Know : List of Countries with no Armed Forces (Army)

no armyThis is a list of countries without armed forces. The term “country” is used in the sense of independent states; thus, it applies only to sovereign states and not dependencies (e.g., GuamNorthern Mariana IslandsBermuda), whose defense is the responsibility of another country or an army alternative. The term “armed forces” refers to any government-sponsored defense used to further the domestic and foreign policies of their respective government. Some of the countries listed, such as Iceland and Monaco, have no armies, but still have a non-police military force.

Many of the 21 countries listed here typically have had a long-standing agreement with a former occupying country; one example is the agreement between Monaco and France, which has existed for at least 300 years. The Compact of Free Association nations of the Marshall IslandsFederated States of Micronesia (FSM), and Palau have no say in their respective countries’ defense matters, and have little say in international relations. For example, when the FSM negotiated a defensive agreement with the United States, it did so from a weak position because it had grown heavily dependent on American assistance. Andorra has a small army, and can request defensive aid if necessary, while Iceland had a unique agreement with the United States that lasted until 2006, which required them to provide defense to Iceland when needed.

The remaining countries are responsible for their own defense, and operate either without any armed forces, or with limited armed forces. Some of the countries, such as Costa RicaHaiti, and Grenada, underwent a process of demilitarization. Other countries were formed without armed forces, such as Samoa over 50 years ago; the primary reason being that they were, or still are, under protection from another nation at their point of independence. All of the countries on this list are considered to be in a situation of “non-militarization.”

Japan is not included in this list because, while the country may officially have no military according to Article 9 of its Constitution, it does have the Japan Self-Defense Forces, a military force for national territory defense that may only be deployed outside Japan for UN peacekeeping missions

Countries with absolutely no military forces

Country Comments
 Andorra Andorra has no standing army but signed treaties with Spain and France for its protection. Its small volunteer army is purely ceremonial in function. The paramilitary GIPA (trained in counter-terrorism and hostage management) is part of the national police.
 Costa Rica The constitution has forbidden a standing military since 1949. It does have a public security force, whose role includes law enforcement and internal security. For this reason Costa Rica is the headquarters for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and also the United Nations University for Peace.
 Grenada Has not had a standing army since 1983 because of an American-led invasion. The Royal Grenada Police Force maintains a paramilitary special service unit for internal security purposes. Defense is the responsibility of the Regional Security System.
 Kiribati Under the Constitution the only forces permitted are the police, which includes a Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security. The Maritime Surveillance is equipped with small arms, and maintains one Pacific class patrol boat, the Teanoai. Defense assistance is provided by Australia and New Zealand under an informal agreement between the three countries.
 Liechtenstein Abolished its army in 1868 because it was deemed too costly. An army is only permitted in times of war, but that situation has never occurred. However, Liechtenstein maintains a police force and a SWAT team, equipped with small arms to carry out internal security duties.
 Marshall Islands Since the country’s foundation the only forces permitted are the police, which includes a Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security. The Maritime Surveillance Unit is equipped with small arms, and maintains one Pacific class patrol boat, the Lomor. Under the Compact of Free Association, defense is the responsibility of the United States.
 Federated States of Micronesia Since the country’s foundation no military has been formed. The only forces permitted are the police, which maintain a Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security. The Maritime Surveillance is equipped with small arms, and maintains one Pacific class patrol boat, theIndependence. Defense is the responsibility of the United States under the Compact of Free Association.
 Nauru Australia is responsible for Nauru’s defense under an informal agreement between the two countries. However, there is a relatively large armed police force, and an auxiliary police force for internal security.
 Palau Since the country’s foundation the only forces permitted are the police, which includes a 30-man Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security. The Maritime Surveillance is equipped with small arms, and maintains one Pacific class patrol boat, the President H.I. Remeliik. Defense assistance is provided by the United States under the Compact of Free Association.
 Saint Lucia The Royal Saint Lucia Police maintain two small paramilitary forces consisting of 116 men and women, the Special Service Unit, and the Coast Guard, both units are responsible for internal security. Defense is the responsibility of Regional Security System.
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines The Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force maintain two small paramilitary forces consisting of 94 men and women, called the Special Service Unit, and the Coast Guard, both units are responsible for internal security purposes. All Coastguard Commanders with the exception of Lieutenant Commander David Robin have been officers from the Royal Navy. Defense is the responsibility of Regional Security System.
 Samoa Since the country’s foundation no military has been formed, however, there is a small police force, and a Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security. The Maritime Surveillance Unit is equipped with small arms, and maintains one Pacific class patrol boat, the Nafanua. In accordance to a 1962 Treaty of Friendship, New Zealand is responsible for defense.
 Solomon Islands Maintained a paramilitary force until a heavy ethnic conflict, in which Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific countries intervened to restore law and order. Since then no military has been maintained, however, there is a relatively large police force, and a Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security. The Maritime Surveillance Unit is equipped with small arms, and maintains two Pacific class patrol boats, the Aukiand the Lata. Defense and policing assistance is the responsibility of the RAMSI.
 Tuvalu Since the country’s foundation no military has been formed, however, there is a small police force, and a Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security. The Maritime Surveillance Unit is equipped with small arms, and maintains one Pacific class patrol boat, the Te Mataili.
  Vatican City Maintains a Gendarmerie Corps for internal policing. The Swiss Guard is a unit belonging to the Holy See, not the Vatican City State. There is no defense treaty with Italy, as it would violate the Vatican’s neutrality, but informally the Italian military protects Vatican City. The Palatine Guard and Noble Guard were abolished in 1970.

