List of national anthems

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Rouget de Lisle, the composer of the French national anthem "La Marseillaise", sings it for the first time. The anthem is one of the earliest to be adopted by a modern state, in 1795.

Most nation-states have anthems, defined as "a song, as of praise, devotion, or patriotism";[1] most anthems are either marches or hymns in style. A hymn can become a national anthem by a provision in the state's constitution, by a law enacted by its legislature, or simply by tradition.[2] A royal anthem is a patriotic song similar to a national anthem, but it specifically praises or prays for a monarch or royal dynasty. Such anthems are usually performed at public appearances by the monarch or during other events of royal importance.[3] Some states use the royal anthem as the national anthem, such as the anthem of Jordan.

There are multiple claimants to the position of oldest national anthem.[4] Among the national anthems, the first to be composed was the Dutch national anthem the "Wilhelmus", which was written between 1568 and 1572.[5] The Japanese anthem, "Kimigayo", employs the oldest lyrics of any national anthem, taking its words from the "Kokin Wakashū", which was first published in 905, yet these words were not set to music until 1880.[6] The first anthem to be officially adopted as such was the Spanish anthem "Marcha Real", in 1770; its origins remain unclear, being suggested to have sixteenth century Venetian origins, or even to have been composed by king Frederick the Great himself; it is also one of the few national anthems that has never had official lyrics.[7] Anthems became increasingly popular among European states in the 18th century.[8] For example, the British national anthem "God Save the Queen" was first performed under the title "God Save the King" in 1745.[9] The French anthem "La Marseillaise" was written half a century later in 1792, and adopted in 1795.[10]

National anthems are usually written in the most common language of the state, whether de facto or official. States with multiple national languages may offer several versions of their anthem. For instance, Switzerland's national anthem has different lyrics for each of the country's four official languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh.[11] One of New Zealand's two national anthems is commonly sung with the first verse in Māori ("Aotearoa") and the second in English ("God Defend New Zealand"). The tune is the same but the lyrics have different meanings. South Africa's national anthem is unique in that it is two different songs put together with five of the country's eleven official languages being used, in which each language comprises a stanza.[12]

National anthems of UN member states and observer states[edit]

Only United Nations member states and observer states are included in this table.[13][14] National anthems of sovereign states which are not UN members or observers are listed in a separate table below. An English translation of the title is provided in parentheses where appropriate.

Nation National anthem Date adopted Lyricist Composer Audio Source
 Afghanistan "Millī Surūd"
("National Anthem")
2006 Abdul Bari Jahani Babrak Wassa
"Millī Surūd"
 Albania "Betimi mbi Flamur"
("The Pledge on the Flag")
1912 Aleksandër Stavre Drenova Ciprian Porumbescu
"Himni i Flamurit"
 Algeria "Kassaman"
("We Pledge")
1962 Moufdi Zakaria Mohamed Fawzi
 Andorra "El Gran Carlemany"
("The Great Charlemagne")
1914 Enric Marfany Bons Juan Benlloch y Vivó
"El Gran Carlemany"
 Angola "Angola Avante"
("Forward Angola")
1975 Manuel Rui Alves Monteiro Rui Alberto Vieira Dias Mingas [pt]
"Angola Avante"
 Antigua and Barbuda "Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee"[note 1] 1981 Novelle Hamilton Richards Walter Garnet Picart Chambers
"Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee"
 Argentina "Himno Nacional Argentino"
("Argentine National Anthem")
1813 Vicente López y Planes Blas Parera
"Himno Nacional Argentino"
 Armenia "Mer Hayrenik"
("Our Fatherland")
