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Somaliland Was Only a Country for 5 Days – The World’s Shortest-Lived Country Existed for 5 Days

Published on April 12, 2017 by   ·   No Comments

In this week’s Maphead, Ken Jennings explores a country that existed for just five days or for 50 years, depending on who you ask

If all goes well, the United States will celebrate its 241st birthday this summer—and that’s young by international standards. Plenty of countries on the map have been around for thousands of years. But what about the shortest-lived nations in world history? The State of Somaliland, in East Africa, is one of the weirdest of the brief candles. It only existed for five days in 1960. Or, depending on whom you ask, it’s still around and functioning pretty well as a nation today

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