Countries with no standing army, but having limited military forces

Country Comments
 Haiti The Haitian military was disbanded in June 1995, but rebels have demanded its re-establishment. The 9,000-strong Haitian National Police maintains some paramilitary units and a Coast Guard; these units are considered to be larger than what is required, considering the much smaller militaries of some neighboring countries. In April 2012, Haitian President Michel Martelly demanded the re-establishment of the Army, which he deems necessary for the stability of Haiti.
 Iceland Has not had a standing army since 1869, but is an active member of NATO. There was a defense agreement with the United States, which maintained an Iceland Defense Force and a military base in the country from 1951 to 2006. However, the US announced it would continue to provide for Iceland’s defense, but without permanently basing forces in the country; Naval Air Station Keflavikclosed in late 2006 after 55 years. Even though Iceland does not have a standing army, it still maintains a military expeditionary peacekeeping force, an air defense system, an extensive militarised coast guard, a police service, and a tactical police force. There are also agreements about military and other security operations with NorwayDenmark, and other NATO countries.
 Mauritius Mauritius has not had a standing army since 1968. All military, police, and security functions are carried out by 10,000 active duty personnel under the command of the Commissioner of Police. The 8,000 member National Police Force is responsible for domestic law enforcement. There is also a 1,500 member Special Mobile Force, and a 500 member National Coast Guard, which are both considered paramilitary units. Both units are equipped with small arms.
 Monaco Renounced its general military investment in the 17th century because the advancement in artillery technology had rendered it defenseless, but still self identifies as having limited military forces. Although defense is the responsibility of France, two small military units are maintained; one primarily protects the Prince, and judiciary, while the other is responsible for civil defense, and fire fighting. Both units are well trained and equipped with small arms. In addition to the military, an armed national police force is maintained for internal security purposes.
 Panama Abolished its army in 1990, which was confirmed by a unanimous parliamentary vote for constitutional change in 1994. ThePanamanian Public Forces, includes the National Police, National Borders Service, National Aeronaval Service, and Institutional Protection Service, which have some warfare capabilities.
 Vanuatu The Vanuatu Police Force maintain a paramilitary force, called the Vanuatu Mobile Force for internal security purposes. The Vanuatu Mobile Force is manned by almost 300 men and women, who are well equipped with small arms.

Courtesy : Wikipedia

 

Know : List of All Presidents and Prime Ministers (As on Dec 2013)

