What Is The Oldest Country In The World?
Let’s dig into history to find out which places win the top spot for being one of the oldest countries in the world. Photo: KnowInsiders

Let’s dig into history to find out which places win the top spot for being one of the oldest countries in the world. These countries hold a special record in history.

Without wasting any more of your time, let’s embark on a journey to these 9 oldest nations in the world:

1,France: 486 AD

2,San Marino: 301 AD

3,Portugal: 900 Years Old

4,Greece: 4500 BC

5,Ethiopia: 5 Million Years

6,Japan: 15 Million Years Old

7,China: 2100 BC

8,Armenia: 6500 BC

9,Iran: 620 BC

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Top 9 Oldest Countries In The World


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There are many historical sites in this country which has projected a great amount of cultural and historical influence on the rest of Europe. It was first established by King Clovis, the first King of France. France also happens to be the country with the most successful military history, having won the most battles out of all countries, both past and present. The UK/Engand/Britain closely comes, but the third place (taked by the new United States), is hundreds of battles away. This military tradition, in addition to its cultural "soft" power, is perhaps what allows it to be one of the world's most influencial nations.

Top attractions: Paris, Nice, French Riviera, and Marseille

Things to do In France: Witnessing Eiffel tower, Louvre museum tour, Palace of Versailles tour

Places to stay: Shangri la, Four Seasons, Chateau D’Artigny

Places to eat: La Bistro Du Parc, La Levain French Bistro

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Best time to visit:April to June and September to November

Best places for honeymoon: Lyon, and Calvi

2,San Marino

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San Marino is a small town surrounded by Italy from all sides. It is one of the smallest towns in the world. It was founded in the year 301 B.C. in the month of September. It was recognized as an independent country by the pope only in the year 1631 A.D.. The reason behind the late independence of the country is still unknown. It is said that the pope exercised influence over the matters of Italy and its surrounding areas.

Top attractions: Dogana, and Falciano

Things to do: Mountaineering, trekking, monuments tour

Places to stay: Grand hotel San Marino, Hotel Titano, Hotel Cesare

Places to eat: La Terrazza, Ristorante Il Piccolo

Language: Italian

Currency: Euro

Best time to visit: April to June and mid-September to November

Best places for honeymoon: Adriatic Coast


Though the founding date of Portugal is not very clear, its magnificent borders and walls are proof that this place, in fact, is very old. Though as the city has been developing, many have noticed the change in Portugal in terms of its infrastructure. The walls guarded Portugal from its enemies back in the day. The Portuguese locals are tied down by traditions.

Top attractions: Lisbon, Porto, Madeira, and Faro District

Things to do In Portugal: Exploring monuments, savouring cuisine, shopping

Places to stay: Vila Vita park resort and spa, Olisippo lapa palace hotel, Belmond’s raid palace hotel

Places to eat: Belcanto, Feitoiria, Alma

Language: Portuguese

Currency: Euro

Best time to visit: March to May and September to October

Best places for honeymoon: Lisbon, and Madeira

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Many people think of Greeks as founders of western civilization. The first Greek civilizations were the Minoan, Helladic and Cycladic ones, which thrived on the Aegean Island of Crete, the Peloponnesian and Naxos respectively. Although all are intertwined and often classified together as Aegean civilizations, the Cycladic one seems to be the oldest of the three, having started in 3300 BC, while the Helladic began in 3200 BC and Minoan in 3000 BC. The Greeks are one of the oldest nations in history and have flourished throughout the ages in many forms, from the ancient city states to the expansive Eastern Roman Empire.

Top attractions: Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos

Things to do In Greece: Witnessing Acropolis of Athens, Parthenon, Meteora

Places to stay: Santorini princess spa hotel, The Westin, Limneon resort

Places to eat: Tudor Hall, Lithos Restaurant, Funky Gourmet

Language: Greek

Currency: Euro

Best time to visit: April to early November

Best places for honeymoon: Athens, and Crete Region

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Ethiopia dates back to the time period to which we all can relate to, the Hominid era and is popular as one of the oldest country in Africa. The cultural and traditional ties are strong in Ethiopia. The people here have seen the country go through numerous transformations. The customs and traditions have, no doubt, evolved as well. Islam and Judaism are being practiced in Ethiopia since time immemorial.

