How many countries are there in South America?

The continent of South America is divided into thirteen distinct political entities.

One, French Guiana, is an overseas department, or province, of France.

The other twelve are independent nations. Of these, nine are Hispanic: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Three are non-Hispanic: Guyana, Suriname, and Brazil.

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