Member states and observers of the United Nations

State Head of state Head of government
 Afghanistan
 Albania President – Bujar Nishani Prime Minister – Edi Rama
 Algeria President – Abdelaziz Bouteflika Prime Minister – Abdelmalek Sellal
 Andorra Episcopal Co-Prince – Joan Enric Vives Sicília
Representative – Josep Maria Mauri
French Co-Prince – François Hollande
Representative – Sylvie Hubac
Head of Government – Antoni Martí
 Angola
 Antigua and Barbuda Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Louise Lake-Tack
Prime Minister – Baldwin Spencer
 Argentina
 Armenia President – Serzh Sargsyan Prime Minister – Tigran Sargsyan
 Australia Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Quentin Bryce
Prime Minister – Tony Abbott
 Austria Federal President – Heinz Fischer Federal Chancellor – Werner Faymann
 Azerbaijan President – İlham Əliyev Prime Minister – Artur Rəsizade
 Bahamas Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Arthur Foulkes
Prime Minister – Perry Christie
 Bahrain King – Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prime Minister – Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
 Bangladesh President – Abdul Hamid Prime Minister – Sheikh Hasina
 Barbados Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Elliott Belgrave
Prime Minister – Freundel Stuart
 Belarus President – Alexander Lukashenko Prime Minister – Mikhail Myasnikovich
 Belgium King – Philippe Prime Minister – Elio Di Rupo
 Belize Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Colville Young
Prime Minister – Dean Barrow
 Benin
 Bhutan King – Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Prime Minister – Tshering Tobgay
 Bolivia
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Presidency:[1]
Željko Komšić (Chairman)
Bakir Izetbegović (Member)
Nebojša Radmanović (Member)
Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Vjekoslav Bevanda
 Botswana
 Brazil
 Brunei
 Bulgaria President – Rosen Plevneliev Prime Minister – Plamen Oresharski
 Burkina Faso President – Blaise Compaoré Prime Minister – Luc-Adolphe Tiao
 Burma
 Burundi
 Cambodia King – Norodom Sihamoni Prime Minister – Hun Sen
 Cameroon President – Paul Biya Prime Minister – Philémon Yang
 Canada Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor General – David Johnston
Prime Minister – Stephen Harper
 Cape Verde President – Jorge Carlos Fonseca Prime Minister – José Maria Neves
 Central African Republic President – Michel Djotodia Prime Minister – Nicolas Tiangaye
 Chad President – Idriss Déby Prime Minister – Kalzeubet Pahimi Deubet
 Chile
 China President – Xi Jinping Premier of the State Council – Li Keqiang
 Colombia
 Comoros
 Congo, Democratic Republic of the President – Joseph Kabila Prime Minister – Augustin Matata Ponyo
 Congo, Republic of the
 Costa Rica
 Croatia President – Ivo Josipović President of the Government – Zoran Milanović
 Cuba
 Cyprus
 Czech Republic President – Miloš Zeman Prime Minister – Jiří Rusnok
Prime Minister-designate – Bohuslav Sobotka
 Denmark Queen – Margrethe II Prime Minister – Helle Thorning-Schmidt
 Djibouti President – Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Prime Minister – Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed
 Dominica President – Charles Savarin Prime Minister – Roosevelt Skerrit
 Dominican Republic
 East Timor President – Taur Matan Ruak Prime Minister – Xanana Gusmão
 Ecuador
 Egypt Acting President – Adly Mansour Acting Prime Minister – Hazem Al Beblawi
 El Salvador
 Equatorial Guinea President – Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Prime Minister – Vicente Ehate Tomi
 Eritrea
 Estonia President – Toomas Hendrik Ilves Prime Minister – Andrus Ansip
 Ethiopia President – Mulatu Teshome Prime Minister – Hailemariam Desalegn
 Fiji President – Epeli Nailatikau Acting Prime Minister – Frank Bainimarama
 Finland President – Sauli Niinistö Prime Minister – Jyrki Katainen
 France President – François Hollande Prime Minister – Jean-Marc Ayrault
 Gabon President – Ali Bongo Ondimba Prime Minister – Raymond Ndong Sima
 Gambia, The
 Georgia President – Giorgi Margvelashvili Prime Minister – Irakli Garibashvili
 Germany Federal President – Joachim Gauck Federal Chancellor – Angela Merkel
 Ghana
