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National Spiritual Assemblies:
Lists and years of formation

by Graham Hassall

2000-01
Contents:
  1. Total National Spiritual Assemblies
  2. National Spiritual Assemblies in Alphabetical Order
  3. Formation of National Spiritual Assemblies by year


Total National Spiritual Assemblies

Year Number of NSAs
1953 12
1963 56
1973 113
1979 125
1988 148



National Spiritual Assemblies in Alphabetical Order

Country Year
Albania1992
Abyssinia1956 part of NE Africa
Alaska1957
Andaman and Nicobar Islands1984
Arabian peninsula1957
Argentina1964 (1957-61 was part of the NSA of the Republics of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia)
Armenia1995
Australia & New Zealand1934 (1934-57 was part of the NSA of Australia and New Zealand)
Austria1959 (1923 part of Germany and Austria)
Azerbaijan1992
Bahámas1978
Baltic States1992
Barbados1981 (1972-81 part of Barbados and Windward Islands)
Barbados and Windward Islands1972 (in 1981 split)
Belarus1995
Belgian Congo1956 Central & East Africa
Belgium1962 (1957-1962 was part of the NSA of the Benelux countries)
Belize1967
Benelux1957
Bermuda1981
Bolivia1961 (1957-61 was part of the NSA of the Republics of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia)
Bophuthatswana1981 (in 1995 became part of NSA South Africa)
Brazil1961 (1957-61 was part of the NSA of the Republics of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela)
British Isles "United Kingdom"1923
British Somaliland1956 NSA NE Africa
Brunei1966 (in 1923 part of India Pakistan & Burma; in 1966-72 part of NSA Eastern Malaysia and Brunei)
Bulgaria1992
Burma1959 (had been part of the NSA of India, Pakistan and Burma)
Burundi1969 (dissolved in 1972 & reestablished in 1978)
Cambodia1994
Canada1948 (in 1925 was USA and Canada)
Canary Islands1984
Cape Verde Islands1984
Central America1951
Central & East Africa1956
Central Asia1992 (in 1994 became Turkmenistan)
Ceylon1962 (see Sri Lanka)
Chile1961 (1957-61 was part of the NSA of the Republics of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia)
Ciskei1995 became part of NSA South Africa
Colombia1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of Mexico and Republics of Central America)
Cook Islands1985 (1970-85 part of Tonga and Cook Islands)
Comoro Islands1956 NSA C & E Africa
Costa Rica1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of Mexico and Republics of Central America)
Cuba1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of the Greater Antilles)
Cyprus1978
Czechoslovakia1991
Denmark1962 (1957-62 was part of NSA Scandinavia and Finland)
Dominica1981 (1972-81 part of Barbados and Windward Islands. NSAs of St Lucia and Dominica established in 1983; NSAs of St Vincent, and Grenada, established in 1984)
Dominican Republic1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of the Greater Antilles)
Eastern and Southern Arabia1967
NSA Eastern Malaysia & Brunei 1966
Ecuador1961 (1957-61 was part of the NSA of the Republics of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela)
El Salvador1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of Mexico and Republics of Central America)
Egypt & Sudan1924 (in 1956 part of NE Africa)
Equatorial Guinea1984
Eritrea1995 (in 1956 part of NE Africa)
Finland1962 (1957-62 was part of NSA Scandinavia and Finland)
France1958 (1957-58 was part of NSA of Benelux countries)
French Antilles1977
French Equatorial Africa1956 NSA C & E Africa
French Guiana1984
Gabon1984
Georgia1995
Germany 1923
Germany & Austria1923
Gilbert and Ellice Islands1967
Greater Antilles1957-61
Greece1977
Greenland1992
Grenada1984
Guatemala1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of Mexico and Republics of Central America)
Haiti1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of the Greater Antilles)
Hawaii1964
Holland1962
Honduras1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of Mexico and Republics of Central America)
Hong Kong1974
Hungary1992
Iberian Peninsula1957
India1923
India, Pakistan & Burma1923
Indonesia1964 (Had been part of RSA Southeast Asia from 1957)
Iraq1931
Italy1962 (1953-62 was part of the NSA of Italy and Switzerland)
Jamaica1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of the Greater Antilles)
Jordan1975 or 6
Korea1964 (RSA Southeast Asia from 1957)
Laos1967
Latvia1999
Leeward Islands1981
Leeward, Windward and Virgin Is.1967
Libya1956 NE Africa
Lithuania1999
Luxembourg1962 (1957-1962 was part of the NSA of the Benelux countries)
Kazakhstan1994
Kenya1964
Kyrgzstan1994
Macedonia1999
Malaysia1964 (Had been part of RSA Southeast Asia from 1957)
Mariana Islands1978
Marshall Islands1977
Martinique1984
Mauritania1978
Mexico and Republics of Central America1957-61
Mexico1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of Mexico and Republics of Central America)
Moldova1996
Mongolia1994
Namibia1981
Nepal1972 (re-established 1982)
Netherlands1962 (1957-1962 NSA of the Benelux countries)
New Hebrides (see Vanuatu)
New Zealand1957 (1934-57 NSA Australia and New Zealand)
Nicaragua1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of Mexico and Republics of Central America)
Niger1975
North East Africa1956 (1924 Egypt)
North East Asia1957 (Japan)
North West Africa1956
Norway1962 (1957-62 was part of NSA Scandinavia and Finland)
Pakistan1957 (had been part of the NSA of India, Pakistan and Burma)
Panama1961 (1957-61 had been part of the NSA of Mexico and Republics of Central America)
Papua New Guinea1969
Paraguay1961 (1957-61 was part of the NSA of the Republics of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia)
Persia1934
Peru1961 (1957-61 was part of the NSA of the Republics of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela)
Philippines1964 (Had been part of RSA Southeast Asia from 1957)
Poland1992
Portugal1962 (1957-62 was part of NSA of the Iberian Peninsula)
Republics of Brazil, Peru,
Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela
1957-61
Republics of Chile, Argentina,
Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia
1957-61
Romania1991
Ruanda-Urundi1956 NSA C & E Africa
Russia, Georgia & Armenia1992 In 1995 became NSA of Russian Federation
Russian Federation1995 1992-95 was NSA Russia, Georgia and Armenia
S‰o Tome & Principe1996
St Lucia1983 (1972-81 Barbados and Windward Islands. NSAs of St Lucia and Dominica established in 1983)
St. Vincent1984
St. Vincent & Grenada1983 (1972-81 Barbados and Windward Islands. NSAs of St Lucia and Dominica est. 1983; NSAs of St Vincent and Grenada, established in 1984)
Scandinavia and Finland1957-62
Senegal1975
Seychelles1956 NSA C & E Africa
Sicily1995
Sierra Leone1975
Sikkim1967
Singapore1972
Slovenia and Croatia (Regional)1994
Solomon Islands1964 (seat of Southwest Pacific RSA)
South Africa & Ciskei1995 acquired Bophuthatswana, Ciskei
South America1951
South & West Africa1956
South East Asia1957
South Pacific1959
South West Africa/Namibia1981
Soviet Union1991
Spain1962 (1957-62 NSA of the Iberian Peninsula)
Sri Lanka1962 (formerly "Ceylon"
Sweden1962 (1957-62 NSA Scandinavia and Finland)
Suriname & French Guiana1977
Switzerland1962 (1953-62 was part of the NSA of Italy and Switzerland)
Taiwan1967
Tajikistan1994
Tanganyika and Zanzibar1964 (1956 NSA C & E Africa)
Thailand1964 (RSA Southeast Asia from 1957)
Togo1975
Tonga and the Cook Islands1970
Transkei1980
Turkey1959
Turmenistan1994
Tuvalu1981
Uganda reest.1981
Uganda and Central Africa1964 1956 NSA C&E Africa
Ukraine, Bielarus & Moldavia1992 (in 1995 became RSA Ukraine and Moldova)
Ukraine & Moldova1995-6 (1992-1995 was RSA Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova)
USSR1991 (1992 becomes Russia, Georgia & Armenia)
United States of America1925
Upper Volta1977
Upper West Africa1975
Uruguay1961 (1957-61 was part of the NSA of the Republics of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia)
Uzbekistian1994
Vanuatu1977 (New Hebrides prior to independence in 1980)
Venezuela1961 (1957-61 was part of the NSA of the Republics of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela)
Vietnam1964 (RSA Southeast Asia from 1957)
Windward Islands1981 (1972-81 part of Barbados and Windward Islands. NSAs of St Lucia and Dominica established in 1983; NSAs of St Vincent, and Grenada, established in 1984)
Yemen (San'a)1984
Zanzibar1956 NSA C&E Africa


