Country bagging

Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires in the Name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.


Europe

  Andrew Matthew Richard
al al Albania111   1  
at at Austria111111111
be be Belgium1111 1111
ba ba Bosnia and Herzegovina11    111
bg bg Bulgaria11111 11 
hr hr Croatia11 1  11 
cy cy Cyprus111      
cz cz Czech Republic111111111
dk dk Denmark1 11 1111
ee ee Estonia111111111
fi fi Finland1111111 1
fr fr France111111111
de de Germany111111111
gr gr Greece111111111
hu hu Hungary111111111
is is Iceland111111111
ie ie Ireland111111111
it it Italy111111111
ko ko Kosovo111      
lv lv Latvia111111111
li li Liechtenstein1111 11 1
lt lt Lithuania111111111
lu lu Luxembourg111   1 1
mk mk Macedonia1111  1  
mt mt Malta111      
md md Moldova111      
mc mc Monaco1 1   1 1
me me Montenegro11    11 
nl nl Netherlands11111111 
no no Norway111111111
pl pl Poland111111111
pt pt Portugal11111 111
ro ro Romania111111   
ru ru Russia111111111
sm sm San Marino1 1   1 1
rs rs Serbia1 11 11 1
sk sk Slovakia111111111
si si Slovenia111111111
es es Spain11111111 
se se Sweden111111111
ch ch Switzerland111111111
tr tr Turkey11 11 11 
gb gb United Kingdom111111111
ua ua Ukraine   111   
va va Vatican City1 11 11 1
Europe Total

1 45 countries

1 39 overnights

1 41 capitals

1 35 countries

1 28 overnights

1 30 capitals

1 40 countries

1 30 overnights

1 32 capitals

Asia

  Andrew Matthew Richard
bn bn Brunei   111   
kh kh Cambodia111111   
cn cn China   111111
in in India111111111
id id Indonesia11 11    
il il Israel      111
jp jp Japan   111   
jo jo Jordan111      
kz kz Kazakhstan      11 
kg kg Kyrgyzstan      111
la la Laos111111   
my my Malaysia111111   
mv mv Maldives   111   
mn mn Mongolia   1 1   
mm mm Myanmar1  11    
kp kp North Korea   111   
om om Oman   111   
ph ph Philippines   111   
ps ps Palestine      111
qa qa Qatar1  1 1   
sg sg Singapore1111111  
kr kr South Korea   111   
lk lk Sri Lanka111111   
tw tw Taiwan   111   
th th Thailand11 1111  
ae ae United Arab Emirates1  11 1  
uz uz Uzbekistan111   111
vn vn Vietnam111111   
Asia Total

1 14 countries

1 11 overnights

1 9 capitals

1 22 countries

1 20 overnights

1 19 capitals

1 10 countries

1 7 overnights

1 6 capitals

Rest of the World

  Andrew Matthew Richard
ag ag Antigua & Barbuda      1  
au au Australia11111 11 
ca ca Canada   11 111
cl cl Chile   111   
cr cr Costa Rica11       
cu cu Cuba   111   
dm dm Dominica      111
gm gm Gambia11       
ke ke Kenya111      
mx mx Mexico   11    
ma ma Morocco111   1  
nz nz New Zealand   111   
ni ni Nicaragua111      
ws ws Samoa   111   
to to Tonga   111   
tn tn Tunisia111      
us us United States11 111111
Rest of World total