 Greece President – Karolos Papoulias Prime Minister – Antonis Samaras
 Grenada Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Cécile La Grenade
Prime Minister – Keith Mitchell
 Guatemala
 Guinea President – Alpha Condé Prime Minister – Mohamed Said Fofana
 Guinea-Bissau Acting President – Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo Acting Prime Minister – Rui Duarte de Barros
 Guyana President – Donald Ramotar Prime Minister – Sam Hinds
 Haiti President – Michel Martelly Prime Minister – Laurent Lamothe
 Honduras
 Hungary President – János Áder Prime Minister – Viktor Orbán
 Iceland President – Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson Prime Minister – Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
 India President – Pranab Mukherjee Prime Minister – Manmohan Singh
 Indonesia
 Iran
 Iraq President – Jalal Talabani Prime Minister – Nouri al-Maliki
 Ireland President – Michael D. Higgins Taoiseach – Enda Kenny
 Israel President – Shimon Peres Prime Minister – Benjamin Netanyahu
 Italy President – Giorgio Napolitano President of the Council of Ministers – Enrico Letta
 Ivory Coast President – Alassane Ouattara Prime Minister – Daniel Kablan Duncan
 Jamaica Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Patrick Allen
Prime Minister – Portia Simpson-Miller
 Japan Emperor – Akihito Prime Minister – Shinzō Abe
 Jordan King – Abdullah II Prime Minister – Abdullah Ensour
 Kazakhstan President – Nursultan Nazarbayev Prime Minister – Serik Akhmetov
 Kenya
 Kiribati
 Kuwait Emir – Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prime Minister – Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
 Kyrgyzstan President – Almazbek Atambayev Prime Minister – Zhantoro Satybaldiyev
 Laos President – Choummaly Sayasone Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Thongsing Thammavong
 Latvia President – Andris Bērziņš Prime Minister – Vacant
 Lebanon President – Michel Suleiman President of the Council of Ministers – Najib Mikati
President-designate of the Council of Ministers – Tammam Salam
 Lesotho King – Letsie III Prime Minister – Tom Thabane
 Liberia
 Libya Chairman of the General National Congress – Nouri Abusahmain Prime Minister – Ali Zeidan
 Liechtenstein Prince – Hans-Adam II
Prince-Regent – Alois
Head of Government – Adrian Hasler
 Lithuania President – Dalia Grybauskaitė Prime Minister – Algirdas Butkevičius
 Luxembourg Grand Duke – Henri Prime Minister – Xavier Bettel
 Macedonia President – Gjorge Ivanov Prime Minister – Nikola Gruevski
 Madagascar President of the High Authority of Transition – Andry Rajoelina Prime Minister – Omer Beriziky
 Malawi
 Malaysia Yang di-Pertuan Agong – Abdul Halim of Kedah Prime Minister – Najib Razak
 Maldives
 Mali President – Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta Prime Minister – Oumar Tatam Ly
 Malta President – George Abela Prime Minister – Joseph Muscat
 Marshall Islands
 Mauritania President – Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Prime Minister – Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf
 Mauritius President – Kailash Purryag Prime Minister – Navin Ramgoolam
 Mexico
 Micronesia
 Moldova President – Nicolae Timofti Prime Minister – Iurie Leancă
 Monaco Prince – Albert II Minister of State – Michel Roger
 Mongolia President – Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj Prime Minister – Norovyn Altankhuyag
 Montenegro President – Filip Vujanović Prime Minister – Milo Đukanović
 Morocco King – Mohammed VI Prime Minister – Abdelilah Benkirane
 Mozambique President – Armando Guebuza Prime Minister – Alberto Vaquina
 Namibia President – Hifikepunye Pohamba Prime Minister – Hage Geingob
 Nauru
   Nepal President – Ram Baran Yadav Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Khil Raj Regmi
 Netherlands King – Willem-Alexander Prime Minister – Mark Rutte
 New Zealand Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Jerry Mateparae
Prime Minister – John Key
 Nicaragua
 Niger President – Mahamadou Issoufou Prime Minister – Brigi Rafini
 Nigeria
 North Korea
Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly –
Kim Yong-nam[2]
Premier of the Cabinet – Pak Pong-ju
 Norway King – Harald V Prime Minister – Erna Solberg
 Oman