1918, 1991 Mikael Nalbandian Barsegh Kanachyan
"Mer Hayrenik"
 Australia "Advance Australia Fair"[note 1] 1984 Peter Dodds McCormick Peter Dodds McCormick
"Advance Australia Fair"
 Austria "Land der Berge, Land am Strome"
("Land of Mountains, Land on the River")
1947 Paula von Preradović Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Johann Holzer
"Land der Berge, Land am Strome"
 Azerbaijan "Azərbaycan marşı"
("Azerbaijan's Anthem")
1918 Ahmed Javad Uzeyir Hajibeyov
"Azərbaycan Dövlət Himni"
 Bahamas "March On, Bahamaland"[note 1] 1973 Timothy Gibson Timothy Gibson
"March On, Bahamaland"
 Bahrain "Bahrainona"
("Our Bahrain")
1971 Mohamed Sudqi Ayyash unknown
"Our Bahrain"
 Bangladesh "Amar Shonar Bangla"
("My Golden Bengal")
1972 Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore
"Amar Shonar Bangla"
 Barbados "National Anthem of Barbados" 1966 Irving Burgie C. Van Roland Edwards
"In Plenty and In Time of Need"
 Belarus "My Belarusy"
("We, the Belarusians")[note 2]
1955 Michael Klimovich Nestar Sakalowski
"My Belarusy"
 Belgium The "Brabançonne" 1830 Jenneval (Louis-Alexandre Dechet) François Van Campenhout
"The Brabançonne"
 Belize "Land of the Free" 1981 Samuel Alfred Haynes Selwyn Walford Young
"Land of the Free"
 Benin "L'Aube Nouvelle"
("The Dawn of a New Day")
1960 Gilbert Jean Dagnon Gilbert Jean Dagnon
"L'Aube Nouvelle"
 Bhutan "Druk tsendhen"
("The Thunder Dragon Kingdom")
1953 Dasho Gyaldun Thinley Aku Tongmi
 Bolivia "Himno Nacional de Bolivia"
("National Anthem of Bolivia")
1852 José Ignacio de Sanjinés Leopoldo Benedetto Vincenti
"Himno Nacional de Bolivia"
 Bosnia and Herzegovina "Državna himna Bosne i Hercegovine"
("The National Anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina")
1999 Awaiting official approval[18] Dušan Šestić
 Botswana "Fatshe leno la rona"
("Blessed Be This Noble Land")
1966 Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete Kgalemang Tumedisco Motsete
"Fatshe leno la rona"
 Brazil "Hino Nacional Brasileiro"
("Brazilian National Anthem")
1831 Joaquim Osório Duque Estrada Francisco Manuel da Silva
"Hino Nacional Brasileiro"
 Brunei "Allah Peliharakan Sultan"
("God Bless the Sultan")
1951 Pengiran Haji Mohamed Yusuf bin Abdul Rahim Besar bin Sagap
"Allah Peliharakan Sultan"
 Bulgaria "Mila Rodino"
("Dear Motherland")
1964 Tsvetan Radoslavov Tsvetan Radoslavov
"Mila Rodino"
 Burkina Faso "Une Seule Nuit"
("One Single Night")
1984 Thomas Sankara Thomas Sankara
 Burundi "Burundi Bwacu"
("Our Burundi")
1962 Jean-Baptiste Ntahokaja and others Marc Barengayabo
 Cambodia "Nokor Reach"
("Royal Kingdom")
1941 Samdach Chuon Nat F. Perruchot and J. Jekyll
 Cameroon "O Cameroun, Berceau de nos Ancêtres"
("O Cameroon, Cradle of Our Forefathers")
1957 René Djam Afame, Samuel Minkio Bamba,
and Moïse Nyatte Nko'o (French),
Dr Bernard Fonlon (English)
René Djam Afame
"O Cameroun, Berceau de nos Ancêtres"
 Canada "Ô Canada"
("O Canada")[note 1]
1980 Adolphe-Basile Routhier (French);
Robert Stanley Weir (English)
Calixa Lavallée
"O Canada"
 Cape Verde "Cântico da Liberdade"
("Song of Freedom")
1996 Amílcar Spencer Lopes Adalberto Higino Tavares Silva
"Cântico da Liberdade"
 Central African Republic "La Renaissance"
("The Rebirth")
1960 Barthélémy Boganda Herbert Pepper
"La Renaissance"
 Chad "La Tchadienne"
("People of Chad")
1960 Louis Gidrol and others Paul Villard
 Chile "Himno Nacional de Chile"
("National Anthem of Chile")
1828 (de facto)
1941 (de jure)
Eusebio Lillo Ramón Carnicer
"Himno Nacional de Chile"
 China "Yìyǒngjūn Jìnxíngqǔ"
("March of the Volunteers")
1949 (provisional)
1982 (official)
2004 (constitutional)
Tian Han Nie Er
"Yìyǒngjūn Jìnxíngqǔ"
 Colombia "Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia"
("National Anthem of the Republic of Colombia")
1886 Rafael Núñez Oreste Sindici
"Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia"
 Comoros "Udzima wa ya Masiwa"
("The Union of the Great Islands")
1978 Said Hachim Sidi Abderemane Said Hachim Sidi Abderemane and Kamildine Abdallah
"Udzima wa ya Masiwa"
 Democratic Republic of the Congo "Debout Congolais"
("Arise Congolese")
