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Daniel_Stuckey writes: I've crashed quite a few birthday parties lately, which has led to me not only botching the lyrics and the cadence of each birthday song, but aso guessing how old everyone is I'm hanging out with. Today is the United States' 237th birthday. And while people often remark that America is pretty young compared to other countries, aren't they actually flattering the 22nd oldest country in the world?

I did some calculations in Excel, using independence dates provided on, and found the average age of a country is about 158.78 years old. Now, before anyone throws a tizzy about what makes a country a country, about nations, tribes, civilizations, ethnic categories, or about my makeshift methodology, keep in mind, I simply assessed 195 countries based on their political sovereignty. That is the occasion we're celebrating today, right? Try this map.

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How Old is the Average Country?

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