Member States

Set up on 5 May 1949 by 10 countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and United Kingdom), joined by Greece and Turkey in August 1949, the Council of Europe now has 47 member states: Albania (1995), Andorra (1994), Armenia (2001), Austria (1956), Azerbaijan (2001), Belgium (1949), Bosnia and Herzegovina (2002), Bulgaria (1992), Croatia (1996), Cyprus (1961), Czech Republic (1993), Denmark (1949), Estonia (1993), Finland (1989), France (1949), Georgia (1999), Germany (1950), Greece, Hungary (1990), Iceland (1950), Ireland (1949), Italy (1949), Latvia (1995), Liechtenstein (1978), Lithuania (1993), Luxembourg (1949), Malta (1965), Moldova (1995), Monaco (2004), Montenegro (2007), Netherlands (1949), Norway (1949), Poland (1991), Portugal (1976), Romania (1993), Russian Federation (1996), San Marino (1988), Serbia (2003), Slovakia (1993), Slovenia (1993), Spain (1977), Sweden (1949), Switzerland (1963), "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (1995), Turkey, Ukraine (1995), United Kingdom (1949).

Observers to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico and the United States of America.

 

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