WP Marketplace expanding into 23 new markets soon
Microsoft has announced that it will soon be accepting app submissions for 23 new markets around the world, which will bring the total number of markets with access to 63. The new regions cover Eastern Europe - Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine; the Middle East - Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates; Asia - China, Kazakhstan, Thailand, and Vietnam; Central/South America - Costa Rica, and Venezuela; and Europe - Iceland.
App Hub will be updating in the next two weeks to cover the additional regions, then developers will be able to start submitting apps for the new markets, or expanding existing apps into those markets. Microsoft does note, though, that Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE require "additional certification requirements due to local laws or norms". So, be sure your app doesn't offend anyone. Certification for apps should take about 7 days.
source: Windows Phone Developer Blog