1 8 countries

1 8 overnights

1 5 capitals

1 9 countries

1 9 overnights

1 6 capitals

1 6 countries

1 4 overnights

1 3 capitals

Overall

  Andrew Matthew Richard
Overall total

1 67 countries

1 58 overnights

1 55 capitals

1 66 countries

1 57 overnights

1 55 capitals

1 56 countries

1 41 overnights

1 41 capitals


Key


Gallery


Infrequently asked questions

Can I count England, Scotland, Wales, Hong Kong, Easter Island (...) separately?
No. Dependencies, territories, subdivisions etc are counted as part of their "parent" countries, for example Hong Kong to China, Wales to United Kingdom and Easter Island to Chile.
Can I count Kosovo, Palestine, Taiwan, South Ossetia...?
We recognise all UN member states (193), UN observer states (Vatican City and Palestine), and states recognised by at least 10 UN member states (Kosovo, Western Sahara, Taiwan).
What about former countries, like East Germany or Czechoslavakia?
We use current boundaries, so if you visited Bratislava in 1981, this currently counts as a bag of Slovakia. If you visited both East and West Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, you now only get the single bag of Germany.
What if I visit Crimea?
A lively argument will ensue.
Does it count if I'm just changing planes at an airport?
For countries, provided you get off the plane, yes. For capitals, no.
But that's unfair and illogical! You haven't seen a country properly if you just see the airport.
Nobody claimed this game was fair or logical.

Latest activity


Maps

A "hexagonal visualisation" of this page is also available. Each country is represented by a hexagon of equal size: here are the maps for Andrew, Matthew and Richard and our combined map.

You can also link here to create your own map using an URL of the following form. name should be a URL-escaped name, and countries should be a comma-separated list of uppercase ISO country codes.

https://www.mattmayer.com/fun/countries/map/?name=Your%20name&countries=GB,IE,AU

Links

Other country-baggers (who may use rather looser definitions of 'country' can be found here and here. If you're a country-bagger and would like a link to your website, do feel free to contact me.


