Oldest Countries 2019

With 195 countries in the world, it’s hard to imagine that some of these countries once didn’t even exist. As explorers discovered new land, more countries were established, leading to the nearly 200 we have today.

Some of the world’s nations have stood the test of time, though. Even though factors such as boundaries, political structures, and capital cities have changed, these nations have survived throughout the years, making them the oldest countries in the world.

Egypt is considered one of the oldest countries in the world and was first settled around 6000 BC. The first dynasty was believed to be founded around 3100 BC.

Another one of the world’s oldest country is China. Historians say that the first evidence of civilization in this nation was from over 4,000 years ago. The first recorded dynasty – the Shang dynasty – was also established in this nation and reigned over the nation from 17th Century BC to 11th Century BC.

Greece is also another nation that has a long history. Advanced civilizations inhabited the region approximately 4,000 years ago. Athens, Greece, was also the first place to adopt the democratic system.

India is another old nation, with the first civilization living in the area approximately 10,000 years ago. India is also a nation that is behind some of the world’s oldest religions including Buddhism and Hinduism.

Some of the world’s other oldest countries include:

Country Age Rank Sovereignty Acquired Population 2019
Iran13200 BC82,913,906
Egypt23100 BC100,388,073
Vietnam32879 BC96,462,106
Armenia42492 BC2,957,731
North Korea52333 BC25,666,161
India62000 BC1,366,417,754
Georgia71300 BC3,996,765
Israel81300 BC8,519,377
Sudan91070 BC42,813,238
Afghanistan10678 BC38,041,754
Mongolia11209 BC3,225,167
Somalia12200 BC15,442,905
Ethiopia13200 BC112,078,730
San Marino1430133,860
Japan15400126,860,301