The United Nations Security Council meets in the above photo. Three countries are not members of the United Nations
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Updated July 14, 2011
Lists of the 193 members
of the United Nations
are easy to locate, but how many countries are not members of the UN? Three countries out of the 196 countries of the world
are not members of the United Nations.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on on February 17, 2008 but has not gained complete international recognition to allow it to become a member of the United Nations.
In 1971 the People's Republic of China (mainland China) replaced Taiwan (also known as the Republic of China) in the United Nations.
The independent papal state of 771 people (including the Pope) was created in 1929. They have not chosen to become part of the international organization.