Know : Ranking of Countries : Where to be Born?

The index was calculated for 2013 and includes data from 80 countries and territories. The survey used ten quality of life factors along with forecasts of future GDP per capita to determine a nation’s score.

A Comparison from 1988 to 2013

Where to be born Rankings 2013

Rank Country or territory Score
(out of 10)
1   Switzerland 8.22
2  Australia 8.12
3  Norway 8.09
4  Sweden 8.02
5  Denmark 8.01
6  Singapore 8.00
7  New Zealand 7.95
8  Netherlands 7.94
9  Canada 7.81
10  Hong Kong 7.80
11  Finland 7.76
12  Ireland 7.74
13  Austria 7.73
14  Taiwan 7.67
15  Belgium 7.51
16  Germany 7.38
16  United States 7.38
18  United Arab Emirates 7.33
19  South Korea 7.25
20  Israel 7.23
21  Italy 7.21
22  Kuwait 7.18
23  Chile 7.10
24  Cyprus 7.10
25  Japan 7.08
26  France 7.04
27  United Kingdom 7.01
28  Czech Republic 6.96
28  Spain 6.96
30  Costa Rica 6.92
30  Portugal 6.92
32  Slovenia 6.77
33  Poland 6.66
34  Greece 6.65
35  Slovakia 6.64
36  Malaysia 6.62
37  Brazil 6.52
38  Saudi Arabia 6.49
39  Mexico 6.41
40  Argentina 6.39
40  Cuba 6.39
42  Colombia 6.27
43  Peru 6.24
44  Estonia 6.07
44  Venezuela 6.07
46  Croatia 6.06
46  Hungary 6.06
48  Latvia 6.01
49  China 5.99
50  Thailand 5.96
51  Turkey 5.95
52  Dominican Republic 5.93
53  South Africa 5.89
54  Algeria 5.86
54  Serbia 5.86
56  Romania 5.85
57  Lithuania 5.82
58  Iran 5.78
59  Tunisia 5.77
60  Egypt 5.76
61  Bulgaria 5.73
62  El Salvador 5.72
63=  Philippines 5.71
63  Sri Lanka 5.71
65  Ecuador 5.70
66  India 5.67
66  Morocco 5.67
68  Vietnam 5.64
69  Jordan 5.63
70  Azerbaijan 5.60
71  Indonesia 5.54
72  Russia 5.31
73  Syria 5.29
74  Kazakhstan 5.20
75  Pakistan 5.17
76  Angola 5.09
77  Bangladesh 5.07
78  Ukraine 4.98
79  Kenya 4.91
80  Nigeria 4.74

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s where-to-be-born index, (previously called the quality-of-life index) attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead. It is based on a method that links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys to the objective determinants of quality of life across countries along with a forward-looking element.

The independent variables in the estimating equa­tion include:  (2006)

  • Material wellbeing as measured by GDP per capita
  • Life expectancy at birth
  • The quality of family life based primarily on divorce rates
  • The state of political freedoms
  • Job security (measured by the unemployment rate)
  • Climate (measured by two variables: the average deviation of minimum and maximum monthly temperatures from 14 degrees Celsius; and the number of months in the year with less than 30mm rainfall)
  • Personal physical security ratings (based primarily on recorded homicide rates and ratings for risk from crime and terrorism)
  • Quality of community life (based on membership in so­cial organisations)
  • Governance (measured by ratings for corruption)
  • Gender equality (measured by the share of seats in parliament held by women).

