According to Flag Counter, there are some 242 unique countries, protectorates, and territories around the globe. This total does not include the states and provinces within the larger entities, such as the 51 states or districts of the USA or the 13 provinces or territories of Canada. So with 189 flags collected so far, there are 241-189=53 countries which have yet to visit. The Flag Counter on PhilosFX lets me know the names of the "Never" countries, so I am going to stretch a little beyond my reach and attempt to connect with some more of these more distant locales.
Table 1. The "Never" Countries:
|American Samoa||Guinea||Sao Tome and Principe|
|British Indian Ocean Terr.||Liechtenstein||Somalia|
|Burkina Faso||Marshall Islands||South Sudan|
|Central African Republic||Swaziland|
|Christmas Island||Niger||The Gambia|
|Equatorial Guinea||North Korea||Tokelau|
|Falkland Islands||Republic of the Congo||Turkmenistan|
|Saint Helena||Vatican City|
|Greenland||Saint Pierre and Miquelon||Wallis and Futuna|
What is driving this quest is similar to the passion behind my global stamp collection or the fact that I keep track of all the different beers I've tried from countries around the world. Life is short and precious. We only get so much time. I do not want to live in isolation, Rather, I long to connect, and one way to connect is via the hive mind that is the Internet.
Thanks for reading. If you know someone in one of the 53 countries in Table 1 above, send them a link to your favorite blog! And keep that link handy when you leave home for Saints Barthelemy, Helena, or Pierre and Miquelon!