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List of Countries of the World


There's been a page of countries at this site for a while now, and it started as the list of countries that happened to be Tax Havens. But then when Barclays Offshore set up an affiliate program it became necessary to flag up the countries where their offshore bank accounts were allowed and where they weren't.

Even at that time, some countries already had a page at this site, so they've got a link from this page.

Lists such as this are likely to be expanded, not only by having additional nations added, but also by having extra commentary added!

Here's the list so far...


Abkhazia

Afghanistan

Akrotiri

Albania - see the page of Tax Havens

Algeria

American Samoa

Andorra - see Tax Havens. Also, Well Done to Andorra for having no extradition treaty with the USA!

Angola

Anguilla - see the page of Tax Havens

Antarctica - we would like the ice and snow to remain there rather than melting.

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba - see the page of Tax Havens

Ashmore and Cartier Islands

Australia - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man

Austria - see dot.at domains

Azerbaijan

Bahamas - see Tax Havens

Bahrain - it will be interesting to see what that's like After the Revolution

Bangladesh

Barbados - see Tax Havens

Bassas da India

Belarus

Belgium - not to be underestimated!

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Bouvet Island

Brazil - see Lula

British Indian Ocean Territory

British Virgin Islands - see the page of Tax Havens

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burma / Myanmar - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde - Atlantic islands just to the West of Africa

Cayman Islands - see the page of Tax Havens

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man. Also mentioned at oJOoJ4 , historical review of the Chinese Olympics and planning your cultural exploration at China Travel Depot

Christmas Island

Clipperton Island

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Colombia

Comoros

Congo; Democratic Republic

Congo; Republic of the

Cook Islands

Coral Sea Islands - Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands - an independent micronation established on some islands just to the East of Australia. Besides being diversity-friendly, it's also a place known for philately , numismatism , and coral

Costa Rica - Also see the page of Tax Havens

Côte d'Ivoire - Ivory Coast

Croatia

Cuba - see Fidel Castro's Head For Sale

Cymru - Wales - closely connected with the UK

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark - Danmark

Dhekelia

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic - Also see the page of Tax Havens. It's a good place to go on holiday!

Ecuador - Showing some signs of improving in matters of gay rights, but we will see how the general record on human rights in Ecuador is reflected depending on what happens to Saint Julian Assange, who has sought diplomatic refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea - regarded as one of the least-free countries in the world

Estonia

Ethiopia

Europa Island

Falkland Islands - inhabited by British people and penguins

Faroe Islands - one of the few countries still involved with killing whales (2012).

Fiji

Finland

France

French Guiana - famous for the Spaceport

French Polynesia

French Southern and Antarctic Lands

Gabon

Gambia; The - There is likely to be a review of the place at Stamp Demon at some time.

Gaza Strip - Palestine - currently (2012) under siege by Israel, but may at some time be free, although that would also involve deposing political/religious extremists

Georgia

Germany - Well at least it's Unified now!

Ghana

Gibraltar - see the page of Tax Havens

Glorioso Islands

Greece - see Credit Crunch

Greenland - it may not be green in the sense of the colour, but it is important in the other sense of the term "green", as in ecological, as it's where a lot of snow and ice needs to remain uphill rather than melting. The term "GreenLand" may have been an ancient piece of marketing to tempt Vikings to move there.

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala

Guernsey - Channel Islands - also see the page of Tax Havens

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland - one of the few countries still involved with killing whales (2012).

India - also see Zyra India. Sadly it's one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man

Indonesia - includes Bali

Iran - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man

Iraq

Ireland

Isle of Man - see the page of Tax Havens and most notably Barclays Isle of Man where it's possible to set up an offshore bank account

Israel - It's a modern European-style country despite being in the Middle East, and in a war zone.