Courtesy and Source : www.economist.com and Wikipedia

Know : Life Expectancy Statistics (WHO) : 192 Countries

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Afghanistan
Albania
algeria
Andora
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herz
Brazil
brn
Bulgaria
Burkina faso
Burundi
Bwa
Cabo varde
cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Civ
Colombia
Comoras
Congo
Cook Islands
Costarica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Cze
Democratic Republic of Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Savador
Equatorial Guniea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatamela
Guinea
Guineabissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kaz
Ken
Kribati
Kuwait
Kyrgshtan
Lao
LAtivia
Lebanon
Lesetho
Liberia
Libiya
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Maldova
Mali
Malta
MArshaal
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Monetengro
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
NEtherlands
Newzealan
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
North Korea
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Png
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
saint kits
Samoa
Sanmarino
Sao toma
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
seychelles
Sierra leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovania
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Srilanka
st lucia
St Vicent
Sudan
Sudan2
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syrian
Tajikistan
TAnzania
Thailand
Timor
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
UAE
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdon
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanautu
Venezuala
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabawe

Know : Country wise % of Agricultural Land Area

Country name 2009 2010 2011
Afghanistan 58.1 58.1 58.1
Albania 43.8 43.8 43.8
Algeria 17.4 17.4 17.4
American Samoa 24.5 24.5 24.5
Andorra 42.3 42.8 43.2
Angola 46.8 46.8 46.8
Antigua and Barbuda 20.5 20.5 20.5
Argentina 52.4 53.6 53.9
Armenia 61.3 60.9 60.1
Aruba 11.1 11.1 11.1
Australia 53.2 51.9 53.3
Austria 38.4 38.4 34.8
Azerbaijan 57.6 57.7 57.7
Bahamas, The 1.4 1.5 1.5
Bahrain 11 11 11
Bangladesh 71 71 70.1
Barbados 37.2 32.6 34.9
Belarus 44 43.9 43.7
Belgium 45 44.8 44.2
Belize 6.8 6.9 6.9
Benin 29.3 30.1 30.4
Bermuda 14.8 14.8 14.8
Bhutan 13.5 13.5 13.5
Bolivia 34.1 34.1 34.2
Bosnia and Herzegovina 41.7 42 42.2
Botswana 45.7 45.6 45.6
Brazil 32.3 32.3 32.5
Brunei Darussalam 2.2 2.2 2.2
Bulgaria 46.3 46.5 46.9
Burkina Faso 43 44.1 43
Burundi 83.7 88.4 86.4
Cambodia 31.5 32 32
Cameroon 19.7 20.3 20.3
Canada 7 7 6.9
Cape Verde 18.6 18.6 18.6
Cayman Islands 11.3 11.3 11.3
Central African Republic 8.4 8.2 8.2
Chad 39.2 39.3 39.7
Chile 21.2 21.2 21.2
China 55.4 55.6 55.7
Colombia 38.3 38.3 39.5
Comoros 84.9 83.3 83.3
Congo, Dem. Rep. 11.4 11.4 11.4
Congo, Rep. 30.9 30.9 30.9
Costa Rica 36.2 36.8 36.8
Cote d’Ivoire 64.5 64.5 64.5
Croatia 23.2 23.8 23.7
Cuba 61.7 61.7 61.7
Curacao
Cyprus 13.8 12.3 12.8
Czech Republic 54.9 54.8 54.8
Denmark 62.1 61.9 63.4
Djibouti 73.4 73.4 73.4
Dominica 32.7 34.7 34.7
Dominican Republic 50.6 50.6 50.6
Ecuador 30.3 30.2 29.6
Egypt, Arab Rep. 3.7 3.7 3.7
El Salvador 74.5 73.8 73.9
Equatorial Guinea 10.9 10.8 10.8
Eritrea 75.2 75.2 75.2
Estonia 22 22.4 22.3
Ethiopia 34.5 35 35.7
Faeroe Islands 2.1 2.1 2.1
Fiji 23.4 23.4 23.4
Finland 7.6 7.5 7.5
France 53.4 53.2 53.1
French Polynesia 12.2 12.2 12.4
Gabon 20 20 20
Gambia, The 59.6 60.8 60.8
