A national anthem is a generally patriotic song that is appointed as an official national song by the government. The oldest national anthem is Great Britain's "God Save the Queen," which was first called the national anthem in the early 19th century although the song was in use from the mid-18th century.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, with the rise of the national state, most countries have adopted a national anthem.
- Equatorial Guinea
- Caminemos Pisando la Senda de Nuestra Inmensa Felicidad (Let's Walk Down The Path Of Our Immense Happiness)
- Gavmii mi ekuverikan matii tibegen kuriime salaam (In National Unity Do We Salute Our Nation)
- Mazurek Dabrowskiego (also known as Jeszcze Polska nie zginela - Poland Lives On Forever)
- English translation of this title is wrong, what's correct standard English translation ?
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- Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Question: Where do we put the European anthem? Nations aren't the only entities with anthems; as I just mentioned, Europe has one, and some other entities have them as well (e.g. isn't there an anthem for the International Olympic movement?). I'd say this page would be much better with most if not all of its content moved to anthem. -- SJK
See also National flag