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M any people think of the Amish as living without. These devout communities , predominantly located in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, go without cars, TVs, computers, phones or even the electricity needed to run so much of 21st century gadgetry. But what researchers who have studied them have found is what the Amish have a surplus of: good health in late life. The average American life expectancy is currently just under 79 years.
They are closely related to, but a distinct branch off from, Mennonite churches. The Amish are known for simple living , plain dress , Christian pacifism , and slowness to adopt many conveniences of modern technology , with a view to not interrupt family time, nor replace face-to-face conversations whenever possible. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Mennonite Anabaptists in led by Jakob Ammann.
This list of the oldest banks includes financial institutions in continuous operation, operating with the same legal identity without interruption since their establishment until the present time. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena was founded in its present form in , but traces its history to a mount of piety founded in The Berenberg company was founded in and has operated continuously ever since with the same family as owners or major co-owners. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena is today a large Italian retail bank, while Berenberg Bank is primarily involved in investment banking and private banking for wealthy customers; in any event Berenberg Bank is the world's oldest merchant bank or investment bank. The world's oldest central bank is the Sveriges Riksbank , which was founded in