I know! I know! there's 193! But wait, where did that figure come from? No, wait, it's 204! Or maybe not... It all depends on how one defines a country, and moreover, who does the defining. Some would defer to the United Nations, but not every place takes the U.N. as an authority ablout anything.
There are countries that don't have a functioning government at all, but that can be temporary. Vatican City is totally within Rome and uses Italian services. Yet it is a country, whereas other places like it are not. The Dutch Antilles? Sealand? Palestine? That's a whole other can of worms! It's not simple at all, as C.G.P. Grey explains in this video. -via Viral Viral Videos