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We do not have to tell you how competitive the business world can get because you should already know. No matter how hard a company tries, it cannot guarantee that it will have a sizable impact in its chosen niche or last the test of time.

However, there are some businesses that have lasted the test of time and has created a map of them! The map showcases some of the longest-running businesses on the planet, noting the oldest business in (almost) every country.


The oldest business in Europe is St. Peter’s Abbey in Austria. St. Peter Stiftskulinarium first opened its doors back in 803 CE and it’s still accepting diners to this day.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As for North America, our oldest business has not been around nearly as long but they have already put in a few centuries. La Casa de Moneda de México opened back in 1534 and is the oldest operational business in the US.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The longest-running South American business is Peru’s Casa Nacional de Moneda, which was first established all the way back in 1621.

Photo: flickr/Banco Central De Reserva del Perú

Every entry on the list was beaten out by the Asian business, though. There is a Japanese construction company known as Kongō Gumi that was founded back in 578 CE, with the objective of crafting Buddhist temples.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Who would’ve guessed a business could survive 1,000 years!

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