Readers of Commonplace know about the world’s shortest national anthem, and the longest national anthem. When it comes to learning the official lyrics for national anthems, there are four countries that make […]
The Shortest National Anthem for One of the World’s Oldest Countries
If you are the impatient type, who can’t wait for the national anthem to end so your favorite sporting event can begin, then Japan may be the place for you. It holds […]
One of the Oldest Nations Deserves the Longest National Anthem
Greece boasts the longest national anthem on record. “Hymn to Liberty” was written in 1823 and consists of 158 verses. To sing the entire song, it takes about one hour. Listen to […]
God Save the King — and Please Hurry Him Along!
Spectators at the Rathenau railway station in Brandenberg, Germany on February 9, 1909 hoped to get a chance to see United Kingdom’s King Edward VII. They got a bit more than they […]