10 Ancient Businesses That Stood The Test Of Time

In a recent article I wrote that most small businesses and start-ups in the U.S. do not survive very long. Even some large-cap companies like the Fortune 500 disappear in the long run due to mergers or bankruptcies.

Ancient Businesses


Since the U.S. was founded only a couple of hundred years ago, there are no companies here that lasted for hundreds or even a thousand years. However this is not case in other countries. There are businesses exist that today that were originally started very long time ago – hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Here are ten such businesses from an article in Australia’s top news site:

  1. The Keiunkan Inn, Japan – Founded in A.D. 705
  2. Stiftskeller St. Peter, Salzburg, Austria – Founded more than 1,200 years ago
  3. Staffelter Hof, Germany – Founded in A.D. 862
  4. Sean’s Bar,Ireland – Dates back to A.D. 900
  5. The Marinelli Bell Foundry, Agnone, Italy – Founded in around A.D. 1000
  6. Angel & Royal Inn, England – Founded in around 1203
  7. Frapin, France – Founded in 1270
  8. Piwnica Świdnicka, Poland – Opened in 1273
  9. Stora Enso, Sweden & Finland – Original firm started in 1288
  10. Pivovar Broumov, Czech Republic – Dates back to 1348

Source: Ten ancient businesses that still exist, July 14, 2015, News.com.au

Today Finland-based Stora Enso trades on the OTC market under the ticker SEOAY.

The entire article is fascinating to read.

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