Georgia 36.4 35.5 35.5
Germany 48.4 47.9 48
Ghana 69.2 69.4 69.9
Greece 63.6 63.2 63.2
Greenland 0.6 0.6 0.6
Grenada 32.4 32.4 32.4
Guam 33.3 33.3 33.3
Guatemala 41 41 41
Guinea 58 58 58
Guinea-Bissau 57.3 58 58
Guyana 8.5 8.5 8.5
Haiti 65.2 64.2 64.2
Honduras 28.6 28.8 28.8
Hong Kong SAR, China
Hungary 63.9 59 59
Iceland 18.2 15.9 15.9
India 60.5 60.5 60.5
Indonesia 29.6 30.1 30.1
Iran, Islamic Rep. 29.8 29.9 30.1
Iraq 18.1 18.9 18.9
Ireland 60.8 66.3 66.1
Isle of Man 76.1 76.1 74.7
Israel 24.1 23.9 24.1
Italy 47.4 48.7 47.4
Jamaica 41.5 41.5 41.5
Japan 12.6 12.6 12.5
Jordan 11.5 11.3 11.3
Kazakhstan 77.2 77.3 77.5
Kenya 48.2 48.2 48.2
Kiribati 42 42 42
Korea, Dem. Rep. 21.2 21.2 21.2
Korea, Rep. 18.5 18.3 18.1
Kosovo
Kuwait 8.5 8.5 8.5
Kyrgyz Republic 55.4 55.3 55.3
Lao PDR 10.2 10.3 10.3
Latvia 29.5 29 29.2
Lebanon 64.8 62.6 62.4
Lesotho 77 76.6 76.2
Liberia 27.1 27.3 27.3
Libya 8.9 8.9 8.9
Liechtenstein 40.6 40.6 40.6
Lithuania 42.9 44.2 44.8
Luxembourg 50.5 50.6 50.6
Macao SAR, China
Macedonia, FYR 40.2 44.4 44.3
Madagascar 71.2 71.2 71.2
Malawi 58.1 59.2 59.2
Malaysia 24 24 24
Maldives 23.3 23.3 23.3
Mali 33.6 33.6 34.1
Malta 29.1 32.2 32.2
Marshall Islands 72.2 72.2 72.2
Mauritania 38.5 38.5 38.5
Mauritius 44.8 44.8 43.8
Mexico 52.9 53 53.1
Micronesia, Fed. Sts. 30.1 30.1 30.1
Moldova 75.2 75 74.8
Monaco
Mongolia 73.2 73.1 73.1
Montenegro 38.2 38.1 38.1
Morocco 67.2 67.2 67.5
Mozambique 62.8 62.8 62.8
Myanmar 19 19.2 19.2
Namibia 47.1 47.1 47.1
Nepal 29.7 29.7 29.7
Netherlands 56.8 56.6 56.2
New Caledonia 13.7 13.7 13.7
New Zealand 43.6 43.3 43.2
Nicaragua 42.8 42.8 42.8
Niger 34.6 34.6 34.6
Nigeria 81.5 83.7 83.7
Northern Mariana Islands 6.5 6.5 6.5
Norway 3.3 3.3 3.3
Oman 5.7 5.7 5.7
Pakistan 34.2 34.2 34.4
Palau 10.9 10.9 10.9
Panama 30.3 30.4 30.5
Papua New Guinea 2.6 2.6 2.6
Paraguay 52.6 52.8 52.8
Peru 16.8 16.8 16.8
Philippines 40.1 40.2 40.6
Poland 53 48 48.6
Portugal 40.8 40.2 39.8
Puerto Rico 21.4 21.4 21.4
Qatar 5.7 5.7 5.7
Romania 59.2 61.5 60.7
Russian Federation 13.2 13.1 13.1
Rwanda 77.4 77.8 77.8
Samoa 12.3 12.4 12.4
San Marino 16.7 16.7 16.7
Sao Tome and Principe 51 50.5 50.7
Saudi Arabia 80.7 80.6 80.6
Senegal 49.4 49.4 49.4
Serbia 57.8 57.7 57.9
Seychelles 6.5 6.5 6.5
Sierra Leone 47.8 48 48
Singapore 1 1.1 1
Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
Slovak Republic 40.1 40.4 40.1
Slovenia 23.2 24 22.8
Solomon Islands 3.3 3.3 3.3
Somalia 70.3 70.3 70.3
South Africa 80 79.9 79.4
South Sudan
Spain 56.1 55.2 55.2
Sri Lanka 40 41.8 41.8
St. Kitts and Nevis 21.2 21.9 23.1
St. Lucia 18 18 18
St. Martin (French part)
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25.6 25.6 25.6
Sudan 57.3 57.3 45.7
Suriname 0.5 0.5 0.5
Swaziland 71 71 71
Sweden 7.5 7.5 7.5
Switzerland 38.1 38.1 38.1
Syrian Arab Republic 75.7 75.7 75.5
Tajikistan 33.9 34.6 34.7
Tanzania 42 42.1 42.1
Thailand 40.9 41.2 41.2
Timor-Leste 25.2 24.5 24.2
Togo 66.6 68 68.4
Tonga 43.1 43.1 43.1
Trinidad and Tobago 10.5 10.5 10.5
Tunisia 63 64.6 64.8
Turkey 50.6 50.7 49.7
Turkmenistan 69.5 69.5 69.5
Turks and Caicos Islands 1.1 1.1 1.1
Tuvalu 60 60 60
Uganda 69.6 70.4 70.4
Ukraine 71.2 71.2 71.3
United Arab Emirates 4.7 4.8 4.8
United Kingdom 71.6 71.2 70.9
United States 45 44.9 45
Uruguay 83.5 82.1 82.2
Uzbekistan 62.6 62.7 62.7
Vanuatu 15.3 15.3 15.3
Venezuela, RB 24.1 24.1 24.1
Vietnam 33.2 34.7 35
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 11.4 11.4 11.4
West Bank and Gaza 49.7 41.3 43.3
Yemen, Rep. 44.4 44.7 44.4
Zambia 31.5 31.9 31.5
Zimbabwe 42.2 42.2 42.2

