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Independence Days

Independence Days around the world

The following map shows national days around the world which mark that country's independence with a flag indicating who the country gained independence from. Click on the flags to get more information on the National Days.

Independence Days

Celebrating a nation's independence is by far and away the most popular type of National Day around the world. Of the 225 nations and states whose national days are covered on these pages, 163 of those days celebrate independence in some shape or form.

Some of the flags above may not be that familiar as they represent states that no longer exist such as the Ottoman Empire, the Austria Hungary Empire, the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic and even the Roman Empire.

Looking at National Days in this way gives a fascinating insight into how political changes from history have shaped our culture today.

The table below shows how many national days around the world were created to celebrate independence from these nations or states.

Nation or state Number of National Days
United Kingdom 48
France 23
Spain 19
Portugal 9
Soviet Union 8

 

Independence from Great Britain

Leading the way in being responsible for 48 Independence Days is Great Britain or United Kingdom. These independence days are reminder of just how large the British Empire was. This is a list of countries whose National Day celebrates their independence from Great Britain.

Nation or state Date
Afghanistan August 19
Antigua and Barbuda November 01
Bahamas July 10
Barbados November 30
Botswana September 30
British Virgin Islands July 01
Brunei February 23
Cayman Islands July 04
Cyprus April 01
Dominica November 03
Fiji October 10
Gambia February 18
Ghana March 06
Grenada February 07
Hong Kong July 01
India August 15
Iraq October 03
Israel April 19
Jamaica August 06
Jordan May 25
Kenya December 12
Kiribati July 12
Kuwait February 25
Lesotho October 04
Malawi July 06
Malaysia August 31
Malta September 21
Mauritius March 12
Myanmar November 24
Nigeria October 01
Pakistan August 14
Saint Kitts and Nevis September 19
Seychelles June 29
Sierra Leone April 27
Solomon Islands July 07
Sri Lanka February 04
St. Vincent & the Grenadines October 27
Swaziland September 06
Tanzania December 09
Trinidad and Tobago August 31
Turks and Caicos Islands August 30
Tuvalu October 01
Uganda October 09
United Arab Emirates December 02
United States July 04
Vanuatu July 30
Zambia October 24
Zimbabwe April 18

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Each tweet will tell you the location and name of the national day along with some brief information about that holiday.

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