Coca-Cola in Every Country But Three? No!

North Korea: No Coke for you!

It was reported yesterday that Coca-Cola plans to bring its product to Myanmar, just as soon as the United States government gives permission for the company to do so. Relations between Myanmar and the international community have been improving as of late and American investment in Myanmar is likely to be allowed soon.

The most interesting claim of the article from a geographic standpoint was that, in addition to Myanmar, there are only two other countries where Coca-Cola is not served - North Korea and Cuba. Coca-Cola's website claims that Coca-Cola is available in "over 200 countries" but there are actually only 196 independent countries on the planet. Looking at the Coca-Cola list shows that numerous actual countries are missing (such as East Timor, Kosovo, Vatican City, San Marino, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, etc.; you get the picture). Therefore, the assertion that Coca-Cola is only not present in Myanmar, Cuba, and North Korea is a completely false. According to the article Reuters is the source for this "fact."

Additionally, in looking at the Coca-Cola website list, it is obvious that more than a dozen listed "countries" are not countries at all (such as French Guiana, New Caledonia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, etc.). Thus while Coca-Cola is widely distributed, there quite a few independent countries where the beverage is not available. Nonetheless, Coca-Cola likely remains the most widely distributed American product on the planet, even exceeding McDonald's and Subway restaurants. (Image: Flag of North Korea, where Coke is definitely unavailable.)