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Countries Ruled by A Democracy

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America may be one of the most famous democracies, but it far from the only democratic country. This is a list of countries, nations, and states governed or ruled by a democracy, sorted alphabetically. In some cases, nations may have multiple ruling bodies or government types, meaning they're not exclusively countries that are governed by democracy. Still, they are all democratic countries in some sense of the word. This list of countries that use democracy as their form of government contains various bits of information about each nation, such as the official language or currency of the country. If you're looking for the names of countries with democracy governments, then you're in the right place.

What is a democracy? Democratic governments are characterized by the fact that power rests in the hands of the people, who may elect official representatives to rule directly or indirectly. This list answers the questions, "Which countries are ruled by democracy?" and "Which countries are governed by democracy?" You'll find examples of democracies everywhere from the Republic of Ireland to Uganda.
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    Bhutan

    Bhutan

    Thimphu

    LanguageDzongkha Language

    Founded1907-12-17

    CurrencyBhutanese ngultrum, Indian rupee

    Area47000.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemDruk tsendhen

    DivisionsLhuntse District, Zhemgang, Chukha District, Punakha District, Paro District

    Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern... more on Wikipedia
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    Central Tibetan Administration
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    Dominican Republic

    Dominican Republic

    Santo Domingo

    LanguageSpanish Language

    Founded1844-02-27

    CurrencyDominican peso

    Area48442.0

    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Republic, Democracy, Unitary state

    AnthemValiant Quisqueyans

    DivisionsSantiago Province, Santiago Rodríguez Province, Monte Plata Province, San Juan Province, La Romana Province

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    Germany

    Germany

    Berlin

    LanguageGerman Language

    Founded1949-05-23

    CurrencyEuro

    Area357021.0

    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Federal republic, Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemDeutschlandlied

    DivisionsMunich, Bremen, Haan, Hanover, Hesse

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    India

    India

    New Delhi

    LanguageEnglish Language, Hindi Language

    Founded1947-08-15

    CurrencyIndian rupee

    Area3287263.0

    GovernmentFederal republic, Constitutional republic, Parliamentary system

    AnthemJana Gana Mana

    DivisionsDadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep, Beed district, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha

    India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest... more on Wikipedia
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    Kingdom of the Netherlands

    LanguageFrisian languages, English Language, Papiamento language, Frisian, Western Language

    Founded1830-10-04

    CurrencyNetherlands Antillean guilder, Aruban florin, Euro, United States dollar

    Area41526.0

    GovernmentDemocracy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemWilhelmus

    DivisionsAruba, Sint Maarten, Curaçao

    The Kingdom of the Netherlands, commonly known as the Netherlands, is a sovereign state and... more on Wikipedia
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    Malawi

    Malawi

    Lilongwe

    LanguageEnglish Language

    Founded1964-07-06

    CurrencyMalawian kwacha

    Area118480.0

    GovernmentPresidential system, Unitary republic

    AnthemMulungu dalitsa Malaŵi

    DivisionsNsanje District, Phalombe District, Chikwawa District, Karonga District, Chitipa District

    Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that... more on Wikipedia
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    Mexico

    Mexico

    Mexico City

    LanguageSpanish Language

    Founded1810-09-16

    CurrencyMexican peso

    Area1972550.0

    GovernmentPresidential system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic

    AnthemHimno Nacional Mexicano

    DivisionsÁlvaro Obregón, D.F., Hidalgo, San Simón Tolnahuac, Nayarit

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    Pakistan

    Pakistan

    Islamabad

    LanguageUrdu Language, English Language

    Founded1940-03-23

    CurrencyPakistani rupee

    Area796095.0

    GovernmentFederal republic, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemQaumī Tarāna

    DivisionsBalochistan, Pakistan, Islamabad Capital Territory, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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    Poland

    Poland

    Warsaw

    LanguagePolish Language

    CurrencyPolish złoty

    Area312685.0

    GovernmentDemocracy, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemPoland Is Not Yet Lost

    DivisionsTarnów, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Gmina Gietrzwałd

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    Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico

    San Juan

    LanguageEnglish Language, Spanish Language

    Founded1898-12-10

    CurrencyUnited States dollar

    Area9104.0

    GovernmentRepublic

    AnthemLa Borinqueña

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    Republic of Ireland

    LanguageEnglish Language, Irish

    Founded1916-04-24

    CurrencyEuro

    Area70273.0

    GovernmentConstitutional republic, Unitary republic, Parliamentary system

    AnthemAmhrán na bhFiann

    DivisionsCounty Wexford, County Kildare, County Sligo, Munster, County Leitrim

    Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a sovereign state in western Europe... more on Wikipedia
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    South Africa

    South Africa

    Bloemfontein, Cape Town

    LanguageNorthern Sotho language, Zulu Language, Afrikaans Language, Southern Ndebele language, Venda Language

    Founded1910-05-31

    CurrencySouth African rand

    Area1219912.0

    GovernmentConstitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemNational anthem of South Africa, Die Stem van Suid-Afrika

    DivisionsWestonaria Local Municipality, Western Cape, North West, Gauteng, Limpopo

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    Sudan

    Sudan

    Khartoum

    LanguageArabic Language, English Language

    Founded1956-01-01

    CurrencySudanese pound

    Area2505813.0

    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic

    AnthemNahnu Jund Allah Jund Al-watan

    DivisionsDarfur Regional Authority, River Nile, Darfur, Sennar, Northern

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    Uganda

    Uganda

    Kampala

    LanguageEnglish Language, Swahili Language

    Founded1962-10-09

    CurrencyUgandan shilling

    Area236040.0

    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic, Democracy

    AnthemOh Uganda, Land of Beauty

    DivisionsMukono District, Soroti District, Pader District, Kitgum District, Kyenjojo

    Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is... more on Wikipedia
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    United States of America

    United States of America

    Washington, D.C.

    Founded1776-07-04

    CurrencyUnited States dollar

    Area9826675.0

    GovernmentPresidential system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic

    AnthemThe Star-Spangled Banner

    DivisionsNew Hampshire, Cowlitz County, Chicago, Marshall Islands, Montana

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