Wikipedia:1,000 core topics

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This is intended to be a list of approximately the most important 1,000 topics in Wikipedia. As of 22 December 2012, 99 of these articles are also featured articles.

Section Current Number
People 206
History 47
Geography 314
Arts 54
Philosophy and religion 49
Everyday life (included in others)
Society and social sciences 173
Health and medicine 15
Science 251
Technology 20
Mathematics 9
Measurement 0
Total 1133

Count checked: 21:24, 9 June 2008 (UTC)


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Biographies, 206[edit]

Culture and social sciences, 173[edit]

Geography, 65[edit]

Countries, 249[edit]

Humanities, 162[edit]

Science, math and technology, 162[edit]

Chemical elements, 118[edit]


  1. ^ Argentina is also named Argentine Nation for purposes of legislation.
  2. ^ See also Nagorno-Karabakh.
  3. ^ Canada is officially also (but infrequently) referred to as Dominion of Canada.
  4. ^ The Central African Republic is also infrequently rendered as Central Africa.
  5. ^ The People's Republic of China is occasionally rendered as mainland China in the relationship with its special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau as well as its relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan.
  6. ^ The Republic of China (ROC) is commonly referred to as Taiwan by the international community. It is also diplomatically sometimes known as Chinese Taipei or other names and regarded by UN as Taiwan, Province of China (see One-China policy). The ROC is not a UN member since late 1971. It is currently recognized by the Holy See and 24 UN member states and with de facto international relations with most others. The political status of the ROC and the legal status of Taiwan (alongside the territories currently under the ROC jurisdiction) are in dispute. The ROC should not be confused with the so-called "Republic of Taiwan" proposed by supporters of Taiwan independence.
  7. ^ The Democratic Republic of the Congo is formerly and popularly known as Zaire. It is referred to as Congo-Kinshasa to distinguish it from the Republic of the Congo.
  8. ^ The Republic of the Congo is referred to as Congo-Brazzaville to distinguish it from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  9. ^ See also Northern Cyprus.
  10. ^ The Czech Republic is also infrequently rendered as Czechia. See Name of the Czech Republic.
  11. ^ Falkland Islands is also claimed by Argentina as Islas Malvinas.
  12. ^ See also Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
  13. ^ The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes its self-governing dependencies Alderney, Herm and Sark.
  14. ^ Hong Kong is a Special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. It is diplomatically known as Hong Kong, China.
  15. ^ Ireland is commonly referred to as the Republic of Ireland as the official "description" of the state in order to distinguish it from the island of Ireland as a whole.
  16. ^ The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is popularly known as North Korea.
  17. ^ The Republic of Korea is popularly known as South Korea.
  18. ^ Kosovo is an autonomous province of Serbia currently administered by the Provisional Institution of Self-Government under the supervision of the UN Interim Administration Mission.
  19. ^ Kyrgyzstan is also sometimes rendered as Kirghizia.
  20. ^ Macao is a Special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. It is diplomatically known as Macao, China.
  21. ^ Macedonia is referred to by UN and a number of countries and international organizations as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  22. ^ See also Pridnestrovie.
  23. ^ See also Western Sahara.
  24. ^ Legally the Netherlands refers to the mainland European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with the latter consisting of the Netherlands and three overseas countries, namely Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten.
  25. ^ The State of Palestine in the Palestinian territories is currently recognized by the Holy See and 93 UN member states. It has never been admitted as a full UN member (only granted with a permanent observer status) but is a member of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The State claims the whole Palestinian territories but only exercises de facto control over part of the territories administered through its shadow organ, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). It is further supported by other countries according the PNA a pivotal role in the process that may involve their eventually recognizing the State as sovereign.
  26. ^ See also Kosovo.
  27. ^ Somalia is presently fragmented with its Transitional National Government in exile. See also Somaliland.
  28. ^ Svalbard is an overseas territory of Norway recognized by international treaty.
  29. ^ Vatican City is administered by a Governor appointed by the Pope, with the latter being the head of the Holy See and that of the Vatican City concurrently.
  30. ^ The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in Western Sahara is currently recognized by 46 UN member states. It has never been admitted to the UN but is a member of the African Union. It claims the whole territory of Western Sahara but only exercises effective control over the territory east of Moroccan Wall, while a large portion of the territory is occupied by and integrated into Morocco.

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