Italy

Jamaica - currently (2011) has a problem with gay rights

Jan Mayen

Japan - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man
Japan is one of the few countries still involved with killing whales (2012)

Jersey - Channel Islands - also see the page of Tax Havens

Jordan

Juan de Nova Island

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kosovo

Kurdistan - a region consisting of North Iraq and South Turkey

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia - also see the page of Tax Havens

Libya - see After the Revolution

Liechtenstein - see Tax Havens

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau

Macedonia

Madagascar - best animal species diversity in the world

Malawi

Malaysia - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man

Maldives - Idyllic looking tropical islands in the Indian Ocean. Looks great! But the islands have almost no elevation above sea level, so global sea level is an issue. For hotels in the Maldives, see Amari , Hayes and Jarvis , Onyx Hospitality Group , Thomas Cook , and Aitken Spence Hotels. (Previously also at Anantara and Mosaic Holidays). The Maldives are also mentioned at such pages as Stuff Google , and Tsunami Insurance

Mali - If you're looking for Timbuktu, Mali is where it is.

Malta

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius - one of the tropical Tax Havens. Very encouraging to expats on the Internet, although the place is getting a bit crowded.

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco - see Tax Havens

Mongolia - historically famous for Kublai Khan

Montenegro - also see .ME

Montserrat - also see the page of Tax Havens

Morocco

Mozambique

Nagorno-Karabakh

Namibia

Nauru

Navassa Island

Nepal

Netherlands - more freedom than most places

Netherlands Antilles - Dutch caribbean islands

New Caledonia

New Zealand - epic scenery, as in Lord of the Rings

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria - notorious for the Nigeria Scam, but you should know that the Nigeria Scam is Not Exclusive to Nigeria!

Niue - also see the page of Tax Havens

Norfolk Island

Northern Cyprus

Northern Mariana Islands

North Korea - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man

Norway - one of the few countries still involved with killing whales (2012).

Oman
For hotels in Oman, see Aitken Spence Hotels

Pakistan

Palau

Palestine

Panama - famous for the Panama Canal and for being a Tax Haven

Papua New Guinea

Paracel Islands

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Pitcairn Islands - famous for "Mutiny on the Bounty". One of the last few "pink bits", places that are still British.

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Reunion

Romania

Russia - also see Russian Space Agency

Rwanda

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts and Nevis - also see the page of Tax Havens

Saint Lucia

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Tax Havens

Samoa - Western Samoa

San Marino

São Tomé and Príncipe

Saudi Arabia - see After the Revolution. It is currently (2012) an extremist religious despotic tyranny, and only stays in business because of the support of the USA, UK, and a few other countries that appease the despots in exchange for oil. Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia are virtually nonexistent. The oppressed population might yet overthrow the leadership. As the name "Saudi Arabia" means "Arabia the personal property of the House of Saud", after the Arab Spring revolution the country will have to have a new name! How about the Free Arab Republic ?

Sealand - an independent country consisting of an old fort, a Martello tower, near to the UK and continental Europe

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

Somaliland

South Africa - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

South Korea - considerably more prosperous than North Korea

South Ossetia

South Sudan - Secession

Spain

Spratly Islands

Sri Lanka - also see the page of Tax Havens

Sudan

Suriname

Svalbard

Swaziland

Sweden - the reputation of Sweden is being damaged by being involved in a US/UK conspiracy to accuse Julian Assange.

Switzerland - also see Tax Havens

Syria - see After the Revolution

Taipei

Taiwan

Tajikistan

(Tamil Eelam - has been temporarily put on hold because of the genocide in Sri Lanka. See Tamils)

Tanzania

Thailand

Tibet

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tokelau

Tonga

Transnistria

Trinidad and Tobago

Tromelin Island

Tunisia - see Tunisia Revolution

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos Islands - also see the page of Tax Havens

Tuvalu - home of the Dot TV

Uganda

Ukraine

Ummoa - a new micronation declares independence!

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man

Uruguay - Well Done to Uruguay for being one of the first of many countries to legalise the personal use of drugs.

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu - Well Done to Vanuatu for having no extradition treaty with the USA!

Vatican City

Venezuela

Vietnam

Virgin Islands - US Virgin Islands

Wake Island

Wallis and Futuna

West Bank - Palestine

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe


You can see that only a very few countries Barclays Wealth Expat Bank Account Servicesare excluded from Barclays Isle of Man, and the rest are allowed. So, if you're an expat, having a bank account offshore could be worthwhile, and it's allowed if you live in all of the aforementioned countries apart from the ones that are flagged-up.

This list of countries was obtained by acquiring several separate lists of countries of the world and then creating a composite list which had most of the advantages of the other lists. The result is not perfect, but it is being improved.

Other geographical references: Travel Checklist , Travel Agents , Places