So I've just discovered Russia and Japan are still at war as they never signed the WW2 treaty. They are apparently hoping to get all 4 of the islands seized during the war back, but only 2 of them were specified in the treaty thus they did not sign. Though they did having a meeting regarding this last year.

There is also Syria and Israel which seems to be just due to hatred and unwillingness to negotiate with the Golan Heights.

So I am wondering if there are any other countries in the same vein? If the reason is known for the lack of a peace treaty would also be appreciated!

Also I would describe prolonged war in this context as being officially at war with no combat for over the span of 5 years.

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    There is a wonderful (but sadly apocryphal) story that the English town of Berwick-upon-Tweed was at war with Russia for 113 years, from 1853 to 1966. Jun 16, 2017 at 10:46
  • How do you feel about a conflict which has an armistice agreement, but no peace treaty?
    – origimbo
    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:21
  • @origimbo Sounds good as well though I can imagine there being quite a few more of those.
    – SCFi
    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:26
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    @RoyalCanadianBandit The English are brilliant at that. The British Isles of Scilly have been at war with the Netherlands for 335 years from 30 March 1651 – 17 April 1986.
    – oerkelens
    Jun 16, 2017 at 13:21
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    OK, I'll provide some wp pages you've probably already seen instead: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_wars
    – user2565
    Jun 16, 2017 at 14:53

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North and South Korea are still technically in a state of war - there was only a truce signed, not an official end to the conflict. Occasionally, N Korea will launch small attacks against S Korea - the odd border flareup, or naval actions such as the one portrayed in the film Northern Limit Line. That is the one official war that is still going on.

India and Pakistan are at odds with each other, have been since 1947. Both have nuclear weapons, so that is always an interesting one to watch.

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    perhaps you could add some sources about the official state of war and last 'combat' for some particular definition.
    – user9389
    Jun 16, 2017 at 14:07

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