Courtesy : http://data.worldbank.org

Food We Eat : Top 50 Delicious Food in the World

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As per CNN, this is the list of the 50 best foods in the world. Obviously a few of your favorites will be missed in this list.

For us we wonder where gone the Indian Biryani? French Fries? Well you can comment if you do not find your favourite one here…

50. Buttered popcorn, United States

Pop corn

Corn — the workhorse of the industrial world — is best when its sweet variety is fried up with lashings of butter till it bursts and then snarfed in greasy fistfuls while watching “Commando” late at night.

49. Masala dosa, India

Masala Dosa

A crispy, rice-batter crepe encases a spicy mix of mashed potato, which is then dipped in coconut chutney, pickles, tomato-and-lentil-based sauces and other condiments. It’s a fantastic breakfast food that’ll keep you going till lunch, when you’ll probably come back for another.

48. Potato chips, United States

Potato Chips

Potato chips were invented in New York when a chef tried to play a trick on a fussy diner. Now they’re one of the world’s most child-friendly and best foods. But think of them this way — if a single chip cost, say, US$5, it’d be a far greater (and more popular) delicacy than caviar, a prize worth fighting wars over.

47. Seafood paella, Spain

Seafood Paella

The sea is lapping just by your feet, a warm breeze whips the tablecloth around your legs and a steamy pan of paella sits in front of you. Shrimp, lobster, mussels and cuttlefish combine with white rice and various herbs, oil and salt in this Valencian dish to send you immediately into holiday mode.

Though if you have it in Spain, you’re probably there already.

46. Som tam, Thailand

Som tam, Thailand

To prepare Thailand’s most famous salad, pound garlic and chilies with a mortar and pestle. Toss in tamarind juice, fish sauce, peanuts, dried shrimp, tomatoes, lime juice, sugar cane paste, string beans and a handful of grated green papaya.