1960, 1997 Joseph Lutumba Simon-Pierre Boka di Mpasi Londi
"Debout Congolais"
 Republic of the Congo "La Congolaise"
("The Congolese")
1959, 1991 Jacques Tondra and Georges Kibanghi Jean Royer and Joseph Spadilière
"La Congolaise"
 Costa Rica "Himno Nacional de Costa Rica"
("National Anthem of Costa Rica")
1853 José María Zeledón Brenes Manuel María Gutiérrez
"Himno Nacional de Costa Rica"
 Croatia "Lijepa naša domovino"
("Our Beautiful Homeland")[note 3]
1972 Antun Mihanović Josip Runjanin
"Lijepa naša domovino"
 Cuba "El Himno de Bayamo"
("The Anthem of Bayamo")
1902 Perucho Figueredo Perucho Figueredo
"El Himno de Bayamo"
 Cyprus "Ýmnos eis tīn Eleutherían"
("Hymn to Liberty")[note 4][note 5]
1960 Dionýsios Solomós Nikolaos Mantzaros
"Ýmnos eis tīn Eleutherían"
 Czech Republic "Kde domov můj"
("Where My Home is")[note 6]
1918 Josef Kajetán Tyl František Škroup
"Kde domov můj"
 Denmark "Kong Christian stod ved højen mast"
("King Christian stood by the lofty mast")[note 7]
1780 Johannes Ewald Unknown
"Kong Christian stod ved højen mast"
 Djibouti "Djibouti" 1977 Aden Elmi Abdi Robleh
 Dominica "Isle of Beauty, Isle of Splendour" 1978 Wilfred Oscar Morgan Pond Lemuel McPherson Christian
"Isle of Beauty, Isle of Splendour"
 Dominican Republic "Himno Nacional"
("National Anthem")
1934 Emilio Prud'Homme José Rufino Reyes y Siancas
"Himno Nacional"
 East Timor "Pátria"
2002 Francisco Borja da Costa Afonso de Araujo
 Ecuador "Salve, Oh Patria"
("We Salute You, Our Homeland")
1948 Juan León Mera Antonio Neumane
"Salve, Oh Patria"
 Egypt "Bilady, Bilady, Bilady"
("My Country, My Country, My Country")
1979 Mohamed Younis Al-Qady
(adapted from a speech by
Mustafa Kamil)
Sayed Darwish
"Bilady, Bilady, Bilady"
 El Salvador "Himno Nacional de El Salvador"
("National Anthem of El Salvador")
1879 Juan José Cañas Juan Aberle
"Himno Nacional de El Salvador"
 Equatorial Guinea "Caminemos pisando las sendas de nuestra inmensa felicidad"
("Let Us Tread the Path of our Immense Happiness")
1968 Atanasio Ndongo Miyone Ramiro Sánchez Lopes
 Eritrea "Ertra, Ertra, Ertra"
("Eritrea, Eritrea, Eritrea")
1993 Solomon Tsehaye Beraki Isaac Abraham Meharezghi and Aron Tekle Tesfatsion
"Ertra, Ertra, Ertra"
 Estonia "Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm"
("My Fatherland, My Happiness and Joy")
1920 Johann Voldemar Jannsen Fredrik Pacius
"Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm"
 Ethiopia "Wodefit Gesgeshi, Widd Innat Ityopp'ya"
("March Forward, Dear Mother Ethiopia")
1992 Dereje Melaku Mengesha Solomon Lulu Mitiku
"Wodefit Gesgeshi, Widd Innat Ityopp'ya"
 Fiji "Meda Dau Doka"
("God Bless Fiji")
1970 Michael Francis Alexander Prescott Charles Austin Miles
"Meda Dau Doka"
 Finland Swedish: "Vårt Land"
("Our Land")
1917 Johan Ludvig Runeberg (Swedish)
Paavo Cajander (Finnish)
Fredrik Pacius
 France "La Marseillaise"
("The Song of Marseille")
1795 Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
"La Marseillaise"
 Gabon "La Concorde"
1960 Georges Aleka Damas Georges Aleka Damas
"La Concorde"
 The Gambia "For The Gambia Our Homeland" 1965 Virginia Julie Howe Jeremy Frederick Howe
"For The Gambia Our Homeland"
 Georgia "Tavisupleba"
2004 David Magradze Zakaria Paliashvili
 Germany "Lied der Deutschen"
("Song of the Germans")[a]
1922 August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben Joseph Haydn
"Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit"
 Ghana "God Bless Our Homeland Ghana" 1957 Michael Kwame Gbordzoe Philip Gbeho
"God Bless Our Homeland Ghana"
 Greece "Ýmnos eis tīn Eleutherían"
("Hymn to Liberty")[note 4]
1865 Dionýsios Solomós Nikolaos Mantzaros
"Ýmnos eis tīn Eleutherían"
 Grenada "Hail Grenada" 1974 Irva Merle Baptiste Louis Arnold Masanto
"Hail Grenada"
 Guatemala "Himno Nacional de Guatemala"
("National Anthem of Guatemala")
1896 José Joaquín Palma Rafael Álvarez Ovalle
"Himno Nacional de Guatemala"
 Guinea "Liberté"
1958 Unknown Kodofo Moussa
 Guinea-Bissau "Esta É a Nossa Pátria Bem Amada"
("This Is Our Beloved Country")
1974 Amílcar Cabral Xiao He
"Esta É a Nossa Pátria Bem Amada"
