World’s Newest Countries Formed In The 21st Century

These are the newest countries of the world which were formed in the 21st century. The last formed country in the 20th century is Palau, way back in October 1994! 

East Timor – 2002


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East Timor became the first sovereign country of the 21st century on 20th May 2002. Also called  as Timor-Leste, it is located in island Southeast Asia, near Australia. East Timor comprises of the island of Timor, islands of Atauro, Jacoo, and Oecusse. The capital and largest city of East Timor is Dili.


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Montenegro – 2006

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Montenegro or “Black Mountain” is a sovereign country in Europe. It was formed on 3rd June 2006 from the state union of Serbia and Montenegro. Till 2003, Montenegro was part of Yugoslavia. Podgorica is the capital and largest city.


By User:Ggia [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Kosovo – 2008

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Kosovo gained its independence from Serbia on 17th February 2008. Though it was declared as a republic, it is still a disputed territory. Kosovo’s capital and largest city is Pristina.


flickr/Tony Bowden/CC BY-SA 2.0

South Sudan – 2011

Derivative work of Ninrouter [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Republic Of South Sudan is the newest country of the world. It is landlocked and located in East-Central Africa. It gained its independence from Sudan on 9th July 2011. Juba is South Sudan’s largest city and capital.


flickr/Owen Fuller/ CC BY-SA 2.0


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