Countries

Clarification about what constitutes a visit.

I only count trips to countries where i’ve had a significant amount of time. This amount of time can vary, but in general I usually use 24 consecutive hours as the minimum, which is also the guideline set out by the Danish “De Berejstes Klub” (Travellers Club), but there are some exceptions. Fx. I spent just 6 hours in Dubai, but still include UAE on my list.

I don’t count any countries where I’ve only set my foot in the airport, otherwise this list would be a lot longer (looking at you 9 hour layover in Moscow).

Clarifications about specific countries.

When discussing countries, there’s always some controversies about which countries are recognized or not, and which party you side with in different conflicts etc. So I’ll clear out some of the possible sore points here, for my listed countries. I will mainly be dealing with the countries that I have already visited.

Israel/Palestine – Alright lets just get this one out of the way right away. To me, Palestine is its own legitimate country, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israel is also a country.

Macedonia – I choose to go with the constitutional name of just “Macedonia”, so not adding the “Former Yugoslav Republic of” prefix.

Kosovo – To me is its own independent country.

Armenia & Georgia – Part of Europe or Asia? Well this is definitely not a straight forward question, and while I agree that culturally they’re european, I also think that geographically they’re primarily asian. I have decided to place both under the Asia category.

This also means that in regards to how many countries there are, I count 197. This is made up of the 193 recognized by the UN + Palestine + Vatican City + Taiwan + Kosovo.


The List.

So. Something that is of course obligatory for a travel blog is the bragging about all the countries that the person has visited, and I am not going to be any different.

I have currently visited 28 countries, and 5 territories for significant amounts of time. For a complete list of travels, see below. If applying the 24 consecutive hour stay as the requirement, then the list shrinks to 23 countries and 2 territories.

world visited map

Alphabetically order, with years of visit(s), and amount of time spent listed afterwards.

Countries:
Albania (2014 – 26 hours)
Armenia (2015 – 16 days, 2016 – 10 days)
Denmark (Homecountry)
France (2017 – 3 days)
Georgia (2015 – 10 days, 2016 – 3 days)
Germany (So many times)
Greece (2012 – ~1,5 days)
Iran (2016 – 14 days, 2017 – 14 days, 2018 – 10 days)
Iraq (2018 – 4 days)
Israel (2017 – ~10 hours)
Kosovo (2014 – 3 days)
Laos (2018 – 6 days)
Lebanon (2018 – 5 days)
Macedonia (2011 – 10 days, 2012 – 14 days, 2013 – 21 days, 2014 – 5 days)
Moldova (2018 – 3 days)
Myanmar (2018 – 6 days)
Norway (2017 – 4 days)
Oman (2018 – 4 days)
Palestine (2017 – 14 days)
Poland (2016 – 10 hours)
Portugal (2010 – 5 days)
Romania (2017 – 3 days, 2018 – 12 hours)
Spain (2011 – 7 days)
Sweden (2017 – 3 days)
Thailand (2018 – 2 days)
Ukraine (2016 – 4 days)
United Arab Emirates (2018 – 6 hours)
United Kingdom (2018 – 3 days)

Territories:
Gibraltar (2011 – ~6 hours)
Iraqi Kurdistan (2018 – 4 days)
Nagorno Karabakh (2015 – 3 days)
Scotland (2018 – 3 days)
Transnistria (2018 – 8 hours)