Markus Lundgren – 193 countries … and then some!



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Markus is a Swedish diplomat who has traveled to every country in the world and now is focussing on the Travelers’ Century Club which divides the world into 325 places.

Markus has been posted to countries such as Nigeria and China during his career as a Swedish diplomat.  Markus has a strong desire to travel as he demonstrated when he ventured as a 15 year old to China with a group of strangers he met via a newspaper advertisement.  Markus has traveled to the far corners of the earth from places such as Chukotka Autonomous Okrug (in the far east of Russia opposite Alaska) to Tristan da Cunha (considered the remotest, inhabited island of the world).  

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More about Markus Lundgren:

  • Born in: Northern Sweden
  • Passports from:  Sweden
  • Favorite travel book:  Lonely Planet,  to my next destination
  • Favorite travel film:  Timbukto, a place I really regret not visiting sooner.
  • Favorite travel site: The Best Traveled  
  • Must carry:  Passport, money/credit cards, printed tickets – nothing else needed!
  • Favorite food: Japanese cuisine.  
  • Favorite Airline:  Low cost carriers for price, or gulf airline for comfort.
  • Favorite Hotel:  Only stay in hostels!

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About Counting Countries

Counting Countries is the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to every country in the world. Less people have traveled to every country in the world than have been to outer space.

Theme music for this podcast is Demeter’s Dance, written, performed, and provided by Mundi.

About GlobalGaz

Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl.  He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia.  

Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at GlobalGaz.com

How Many Countries Are There?

Well… that depends on who you ask!

Me? My goal is the 193 countries that are recognized by the UN, but I am sure I will visit some other places along the way.

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