Top attractions: Addis Ababa, Lalibela, and Gondar

Things to do: Witnessing wildlife, Hiking, Adventure at Volcano

Places to stay: Radisson Blu, Mariott hotel, Hilton hotel

Places to eat: Ben Abeba Restaurant, Kategna, Sishu Restaurant

Language: Amharic

Currency: Ethiopian Birr

Best time to visit: Between October to June

Best places for honeymoon: Addis Ababa, and Aksum


The Japanese nation is thought to have been started by its legendary first Emperor, Jimmu. The country is rich in history and continues to be a major player in East Asia after existing for thousands of years. While existence of this figure is often debated on, after reading about the topic I will place Japan in this position. Japan is also currently the only country that is officially and Empire, and has the longest continuously ruling dynasty, the Yamato Imperial family. Despite a "lost decade" resulting in Japanese economic stagnation and them losing their position as East Asia's leading power to China, there might be a new dawn for the rising sun, as many economists and geopolitics expertts speculate that Japan is on an optimistic path of recovery and growth. Recently, Japanese culture also saw a new wave of growth, with Japanese made products ranging from Anime to high tech machinery gaining demand globally, giving the country a lot of "soft" power.

Top attractions: Kyoto, Tokyo, and Osaka

Things to do In Japan: Mountaineering, hiking, rock climbing

Places to stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton Tokyo, Yokohama Grand hotel

Places to eat: Kobe Beef Teppnyaki Hakushu, Rokkase, Gyuan

Language: Japanese

Currency: Japanese Yen

Best time to visit: March to May and September to November

Best places for honeymoon: Nara, and Tokyo


The first recorded dynasty in Chinese history existed over 3,500 years ago when the feudal Shang dynasty ruled from 17th to 11th century BCE. However, the modern country of China celebrates 221 BCE as the date of its founding, the year Qin Shi Huang proclaimed himself the first emperor of China. But China went through many more changes and dynasties to become the country it is today.

In third-century CE, the Han dynasty unified Chinese culture and tradition. In the 13th century, the Mongols invaded China and decimated its population and culture. China's Qing dynasty was overthrown during a revolution in 1912, spurring the creation of the Republic of China. Finally, in 1949, the Republic of China itself was overthrown by Mao Tse Tung's communist rebels and the People's Republic of China was created. This is China as the world now knows it.

Top attractions: Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Chengdu

Things to do In China: Witnessing Great wall of China, strolling in Forbidden city, Absorbing grandeur of Summer palace

Places to stay: Four Seasons, Shangri La, Baohong hotel

Places to eat: Yi Chinese, China Club, TCK by the China Kitchen

Language: Mandarin

Currency: Renminbi

Best time to visit: April to May and September to October

Best places for honeymoon: Shanghai, and Xi’an


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Found in 782 BCE, Armenia is one of the oldest countries in the world. Going by the evidences found in the form of caves and stone inscriptions, Armenia is believed to be inhibited by humans as early as 90,000 BC. Known for its rich diaspora of cultures, Armenia is considered as a Holy Land by several cultures and communities.

Top attractions: Yerevan, Lake Sevan, Garni, and Vagharshapat

Things to do In Armenia: Paragliding, mountaineering, rock climbing

Places to stay: Marriott hotel, Radisson Blu, Alexander hotel

Places to eat: Lavash restaurant, Tavern Yerevan, Indian Mehek

Language: Armenian

Currency: Armenian Dram

Best time to visit: Late May to early June and late September to early October

Best places for honeymoon: Lake Sevan


The ancient country of Iran has certainly been around for a while, with historians dating it back to when it was founded circa 550 BCE under the Achaemenid Empire. The Persian Empire was created following 550 BCE and the country has passed through the hands of different rulers and empires over the years. Modern day Iran was known as Persia until the 1930s when the name was officially changed.

Top attractions: Tehran, Shiraz, and Yazd

Things to do In Iran: Royal tour, Witness Golestan palace, seek blessings at mosque

Places to stay: Saraye Ameriha Boutique hotel, Keryas Traditional hotel, Ghasr Monshi hotel

Places to eat: Reyhoon, Gilaneh, Brentin Restaurant

Language: Persian

Currency: Rial

Best time to visit: March to May and September to November

Best places for honeymoon: Shiraz

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