Sixty-five member states of the United Nations qualify for membership in this list. They are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (PRC), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya,
Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. (EDIT: Kosovo and Taiwan are not UN member states; I used a bad reference rather than my brain. But, I went back and confirmed: if those two nations were members of the UN, they’d belong in this list.)
Five additional member states of the United Nations almost qualify for membership. Those five are Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States of America.
How does a nation get on this list?