Which Country Has the Longest National Anthem?

Perhaps you thought that “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with its four verses, was difficult to memorize, and seemed the longest to you.

But Francis Scott Key’s poem set to the music of a British drinking song would seem quite easy and short compared to the Greek National Anthem, ” Imnos pros tin Eleftherian,” or “The Hymn to Liberty,” which contains 158 verses!

Then, again, you might be envious of the children of Qatar and Bahrain, two Middle East countries, as their National Anthems have no words at all.

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4 thoughts on “Which Country Has the Longest National Anthem?”

  1. The national anthems of Qatar has no words untill 1996
    The national anthems of Bahrain has no words untill 2002
    Qatar and Bahrain are asian countries not african

  2. the spanish national anthem has no words. it is dedicated to the king of spain but has no lyrics. between 2005 and 2008 there was a open contest for new official lyrics but at the end there was no winner…

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