 Guyana "Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains" 1966 Archibald Leonard Luker Robert Cyril Gladstone Potter
"Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains"
 Haiti "La Dessalinienne"
("Song of Dessalines")
1904 Justin Lhérisson Nicolas Geffrard
"La Dessalinienne"
 Honduras "Himno Nacional de Honduras"
("National Anthem of Honduras")
1915 Augusto Constancio Coello Carlos Hartling
"Himno Nacional de Honduras"
 Hungary "Himnusz"
1844 Ferenc Kölcsey Ferenc Erkel
 Iceland "Lofsöngur"
1944 Matthías Jochumsson Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson
 India "Jana Gana Mana"
("Hail the ruler of all minds")
1950 Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore
"Jana Gana Mana"
 Indonesia "Indonesia Raya"
("Great Indonesia")
1945 Wage Rudolf Soepratman Wage Rudolf Soepratman
"Indonesia Raya"
 Iran "Soroud-e Melli-e Jomhouri-e Eslami-e Iran"
("National Anthem of Iran")
1990 multiple Hassan Riyahi
"Mehre Khâvarân"
 Iraq "Mawtini" ("My Homeland") 2004 Ibrahim Touqan Mohammed Flayfel
 Ireland "Amhrán na bhFiann"
("The Soldier's Song")
1926 Peadar Kearney (English)
Liam Ó Rinn (Irish)
Peadar Kearney and Patrick Heeney
"Amhrán na bhFiann"
 Israel "HaTikvah"
("The Hope")
1948 (de facto)
2004 ("de jure")
Naftali Herz Imber Samuel Cohen
 Italy "Il Canto degli Italiani"
("The Song of the Italians")
1946 (de facto)
2017 ("de jure")
Goffredo Mameli Michele Novaro
"Il Canto degli Italiani"
 Ivory Coast "L'Abidjanaise"
("Song of Abidjan")
1960 Mathieu Ekra, Joachim Bony
and Pierre Marie Coty
Pierre Marie Coty and Pierre Michel Pango
 Jamaica "Jamaica, Land We Love"[note 1] 1962 Hugh Sherlock Robert Lightbourne
"Jamaica, Land We Love"
 Japan "Kimigayo"
("His Majesty's Reign")[20]
1880 (de facto)
1999 ("de jure")
Traditional Waka poem from the Kokin Wakashū (first published in 905) Yoshiisa Oku and Akimori Hayashi;
usually credited
to Hiromori Hayashi
"Kimi ga Yo"
 Jordan "Al-salam Al-malaki Al-urdoni"
("The Royal Anthem of Jordan")
1946 Abdul Monem Al-Refai Abdul Qader al-Taneer
"Al-salam Al-malaki Al-urdoni"
 Kazakhstan "Meniñ Qazaqstanım"
("My Kazakhstan")
2006 Zhumeken Nazhimedenov
(with modifications by
Nursultan Nazarbayev)
Shamshi Kaldayakov
"Meniñ Qazaqstanım"
 Kenya "Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu"
("Oh God of All Creation")
1963 Graham Hyslop, G. W. Senoga-Zake, Thomas Kalume, Peter Kibukosya, and Washington Omondi The Anthem Commission
"Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu"
 Kiribati "Teirake Kaini Kiribati"
("Stand up, Kiribati")
1979 Urium Tamuera Ioteba Urium Tamuera Ioteba
 North Korea "Aegukka"
("The Patriotic Song")
1947 Pak Seyŏng Kim Wŏn'gyun
 South Korea "Aegukga"
("The Patriotic Song")
1948 An Chang-ho Ahn Eak-tae
 Kuwait "Al-Nasheed Al-Watani"
("National Anthem")
1978 Ahmad Meshari Al-Adwani Ibrahim Al-Soula
"Al-Nasheed Al-Watani"
 Kyrgyzstan "Kyrgyz Respublikasynyn Mamlekettik Gimni"
("National Anthem of the Kyrgyz Republic")
1992 Djamil Sadykov and Eshmambet Kuluev Nasyr Davlesov and Kalyi Moldobasanov
"Kyrgyz Respublikasynyn Mamlekettik Gimni"
 Laos "Pheng Xat Lao"
("National Anthem of Laos")
1947 Sisana Sisane Thongdy Sounthonevichit
"Pheng Xat Lao"
 Latvia "Dievs, svētī Latviju!"
("God Bless Latvia")
1920 Kārlis Baumanis Kārlis Baumanis
"Dievs, svētī Latviju!"
 Lebanon "Lebanese National Anthem" 1927 Rashid Nakhle Wadih Sabra
"Lebanese National Anthem"
 Lesotho "Lesotho Fatse La Bontata Rona"
("Lesotho, Land of Our Fathers")
1966 François Coillard Ferdinand-Samuel Laur
 Liberia "All Hail, Liberia, Hail!" 1847 Daniel Bashiel Warner Olmstead Luca
"All Hail, Liberia, Hail!"
 Libya "Libya, Libya, Libya" 2011 Al Bashir Al Arebi Mohammed Abdel Wahab
 Liechtenstein "Oben am jungen Rhein"
("Up on the young Rhine")
1963 Jakob Josef Jauch unknown
"Oben am jungen Rhein"
 Lithuania "Tautiška giesmė"
("National Song")
1919 Vincas Kudirka Vincas Kudirka
"Tautiška giesmė"
 Luxembourg "Ons Heemecht"
("Our Homeland")
1895 Michel Lentz Jean Antoine Zinnen
"Ons Hémécht"
 Macedonia "Denes nad Makedonija"
("Today Over Macedonia")
1992 ("de jure") Vlado Maleski Todor Skalovski
 Madagascar "Ry Tanindrazanay malala ô!"
