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Submitted by Jeff Foster (United States), Jan 24, 2003 at 12:04

Gabriel Grosso writes:

GG> "I am lucky enough to live in Great Britain, the world's oldest democracy, "

Um, the Icelandic Althing dates from the year 930. The closest thing England has to a continuous democratic institution would be Parliament, which dates only from 1265.
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