Unsurprisingly, the map of Europe includes a lot of banks, and a lot of bars.
In North America, in many cases, the oldest businesses are bent toward their colonial pasts.
The oldest company in the world still in existence is Japan’s Kongō Gumi, a construction company. Since 2006 it’s been a subsidiary of a larger company, Takamatsu.
To survive in the big bad world of business, you need staying power. We wanted to know which businesses around the world have stood the test of time and were the oldest in their respective countries. Behind the dates and finances, we found fascinating stories that illuminate the histories of each continent.
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