("Oh, Beloved Land of our Ancestors")
1958 Pastor Rahajason Norbert Raharisoa
"Ry Tanindrazanay malala ô!"
 Malawi "Mulungu dalitsa Malaŵi"
("God Bless Malawi")
1964 Michael-Fredrick Paul Sauka Michael-Fredrick Paul Sauka
"Mulungu dalitsa Malaŵi"
 Malaysia "Negaraku"
("My Country")
1957 multiple Pierre-Jean de Béranger
 Maldives "Gaumii salaam"
("National Salute")
1972 Muhammad Jameel Didi Pandit Wannakuwattawaduge Don Amaradeva
"Gaumii salaam"
 Mali "Le Mali"
1962 Seydou Badian Kouyate Banzumana Sissoko
"Le Mali"
 Malta "L-Innu Malti"
("The Maltese Hymn")
1964 Dun Karm Psaila Robert Samut
"L-Innu Malti"
 Marshall Islands "Forever Marshall Islands" 1991 Amata Kabua Amata Kabua
"Forever Marshall Islands"
 Mauritania "National anthem of Mauritania" 2017 unknown Rageh Daoud
 Mauritius "Motherland" 1968 Jean Georges Prosper Philippe Gentil (M.B.E. Esq.)
 Mexico "Himno Nacional Mexicano"
("Mexican National Anthem")
1854 (de facto)
1943 ("de jure")
Francisco González Bocanegra Jaime Nunó
"Himno Nacional Mexicano"
 Micronesia "Patriots of Micronesia" 1991 unknown traditional German song (Ich hab' mich ergeben)
"Patriots of Micronesia"
 Moldova "Limba noastră"
("Our Language")
1994 Alexei Mateevici Alexandru Cristea
"Limba noastră"
 Monaco "Hymne Monégasque"
("Monégasque Anthem")
1848 Louis Notari Charles Albrecht
"Hymne Monégasque"
 Mongolia "Mongol ulsiin töriin duulal"
("National Anthem of Mongolia")
1950 Tsendiin Damdinsüren Bilegiin Damdinsüren and Luvsanjambyn Mördorj
"Mongol ulsiin töriin duulal"
 Montenegro "Oj, svijetla majska zoro"
("O, Bright Dawn of May")
2004 folk song Žarko Mirković[22]
"Oj, svijetla majska zoro"
 Morocco "Hymne Chérifien"
("Anthem of Morocco")
1956 Ali Squalli Houssaini Léo Morgan
"Hymne Chérifien"
 Mozambique "Pátria Amada"
(Beloved Homeland")
2002 Salomão J. Manhiça and Mia Couto Justino Sigaulane Chemane
 Myanmar "Kaba Ma Kyei"
("Till the End of the World")
1948 Tsaya Ting Tsaya Ting
"Kaba Ma Kyei"
 Namibia "Namibia, Land of the Brave" 1991 Axali Doëseb Axali Doëseb
"Namibia, Land of the Brave"
 Nauru "Nauru Bwiema"
("Song of Nauru")
1968 Margaret Hendrie Laurence Henry Hicks
   Nepal "Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka"
("A Garland of Hundred Flowers")[23]
2007 Byakul Maila[24] Amber Gurung
 Netherlands "Wilhelmus"
1568 (de facto),
1932 (de jure)
Philips of Marnix, or Dirck Coornhert or Petrus Dathenus Adrianus Valerius
"The Wilhelmus"
 New Zealand "God Defend New Zealand"[note 1] 1940 (national hymn)[note 8]
1977 (national anthem)[note 8]
Thomas Bracken (English version)[note 8]
Thomas H. Smith (Māori version)[note 8]
John Joseph Woods[note 8]
"God Defend New Zealand"
 Nicaragua "Salve a ti, Nicaragua"
("Hail to Thee, Nicaragua")
1918 Salomón Ibarra Mayorga Luis A. Delgadillo
"Salve a ti, Nicaragua"
 Niger "La Nigérienne"
("The Nigerien")
1961 Maurice Albert Thiriet Robert Jacquet and Nicolas Abel François Frionnet
 Nigeria "Arise, O Compatriots" 1978 John A. Ilechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, B. A. Ogunnaike, Sotu Omoigui, and P. O. Aderibighe Nigerian Police Band, under the directorship of B. E. Odiase
"Arise O compatriots, Nigeria's Call Obey"
 Norway "Ja, vi elsker dette landet"
("Yes, We Love This Country")[note 9]
1864[note 10] Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson Rikard Nordraak
"Ja, vi elsker dette landet"
 Oman "Nashid as-Salaam as-Sultani"
1932 Rashid bin Uzayyiz Al Khusaidi James Frederick Mills, arranged by Bernard Ebbinghaus
 Pakistan "Qaumī Tarāna"
("National Anthem")
1954 Hafeez Jullundhri Ahmed Ghulamali Chagla
"Qaumī Tarāna"
 Palau "Belau rekid"
("Our Palau")
1980 multiple Ymesei O. Ezekiel
 Palestine "Fida'i"
("My Country")
1996 Said Al Muzayin Ali Ismael
 Panama "Himno Istmeño"
("Hymn of the Isthmus")
1925 Jeronimo de la Ossa Santos Jorge
"Himno Istmeño"
 Papua New Guinea "O Arise, All You Sons"[note 1] 1975 Tom Shacklady Tom Shacklady
 Paraguay "Paraguayos, República o Muerte"
("Paraguayans, the Republic or Death")
1933 Francisco Acuña de Figueroa Francisco José Debali
"Paraguayos, República o Muerte"
 Peru "Himno Nacional del Perú"
("National Anthem of Peru")
1821 José de la Torre Ugarte y Alarcón Jose Bernardo Alcedo
"Himno Nacional del Perú"
 Philippines "Lupang Hinirang"
("Chosen Land")
1898 José Palma Julián Felipe
"Lupang Hinirang"
 Poland "Mazurek Dąbrowskiego"
"Poland Is Not Yet Lost")[note 11]
1926 Józef Wybicki unknown
"Mazurek Dąbrowskiego"
 Portugal "A Portuguesa"
("The Portuguese")
1911 Henrique Lopes de Mendonça Alfredo Keil
"A Portuguesa"
 Qatar "As Salam al Amiri"
("Peace to the Amir")
1996 Sheikh Mubarak bin Saïf al-Thani Abdul Aziz Nasser Obaidan
"As Salam Al Amiri"
 Romania "Deșteaptă-te, române!"