 Pakistan President – Mamnoon Hussain Prime Minister – Nawaz Sharif
 Palau
 Palestine[3] President – Mahmoud Abbas Prime Minister – Rami Hamdallah
 Panama
 Papua New Guinea Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Michael Ogio
Prime Minister – Peter O’Neill
 Paraguay
 Peru President – Ollanta Humala President of the Council of Ministers – César Villanueva
 Philippines
 Poland President – Bronisław Komorowski Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Donald Tusk
 Portugal President – Aníbal Cavaco Silva Prime Minister – Pedro Passos Coelho
 Qatar Emir – Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Prime Minister – Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani
 Romania President – Traian Băsescu Prime Minister – Victor Ponta
 Russia President – Vladimir Putin Chairman of the Government – Dmitry Medvedev
 Rwanda President – Paul Kagame Prime Minister – Pierre Habumuremyi
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Edmund Lawrence
Prime Minister – Denzil Douglas
 Saint Lucia Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Pearlette Louisy
Prime Minister – Kenny Anthony
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Frederick Ballantyne
Prime Minister – Ralph Gonsalves
 Samoa O le Ao o le Malo – Tufuga Efi Prime Minister – Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
 San Marino
 São Tomé and Príncipe President – Manuel Pinto da Costa Prime Minister – Gabriel Costa
 Saudi Arabia
 Senegal President – Macky Sall Prime Minister – Aminata Touré
 Serbia President – Tomislav Nikolić Prime Minister – Ivica Dačić
 Seychelles
 Sierra Leone
 Singapore President – Tony Tan Prime Minister – Lee Hsien Loong
 Slovakia President – Ivan Gašparovič Prime Minister – Robert Fico
 Slovenia President – Borut Pahor Prime Minister – Alenka Bratušek
 Solomon Islands Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Frank Kabui
Prime Minister – Gordon Darcy Lilo
 Somalia President – Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Prime Minister – Abdi Farah Shirdon
 South Africa
 South Korea President – Park Geun-hye Prime Minister – Jung Hong-won
 South Sudan
 Spain King – Juan Carlos I President of the Government – Mariano Rajoy
 Sri Lanka President – Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister – D. M. Jayaratne
 Sudan
 Suriname
 Swaziland King – Mswati III Prime Minister – Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini
 Sweden King – Carl XVI Gustaf Prime Minister – Fredrik Reinfeldt
  Switzerland
 Syria President – Bashar al-Assad Prime Minister – Wael Nader Al-Halqi
 Tajikistan President – Emomalii Rahmon Prime Minister – Kokhir Rasulzoda
 Tanzania President – Jakaya Kikwete Prime Minister – Mizengo Pinda
 Thailand King – Bhumibol Adulyadej Prime Minister – Yingluck Shinawatra
 Togo President – Faure Gnassingbé Prime Minister – Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu
 Tonga King – Tupou VI Prime Minister – Sialeʻataongo Tuʻivakanō
 Trinidad and Tobago President – Anthony Carmona Prime Minister – Kamla Persad-Bissessar
 Tunisia President – Moncef Marzouki Prime Minister – Ali Laarayedh
 Turkey President – Abdullah Gül Prime Minister – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
 Turkmenistan
 Tuvalu Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Iakoba Italeli
Prime Minister – Enele Sopoaga
 Uganda President – Yoweri Museveni Prime Minister – Amama Mbabazi
 Ukraine President – Viktor Yanukovych Prime Minister – Mykola Azarov
 United Arab Emirates President – Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Prime Minister – Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
 United Kingdom Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1] Prime Minister – David Cameron
 United States
 Uruguay
 Uzbekistan President – Islam Karimov Prime Minister – Shavkat Mirziyoyev
 Vanuatu President – Iolu Abil Prime Minister – Moana Carcasses Kalosil
  Vatican City Sovereign – Pope Francis President of the Governorate – Giuseppe Bertello
 Venezuela
 Vietnam President – Trương Tấn Sang Prime Minister – Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
 Yemen President – Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi Prime Minister – Mohammed Basindawa
 Zambia
 Zimbabwe

