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Members of the United Nations

Dateline: 04/23/99 (Rev. 07/31/09)

From 51 members in 1945 to 192 members in 2002, the United Nations has steadily grown since it was founded. The increase in member states generally reflects the growth in the number of countries in the world. Below the chart is a table that lists the years that membership increased. Note that membership in the United Nations never decreased.

The largest jumps in membership occurred in 1955 with the addition of 16 members, in 1960 with the addition of 17 members, 1991 with the addition of 7 members, and 1992 with the addition of 13 members.

United Nations member states

YearCountries
194551
194655
194757
194858
194959
195060
195576
195680
195782
196099
1961104
1962110
1963112
1964115
1965117
1966122
1967123
1968126
1970127
1971132
1973135
1974138
1975144
1976147
1977149
1978151
1979152
1980154
1981157
1983158
1984159
1991166
1992179
1993184
1994185
1999188
2000189
2002191


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