("Awaken Thee, Romanian")
1990 Andrei Mureşanu Anton Pann and Gheorghe Ucenescu
"Deşteaptă-te, române!"
 Russia "Gosudarstvenny Gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii"
("State Hymn of the Russian Federation")
2000 Sergey Mikhalkov Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov
"Gosudarstvenny Gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii"
 Rwanda "Rwanda Nziza"
("Beautiful Rwanda")
2002 Faustin Murigo Jean-Bosco Hashakimana
"Rwanda Nziza"
 Saint Kitts and Nevis "O Land of Beauty!"[note 1] 1983 Kenrick Georges Kenrick Georges
"O Land of Beauty!"
 Saint Lucia "Sons and Daughters of Saint Lucia" 1979 Charles Jesse Leton Felix Thomas
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines "Saint Vincent, Land so beautiful" 1979 Phyllis Punnett Joel Bertram Miguel
 Samoa "The Banner of Freedom" 1962 Sauni Iiga Kuresa Sauni Iiga Kuresa
 San Marino "Inno Nazionale della Repubblica"
("The National Anthem of the Republic")
1894 No official lyrics Federico Consolo
"Inno Nazionale della Repubblica"
 São Tomé and Príncipe "Independência total"
("Total Independence")
1975 Alda Neves da Graça do Espírito Santo Manuel dos Santos Barreto de Sousa e Almeida
 Saudi Arabia "As-Salam Al Malaki"
("The Royal Salute")
1950 Ibrahim Khafaji Abdul Rahman Al-Khateeb
"As-Salam Al Malaki"
 Senegal "Pincez Tous vos Koras, Frappez les Balafons"
("Strum your Koras, Strike the Balafons")
1960 Léopold Sédar Senghor Herbert Pepper
"Pincez Tous vos Koras, Frappez les Balafons"
 Serbia "Bože pravde"
("God of Justice")
1882 (de facto)
2006 (de jure)
Jovan Đorđević Davorin Jenko
"Bože pravde"
 Seychelles "Kosta seywa"
("Join together all Seychellois")
1996 David François Marc André and George Charles Robert Payet David François Marc André and George Charles Robert Payet
 Sierra Leone "High We Exalt Thee, Realm of the Free" 1961 Clifford Nelson Fyle John Akar
 Singapore "Majulah Singapura"
("Onward Singapore")
1965 Zubir Said Zubir Said
"Majulah Singapura"
 Slovakia "Nad Tatrou sa blýska"
("Lightning Over the Tatras")[note 6]
1918 Janko Matúška folk tune
"Nad Tatrou sa blýska"
 Slovenia "Zdravljica"
("A Toast")[note 12]
1989 France Prešeren Stanko Premrl
 Solomon Islands "God Save Our Solomon Islands"[note 1] 1978 Panapasa Balekana and Matila Balekana Panapasa Balekana
 Somalia "Qolobaa Calankeed"
("Praise to the Flag")
2012 Abdullahi Qarshe Abdullahi Qarshe
 South Africa "National anthem of South Africa"[note 13] 1997 Enoch Sontonga and C. J. Langenhoven Enoch Sontonga and Marthinus Lourens de Villiers
"National Anthem of South Africa"
 South Sudan "South Sudan Oyee!" 2011 Students and teachers of Juba University, 2011[25] Students and teachers of Juba University, 2011[25]
 Spain "La Marcha Real"
("The Royal March")
1770 none unknown
"La Marcha Real"
 Sri Lanka "Sri Lanka Matha"
("Mother Sri Lanka")
1951 Ananda Samarakoon Ananda Samarakoon
 Sudan "Nahnu Jund Allah Jund Al-watan"
("We Are the Army of God and of Our Land")
1956 Sayyed Ahmed Mohammed Salih Ahmad Murjan
"Nahnu Jund Allah Jund Al-watan"
 Suriname "God zij met ons Suriname"
("God Be With Our Suriname")
1959 Cornelis Atses Hoekstra and Henry de Ziel Johannes Corstianus de Puy
 Swaziland "Nkulunkulu Mnikati wetibusiso temaSwati"
("O Lord our God of the Swazi")
1968 Andrease Enoke Fanyana Simelane David Kenneth Rycroft
 Sweden "Du gamla, Du fria"
("Thou Ancient, Thou Free")[note 14]
19th century
(de facto, never
officially adopted)
Richard Dybeck folk tune
"Du gamla, Du fria"
  Switzerland "Schweizerpsalm"
("Swiss Psalm")
1961 (de facto)
1981 ("de jure")
Leonhard Widmer (German),
Charles Chatelanat (French),