Grab a side of sticky rice. Variations include those made with crab (som tam boo) and fermented fish sauce (som tam plah lah), but none matches the flavor and simple beauty of the original.

45. Chicken rice, Singapore

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Often called the “national dish” of Singapore, this steamed or boiled chicken is served atop fragrant oily rice, with sliced cucumber as the token vegetable. Variants include roasted chicken or soy sauce chicken. However it’s prepared, it’s one of Singapore’s best foods.

The dipping sauces — premium dark soy sauce, chili with garlic and pounded ginger — give it that little extra oomph to ensure whenever you’re not actually in Singapore eating chicken rice, you’re thinking of it.

44. Poutine, Canada

Poutine

French fries smothered in cheese curds and brown gravy. Sounds kind of disgusting, looks even worse, but engulfs the mouth in a saucy, cheesy, fried-potato mix that’ll have you fighting over the last dollop.

43. Tacos, Mexico

tacos

A fresh, handmade tortilla stuffed with small chunks of grilled beef rubbed in oil and sea salt then covered with guacamole, salsa, onions, cilantro or anything else you want — perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is the reason no visitor leaves Mexico weighing less than when they arrived.

42. Buttered toast with Marmite, Britain

Buttered Toast marmite

OK, anything buttered is probably going to taste great, but there’s something about this tangy, salty, sour, love-it-or-hate-it yeast extract that turns a piece of grilled bread into a reason to go on living. For extra yum factor, add a layer of marmalade.

41. Stinky tofu, Southeast Asia

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Nothing really prepares you for the stench of one of the strangest dishes on earth. Like durian, smelly tofu is one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic foods.

The odor of fermenting tofu is so overpowering many aren’t able to shake off the memory for months. So is the legendarily divine taste really worth the effort? Sure it is.

40. Marzipan, Germany

marzipan

Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations, which use soy paste or almond essence. The real stuff, which uses nothing but ground almonds with sugar, is so good, you’ll eat a whole bar of it, feel sick, and still find yourself toying with the wrapper on bar number two.

39. Ketchup, United States

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If Malcolm Gladwell says it’s a perfect food, then it’s a perfect food. Let’s face it, anything that can convince two-year-olds to eat their carrots rather than spitting them onto the floor is worthy of not just a “delicious” title, but a “miracle of persuasion” title, too.

38. French toast, Hong Kong

French Toast

Unlike its more restrained Sunday brunch counterpart, Hong Kong-style French toast is like a deep-fried hug. Two pieces of toast are slathered with peanut butter or kaya jam, soaked in egg batter, fried in butter and served with still more butter and lots of syrup. A Hong Kong best food, best enjoyed before cholesterol checks.

37. Chicken parm, Australia

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Melted Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, and a peppery, garlicky tomato sauce drizzled over the top of a chicken fillet — Aussie pub-goers claim this ostensibly Italian dish as their own. Since they make it so well, there’s no point in arguing.

36. Texas barbecue pork, United States

BBQ Pork

A saucy mash of chili, tomatoes, onions, pepper and various herbs gives each barbecue chef his or her own personalized zing to lay on top of perfectly prepped pig. Like the Texas sky, the options are endless.

35. Chili crab, Singapore

Chilli crab

You can’t visit Singapore without trying its spicy, sloppy, meaty specialty. While there are dozens of ways to prepare crab (with black pepper, salted egg yolk, cheese-baked, et cetera) chili crab remains the local bestseller.

Spicy chili-tomato gravy tends to splatter, which is why you need to mop everything up with mini mantou buns.

34. Maple syrup, Canada

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Ever tried eating a pancake without maple syrup? It’s like eating a slice of cardboard. Poorly prepared cardboard.

In fact, Canada’s gift to parents everywhere — throw some maple syrup on the kid’s broccoli and see what happens — makes just about anything worth trying. Pass the cardboard, please.

