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Independence Day Around the World

Independence Day Around the World
Country nameDate YearNote
AfghanistanAugust 19, 1919Independence from United Kingdom control over Afghan foreign affairs in 1919.
AlbaniaOn November 28, 1912(Dita e Pavarësisë) Declared by Ismail Qemali in 1912 and signalled the end of five centuries of Ottoman rule.
AlgeriaOn July 5, 1962Independence from France in 1962.
AngolaOn November 11, 1975Independence from Portugal in 1975.
Antigua and BarbudaOn November 1, 1981Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981.
ArgentinaOn July 9, 1816Independence declared from Spain in 1816.
ArmeniaOn September 21, 1991Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
AustriaOn October 26, 1955Independence from Allies of World War II in 1955
AzerbaijanOn October 18, 1918 and May 28, 1991October 18 Independence from the Russian Empire in 1918; May 28 Independence re-declared from the Soviet Union in 1991
Bahamas, TheOn July 10, 1973Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973.
BahrainOn December 16, 1971Independence from the United Kingdom in 1971
BangladeshOn March 26, 1971Independence was declared from Pakistan and this led to a nine month war ending on December 16, 1971.
BarbadosOn November 30, 1966Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
BelarusOn July 3, 1944Liberation of Minsk from German occupation by Soviet troops in 1944.
BelgiumOn July 21, 1831Independence from the Netherlands (Belgian revolution). Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians in 1831.
BelizeOn September 21, 1981Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981.
BeninOn August 1, 1960Independence from France in 1960.
BoliviaOn August 6, 1825Independence from Spain in 1825.
Bosnia and HerzegovinaOn March 1, 1992Independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992.
BotswanaOn September 30, 1966Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
BrazilOn September 7, 1822(Dia da Independência) Declared Independence from Portugal on that date in 1822.
BruneiOn January 1, 1984Independence from United Kingdom in 1984
BulgariaOn September 22, 1908Independence from Ottoman Empire in 1908
Burkina FasoOn August 5, 1960Independence from France in 1960
BurundiOn July 1, 1962Independence from Belgium in 1962
CambodiaOn November 9, 1953Independence from France in 1953
Cape VerdeOn July 5, 1975Independence from Portugal in 1975.
Central African RepublicOn August 13, 1960Independence from France in 1960.
ChadOn August 11, 1960Independence from France in 1960.
ChileOn February 12, 1818Declared Independence from Spain on that date in 1818. Actually, Chileans celebrate the date of the first Government Junta, September 18. This date was not recognized as until 25 April 1844.
ColombiaOn July 20, 1810 and Recognized August 7, 1819Independence from Spain in 1810.
Costa RicaOn September 15, 1821Independence from Spain in 1821.
Côte d'IvoireOn August 7, 1960Independence from France in 1960.
CroatiaOn October 8, 1991 and June 25Independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Independence was declared, after a referendum, by the Parliament on June 25 (the date is celebrated as Statehood Day); EU pressured Croatia into a three month moratorium, and on October 8 the ties with SFRJ were formally severed.
CubaOn May 20, 1902Independence from United States in 1902.
CyprusOn October 1, 1960Independence from the United Kingdom on August 16, 1960, but Cyprus Independence Day is commonly celebrated on October 1.[1]
Czech RepublicOn October 28, 1918As Czechoslovakia, marking independence from Austria-Hungary on October 28, 1918. Jan 1 As the Czech Republic after the split of Czechoslovakia
Congo, Democratic Republic of theOn June 30, 1960Independence from Belgium in 1960.
DjiboutiOn June 27, 1977Independence from France in 1977
DominicaOn November 3, 1978Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978
Dominican RepublicOn February 27, 1844Independence from Haiti in 1844, after a 22-year occupation.
Timor-LesteOn May 20, 2002Independence from Portugal in 2002 (recognition, East Timor was invaded by Indonesia from 1975 to 1999, officially it never ceased to be considered as administrated by Portugal).
EcuadorOn August 10, 1809 and May 24, 1822Proclaimed independence from Spain on August 10, 1809, but failed with the execution of all the conspirators of the movement on August 2, 1810. Independence finally occurred on May 24, 1822 at the Battle of Pichincha.
El SalvadorOn September 15, 1821Independence from Spain in 1821
EritreaOn May 24, 1993Independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
EstoniaOn February 24, 1918 and August 20, 1991February 18 Independence from the Russian Empire in 1918; August 20 Independence re-declared from the Soviet Union in 1991
FijiOn October 10, 1970Fiji Independence Day Independence from United Kingdom in 1970.