Camillo Valsangiacomo (Italian),
and Flurin Camathias (Romansch)
Alberich Zwyssig
 Syria "Humāt ad-Diyār"
("Guardians of the Homeland")
1936 Khalil Mardam Bey Mohammed Flayfel and Ahmad Salim Flayfel
"Humāt ad-Diyār"
 Tajikistan "Surudi Milli"
("National Anthem")
1991 Gulnazar Keldi Suleiman Yudakov
"Surudi Milli"
 Tanzania "Mungu ibariki Afrika"
("God Bless Africa")
1961 collectively Enoch Sontonga
"Mungu ibariki Afrika"
 Thailand "Phleng Chat"
("National Song")[note 15]
1939 Luang Saranupraphan Peter Feit
"Phleng Chat"
 Togo "Salut à toi, pays de nos aïeux"
("Hail to Thee, Land of our Forefathers")
1960 Alex Casimir-Dosseh Alex Casimir-Dosseh
 Tonga "Ko e fasi ʻo e tuʻi ʻo e ʻOtu Tonga"
("Song of the King of the Tonga Islands")
1875 Uelingatoni Ngū Tupoumalohi Carl Gustav Schmitt
"Ko e fasi ʻo e tuʻi ʻo e ʻOtu Tonga"
 Trinidad and Tobago "Forged from the Love of Liberty" 1962 Patrick Castagne Patrick Castagne
 Tunisia "Humat al-Hima"
("Defenders of the Homeland")
1987 Mustafa Sadiq Al-Rafi'i and Aboul-Qacem Echebbi Mohammed Abdel Wahab
"Humat al-Hima"
 Turkey "İstiklâl Marşı"
("The March of Independence")
1921 Mehmet Akif Ersoy Osman Zeki Üngör
"İstiklâl Marşı"
 Turkmenistan "Garaşsyz, Bitarap Türkmenistanyň Döwlet Gimni"
("The State Anthem of Independent and Neutral Turkmenistan")
2008 collectively Veli Mukhatov
"Türkmenbaşyň guran beýik binasy"
 Tuvalu "Tuvalu mo te Atua"
("Tuvalu for the Almighty")[note 1]
1978 Afaese Manoa Afaese Manoa
 Uganda "Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty" 1962 George Wilberforce Kakoma George Wilberforce Kakoma
"Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty"
 Ukraine "Shche ne vmerla Ukraina"
("Ukraine's Glory Has Not Perished")
1917 Pavlo Chubynsky Mykhaylo Verbytsky
"Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy"
 United Arab Emirates "Ishy Biladi"
("Long Live my Homeland")
1971 Arif Al Sheikh Abdullah Al Hassan Saad Abdel Wahab
"Ishy Biladi"
 United Kingdom "God Save the Queen" 1745 Henry Carey unknown
"God Save the Queen"
 United States "The Star-Spangled Banner"[note 16] 1931 Francis Scott Key John Stafford Smith
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
 Uruguay "Himno Nacional"
("National Anthem")
1848 Francisco Acuña de Figueroa Francisco José Debali
"Himno Nacional"
 Uzbekistan "O`zbekiston Respublikasining Davlat Madhiyasi"
("National Anthem of the Republic of Uzbekistan")
1991 Abdulla Aripov Mutal Burhanov
"O`zbekiston Respublikasining Davlat Madhiyasi"
 Vanuatu "Yumi, Yumi, Yumi"
("We, We, We")
1980 François Vincent Ayssav François Vincent Ayssav
"Yumi, Yumi, Yumi"
  Vatican City "Marche Pontificale"
("Pontifical Anthem and March")
1949 Antonio Allegra Charles Gounod
"Marche Pontificale"
 Venezuela "Gloria al Bravo Pueblo"
("Glory to the Brave People")
1881 Vicente Salias Juan José Landaeta
"Gloria al Bravo Pueblo"
 Vietnam "Tiến Quân Ca"
("Marching Song")
1945 Văn Cao Văn Cao
"Tiến Quân Ca"
 Yemen "National anthem of Yemen" 1990 Abdallah Abdulwahab Noman Ayoob Tarish
"National anthem of Yemen"
 Zambia "Stand and Sing of Zambia, Proud and Free" 1964 collectively Enoch Sontonga
"National anthem of Zambia"
 Zimbabwe "Simudzai Mureza WeZimbabwe"
("O Lift High The Banner Of Zimbabwe")
1994 Solomon Mutswairo Fred Changundega
"Blessed be the land of Zimbabwe"

Anthems of other states and territories[edit]

This table includes anthems of de facto sovereign states which are not members or observers of the United Nations. Many of them have received little or no recognition from the international community; some are widely considered to be part of one of the countries listed above.

