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National Independence Days

A chronological list of national independence days for countries all over the world.

January
January 01: Brunei (from the UK in 1984)
January 01: Czech Republic
January 01: Slovakia (declared in 1992, came on January 1, 1993)
January 01: Haiti (from France in 1804)
January 04: Myanmar (from the UK in 1948)
January 23: Netherlands (founded on January 23, 1579)
january 23: Liechtenstein (founded anaury 23, 1719)

February
February 04: Sri Lanka (from the UK in 1948)
February 07: Grenada (from the UK in 1974)
February 11: Iran (end of Monarchy in 1979)
February 11: Vatican City (Lateren Treath signed with Italy 1929)
February 12: Chile (declared from spain in 1818, 1st govr junta September 18
February 15: Serbia (beginning of Serbian revolution against Ottoman occup in 1804)
February 16: Lithuania (from the Russian and German Empires in 1918) see notes
February 17: Kosovo (from Serbia in 2008, not universally recognized)
February 18: Gambia (from the UK in 1965)
February 24: Estonia
February 25: Kuwait (from the UK in 1961)
February 27: Dominican Republic (from Haiti in 1844)

March
March 01: Bosnia and Herzegovina (from SFR Yugoslavia in 1992)
March 06: Ghana (from the UK in 1957)
March 11: Lithuania (Soviet Union in 1990, see notes)
March 12: Mauritius (from the UK in 1968)
March 20: Tunisia (from France in 1956)
March 21: Namibia (from South Africa in 1990)
March 25: Greece (from the Ottoman Empire in 1821)
March 26: Bangladesh (from Pakistan in ?)

April
April 09: Georgia (in 1918 and 1991)
April 18: Zimbabwe (from the UK in 1980
April 27: Sierra Leone (from the UK in 1961)
April 27: Togo (from France in 1960)

May
May 01: United Kingdom (founded May 1, 1707)
May 05: Netherlands (Liberation from Nazi Germany in 1945)
May 09: Romania (from the Ottoman Empire in 1877)
May 15: Paraguay (from Spain in 1811)
May 17: Norway (signing of constitution on may 17, 1814)
May 20: Cuba (from the United States in 1902)
May 20: East Timor (from Portugal in 2002)
May 21: Montenegro (from its union with Serbia in 2006)
May 24: Eritrea (from Ethiopia in 1993)
May 24: Ecuador (proclaimed from Spain aug 10 but achieved it in May 1822)
May 25: Jordan (from the UK in 1946)
May 26: Georgia (see also April 9)
May 26: Guyana

June
June 01: Samoa
June 03: Niger (from France in 1960) y
June 04: Tonga (was never a colony but Late King's BD was July 4)
June 06: Sweden (founded on June 6, 1523)
June 12: Philippines (proclaimed in 1898)
June 12: Russia
June 17: Iceland (from the Kingdom of Denmark in 1944)
June 25: Croatia (from Yugoslavia in 1991)
June 25: Mozambique (from Portugal in 1975)
June 26: Madagascar (from France in 1960)
June 27: Djibouti (from France in 1977)
June 29: Seychelles (from the UK in 1976)
June 30: Democratic Republic of the Congo (from Belgium in 1960)

July July 04: United States of America (from the UK in 1776)
July 01: Burundi (from Belgium in 1962)
July 03: Belarus (check date)
July 05: Algeria (from France in 1962)
July 05: Cape Verde (from Portugal in 1975)
July 06: Malawi (from the UK in 1964)
July 07: Solomon Islands (from the UK in 1978)
July 09: Argentina (from Spain in 1816)
July 10: Bahamas (from the UK in 1973)
July 20: Colombia (and Aug 7. from Spain in 1810)
July 21: Belgium (from the Netherlands in 1831)
July 26: Liberia (in 1847?)
July 26: Maldives (from the UK in 1965)
July 01: Rwanda (from Belgium in 1962)
July 05: Venezuela (from Spain in 1811)
July 07: Solomon Islands (from UK in 1978)
July 12: Sao Tome and Principe (from Portugal in 1975)
July 28: Peru (from Spain in 1821)
July 30: Vanuatu (from the UK and France in 1980)
July 17: Slovakia (declared in 1992, came on January 1, 1993)

August
August 01: Benin (from France in 1960)
August 01: Switzerland (Alliance against Holy Roman Empire in 1291)
August 05: Burkina Faso (from France in 1960)
August 06: Bolivia (from Spain in 1825)
August 06: Jamaica (from the United Kingdom in 1962)
August 09: Singapore (separation from Malaysia in 1965)
August 10: Ecuador (proclaimed from Spain aug 10 but achieved it in Maqy 1822)
August 11: Chad (from France in 1960)
August 13: Central African Republic (from France in 1960)
August 14: Pakistan (from the UK... in 1947?)
August 15: India (from the UK in 1947)
August 15: South Korea (from Japan in 1945)
August 17: Indonesia (from the Netherlands in 1945)
August 19:
Afghanistan (from the UK in 1912)
August 19: Afghanistan (from the UK in 1919, from russian emp in 1918, from ussr in 1991)
August 24: Ukraine / and January 22 (see notes)
August 25: Uruguay (from Brazil in 1825)
August 27: Moldova (from the Soviet Union in 1991)
August 31: Kyrgyzstan (from the USSR in 1991)
August 31: Malaysia (from the UK in 1957)
August 31: Trinidad and Tobago (from the UK in 1962)