33. Fish ‘n’ chips, Britain

fish-n-chips

Anything that’s been around since the 1860s can’t be doing much wrong. The staple of the Victorian British working class is a crunchy-outside, soft-inside dish of simple, un-adorned fundamentals.

Sprinkled with salt, vinegar and dollops of tartar sauce, it is to nouveau cuisine what Meat Loaf is to Prince (or whatever he’s calling himself now).

32. Ankimo, Japan

Ankimo

So, who’s up for a chunk of monkfish liver with a little grated daikon on the side? Thought not — still, you’re missing out on one of sushi’s last great secrets, the prized ankimo.

The monkfish/anglerfish that unknowingly bestows its liver upon upscale sushi fans is threatened by commercial fishing nets damaging its sea-floor habitat, so it’s possible ankimo won’t be around for much longer.

If you do stumble across the creamy, yet oddly light delicacy anytime soon, consider a taste — you won’t regret trying one of the best foods in Japan.

31. Parma ham, Italy

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You see it folded around melon, wrapped around grissini, placed over pizza, heaped over salad.

There’s good reason for that: these salty, paper-thin slices of air-dried ham lift the taste of everything they accompany to a higher level, following the same theory as the Italian guy who thinks carrying around a copy of “Candide” makes up for the tiny Speedos.

30. Goi cuon (summer roll), Vietnam

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This snack made from pork, shrimp, herbs, rice vermicelli and other ingredients wrapped in rice paper is served at room temperature. It’s “meat light,” with the flavors of refreshing herbs erupting in your mouth.

Dipped in a slightly sweet Vietnamese sauce laced with ground peanuts, it’s wholesome, easy and the very definition of “moreish.”

29. Ohmigyu beef steak, Japan

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This premium Japanese Wagyu beef from famed Takara Ranch has been recognized by the Imperial Palace of Japan as one of the greatest beef stocks to be raised in the past 400 years.

Called the “Rolls-Royce” of beef, it’s best eaten sashimi style, anointed with a drizzle of kaffir lime and green tea sea salt. Marbled fat gives each mouthful texture as the beef melts away, leaving a subtle but distinctly classic beef flavor.

28. Pho, Vietnam

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This oft-mispronounced national dish (“fuh” is correct) is just broth, fresh rice noodles, a few herbs and usually chicken or beef. But it’s greater than the sum of its parts — fragrant, tasty and balanced, the polar opposite of the moto rider who brought you to the little café where you find the best stuff.

27. Montreal-style smoked meat, Canada

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Day and night, lines form outside of Schwartz’s, Montreal’s best Hebrew delicatessen and Canada’s oldest. Here clerks slice up the best smoked meat in North America.

Following a 1928 recipe, the meat is cured for 10 days. Order your smoked beef sandwich medium-lean, heavy on the mustard, three pickles and with extra pommes frites, the way the Rolling Stones have supposedly enjoyed it.

26. Fajitas, Mexico

fajitas

This assembly kit of a dining experience is a thrill to DIY enthusiasts everywhere.

Step 1: Behold the meat sizzling on a fiery griddle. Step 2: Along with the meat, throw side servings of capsicum, onion, guacamole, sour cream and salsa into a warm, flour tortilla. Step 3: Promise all within hearing range that you’ll have “just one more.” Step 4: Repeat.

25. Butter garlic crab, India

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This one claims no roots in Chinese, Continental or Indian cuisines. It comes from Butter Land, an imaginary best foods paradise balanced on the premise that anything tastes great with melted butter.

This delicious, simple dish is made by drowning a large crab in a gallon of butter-garlic sauce, which seeps into every nook and cranny and coats every inch of flesh.

The sea gods of Butter Land are benevolent carnivores and this, their gift to the world, is their signature dish.

24. Champ, Ireland

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Irish national dish champ goes down faster than the first pint of Guinness on a Friday night. Mashed potato with spring onions, butter, salt and pepper, champ is the perfect side with any meat or fish.