Albania

First bagged by Andy and Richard in 2007

Capital: Tirana

Andorra

First bagged by Richard in 2006

Capital: Andorra la Vella

Austria

First bagged by Andy in 1993

Capital: Vienna

Belgium

First bagged by Andy in 1987

Capital: Brussels

Bosnia and Herzegovina

First bagged by Andy and Richard in 2007

Capital: Sarajevo

Bulgaria

First bagged by Richard in 1997

Capital: Sofia

Croatia

First bagged by Andy, Matt and Richard in 2002

Capital: Zagreb

Cyprus

First bagged by Andy in 2008

Capital: Nicosia

Czech Republic

First bagged by Andy, Matt and Richard in 2003

Capital: Prague

Denmark

First bagged by Richard in 1987

Capital: Copenhagen

Estonia

First bagged by Matt in 2003

Capital: Tallinn

Finland

First bagged by Matt in 2003

Capital: Helsinki

France

First bagged by Andy in 1983

Capital: Paris

Germany

First bagged by Richard in 1987

Capital: Berlin

Greece

First bagged by Matt in 1995

Capital: Athens

Hungary

First bagged by Andy in 2002

Capital: Budapest

Iceland

First bagged by Richard in 1998

Capital: Reykjavik

Ireland

First bagged by Matt in 2000

Capital: Dublin

Italy

First bagged by Andy and Richard in 1999

Capital: Rome

Kosovo

First bagged by Andy in 2013

Capital: Pristina

Latvia

First bagged by Matt in 2003

Capital: Riga

Liechtenstein

First bagged by Richard in 2008

Capital: Vaduz

Lithuania

First bagged by Matt in 2003

Capital: Vilnius

Luxembourg

First bagged by Andy in 1993

Capital: Luxembourg

Macedonia

First bagged by Andy, Matt and Richard in 2002

Capital: Skopje

Malta

First bagged by Andy in 2006

Capital: Valletta

Moldova

First bagged by Andy in 2014

Capital: Chisinau

Monaco

First bagged by Andy in 2004

Capital: Monaco-Ville

Montenegro

First bagged by Andy and Richard in 2007

Capital: Podgorica

Netherlands

First bagged by Richard in 1987

Capital: Amsterdam

Norway

First bagged by Andy, Matt and Richard in 2001

Capital: Oslo

Poland

First bagged by Matt in 2003

Capital: Warsaw

Portugal

First bagged by Matt in 1990

Capital: Lisbon

Romania

First bagged by Matt in 2009

Capital: Bucharest

Russia

First bagged by Andy in 2003

Capital: Moscow

San Marino

First bagged by Richard in 2006

Capital: San Marino

Serbia

First bagged by Andy, Matt and Richard in 2002

Capital: Belgrade

Slovakia

First bagged by Andy and Matt in 2002

Capital: Bratislava

Slovenia

First bagged by Andy, Matt and Richard in 2002

Capital: Ljubljana

Spain

First bagged by Richard in 1983/4

Capital: Madrid

Sweden

First bagged by Andy, Matt and Richard in 2001

Capital: Stockholm

Switzerland

First bagged by Andy in 1990

Capital: Bern

Turkey

First bagged by Andy in 2002

Capital: Ankara

United Kingdom

First bagged by Andy in 1982

Capital: London

Ukraine

First bagged by Matt in 2012

Capital: London

Vatican City

First bagged by Andy and Richard in 1999

Capital: Vatican City

Brunei

First bagged by Matt in 2009

Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan

Cambodia

First bagged by Matt in 2008

Capital: Phnom Penh

China

First bagged by Matt in 2005

Capital: Beijing

India

First bagged by Matt in 2004

Capital: New Delhi

Indonesia

First bagged by Andy in 1996

Capital: Jakarta

Israel

First bagged by Richard in 2013

Capital: Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

Japan

First bagged by Matt in 2007

Capital: Tokyo

Jordan

First bagged by Andy in 2011

Capital: Amman

Kazakhstan

First bagged by Richard in 2015

Capital: Astana

Kyrgyzstan

First bagged by Richard in 2015

Capital: Bishkek

Laos

First bagged by Matt in 2008

Capital: Vientiane

Malaysia

First bagged by Matt in 2005

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Maldives

First bagged by Matt in 2013

Capital: Malé

Mongolia

First bagged by Matt in 2005

Capital: Ulan Batur

Myanmar

First bagged by Matt in 2008

Capital: Yangon

North Korea

First bagged by Matt in 2007

Capital: Pyongyang

Oman

First bagged by Matt in 2012

Capital: Muscat

Philippines

First bagged by Matt in 2006

Capital: Manila

Palestine

First bagged by Richard in 2013

Capital: Ramallah/Jerusalem

Qatar

First bagged by Matt in 2007

Capital: Doha

Singapore

First bagged by Andy in 1996

Capital: Singapore

South Korea

First bagged by Matt in 2008

Capital: Seoul

Sri Lanka

First bagged by Matt in 2005

Capital: Colombo

Taiwan

First bagged by Matt in 2008

Capital: Taipei

Thailand

First bagged by Matt in 2008

Capital: Bangkok

United Arab Emirates

First bagged by Matt in 2005

Capital: Abu Dhabi

Uzbekistan

First bagged by Andy in 2015

Capital: Tashkent

Vietnam

First bagged by Matt in 2008

Capital: Hanoi

Antigua & Barbuda

First bagged by Richard in 2004

Capital: Saint John's

Australia

First bagged by Andy in 1996

Capital: Canberra

Canada

First bagged by Matt in 2007

Capital: Ottawa

Chile

First bagged by Matt in 2016

Capital: Santiago

Costa Rica

First bagged by Andy in 2015

Capital: San Jose

Cuba

First bagged by Matt in 2017

Capital: Havana

Dominica

First bagged by Richard in 2004

Capital: Roseau

Gambia

First bagged by Andy in 2009

Capital: Banjul

Kenya

First bagged by Andy in 2014

Capital: Nairobi

Mexico

First bagged by Matt in 2017

Capital: Mexico City

Morocco

First bagged by Richard in 2001

Capital: Rabat

New Zealand

First bagged by Matt in 2011

Capital: Wellington

Nicaragua

First bagged by Andy in 2015

Capital: Managua

Samoa

First bagged by Matt in 2011

Capital: Apia

Tonga

First bagged by Matt in 2011

Capital: Nuku'alofa

Tunisia

First bagged by Andy in 2015

Capital: Tunis

United States

First bagged by Richard in 1994

Capital: Washington DC

Contact me

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