Territory Territorial anthem Date adopted Lyrics writer Officially known as Music writer Audio
 Abkhazia "Aiaaira"
1992 Genady Alamiya "State Anthem of the Republic of Abkhazia" Valera Çkaduwa
 Artsakh "Azat u ankakh Artsakh"
("Free and independent Artsakh")
1992 Vardan Hakobyan "Unofficial State Anthem of the Republic of Artsakh" Armen Nasibyan
"Azat u anakh Artsakh"
 Kosovo "Europe"[26] 2008 No lyrics[26] "State Anthem of the Republic of Kosovo" Mendi Mengjiqi[26]
 Northern Cyprus "İstiklâl Marşı"
("Independence March")
1921 Mehmet Akif Ersoy "The Turkish Cypriot State Anthem" Zeki Üngör
"İstiklâl Marşı"
 Somaliland "Samo ku waar" 1991 Hassan Sheikh Mumin "Somaliland" Hassan Sheikh Mumin
 South Ossetia "Respublikæ Hussar Irystony Paddzahadon Gimn"
("National Anthem of South Ossetia")
1995 Totraz Kokaev "Respwlikæ Hwßar İrisânı Pađzahadân Ģimń" Felix Alborov
 Republic of China (Taiwan) "San Min Chu-i"
("Three Principles of the People")[note 17]
1937 (de facto)
1943 (de jure)
Sun Yat-sen "National Anthem of the Republic of China"[note 18] Ch'eng Mao-yün
"San Min Chu I"
 Transnistria "My slavim tebia, Pridnestrovie"
("We glorify you, Pridnestrovie")
1992 Boris Parmenov, Vitaly Pishenko, Nicholas Bozhko "Mı slavim tebia Prîdnestrâviē" Boris Alexandrov
"My slavim tebia"
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Western Sahara "Yā Banīy As-Saharā"
("O Sons of the Sahara")
1979 unknown "Western Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republican Anthem" unknown

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "God Save the Queen" is the royal anthem of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu, and one of New Zealand's two national anthems.
  2. ^ "My Belarusy" was originally adopted by the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic.
  3. ^ "Lijepa naša domovino" was originally adopted by the Socialist Republic of Croatia.
  4. ^ a b "Hymn to Liberty" is the national anthem of both Cyprus and Greece.
  5. ^ By the power of the Constitution of Cyprus, the Turkish national anthem "İstiklâl Marşı" was used when a Turkish Cypriot representative was present. The practice lasted up to 1963.
  6. ^ a b Originally adopted by Czechoslovakia as a part of its hymn in 1918 (together with Slovak "Nad Tatrou sa blýska"), and latter in 1993 by the Czech Republic (already without the Slovak part).
  7. ^ "Der er et yndigt land" ("There is a lovely country") is the second national anthem of Denmark.
  8. ^ a b c d e This refers to "God Defend New Zealand", not "God Save the Queen".
  9. ^ Until the early 20th century, "Sønner av Norge" was the most recognised national anthem of Norway. Also "Norges Skaal" and "Mitt lille land" have at times been described as national anthems. Norway's royal anthem is "Kongesangen".
  10. ^ The song was first performed in 1864, but only gradually came to replace the older national anthem "Sønner av Norge" as de facto national anthem
  11. ^ Also known by its incipit: "Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła, kiedy my żyjemy" ("Poland Is Not Yet Lost, So long as we still live").
  12. ^ "Zdravljica" was originally adopted by the Socialist Republic of Slovenia. Only the seventh stanza of the song is used as the national anthem.
  13. ^ The "National Anthem of South Africa" is a hybrid of "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" ("God Bless Africa") and "Die Stem van Suid-Afrika"
    ("The Call of South Africa").
  14. ^ Sweden's royal anthem is "Kungssången".
  15. ^ Thailand's royal anthem is "Phleng Sansoen Phra Barami".
  16. ^ Written in 1814. Prior to 1931 various songs, including The Star-Spangled Banner were used, including "Hail, Columbia", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", and "America the Beautiful"
  17. ^ "National Banner Song" is used as the alternate anthem for the Republic of China at international events such as the Olympic Games.
  18. ^ The official state name of Taiwan is the "Republic of China".
  1. ^ Also known as "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" ("Unity and justice and freedom"); only the third stanza of the song is the official national anthem.


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