States recognised by at least one United Nations member

State Head of state Head of government
 Abkhazia President – Alexander Ankvab Prime Minister – Leonid Lakerbaia
 Cook Islands[n 2] Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Queen’s Representative – Tom John Marsters
Prime Minister – Henry Puna
 Kosovo President – Atifete Jahjaga Prime Minister – Hashim Thaçi
 Niue[n 2] Queen – Elizabeth II[n 1]
Governor-General – Jerry Mateparae
Premier – Toke Talagi
 Northern Cyprus President – Derviş Eroğlu Prime Minister – Özkan Yorgancıoğlu
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic President – Mohamed Abdelaziz Prime Minister – Abdelkader Taleb Omar
 South Ossetia President – Leonid Tibilov Prime Minister – Rostislav Khugayev
 Syria (Syrian National Coalition) President – Ahmad Jarba Prime Minister – Ahmad Saleh Touma
 Taiwan President – Ma Ying-jeou President of the Executive Yuan – Jiang Yi-huah

States not recognised by any United Nations members

This list encompasses the leaders of geo-political entities that lack significant international recognition. The degree of control these entities exert over their claimed territories may vary.

State Head of State Head of Government
 Nagorno-Karabakh President – Bako Sahakyan Prime Minister – Arayik Harutyunyan
 Somaliland
 Transnistria President – Yevgeny Shevchuk Prime Minister – Tatiana Turanskaya

Know : How many countries can you travel without VISA? Complete list

Are you an Indian? Then you can travel to only 52 countries without a VISA. India stands behind 144 countries among the total of 199 countries.

Whereas 34 countries have the privilege to travel to more than 150 countries without a VISA. Citizens of Finland, Sweden and UK (Great Britain) enjoys the best privilege to travel 173 countries without a VISA, followed by Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, U.S.A which is not far behind as they are allowed in 172 countries as per the annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index which ranks countries according to the nations their citizens can access just using their passport.

Nine of the top 10 countries are EU members with only the USA breaking the European dominance by being placed joint second with Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg.

The index, which says that there are 219 countries in the world, indicates that EU membership is a vital factor for visa free movement. Sweden has been a member of the European Union since 1995.

Passport holders from Afghanistan will encounter the most problems travelling abroad as they were ranked last in the list. Afghan citizens can only visit 28 countries without a visa placing them in 93rd place followed by Iraq (31 countries) and Pakistan and Somalia on 32 countries.

Russia was ranked 41st with 95 countries and a travel expert revealed there are loopholes in visiting the country. Many Swedes travel to Russia on cruise ships which depart from Stockholm without requiring a visa.

“Russian visas remain complex, but if you take a cruise to St Petersburg you can dodge the red tape. The same applies to the 72-hour stopover scheme just introduced by several major gateways to China,” said tour operator Neil Taylor to the Independent newspaper in Britain.

There are 71 countries in the world whose citizens with their passports are allowed to travel to 100 or more other countries without a VISA. To our surprise Russia ranks 41 in the list with the score of 95.  After 64th ranked country (Saudi Arabia) the no. of countries that can be travelled without VISA is getting fewer than the countries rank. In that way 82 countries are allowed to travel less than the ranks.

(Without VISA means you can get a VISA on arrival or as per the country’s norm, but can travel to reach the country without any VISA)

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Courtesy,  Copyrights and Data Source : Henleyglobal

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Know : List of Secular, Non Secular and Ambiguous Countries

Secularmap

SECULAR COUNTRIES

North America

Africa

Canada Angola
Cuba Benin
Honduras  Botswana
Mexico Burkina Faso
United States of America  Burundi
South America Cameroon
Brazil Cape Verde
Chile Chad
Colombia Republic of the Congo
Ecuador Ethiopia
Peru Gabon
Uruguay The Gambia
Venezuela Guinea
Europe Guinea-Bissau
Austria Liberia
Albania Mali
Belarus Namibia
Belgium  Senegal
Bosnia and Herzegovina Rwanda
Bulgaria South Africa
Croatia  
Czech Republic  
Estonia

Asia

France Azerbaijan
Hungary China
Ireland East Timor 
Italy Georgia
Latvia India
Macedonia Japan
Netherlands Kazakhstan
Poland Kyrgyzstan
Portugal Laos
Romania Lebanon
Russia Nepal
Serbia North Korea
Slovakia Philippines
Slovenia Singapore
Spain South Korea
Sweden Syria
Turkey Taiwan Taiwan
Ukraine Tajikistan

Oceania

Turkey
Australia  Turkmenistan
Federated States of Micronesia Vietnam
New Zealand  

Ambiguous /Without Data 

Argentina

Bangladesh (ambiguous data, – Constitution states that Bangladesh is both Islamic and secular.

