It is very common in English to use ‘in/of the world’ after expressions such as many/some/several/a lot of countries.

Is that necessary?

Because to my ear the word ‘country’ by itself mean a part of the world.

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You are right that of the world is, strictly speaking, redundant (setting aside some science-fiction scenarios). However, redundancy, as has been pointed out a number of times on this site, is not always a bad thing. Saying many countries of the world pragmatically implicates (although it does not logically imply) that the countries in question are scattered around the world, rather than concentrated in a particular region.

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