Countries celebrating their Independence Day today

August 15, 2016 07:28 pm | Updated August 16, 2016 02:18 am IST

People watch a lighting performance in Gyeongbokgung Palace celebrating the 71th Independence Day in Seoul, South Korea.

People watch a lighting performance in Gyeongbokgung Palace celebrating the 71th Independence Day in Seoul, South Korea.

As India celebrates its 70th Independence Day, here is a look at some of the countries around the world that became free on August 15.

Bahrain

On August 15, 1971, Bahrain declared independence from the British. The British announced withdrawal of troops from Bahrain and a peace treaty was signed to mark the occasion. However, Bahrain celebrates December 16 as its 'National Day' as a tribute to the day former ruler Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa took power.

Koreas

North and South Korea celebrate August 15 as the National Liberation Day of Korea which commemorates the country's independence from Japanese colonisation. After the liberation in 1945, independent governments were formed three years later, when the pro-Soviet Kim Il-sung was made first Premier of North Korea and pro-U.S. Syngman Rhee was elected first President of South Korea. August 15 is celebrated with grandeur in both of the Koreas.

Congo

On August 15, 1960, the Republic of Congo received independence from France. Fulbert Youlou ruled as the country's first President.

Liechtenstein

This tiny country in Central Europe is the only one to lie entirely within the Alps. It is doubly landlocked, and shares borders with Austria and Switzerland.

Its size is no measure of its prosperity though – it is the richest German speaking country and has the world’s lowest external debt, and a very low unemployment rate.

It is a principality, which is headed by a prince. The Prince of Liechtenstein is the world’s sixth wealthiest leader today.

However World War II had an impact on the economy of the country and the royal dynasty sold many artistic treasures including Ginevra de' Benci" by Leonardo da Vinci.

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