FinlandOn December 6, 1917Independence Day of Finland Independence from Russia in 1917.
GeorgiaOn May 26, 1918 and April 9, 199105-26 May 26 Day of First Republic in 1918; April 9 Independence from USSR in 1991.
GhanaOn March 6, 1957Independence from the United Kingdom in 1957.
GreeceOn March 25, 1821Declaration of independence from Ottoman Empire in 1821. Start of the Greek War of Independence
GrenadaOn February 7, 1974Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1974.
GuatemalaOn September 15, 1821Independence from Spain in 1821.
GuineaOn October 2, 1958Independence from France in 1958.
GuyanaOn May 26, 1966Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
HaitiOn January 1, 1804Declaration of Independence from France in 1804.
HondurasOn September 15, 1821Independence from Spain in 1821.
IcelandOn December 1, 1918Independence from Kingdom of Denmark in 1918.
IndiaOn August 15, 1947(also known as Swatantrata Divas among Indians) Independence from the United Kingdom in 1947.
IndonesiaOn August 17, 1945Declaration of Independence day (Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I.) from the Netherlands in 1945. The Netherlands acknowledged Indonesian independence and sovereignty in 1949.
IranOn February 11, 1979Iranian Revolution ends Monarchy in 1979.
IrelandOn April 24, 1916Proclamation of the Irish Republic commencing the Easter Rising on April 24, 1916. Independence from the United Kingdom.
IsraelOn May 14, 1948(Yom Ha'atzmaut) Independence from the British Mandate of Palestine which took place on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyar 5708 in the Hebrew calendar). It is actually celebrated on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nearest to 5 Iyar, so it actually occurs between the 3rd and 6th of Iyar, which may fall between April 15 and May 15 in the Gregorian calendar.
JamaicaOn August 6, 1962Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.
JordanOn May 25, 1946Independence from the United Kingdom in 1946.
KazakhstanOn December 16, 1991Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
KenyaOn December 12, 1963Independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.
Korea, NorthOn September 9, 1948Founding of the DPRK in 1948.
Korea, SouthOn August 15, 1945(Gwangbokjeol) Independence from Japan in 1945. (Independence from Japan was declared on March 1, 1919, August 15 is the official Liberation Day of Korea.)
KuwaitOn June 19, 1961Independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.
KyrgyzstanOn August 31, 1991Independence from USSR in 1991.
LatviaOn November 18, 1918 and May 4, 1990Independence from Russia on November 18, 1918. Independence from Soviet Union on May 4, 1990
LebanonOn November 22, 1943Independence from France in 1943.
LesothoOn October 4, 1966Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
LiberiaOn July 26, 18471847.
LibyaOn December 24, 1951Independence from Italy. However, celebration of this day was abolished after the "revolution" of September 1, 1969.
LithuaniaOn February 16, 1918 and March 11. 1990Act of Independence of Lithuania: Independence from the Russian and German Empires in February, 1918; Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania: independence from the Soviet Union in March, 1990.
MadagascarOn June 26, 1960Independence from France in 1960.
MalawiOn July 6, 1964Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.
MalaysiaOn August 31, 1957(Hari Merdeka) Independence from the United Kingdom in 1957
MaldivesOn July 26, 1965Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965 join[2]
MaliOn September 22, 1960Independence from France in 1960
MaltaOn September 21, 1964(Independence Day (Malta)) Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.
MauritiusOn March 12, 1968Independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.
MexicoOn September 16, 1810(Grito de Dolores) Independence from Spain declared in 1810. Recognized on September 27, 1821
MoldovaOn August 27, 1991Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
MongoliaOn November 26, 1921Independence from China on July 11, 1921
MontenegroOn May 21, 2006Independence from State union with Serbia, in 2006
MoroccoOn November 18, 1956Independence from France and Spain in 1956
MozambiqueOn June 25, 1975Independence from Portugal in 1975
BurmaOn January 4, 1948Independence from the United Kingdom in 1948
NamibiaOn March 21, 1990Independence from South African mandate in 1990
NetherlandsOn May 5, 1945(Bevrijdingsdag) Liberation from Nazi Germany in 1945
NicaraguaOn September 15, 1821Independence from Spain in 1821
NigerOn August 3, 1960Independence from France in 1960
NigeriaOn October 1, 1960Independence from United Kingdom in 1960
PakistanOn August 14, 1947(Yaum e Azadi) Independence from the United Kingdom on 27 Ramadan ul Mubarik, August 14, 1947.
PanamaOn November 3, 1903Emancipation and Liberation from Spain on November 28th in 1821, but Panama was a part of Colombia. The 1903 separation and independence from Colombia is celebrated as the official national Panamanian independence day on November 3, Separation Day,also known as Independence from Colombia).
