(Gene Thorp and Rick Noack/The Washington Post)
If the U.S. opened an embassy in Cuba, it would join many other countries who are represented there. According to the site EmbassyPages, which was last updated Nov. 25, Cuba hosts more than 100 embassies in Havana, its capital.
Countries with embassies in Cuba include Britain, France and Germany. Besides being in diplomatic contact with many European countries and U.S. allies, Havana also hosts a variety of ambassadors from countries that are considered hostile to the U.S., such as North Korea or Iran.
Foreign embassies have not always been welcomed by Cuba, as E.U. embassies in Havana used to invite dissidents to their National Day celebrations, which caused a crisis in the relations between E.U. member states and Cuba. In 2005, the Cuban government decided to restore diplomatic contacts with eight nations after E.U. foreign ministers decided to exclude dissidents from their embassy celebrations in the future.
This map shows that Cuba has restored diplomatic contacts with most countries in the world within the past years. South Korea is among the few nations that do not officially communicate with the country or do not appear to have a presence in the country, according to Cuban records.
Some of the countries that do not appear to have a presence in Cuba on our map might have arrangements, but are not listed in the governmental sources this map is based on. It is also worth noting that many states that do not have representation in Cuba do rely on associated embassies elsewhere, or have asked other countries to represent them. The United States has so far relied on an Interests Section in Havana, which is officially part of the Swiss Embassy but operates autonomously.
— Rick Noack