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Today is perhaps the most important overlooked holiday in the United States: Constitution Day. (As history shows, anyone can declare independence; coming up with a stable governing framework is a very different matter.) The U.S. is not the only country with a constitution, though: in fact, nearly every country now has a document they refer to as a constitution. (Notable exceptions: the UK, New Zealand, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.) This map shows the two countries with the oldest constitutions, the two countries with the newest constitutions, the country with the wordiest constitution, and country with the the shortest constitution. Which is which? Answers will be posted later today.
Oldest ratified constitutions: U.S. (1788) and Norway (1814)
Newest ratified constitutions: Thailand (2017) and Cuba (2019)
Wordiest constitution: India (146,385 words)
Shortest constitution: Monaco (3,814 words)
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