Formation of National Spiritual Assemblies by year

1923
British Isles, Germany, India
1924
Egypt
1925
United States of America and Canada
1931
'Iraq
1934
Australia and New Zealand, Persia
1948
Canada
1953
Italy and Switzerland
1956
Central & East Africa, North West Africa, South & West Africa
1957
Alaska, Arabia, New Zealand, North East Asia (Japan), Pakistan, South East Asia; Mexico and the Republics of Central America; The Greater Antilles; The Republics of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela; The Republics of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia; Scandinavia and Finland; the Benelux Countries; The Iberian Peninsula.
1958
France
1959
Austria, Burma, South Pacific, Turkey,
1961
Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Brazil.
1962
Belgium, Ceylon, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Switzerland
1964
Korea, Thailand, Vietnam,
1967
Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Laos
1969
Papua New Guinea
1972
Singapore
1977
Greece
1980
Transkei
1984
Cape Verde Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, French Guiana, Grenada, Martinique, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Yemen, Canary Islands
1991
Czechoslovakia, Romania & Soviet Union
1992
Greenland, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Bielarus & Moldavia; Russia, Georgia & Armenia; Central Asia, Bulgaria, Baltic States, Albania, Poland, Hungary
1994
Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Slovenia & Croatia,
1995
Eritrea, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Sicily.
1996
São Tome & Principe, Moldova
1999
Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia


Sources: See Messages to the Bahá'í World, 122-3, 7, 9, 11, 13-14, 4, 5, 66-7, 82, 109, 118, 123, 131, 148

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