What is Country ?
Country is (noun) 1. a land which is separate and governs itself the countries of the EU Some African countries voted against the plan. (NOTE: The plural in this meaning is countries.) 2. land which is not the town He lives in the country. We went walking in the hill country. Road travel is difficult in country areas. (NOTE: no plural in this meaning)
source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level