Meet the World Project

a flat world of pretty colors Chris Guillebeau is a few countries short of having visited all 193 United Nations member states by the time he turns 35 in April 2013. I won’t attempt the same feat, because who would travel with me to Somalia, and I sure as hell ain’t going alone. But what I have decided to do is to meet at least one person from all of the member states by the time I turn 30, on April 29, 2018.

I am calling it the Meet the World Project.

Here are my criteria for who qualifies and what I mean by meet:

  • To count as being from a country, a person must be born and raised at least part of their childhood there. Within reason, in a way that I feel most people would agree upon.
  • At minimum, a meaningful conversation must have taken place between that person and me, in the flesh (not via the Internet or phone).
  • I must at least be able to remember the face of the person and the context in which I met them (everyone needs a story). People I cannot remember, but “I must have met someone from there before,” do not count.
  • The year in which I met the person I am choosing to associate with a country will be in parenthesis next to that country, but that does not necessarily mean that I had never met someone from that country prior to the date listed.
So far, I have met people from 48 of 193 countries!
Afghanistan (2011)
Albania (2010)
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia (2010)
Australia (2011)
Austria (2011)
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium (2012)
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil (2001)
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria (2011)
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada (2011)
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China (2011)
Colombia (2011)
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Croatia (2006)
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic (2006)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark (2011)
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland (2011)
France (2005)
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany (2007)
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana (2009)
Haiti (2011)
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel (2011)
Italy (2011)
Jamaica
Japan (2012)
Jordan (2005)
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea (2002)
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon (2011)
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius (2008)
Mexico (2006)
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro (2006)
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands (2005)
New Zealand (2006)
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria (2004)
North Korea
Norway (2008)
Oman
Pakistan (2008)
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines (2011)
Poland (2007)
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia (2011)
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa (2008)
South Sudan
Spain (1999)
Sri Lanka (2004)
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden (2011)
Switzerland (2006)
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania (2011)
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey (2011)
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine (2008)
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (2006)
United States of America (1988)
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela (1999)
Vietnam (2011)
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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