This Map Shows the Oldest Company in Every Country
Amazon, Google, and Apple may be the biggest names in business right now, but they are only a few decades old, and have not proven that they can stand the test of time. Some companies, however, have been around for over 1,000 years, as shown on this map of the oldest (currently operational) company in almost every country in the world.
St. Peter Stiftskulinarium is the oldest company in Europe. Opened in 803 in Salzburg, Austria, the restaurant is the oldest in the world that you can still actually eat in. Nearby Germany has a winery established in 862, called Staffelter Hof Winery, so it’d be pretty easy to do an Old World culinary tour of Europe.
In the UK, food takes a backseat to finance. The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom began trading in 886. Similarly, the longest-running business in France is also a mint — the Monnaie de Paris — which was established in 864.
North America’s oldest business is also a mint, the Casa de Moneda de México, which opened in 1534. In Canada, however, that business is Hudson’s Bay Company, which opened in 1670.
South America continued the currency trend with the Casa de Moneda de Colombia, a Colombian currency museum in Bogota that was founded in 1621.
Asia bucks the other trends with a Japanese construction company founded in 578 called Kongō Gumi.
In Africa, Mauritius Post gets the longevity crown, having opened in 1772. In fact, the top 10 oldest businesses in Africa are all post offices. The same goes for Oceania whose oldest business still in operation is Australia Post.