• Country (countable) = ‘nation’, ‘land’.
      Scotland is a cold country.
      France is the country I know best.
      How many countries are there in Europe?
  • The country (uncountable) = ‘open land without many buildings’ (the opposite of the town).
    With this meaning, we cannot say a country or countries.
      My parents live in the country near Edinburgh.
      Would you rather live in the town or the country?