5 newly formed countries in the world

There are 195 recognized nations in the world today. In the present time, new nations are still being formed, even if many of these have existed for centuries. In fact, each of the world’s youngest nations on this list are just a few decades old. The newest or youngest countries in the world are renowned for their unique challenges and difficulties.

Here are 5 newly formed countries in the world


1. South Sudan

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan declared its independence from Sudan, becoming the world’s youngest nation. The nation is found in East Africa and has borders with Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and the Central African Republic.

2. Kosovo

In 2008, Kosovo proclaimed its independence from Serbia; many nations accepted this decision, but not all did. Its international status and state-building are challenged.

3. Montenegro

Another recent addition to this list is Montenegro, which broke its ties with Serbia to declare its independence in 2006.  It is a candidate for membership in the European Union and is well-known for its Adriatic coastlines.

4. Serbia

When Serbia and Montenegro peacefully dissolved their confederation in 2006, Serbia became an independent nation. Since 1918, the nation has not maintained its independence. The region has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Age and Serbia has a rich and long history.

5. East Timor

Founded in 2002, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is a stunning island republic in Southeast Asia. It includes the eastern half of Timor, the surrounding islands of Atauro and Jaco and Oecusse, an exclave on the island’s northeastern side that is bordered by Indonesian West Timor.