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Sunday's referendum in southern Sudan got us thinking about new countries for the Geo Quiz. It's worth noting that there have been more than 30 countries created in the past two decades. So here's the question: What are the 5 newest countries?

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Sunday's referendum in southern Sudan got us thinking about new countries for the Geo Quiz. It's worth noting that there have been more than 30 countries created in the past two decades. Remember when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991? That paved the way for 15 independent countries from Armenia to Uzbekistan.

The war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s also led to some new political states. So here's the question: What are the 5 newest countries?

Geo Answer:

For the answer as well as an explanation of how countries achieve recognition, anchor Katy Clark turns to Sheena Barclay, an editor with the Times Atlas of the World. The list of 5 includes: Kosovo (2008), Serbia (2006), Montenegro (2006), East Timur (2002), and Palau (1994).