This map catalogs every coup attempt since 2000 – whether successful or not. Successful coups are recorded in red, failed coups in blue.
Update: This map has been updated to include the attempted coup in Turkey on 15/16 July 2016.
Although Turkey is mostly in Asia, it is also generally considered to be partly in Europe. Therefore, today’s coup in Turkey marks the first attempted coup in Europe since the 2014 coup attempt in Abkhazia. Prior to that, the most recent coup attempt in Europe was the 1998 Albanian coup.
Since 2000 there have been 62 coup attempts across the world and 23 successful coups.
Most coup attempts took place in Africa, although there have also been a number of coups in Asia and Central/South America.
Prior to the July 2016 attempted military coup in Turkey only one attempted coup has taken place in Europe since 2000 – in Abkhazia in 2014. Many people do not believe that Abkhazia should be included in this list, however, but it is not widely recognised as a country. If Abkhazia is excluded, the most recent coup in Europe was the 1998 coup in Albania.
Some countries have experienced multiple coups, or attempted coups. Guinea-Bissau, for example, has suffered through four coups since 2003, two of which were successful.
The table below lists every coup attempt since 2000, and notes whether the coup was successful or not. Data is drawn from the wikipedia summary of coups.
|Central African Republic||2003||Yes|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||2003||Yes|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||2004||No|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||2004||No|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||2011||No|