MADISON, Wisconsin — Nations strengthen identities and give national pride. However, created borders have not always been drawn in the most logical way and have caused civil unrest, wars and genocide. Of the countries listed, all were formed after gaining independence from another power, often following tumultuous events. The Borgen Project presents a list of the 10 newest countries in the world.
Eritrea is located in Eastern Africa and is home to 6 million people. The nation was formed on May 24, 1993.
Palau used to be owned by the United States until it gained independence on October 1, 1994. It is home to 21,000 people.
East Timor or Timor-Leste shares half of its island with Indonesia. The nation was originally ruled by Portugal but–after decades of protest–it received independence on May 20, 2002.
Montenegro officially split from Serbia on June 3, 2006. Montenegrins have identified separately from Serbians for a long time but only recently decided it was time to split.
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Kosovo was once part of Yugoslavia but split from their neighbor in the 1990s. The nation continued to be a part of Serbia until February 17, 2008, when Kosovo gained its independence.
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– Sarah Dalgleish
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