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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Thimphu

Language: Dzongkha Language

Founded: 1907-12-17

Currency: Bhutanese ngultrum, Indian rupee

Area: 47000.0

Government: Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Druk tsendhen

Divisions: Lhuntse District, Zhemgang, Chukha District, Punakha District, Paro District, + more

Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by ...more

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Central Tibetan Administ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
The Central Tibetan Administration, is an organization based in India with the stated goals of "rehabilitating Tibetan refugees and restoring freedom and happiness in Tibet". It was ...more
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Dominican Republic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Santo Domingo

Language: Spanish Language

Founded: 1844-02-27

Currency: Dominican peso

Area: 48442.0

Government: Representative democracy, Republic, Democracy, Unitary state

Anthem: Valiant Quisqueyans

Divisions: Santiago Province, Santiago Rodríguez Province, Monte Plata Province, San Juan Province, La Romana Province, + more

The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the ...more

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Germany is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Berlin

Language: German Language

Founded: 1949-05-23

Currency: Euro

Area: 357021.0

Government: Representative democracy, Federal republic, Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Deutschlandlied

Divisions: Munich, Bremen, Haan, Hanover, Hesse, + more

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. It consists of 16 constituent states, which retain limited sovereignty, and ...more

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India is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
New Delhi

Language: English Language, Hindi Language

Founded: 1947-08-15

Currency: Indian rupee

Area: 3287263.0

Government: Federal republic, Constitutional republic, Parliamentary system

Anthem: Jana Gana Mana

Divisions: Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep, Beed district, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, + more

India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most ...more

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Kingdom of the Netherlan... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Amsterdam

Language: Frisian languages, English Language, Papiamento language, Frisian, Western Language, + more

Founded: 1830-10-04

Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder, Aruban florin, Euro, United States dollar

Area: 41526.0

Government: Democracy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Wilhelmus

Divisions: Aruba, Sint Maarten, Curaçao

The Kingdom of the Netherlands, commonly known as the Netherlands, is a sovereign state and constitutional monarchy with territory in western Europe and in the Caribbean. The Kingdom is ...more
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Malawi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Lilongwe

Language: English Language

Founded: 1964-07-06

Currency: Malawian kwacha

Area: 118480.0

Government: Presidential system, Unitary republic

Anthem: Mulungu dalitsa Malaŵi

Divisions: Nsanje District, Phalombe District, Chikwawa District, Karonga District, Chitipa District, + more

Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, ...more

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Mexico is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Mexico City

Language: Spanish Language

Founded: 1810-09-16

Currency: Mexican peso

Area: 1972550.0

Government: Presidential system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic

Anthem: Himno Nacional Mexicano

Divisions: Álvaro Obregón, D.F., Hidalgo, San Simón Tolnahuac, Nayarit, + more

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the ...more

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Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Islamabad

Language: Urdu Language, English Language

Founded: 1940-03-23

Currency: Pakistani rupee

Area: 796095.0

Government: Federal republic, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Qaumī Tarāna

Divisions: Balochistan, Pakistan, Islamabad Capital Territory, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, + more

Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a sovereign country in South Asia. With a population exceeding 180 million people, it is the sixth most populous country and with an ...more

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Poland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Warsaw

Language: Polish Language

Currency: Polish złoty

Area: 312685.0

Government: Democracy, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Poland Is Not Yet Lost

Divisions: Tarnów, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Gmina Gietrzwałd, + more

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the ...more

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Puerto Rico is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
San Juan

Language: English Language, Spanish Language

Founded: 1898-12-10

Currency: United States dollar

Area: 9104.0

Government: Republic

Anthem: La Borinqueña

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Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Dublin

Language: English Language, Irish

Founded: 1916-04-24

Currency: Euro

Area: 70273.0

Government: Constitutional republic, Unitary republic, Parliamentary system

Anthem: Amhrán na bhFiann

Divisions: County Wexford, County Kildare, County Sligo, Munster, County Leitrim, + more

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a sovereign state in western Europe occupying about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, located in ...more

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South Africa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria

Language: Northern Sotho language, Zulu Language, Afrikaans Language, Southern Ndebele language, Venda Language, + more

Founded: 1910-05-31

Currency: South African rand

Area: 1219912.0

Government: Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: National anthem of South Africa, Die Stem van Suid-Afrika

Divisions: Westonaria Local Municipality, Western Cape, North West, Gauteng, Limpopo, + more

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located in Southern Africa. It has 2,798 kilometres of coastline that stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. To ...more

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Sudan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Khartoum

Language: Arabic Language, English Language

Founded: 1956-01-01

Currency: Sudanese pound

Area: 2505813.0

Government: Representative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic

Anthem: Nahnu Jund Allah Jund Al-watan

Divisions: Darfur Regional Authority, River Nile, Darfur, Sennar, Northern, + more

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Uganda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Kampala

Language: English Language, Swahili Language

Founded: 1962-10-09

Currency: Ugandan shilling

Area: 236040.0

Government: Presidential system, Republic, Democracy

Anthem: Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty

Divisions: Mukono District, Soroti District, Pader District, Kitgum District, Kyenjojo, + more

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United States of America... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Countries Ruled by A Democracy
Washington, D.C.

Founded: 1776-07-04

Currency: United States dollar

Area: 9826675.0

Government: Presidential system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic

Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner

Divisions: New Hampshire, Cowlitz County, Chicago, Marshall Islands, Montana, + more

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