Countries With the Most Interesting History

The Top Ten
1 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, and is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey... read more

In my opinion, Greece should be on top of the list. The founders of the Western world, and a rich, cultural, and long history, longer than Italy's. It's fascinating.

Greece has a very unique history. From its famous mythology to its fatal ancient wars, this country has it all.

Because of the sheer scale, spectrum, and prominence of influences Greek history has recorded.

2 Italy Italy (Italian: Repubblica Italiana) is a sovereign state and unitary parliamentary republic in south-central Europe.

Italy covers an area of 301,338 kmĀ². With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares... read more
3 China China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is a country located in East Asia. It is the world's second most populous country, boasting a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and shares its borders with 14 countries, making it second only to Russia... read more

China and Vietnam's histories are similar.

How come China is below Greece, Italy, and especially the USA? China has thousands of years of interesting history. The USA only has 300 years, and it's all about the British. Boring!

China should be #1 or #2. China has a history of thousands of years, and it is so interesting. Don't believe me? Try searching about China's history, and you'll forget about other histories.

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. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip (Palestine) and Israel to the northeast,... read more

I am Egyptian, and I think this country should be at the top of the list. Greek and Roman history came way after.

Obviously, home of the pyramids.

Hieroglyphs, pyramids, pharaohs, the Nile, etc. This country has a really great and interesting history.

5 USA 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

Cool history. Wild West history, Native culture, Westward expansion, 13 original colonies...

Short history, but all of that history is interesting.

6 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

French Revolution, Bourbon Dynasty, Seven Years' War, Napoleonic Wars, World War I, World War II, and much more. France perhaps has one of the best histories along with the UK and Germany.

7 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806... read more

Beginning with the Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation), over the German Confederation, to the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, the division into West and East, and the reunion in '89... there are so many things Germany went through!

World War I and II and the importance in Europe because of its central position also come to mind. I believe German history is one of the most interesting! Top 3 is debatable, but I think the top 10 seems worthy.

Germany should be in the top 3.

Prussia, the Franco-Prussian War, the Berlin Conference (starting point of trade and colonization in Africa), the German colonial empire, the Herero and Namaqua genocides, World War I, the responsibility for World War I, the revolution in Germany, the Weimar Republic (economic crisis), Nazi Germany, the Hindenburg disaster, the responsibility for World War II, the partition of Germany, the Berlin blockade, the Berlin Wall, the fall of the Berlin Wall (official end of the Iron Curtain), and reunification...

8 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

The UK definitely has a rich history, especially England. It should be higher on the list than America because its history is much longer and it was a fairly big part of global events at one point.

Britain has a way more interesting history than others like America. The only reason it's higher on this list is because Americans think they are better than everyone else.

One of the most important nations in history. It had the largest empire and influence out of any European country. Thanks to them, the entire world speaks English.

9 India India, officially known as the Republic of India, is a country located in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area and the most populous country, with over 1.4 billion people. Additionally, it is the most populous democracy in the world... read more

I believe India has a vast and interesting history. With battles and gods, they all have their own culture.

Which other country hosts a variety of cultures and religions peacefully?

Indian culture and history are influenced by almost all others on the list.

10 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

All the periods in Japan's past were amazing! From the Sengoku period to the Edo period to the Meiji period. It was all interesting, especially the Sengoku period, when the Japanese had to switch to European tactics to win the wars!

Longest continuous monarchy in the world and in history. Extremely divine-like historical events.

Interesting quirky culture that blends old and modern. It's so isolated that it does its own thing.

The Contenders
11 Russia Russia, or the Russian Federation (RF), is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth's inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across... read more

Russia has a really sad, cold, dark history, but it's surprisingly diverse. The government is awful like China's!

Russia went from a trading confederation of Norsemen and Balto-Slavic tribes to becoming a Mongol vassal, then the largest northern territorial empire and European superpower in just 500 years.

Russia's history is certainly not pleasant, but it is very interesting and complex.

12 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately... read more

Poland has endured many hardships and downfalls, but look, it's still on the map. Despite always being in a difficult place and often having to fight for its existence, it has survived partitions by three powers: Austria, Russia, and Prussia, the aggression of the Third Reich, betrayal by the Soviet Union, and about 40 years of communism.

Do you know how many people shed blood for Poland? Do you know how much honor means to Polish officers? Do you know how many Poles risked their lives to save Jews?

And yet, there are so many stereotypes saying that they started the Holocaust. Learn more about this country and its history, and you will see how many times Poland helped others and got nothing in return.

13 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

The only country that has been existing since biblical times that is still a large nation-state de facto. Very underrated culture, cuisine, and region.

This country is beautiful due to the influence that the Persians left behind. From the art and music to even the influence on modern architecture in Tehran and Shiraz.

14 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard... read more
15 Spain Spain, or the Kingdom of Spain, is a country in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands... read more

Spain's history is the world's history.

16 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
17 Croatia Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia (independence since 1991), is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb. It is a member of the European Union. During the Cold War it was part of Yugoslavia. It is a cultural... read more
18 Israel Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia. It is situated on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea, and shares borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan to the east, and Egypt to the southwest; it is also... read more
19 Iraq Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia.

Iraq is currently led by President Fuad Masum and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. It is currently ranked 160th in the Institute for Economics & Peace's Global Peace Index, making it one of the most dangerous countries in the... read more

Home of Mesopotamia, such an interesting country! Too bad it's at war now.

20 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.

This should be at the top along with Peru. This was home to the Aztec people, who in my opinion are the most interesting people of all time along with the Inca!

21 Mongolia Mongolia is a landlocked unitary sovereign state in East Asia. Its area is roughly equivalent with the historical territory of Outer Mongolia, and that term is sometimes used to refer to the current state.

Mongolia is increasingly underrated in the West as well as in Asia. The impacts of the Mongols and the Khans are vast and cannot be justified in just a sentence, completely altering the trajectory of civilizational states like Russia (Golden Horde), India (Mughal descendants), China (Yuan and Qing dynasties), and Turkey (Anatolia).

22 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. Its western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its eastern border is defined by the Sea of Japan. South Korea claims... read more

From the amount of K-dramas that have been made about their very rich history, their historical landmarks, their art styles, and their musical instruments... this is definitely what I'd call interesting.

It had a very harsh time because of Japan, China, and other countries.

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

Oldest continuously independent Christian nation in the world today, with their own creed and orthodoxy, unparalleled by all other countries.

Actually, if true history was told, Ethiopia would be the oldest and first on the list.

24 Portugal Portugal (est.1152), officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes... read more

For a long time, they were a very rich country that dominated trade.

25 Vietnam Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula. With an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the 15th most populous country in the world. Vietnam shares its land borders with China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west. It shares its maritime borders with Thailand through the Gulf of Thailand, and the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia through the South China Sea.

Its capital city is Hanoi, while its most populous city is Ho Chi Minh City. The history of Vietnam is no less fascinating than that of Greece or China.

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