Top Ten Countries With the Most Fascinating Cultures and Histories

The Top Ten
1 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, ...read more.

Despite the fact that most of them are communists, and the country itself is as well, it doesn't make the culture stop being so gorgeous and beautiful. The landscapes are amazing, and my favorite part, has to be the kimonos. They are ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING to look at. The Chinese women look so beautiful in such golden trimmed clothing. The roofs, for shade are just something that you'd want to stay under forever. The scenery in the photographs of the women in kimonos, the lakes, ponds, mountains, and of course, but to mention The Great Wall of China. They've made this culture and country so amazingly outstanding, and I hope they know that. THIS deserves the number one spot.

China has an incredible amount of history, there's no way you could remember it all. Being Chinese, I celebrate the holidays and eat Chinese food and grew up on their stories. So maybe I'm a bit biased, but I don't think anyone could argue that its culture and history are extremely interesting.

Teaching Chinese abroad gives me a chance to see my culture from a different perspective, which is awesome. Trust me, there is much much more than just food, panda and Kung Fu to explore in China. And welcome to China to see and experience it yourself.

The most sophisticated, influential, diverse and unique culture and history to ever exist. Wish I could live amidst the Orient, the Far East, and experience the best of Chinese food, philosophy, poetry and everything else.

2 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. ...read more.

Indian (or as I prefer, "Hindu", not in the religious but in the cultural sense) is a completely alien and unique culture. In ancient times, the inhabitants of this naturally-rich land had incredibly profound ideas proper of a very sophisticated individuals and their strong intellectual interest. Their attention to ethics made them to have the incredible modern insight that the slaughter of animals is unjust and cruel, forbidding it as early as the 7th century B.C. Wow! Among their astounding contributions to mathematics are early proofs and the positional numerals, and a surprising fascination and understanding of big numbers, along with their contribution to other sciences, all of them fundamental to our modern world. It produced the most perdurable superstitious practices as well, such as meditation and ayurveda. Unfortunately, like all the great ancient cultures, it suffered a crushing decadence in its way to actuality.

A big thanks to the Muslims who shaped Indian culture today. The food, the music (courtyard dances, Adab! ), The language (Urdu) and architecture. India as it's known wouldn't be so without the influence of the Muslims. Whether you accept that or not, I know it's hard as Modi is pushing an anti Muslim rhetoric all over the country. Good luck to the future of India, I hope they learn that prejudice ain't getting them nowhere. Muslims are part and parcel of India's history and present too.

India has the world's most beautiful architecture, the Taj Mahal, built out of love by Shah Jahan. A truly mesmerizing place that must be seen! The beautiful sunrise behind the incredible monument and the bright rays of the full moon that fall on it makes it a paradise. It is astonishing to see how clever Indians are to construct such an amazing monument that is symmetrical and adheres to mathematical formulas in every way!

This list is biased...
Developed world's first and largest global universities, mathematics, science, medicine, sugery, number system, world's first well planned cities, four of the world's oldest religions, held half of the world's wealth, held the richest and most advanced empires, yoga, modern clothing and buttons, has a history older than 8000 years, has over 1600 languages, arguably the greatest civilisation in the world.

It doesn't any list to prove India's rich historical heritage.

3 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

Greece is a classic civilization we all still learn from to this day. From their beliefs, government system, and obviously their mathematicians and scientists, who've discovered some of the most important and basic concepts that we still build upon to this day. Their ancient history is absolutely fascinating!

Vibrant culture, fascinating history. Truly the most wonderful Western civilization.

In my opinion Greece is one of the most artistic countries.

Greece is amazing

4 Egypt Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt was carried out by many civilizations, such as the Pharaonic, Byzantine, Islamic, Ayyubid, Fatimid, and Abbasid civilizations.

This culture has been alive for a long time and there is so much interest that can go into the Egyptian culture, plus there are so many ancient relics that have been found, I personal find this culture incredibly interesting.

Ancient Egypt is one of the most interesting subjects I've ever been taught in class. It has such a rich past, that's so full of mystery.

The motherland of dark people is truly amazing indeed.

5 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

The Island Nation has remained aloof from the world through centuries of separation and isolationist policies. With the rise of the modern technology and international commerce, this has create a unique mix of tradition you won't find anywhere else with the cutting edge of the modern. No country is as unique, or has a history so steeped in legend that at certain points of history, they become inseparable.

Japanese culture, along with many other asian cultures, is the oldest, most well developed culture on the planet. Everything from their weapons, to their clothes, even their language is extremely refined, graceful, and amazing.

Visited Japan over 15 times in my life (so far), the culture does not seize to fascinate and surprise me. The traditions are so rooted deep inside the society as if the people were born with the knowledge.

One of my very favorite countries to visit - for their food, hospitality, their efficient public transportation system, bullet train, Japanese culture, lovely people, and their fashion!

6 Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language.

I am Chinese and I love Russian literature. They have very talented writers. I also love their beautiful eastern Orthodox cathedrals.