Papua New GuineaOn September 16, 1975Independence from Australia of the former Territories of New Guinea, and Papua, in 1975.
ParaguayOn May 15, 1811(Día de Independencia) Independence from Spain in 1811.
PeruOn July 28, 1821Independence from Spain in 1821.
PhilippinesOn June 12,(Araw ng Kalayaan) The proclamation date of the 1898 Declaration of Independence by Emilio Aguinaldo during the Philippine Revolution is celebrated as Independence Day. The Republic of the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation on July 4, 1946.
PolandOn November 11, 1918(Święto Niepodległości) Restoration of Poland's independence in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austro-Hungary, Prussia, and Russia.
PortugalOn December 1, 1640Restoration of Portugal's independence (from Spain) in 1640.
QatarOn December 18, 1878The assumption of power of Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed al-Thani, ancestor of the current ruling family, in 1878.
Macedonia [FYROM]On September 8, 1991(Den na nezavisnosta or Ден на независноста) Independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
RomaniaOn May 9, 1877Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877.
RussiaOn June 12, 1990Supremacy of Russian laws over Soviet ones in the territory of the RSFSR is declared in 1990.
RwandaOn July 1, 1962Independence from Belgium in 1962.
Saint Kitts and NevisOn September 19, 1983Independence from the United Kingdom in 1983.
SamoaOn June 1, 1962Independence from New Zealand in 1962.
Sao Tome and PrincipeOn July 12, 1975Independence from Portugal in 1975.
SerbiaOn February 15, 1804The beginning of the Serbian revolution against Ottoman occupation in 1804.
SeychellesOn June 29, 1976Independence from the United Kingdom in 1976.
Sierra LeoneOn April 27, 1961Independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.
SingaporeOn August 9, 1965(National Day Parade) Marks exit / separation from Malaysia in 1965.
SlovakiaOn July 17, 1992Declaration of Independence in 1992 (only a remembrance day), de jure independence came on January 1, 1993 after the division of Czechoslovakia (public holiday).
SloveniaOn December 26, 1990 and June 25, 1991(Independence and Unity Day) Date of the release of the official results of the independence plebiscite in 1990, confirming secession from Yugoslavia. (Statehood Day) Declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Solomon IslandsOn July 7, 1978Marks exit / independence from United Kingdom in 1978.
South AfricaOn December 11, 1931Independence from the United Kingdom in 1931. Not a public holiday. Union of South Africa formed on May 31, 1910 and Republic of South Africa declared on May 31, 1961
Sri LankaOn February 4, 1948Independence from the United Kingdom in 1948.
SudanOn January 1, 1956Independence from the United Kingdom in 1956.
SurinameOn November 25, 1975Independence from the Netherlands in 1975.
SwazilandOn September 6, 1968Independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.
SwitzerlandOn August 1, 1291(Swiss National Day) Alliance against the Holy Roman Empire in 1291.
TajikistanOn September 9, 1991Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
TanzaniaOn December 9, 1961Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1961.
Gambia, TheOn February 18, 1965Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965.
TogoOn April 27, 1960Independence from France in 1960.
TongaOn June 4,Tonga was never a colony, but late King's birthday was celebrated on 4 July.
Trinidad and TobagoOn August 31, 1962Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.
TunisiaOn March 20, 1956Declaration of independence from France in 1956.
TurkeyOn October 29, 1923Turkey becomes a republic following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire Turkish War of Independence
TurkmenistanOn October 27, 1991Declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.[3]
UkraineOn August 24, 1991 and January 22, 1919(Den' Nezalezhnosti) Independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991. Unification of Ukraine on January 22, 1919.[4]
United Arab EmiratesOn December 2, 1971(National Day) Independence from the United Kingdom in 1971.
United StatesOn July 4, 1776(Fourth of July) Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776.
UruguayOn August 25, 1825(Día de la Independencia) Declaration of independence from Brazil in 1825.
UzbekistanOn September 1, 1991Independence from USSR in 1991.
VanuatuOn July 30, 1980Independence from United Kingdom and France in 1980.
Holy See (Vatican City)On February 11, 1929Lateran Treaty signed with Italy in 1929.
VenezuelaOn July 5, 1811Declaration of independence from Spain in 1811.
VietnamOn September 2, 1945Proclamation of independence from Japan and France in 1945.
YemenOn November 30, 1967South Yemen Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1967.
ZambiaOn October 24, 1964Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1964.
ZimbabweOn April 18, 1980Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1980.
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