Finland 
Germany 
Indonesia
Lebanon 
Malaysia 
Myanmar 
Norway
Sri Lanka 
Switzerland 
Thailand 
United Kingdom 

Non Secular / Religious

Afghanistan
Algeria
Alsace-Moselle
Argentina
Bahrain
Bangladesh* (ambiguous data, – Constitution states that Bangladesh is both Islamic and secular.
Bhutan 
Brunei
Cambodia
Comoros
Costa Rica
Denmark 
Djibouti
Egypt
England
Georgia
Greece
Iceland 
Iran 
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Libya
Liechtenstein
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritania
Monaco
Morocco
Mount Athos 
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
Sri Lanka
Tunisia
Tuvalu 
United Arab Emirates
Vatican City
Yemen

Former secular countries

Bangladesh (1971-1977)
Iran(1925-1979)
Madagascar (1960–2007)
Iraq (1932–1968)

Courtesy & Source : Wikipedia Link1, Link2


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Know : List of Micro Nations (small countries)

List of sovereign nations with a non-sea area less than 1,000 km2 (386 sq mi)

Rank Country / Territory Area (km²/sqmi) Region
1 Vatican City Vatican City 0.44 km2(0.17 sq mi) Europe
2 Monaco Monaco 2.02 km2(0.78 sq mi) Europe
3 Nauru Nauru 21 km2 (8 sq mi) Oceania
4 Tuvalu Tuvalu 26 km2(10 sq mi) Oceania
5 San Marino San Marino 61 km2(24 sq mi) Europe
6 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 160 km2(62 sq mi) Europe
7 Marshall Islands Marshall Islands 181 km2(70 sq mi) Oceania
8 Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 261 km2(101 sq mi) Caribbean
9 Maldives Maldives 298 km2(115 sq mi) Asia – Indian Ocean
10 Malta Malta 316 km2(122 sq mi) Europe –Mediterranean Sea
11 Grenada Grenada 344 km2(133 sq mi) Caribbean
12 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 389 km2(150 sq mi) Caribbean
13 Barbados Barbados 430 km2(166 sq mi) Caribbean
14 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 443 km2(171 sq mi) Caribbean
15 Seychelles Seychelles 455 km2(176 sq mi) Africa – Indian Ocean
16 Palau Palau 459 km2(177 sq mi) Oceania
17 Andorra Andorra 468 km2(181 sq mi) Europe
18 Saint Lucia Saint Lucia 616 km2(238 sq mi) Caribbean
19 Federated States of Micronesia Federated States of Micronesia 702 km2(271 sq mi) Oceania
20 Singapore Singapore 714 km2(276 sq mi) Asia
21 Tonga Tonga 747 km2(288 sq mi) Oceania
22 Dominica Dominica 751 km2(290 sq mi) Caribbean
23 Bahrain Bahrain 765 km2(295 sq mi) Asia – Persian Gulf
24 Kiribati Kiribati 811 km2(313 sq mi) Oceania
25 São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 964 km2(372 sq mi) Africa – Atlantic Ocean
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Sovereign states with fewer than 500,000 people by latest national statistics or CIA Factbook estimate 2013

Rank Country/territory/entity Population  % of world population Region
1   Vatican City 839 0% Europe
2  Nauru 9,434 0.0001% Oceania
3  Tuvalu 10,698 0.0002% Oceania
4  Palau 21,108 0.0003% Oceania
5  San Marino 32,448 0.0005% Europe
6  Monaco 36,136 0.0005% Europe
7  Liechtenstein 37,009 0.0005% Europe
8  Saint Kitts and Nevis 51,134 0.0007% Caribbean
9  Marshall Islands 69,747 0.001% Oceania
10  Dominica 73,286 0.001% Caribbean
11  Andorra 85,293 0.0012% Europe
12  Antigua and Barbuda 90,156 0.0013% Caribbean
13  Seychelles 90,846 0.0013% Africa – Indian Ocean
14  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 103,220 0.0015% Caribbean
15  Kiribati 103,248 0.0015% Oceania
16  Federated States of Micronesia 106,104 0.0015% Oceania
17  Tonga 106,322 0.0015% Oceania
18  Grenada 109,590 0.0015% Caribbean
19  Saint Lucia 162,781 0.0023% Caribbean
20  São Tomé and Príncipe 186,817 0.0026% Africa – Atlantic Ocean
21  Samoa 195,476 0.0027% Oceania
22  Vanuatu 261,565 0.0037% Oceania
23  Barbados 288,725 0.0041% Caribbean
24  Iceland 315,281 0.0044% Europe
25  Bahamas 319,031 0.0045% Caribbean
26  Belize 334,297 0.0047% Central America
27  Maldives 393,988 0.0055% Asia – Indian Ocean
28  Malta 411,277 0.0058% Europe – Mediterranean Sea
29  Brunei 415,717 0.0058% Asia