Their history in dance and other forms of art has always captivated my attention!

Soviet history is particularly interesting in my opinion. But the more obscure regions of Russia, like Kaliningrad or Tannu-Tuva, or the most interesting.

My native culture

7 England England, previously the Kingdom of England, is a constituent country of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ...read more.

The Greatest European Culture! Brits gave us biggest Empire, lots of modern technology, fashion, science, laws, music, film, artists etc...
Absolutely the greatist literature! Brits have never capitulate, also they burried 4 empires, and greatest modern country USA is also the descendants of Brits.
P.S. How this russian scumbag can be higher than England? Kremlin farm of trolls is now even on toptens?

England has such rich history, it's an amazing place! It's the best because of the people - their senses of humour are the best in the world.

Ten? Come on! We all know about dear old England's fabulous history and culture... She is amazing!

England may be small it is full of culture. For example, the many stunning buildings from the tutor period, Victoria era

8 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

Italy is a beautiful place, with a very unique culture. Not only is it pretty important today, but it was also the center of the Roman Empire and Republic. Florence, Rome, and Venice- Italy has some of the greatest cities in the world!

I will not pretend to know much about Italy, but it's a place I've always wanted to go to, just to get a peak at Venice!

Italian is one of the most beautiful languages of the world! And Florence is the true City of Love.

Italy is very fascinating and has a great culture!

9 Israel The State of Israel is a country in the Middle East and the only country with a Jewish majority in the world. Israel is a small country bordering Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt and its official languages are Hebrew and Arabic.

Isreal was founded in 14th of may 1948 after Hitler did what he did, and rich jews went around crying like babies and demanding that jews needed a compensation, and got promised by the British minister of foreign afairs ' Arthur Balfour' their own land in PALASTINE. At that time Palastine was attacked by british and french military, started taking over lands, killing childen and women, building camps, attracting more jews and expanding even more breaking almost every treaty made that said they wont expand anymore. Isreals history is only war and death. I guess you meant Palastine. you are either ignorant or afraid to write Palastine, I hope it's the second one though!

Israel is God's chosen people. God created the world and gave the Hebrew people that land that everyone is fighting over still. This to me and to many others is #1 because the Jewish people have escaped and been unnaturally persecuted by this world.
I love Israel! They have great fragrant oils, symbolic traditions, martial arts, and food. Israel is truly blessed.

Woah ok there. This ain't right. The fact actually still stands that falafel, the keffiyeh, dabke and basically everythaaang that's falsely listed as "Israeli culture" is Palestinian. You can't wipe their culture from history as well as their land because only Palestinians can rock the culture you egotistically call Israeli. Simples.

It is the home of Jerusalem, and even for people who are not religious, it's still amazing to learn about the the birthplace of the three major religions of the world.

10 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

France is a very cool place. I've always wanted to go, my best est friend named Emma got to go there when make a wish foundation helped. I'm not going to give you her whole life story but it was pretty cool, and helps me remember her.

Good food, patisseries, charcuteries, cheese, good wines, beautiful landscape (mountains, sea, countryside, tropical islands, amazonian forest, pittoresque towns, beautiful cities and Paris), music, festivals, fashion,...

Sure France is well known to be one of the most famous, so famous that lots of jealous like to play French bashing. More you play this game, more France strong is.

French culture is very sophisticated and if you really take time to study it, it is very interesting and broad in many areas pertaining to food, music, architcture, etc.

The Contenders
11 Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.
12 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

Mexico home of the tomato, corn, chile peppers, avocado, cacao, vanilla, native to the region and given to the world. Has some of the best selling beer brands (Corona, Dos Equis, etc.), tequila, tacos, Dia de los Muertos, and had the first university in the Americas. Had some of the most advanced ancient civilizations, and a powerful city state as the Viceroyalty on New Spain overseeing vast global territories from Asia-Pacific to North America, the Caribbean, etc. Today it is the largest media and content producer in the Spanish speaking world, one of the largest producer of Spanish language pop/contemporary musicians and international artists and largest Spanish book publisher. 2nd largest economy in Latin America, most populous Spanish speaking country.

Mexico holds a lot of culture and tradition. The ancient buildings and towns are preserved with love. The people are super genuine and welcoming. Great food, music, views and energy. Mexico holds one of the seven wonders of the world, the pyramid.

Each part of the country has its own tradition, it's so rich culturally and the people there is so nice!

Ancient pyramids, colonial towns, and rich culture, oh and the FOOD!

13 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

Um, stop hating on the USA people just because most of you live here. We're like super more interesting than these other countries!

I suppose it could be interesting. But in America, it's culture/history is nothing compared to other countries.

Although it is young, USA has lots of history and has a mix of different cultures around the world.

Please people...leave politics and pompous attitudes out. Thank you!

14 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian. ...read more.

