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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.
  • Bhutan1



    LanguageDzongkha Language


    CurrencyBhutanese ngultrum, Indian rupee


    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

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  • Central Tibetan Administration2
    The Central Tibetan Administration, is an organization based in India with the stated goals of...  more
  • Dominican Republic3

    Dominican Republic

    Santo Domingo

    LanguageSpanish Language


    CurrencyDominican peso


    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Republic, Democracy, Unitary state

    AnthemValiant Quisqueyans

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

    The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles...  more

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  • Germany4



    LanguageGerman Language




    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Federal republic, Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic


    DivisionsMunich, Bremen, Haan, Hanover, Hesse

    Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in...  more

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  • India5


    New Delhi

    LanguageEnglish Language, Hindi Language


    CurrencyIndian rupee


    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

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  • Kingdom of the Netherlands6

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


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


    GovernmentDemocracy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy


    DivisionsAruba, Sint Maarten, Curaçao

    The Kingdom of the Netherlands, commonly known as the Netherlands, is a sovereign state and...  more
  • Malawi7



    LanguageEnglish Language


    CurrencyMalawian kwacha


    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

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  • Mexico8


    Mexico City

    LanguageSpanish Language


    CurrencyMexican peso


    GovernmentPresidential system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic

    AnthemHimno Nacional Mexicano

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

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  • Pakistan9



    LanguageUrdu Language, English Language


    CurrencyPakistani rupee


    GovernmentFederal republic, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemQaumī Tarāna

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

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  • Poland10



    LanguagePolish Language

    CurrencyPolish złoty


    GovernmentDemocracy, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemPoland Is Not Yet Lost

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

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  • Puerto Rico11

    Puerto Rico

    San Juan

    LanguageEnglish Language, Spanish Language


    CurrencyUnited States dollar



    AnthemLa Borinqueña

    Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is a United States territory located...  more

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  • Republic of Ireland12

    LanguageEnglish Language, Irish




    GovernmentConstitutional republic, Unitary republic, Parliamentary system

    AnthemAmhrán na bhFiann

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

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  • South Africa13

    South Africa

    Bloemfontein, Cape Town

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


    CurrencySouth African rand


    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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  • Sudan14



    LanguageArabic Language, English Language


    CurrencySudanese pound


    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic

    AnthemNahnu Jund Allah Jund Al-watan

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

    Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is an Arab republic in the Nile Valley of North...  more

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  • Uganda15



    LanguageEnglish Language, Swahili Language


    CurrencyUgandan shilling


    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

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  • United States of America16

    United States of America

    Washington, D.C.


    CurrencyUnited States dollar


    GovernmentPresidential system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic

    AnthemThe Star-Spangled Banner

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

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