Countries and Regions Used

The naming and listing of countries included in the Library Map of the World is based on definitions used by United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). According to the UNSD Methodology on Standard country or area codes for statistical use (M49) there are 249 countries or areas in the world.
The assignment of countries or areas to specific regions is also based on United Nations definitions with the exception of the Americas. In the Library Map of the World, this has been split to list North America separately from Latin America and the Caribbean.