A country with thousands of years of continuous history, glorious architectural and musical traditions, and much to offer to foreigners. A country that has survived dozens of invaders and continues to exist as a single state today, from the first Elamite empire all the way to the modern Shahdom, then the Republic. It stands as unmatched today as it did in 510 because, 10 AD, 300 AD, 1000 AD, 1750, and many other time periods where it dominated the near east with a highly refined and trained military. It is one of the few countries to never be colonized and it is one of the most authentic and most understudied countries that Asia has to offer.

I sensed no racism when I went to Iran, and I am from Canada.
Every city is so different with different culture and beauty, from desert to mountains, to ski resort to caspian sea.
Religious freedom as well, and women have more rights than any other muslim countries.

I think that Iranians people are very strong and powerful and they have really great beliefs and cultures.They are real Muslim people not same ISIL!

I think Iranian People are so kind and hospitable.

15 Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Scotland is the most mountainous, and least densely populated country in the United Kingdom.

I'll admit, this is mostly because I am in love with the Scottish accent, but since seeing Brave, I have been super fascinated by the stories and mystical places the movie was based on.

Scotland used to be a monarchy, which is interesting. It also has interesting food, and the scenery is beautiful, the accent is also awesome

I voted this one. To make history, I hope Scotland becomes independent in the future!

I like da accent mate

16 Ethiopia Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia is the only African country that never been colonized. It beat Italy in battle of adwa. It has more than 85 languages and cultures. The people of Ethiopia are so warm and welcoming. Ethiopia is a very divers beautiful country.

Ethiopia is where it all began! It is the most fascinating and beautiful country in the world! Religion, civilization, farming etc have all their origins in this ancient wonderful country!

Kikikiki. it is the origin of human being and civilization. It is the only country never colonized. the warrior people and Christianity specially the Orthodox is originated from Ethiopia.

Yes Ethiopia is the country of god and religion and everything, and though it may not be the richest we are very nice and welcoming

17 Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

A country where saying "mate" is hip, and not only that but with a neat aboriginal culture, this place has it all! Not to mention a great art scene!

I strongly believe Australia is the most fascinating and interesting country/continent. In the universe

Rich culture in the indigenous community that can rival many other older civilisations with its unique ways, may not be as old or have as much recorded history but is truly a beautiful culture

18 Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

The other large European global empire besides Britain, that spanned the globe from Italy/Netherlands in Europe to Latin America (North and South America), Asia (Philippines, Formosa/Taiwan, etc.), and Africa (Morocco, etc.).
Gave the world terms like quixotic. Was the first European country to have a truly global reserve currency: "piece of 8", using the $$ sign for its denomination, later adopted by Americans for the dollar.
Trade words like cargo/carga and embargo also originate from the Spanish Empire. Today Spanish is the 2nd most used/spoken/read language in the world through the spread of Spanish culture globally.

The most interesting and diverse country in Europe. Great food. Beautiful landscapes and people.The North has one of the most magnificent coast lines I have ever seen

Spain is great but I'm surprised Brazil isn't on the list... Would've voted for it

It is an amazing country

19 Morocco Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is the northwesternmost country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and has land borders with Algeria to the east, and the disputed territory of Western Sahara to the south. ...read more.
20 Wales Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Located on the island of Great Britain, it is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.

Wales is a lovely country when I visited Swansea in Wales and when I went in to town everybody was so caring and helpful.

Wales is beautiful and underrated.

Wales is an amazing place!

Rich in culture, language, eisteddfod, history and a beautiful place

21 Kenya Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa and a founding member of the East African Community.

Great people, great climate... did you know it was one of the few countries in Africa to have gotten independence from colonialists, and yes using homemade guns, bombs, arrows and so on, and they won! Wonderful history!

The 42 tribes, the different cultures, different languages and they still manage to run their country using two national languages English and Kiswahili. Natural resources, the people, everything about Kenya is just fascinating.

African cultures in general are always so awesome to learn about, but Kenya in particular is the country I have the most knowledge on, so it's the one I'm picking.

The beauty and splendor of this nation is sensational. From its flora and fauna to its majestic features!

22 Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, ...read more.

Turkish people are amazing. They are so warm, helpful and welcoming people that I've ever seen. And just to you know, the capital of Turkey is "Ankara" not Istanbul. But you should go and see Istanbul because oh my god this city is a total dream... The history and the view... In my opinion, Turkey is the best.

A wandering from east to west throughout the history, adopting and changing the cultures they travel through and they arrive, a fantastic melting pot, yet a single and stark nation with a very rich culture with all that means. What can be more interested than that?

It's just amazing with too many historical places. Every people must go and see Sultan Ahmed

Too much history, great people, food, and music.

23 Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.
24 Georgia Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region. Located at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russian Federation, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The country's capital and a largest city ...read more.

A mixture of warrior culture, nomadic culture and Hellenic culture... A crossroad between east west north and south!

And one of the oldest civilization still standing today!

Very old civilization, Grateful people, First woman monarch-king in the world, the birthplace of WINE, Long and interesting history, Shota Rustaveli- who wrote one of the best poem in the world, one from 14 unique alphabet in the world...

Why this country so bad position here? and why Russia and USA in top position?

25 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.
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