For the textbook plate of creamy goodness, we suggest the busiest pub in any Irish seaside town. Around noon somehow feels right.

23. Lasagna, Italy

lasagna

Second only to pizza in the list of famed Italian foods, there’s a reason this pasta-layered, tomato-sauce-infused, minced-meaty gift to kids and adults alike is so popular — it just works.

22. Brownie and vanilla ice cream, global

Ice Creams

There are some who will not frequent an establishment if it does not have brownie and ice cream on the dessert menu. You may call them fools.

We do, too, but having done so we then happily leave the first restaurant after the main course to visit one we know has this perfect dessert on offer.

21. Croissant, France

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Flaky pastry smothered in butter, a pile of raspberry jam smeared over the top and a soft, giving bite as you sink in your teeth; there’s nothing not to love about this fatty, sweet breakfast food that must be married to a cup of strong coffee.

20. Arepas, Venezuela

Arepas

A corn-dough patty that provides a savory canvas onto which you can paint any number of delicious toppings: cheese, shredded chicken, crisped pork skin, perico, beef, tomato, avocado … it’s the most beautiful thing to come out of Venezuela since all those Miss Universe winners.

19. Nam tok moo, Thailand

Nam tok moo

Grilled pork combined with lemon juice, green onions, chili, mint sprigs, fish sauce and toasted rice. Legend has it the blood from the meat along with the dressing inspired some happy carnivore to name this brilliant dish “waterfall (nam tok moo) meat.”

18. Kebab, Iran

Kebab

For keeping starvation at bay for the entire student population of the United Kingdom, the doner kebab should clearly be honored. But they are hardly the delicious prototype worthy of representing a region.

For that, summon the shish kebab. Pick your meat, shove a stick through it, grill. Then wonder why you don’t eat like this every day.

17. Lobster, global

Lobster

Forget all your fancy, contrived lobster dishes deployed by showoff chefs eager for Michelin endorsement. When you have a best food as naturally delicious as these little fellas, keep it simple. The best way to enjoy lobster is simply to boil it and serve with a side of melted butter and slice of lemon.

16. Egg tart, Hong Kong

egg-tarts

Like many classic dishes, the Hong Kong egg tart marries two contrasting textures: crusty, flaky pastry and jiggly, trembling custard. It’s sweet, it’s delicious and it’s best eaten hot from the oven on the street while queuing up to get just one more.

15. Kalua pig, United States

kaula pig

Only commercially available in Hawaii, the kalua preparation turns a meal into an epic event, with a whole pig roasted in an underground sand pit for six or seven hours.

But it’s not just for show. Smashed banana tree trunks, sea salt and shredded (never sliced) meat means this smoky, aromatic piece of pig will linger long on your tongue and even longer in your memory.

14. Donuts, United States

Donuts

These all-American fried wheels of dough need no introduction, but we will say one thing: the delicious guilt of snacking on these addictive calorie bombs makes them taste even better. If that’s possible.

13. Corn on the cob, global

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God probably created corn just to have an excuse to invent melted butter. There’s something about biting down on a cob of corn — it’s a delicate enough operation to require concentration but primal enough to make you feel like the caveman you always wanted to be. Great food is caveman food.

12. Shepherd’s pie, Britain

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Some might say England’s greatest inventions were the steam engine and the Jaguar E-Type. We like to think shepherd’s pie — minced lamb topped with mashed potato — comes somewhere in that list.

Tastes best at the end of a gloomy, rainy day with an open fire licking at the chimney breast and Ricky Gervais insulting people on the telly. Which is lucky, as that’s what most days are like in England.

11. Rendang, Indonesia

Redang

Beef is slowly simmered with coconut milk and a mixture of lemongrass, galangal, garlic, turmeric, ginger and chilies, then left to stew for a few hours to create this dish of tender, flavorful bovine goodness.