September
September 01: Uzbekistan (from the Soviet Union in 1991)
September 02: Vietnam (from Japan and France in 1945)
September 06: Swaziland (from the UK in 1968)
September 07: Brazil (from Portugal in 1822)
September 08: Macedonia (fropm Yugoslavia in 1991)
September 09: North Korea (DPRF founded in 1948)
September 09: Tajikistan (from the Soviet Union in 1991)
September 15: Costa Rica (from Spain in 1821)
September 15: El Salvador (from Spain in 1821)
September 15: Guatemala (from Spain in 1821)
September 15: Honduras (from Spain in 1821)
September 15: Nicaragua (from Spain in 1821)
September 16: Mexico (from Spain in 1810, recognized in 1975)
September 16: Papua New Guinea (from Australia in 1975)
September 18: Chile (1st govr junta September 18
September 19: Saint Kitts and Nevis (from the UK in 1983)
September 21: Armenia (from the Soviet Union in 1991)
September 21: Belize (from the UK in 1981)
September 21: Malta (from the UK in 1964)
September 22: Bulgaria (from the Ottoman Empire in 1908)
September 22: Mali (from France in 1948)
September 30: Botswana (from the UK in 1966)

October
October 01: Cyprus (from from the UK in 1960)
October 01: Nigeria (from the UK in 1960)
October 04: Lesotho (from the UK in 1966)
October 10: Fiji (from the UK in 1970)
October 18: Azerbaijan (from from the Soviet Uunion in 1991)
October 24: Zambia (from the UK in 1964)
October 26: Austria (from Allie sof WWII in 1955)
October 27: Turkmenistan (from the Soviet Union in 1991)
October 28: Former Czechoslovakia (from Austria-Hungary in 1918)

November
November 01: Antigua and Barbuda (from the UK in 1981)
November 03: Dominica (from the UK in 1978)
November 03: Panama (see notes)
November 09: Cambodia (from France in 1953)
November 11: Angola (from Portugal in 1975)
November 11: Poland (see notes)
November 15: Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (declared Nov 15, 1983)
November 18 / and May 4: Latvia (from Russia in 1918)
November 18: Morocco (from France and spain in 1956)
November 22: Lebanon (from France in 1943)
November 25: Suriname (from the Netherlaqnds in 1975)
November 26: Mongolia (from China in 1921)
November 28: Albania (5 centuries of Ottoman rule ended in 1912)
November 30: Barbados (from the UK in 1966)
November 30: Yemen (from the UK in 1967)

December
December 01: Portugal (from Spain in 1640)
December 02: United Arab Emirates (from the UK in 1971)
December 06: Finland (from Russia ind 1917)
December 07: Cote d'Ivoire / Ivory Coast (from Franc in 1960)
December 09: Tanzania (from the UK in 1961)
December 11: South Africa (from the UK in 1931, see notes)
December 12: Kenya (from the UK in 1963)
December 16: Bahrain (from the UK in 1971)
December 16: Kazakhstan (from the Soviet Union in 1991)
December 18: Qatar (power assumed in 1878)
December 24: Libya (from Italy... no longer celebrated?)
December 26 and June 25: Slovenia (see notes)


Countries with independence year but no month and date, sorted from oldest to newest:

Japan (660 BCE)
China (221 BCE)
San Marino (301 CE)
France (843 CE)
Austria (976 CE)
Denmark (10th Century CE)
Hungary (1001)
Portugal (1143)
Mongolia (1206)
Thailand (1238)
Andorra (1278)
Monaco (1419)
Spain (15th Century)
Iran (1502)
Oman (1650)
Nepal (1768)

Other:
IRELAND: the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is celebrated on Easter Monday because the proclaimation commended at Easter Rising on April 24, 1916 (independence from the United Kingdom).
ISRAEL:Independence from the British Mandate of Palestine on May 14, 1948, which was 5 Iyar 5708 in the Hebrew Calendar. It is celebrated on the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday closest to 5 Iyar. Called "Yom Ha'atzmaut"

See also:
About Travel
Travel Guides International

Resources on the Web
Wikipedia List of Countries by Independence Day
Wikipedia National Days Category
Wikipedia National Holidays Category
Wikipedia Remembrance Days Category
Wikipedia Unity Days Category
Wikipedia Victory Days Category
Info Please: National Holidays Around the World
Shagtown Index of Days


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