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List of Countries of the World
There's been a page of countries at this site for a while now, and it started as the list of countries that happened to be Tax Havens. But then when Barclays Offshore set up an affiliate program it became necessary to flag up the countries where their offshore bank accounts were allowed and where they weren't.
Even at that time, some countries already had a page at this site, so they've got a link from this page.
Lists such as this are likely to be expanded, not only by having additional nations added, but also by having extra commentary added!
Here's the list so far...
Albania - see the page of Tax Havens
Andorra - see Tax Havens. Also, Well Done to Andorra for having no extradition treaty with the USA!
Anguilla - see the page of Tax Havens
Antarctica - we would like the ice and snow to remain there rather than melting.
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba - see the page of Tax Havens
Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Australia - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man
Austria - see dot.at domains
Bahamas - see Tax Havens
Bahrain - it will be interesting to see what that's like After the Revolution
Barbados - see Tax Havens
Bassas da India
Belgium - not to be underestimated!
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil - see Lula
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands - see the page of Tax Havens
Burma / Myanmar - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man
Cape Verde - Atlantic islands just to the West of Africa
Cayman Islands - see the page of Tax Havens
Central African Republic
China - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man. Also mentioned at oJOoJ4 , historical review of the Chinese Olympics and planning your cultural exploration at China Travel Depot
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Congo; Democratic Republic
Congo; Republic of the
Coral Sea Islands - Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands - an independent micronation established on some islands just to the East of Australia. Besides being diversity-friendly, it's also a place known for philately , numismatism , and coral
Costa Rica - Also see the page of Tax Havens
Côte d'Ivoire - Ivory Coast
Cuba - see Fidel Castro's Head For Sale
Cymru - Wales - closely connected with the UK
Denmark - Danmark
Dominican Republic - Also see the page of Tax Havens. It's a good place to go on holiday!
Ecuador - Showing some signs of improving in matters of gay rights, but we will see how the general record on human rights in Ecuador is reflected depending on what happens to Saint Julian Assange, who has sought diplomatic refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.
Eritrea - regarded as one of the least-free countries in the world
Falkland Islands - inhabited by British people and penguins
Faroe Islands - one of the few countries still involved with killing whales (2012).
French Guiana - famous for the Spaceport
French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Gambia; The - There is likely to be a review of the place at Stamp Demon at some time.
Gaza Strip - Palestine - currently (2012) under siege by Israel, but may at some time be free, although that would also involve deposing political/religious extremists
Germany - Well at least it's Unified now!
Gibraltar - see the page of Tax Havens
Greece - see Credit Crunch
Greenland - it may not be green in the sense of the colour, but it is important in the other sense of the term "green", as in ecological, as it's where a lot of snow and ice needs to remain uphill rather than melting. The term "GreenLand" may have been an ancient piece of marketing to tempt Vikings to move there.
Guernsey - Channel Islands - also see the page of Tax Havens
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Iceland - one of the few countries still involved with killing whales (2012).
India - also see Zyra India. Sadly it's one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man
Indonesia - includes Bali
Iran - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man
Isle of Man - see the page of Tax Havens and most notably Barclays Isle of Man where it's possible to set up an offshore bank account
Israel - It's a modern European-style country despite being in the Middle East, and in a war zone.
Jamaica - currently (2011) has a problem with gay rights
Japan - one of
the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man
Japan is one of the few countries still involved with killing whales (2012)
Jersey - Channel Islands - also see the page of Tax Havens
Juan de Nova Island
Kurdistan - a region consisting of North Iraq and South Turkey
Liberia - also see the page of Tax Havens
Libya - see After the Revolution
Liechtenstein - see Tax Havens
Madagascar - best animal species diversity in the world
Malaysia - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man
Maldives - Idyllic looking tropical islands in the Indian Ocean. Looks great! But the islands have almost no elevation above sea level, so global sea level is an issue. For hotels in the Maldives, see Amari , Hayes and Jarvis , Onyx Hospitality Group , Thomas Cook , and Aitken Spence Hotels. (Previously also at Anantara and Mosaic Holidays). The Maldives are also mentioned at such pages as Stuff Google , and Tsunami Insurance
Mali - If you're looking for Timbuktu, Mali is where it is.
Mauritius - one of the tropical Tax Havens. Very encouraging to expats on the Internet, although the place is getting a bit crowded.
Monaco - see Tax Havens
Mongolia - historically famous for Kublai Khan
Montenegro - also see .ME
Montserrat - also see the page of Tax Havens
Netherlands - more freedom than most places
Netherlands Antilles - Dutch caribbean islands
New Zealand - epic scenery, as in Lord of the Rings
Nigeria - notorious for the Nigeria Scam, but you should know that the Nigeria Scam is Not Exclusive to Nigeria!
Niue - also see the page of Tax Havens
Northern Mariana Islands
North Korea - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man
Norway - one of the few countries still involved with killing whales (2012).
For hotels in Oman, see Aitken Spence Hotels
Panama - famous for the Panama Canal and for being a Tax Haven
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn Islands - famous for "Mutiny on the Bounty". One of the last few "pink bits", places that are still British.
Russia - also see Russian Space Agency
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Saint Kitts and Nevis - also see the page of Tax Havens
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Tax Havens
Samoa - Western Samoa
São Tomé and Príncipe
Saudi Arabia - see After the Revolution. It is currently (2012) an extremist religious despotic tyranny, and only stays in business because of the support of the USA, UK, and a few other countries that appease the despots in exchange for oil. Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia are virtually nonexistent. The oppressed population might yet overthrow the leadership. As the name "Saudi Arabia" means "Arabia the personal property of the House of Saud", after the Arab Spring revolution the country will have to have a new name! How about the Free Arab Republic ?
Sealand - an independent country consisting of an old fort, a Martello tower, near to the UK and continental Europe
South Africa - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
South Korea - considerably more prosperous than North Korea
South Sudan - Secession
Sri Lanka - also see the page of Tax Havens
Sweden - the reputation of Sweden is being damaged by being involved in a US/UK conspiracy to accuse Julian Assange.
Switzerland - also see Tax Havens
Syria - see After the Revolution
(Tamil Eelam - has been temporarily put on hold because of the genocide in Sri Lanka. See Tamils)
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia - see Tunisia Revolution
Turks and Caicos Islands - also see the page of Tax Havens
Tuvalu - home of the Dot TV
Ummoa - a new micronation declares independence!
United Arab Emirates
United States - one of the few countries excluded from Barclays Isle of Man
Uruguay - Well Done to Uruguay for being one of the first of many countries to legalise the personal use of drugs.
Vanuatu - Well Done to Vanuatu for having no extradition treaty with the USA!
Virgin Islands - US Virgin Islands
Wallis and Futuna
West Bank - Palestine
You can see that only a very few countries are excluded from Barclays Isle of Man, and the rest are allowed. So, if you're an expat, having a bank account offshore could be worthwhile, and it's allowed if you live in all of the aforementioned countries apart from the ones that are flagged-up.
This list of countries was obtained by acquiring several separate lists of countries of the world and then creating a composite list which had most of the advantages of the other lists. The result is not perfect, but it is being improved.
Other geographical references: Travel Checklist , Travel Agents , Places