Tasting it fresh out of the kitchen will send your stomach into overdrive, but many people think it gets even better when left overnight.

10. Chicken muamba, Gabon

Muamba

A bastardized Western version of this delectable Gabonese dish swamps everything in peanut butter. Oh, the insanity. The proper recipe calls for chicken, hot chili, garlic, tomato, pepper, salt, okra and palm butter, an artery-clogging African butter that will force you into a second helping and a promise to start using your gym membership.

9. Ice cream, United States

Ice Creams

You may have just gorged yourself to eruption point, but somehow there’s always room for a tooth-rotting, U.S.-style pile of ice cream with nuts, marshmallows and chocolate sauce.

Thank God for extra long spoons that allow you get at the real weight-gain stuff all mixed up and melted at the bottom of the glass.

8. Tom yum goong, Thailand

Tom yum goong Thai Flavor

This best food Thai masterpiece teems with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Usually loaded with coconut milk and cream, the hearty soup unifies a host of favorite Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet. Best of all is the price: cheap.

7. Penang assam laksa, Malaysia

Penang asam laksa

Poached, flaked mackerel, tamarind, chili, mint, lemongrass, onion, pineapple … one of Malaysia’s most popular dishes is an addictive spicy-sour fish broth with noodles (especially great when fused with ginger), that’ll have your nose running before the spoon even hits your lips.

6. Hamburger, Germany

Hamburber

When something tastes so good that people spend US$20 billion each year in a single restaurant chain devoted to it, you know it has to fit into this list. McDonald’s may not offer the best burgers, but that’s the point — it doesn’t have to.

The bread-meat-salad combination is so good that entire countries have ravaged their eco-systems just to produce more cows.

5. Peking duck, China

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The maltose-syrup glaze coating the skin is the secret. Slow roasted in an oven, the crispy, syrup-coated skin is so good that authentic eateries will serve more skin than meat, and bring it with pancakes, onions and hoisin or sweet bean sauce.

Other than flying or floating, this is the only way you want your duck.

4. Sushi, Japan

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When Japan wants to build something right, it builds it really right. Brand giants such as Toyota, Nintendo, Sony, Nikon and Yamaha may have been created by people fueled by nothing more complicated than raw fish and rice, but it’s how the fish and rice is put together that makes this a global first-date favorite.

The Japanese don’t live practically forever for no reason — they want to keep eating this stuff.

3. Chocolate, Mexico

chocolate

The Mayans drank it, Lasse Hallström made a film about it and the rest of us get over the guilt of eating too much of it by eating more of it. The story of the humble cacao bean is a bona fide out-of-the-jungle, into-civilization tale of culinary wonder.

Without this creamy, bitter-sweet confection, Valentine’s Day would be all cards and flowers, Easter would turn back into another dull religious event and those halcyon days of watching the dog throw up because you replaced the strawberry innards of the pink Quality Street with salt would be fanciful imaginings.

2. Neapolitan pizza, Italy

Pizza

Spare us the lumpy chain monstrosities and “everything-on-it” wheels of greed.

The best pizza was and still is the simple Neapolitan, an invention now protected by its own trade association that insists on sea salt, high-grade wheat flour, the use of only three types of fresh tomatoes, hand-rolled dough and the strict use of a wood-fired oven, among other quality stipulations.

With just a few ingredients — dough, tomatoes, olive oil, salt and basil (the marinara pizza does not even contain cheese) — the Neapolitans created a food that few make properly, but everyone enjoys thoroughly.

1. Massaman curry, Thailand

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Emphatically the king of curries, and perhaps the king of all foods. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savory, its combination of flavors has more personality than a Thai election.

Even the packet sauce you buy from the supermarket can make the most delinquent of cooks look like a Michelin potential. Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce.

“The Land of Smiles” isn’t just a marketing catch-line. It’s a result of being born in a land where the world’s most delicious food is sold on nearly every street corner.

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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