereign state; non-member of the United Nations.
  • Tonga - independent sovereign state; non-member of the United Nations.
  • Tuvalu - independent sovereign state; non-member of the United Nations.
  • Yugoslavia - independent sovereign state; non-member of the United Nations.
  • Vatican City - ecclesiastical city state governed by papal commission; the smallest sovereign state in the world.
  • Palestine - self-ruling (limited) democracy; Gaza, Jericho, West Bank regions; nation status not globally acknowledged.
  • Taiwan - self-ruling island republic; nation status not globally acknowledged.
  • Western Sahara - disputed territory under Moroccan military jurisdiction; nation status not globally acknowledged.

* Totals of nations / continents visited each year include place of residence (United Kingdom / Europe), plus occasional airport transfers.