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Countries Ruled by Monarchies

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On this list you'll find countries, nations, and states governed or ruled by a monarchy. In some cases, these nations may have multiple ruling bodies or government types, meaning they're not exclusively countries that are governed by monarchy. Even if their figureheads are largely traditional and symbolic, though, all these nations are current monarchies. This list of countries that use monarchy as their form of government also contains 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 monarchy governments, you'll find what you're looking for among the modern monarchies below.

You can rank all of these items, from Holy Roman Empire to Thailand, both of which are examples of monarchy. Current monarchs include Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert II of Monaco, both of whom preside over constitutional monarchies.

This list answers the question, "Which countries are ruled by monarchy?" So you're in the right place if you've ever found yourself wondering, "Which countries are governed by monarchy?" Your monarchical search has come to an end thanks to this civic resource.
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Andorra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Andorra la Vella
Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra, is a sovereign landlocked microstate in Southwestern Europe, located in the eastern ...more

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Bahrain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Manama
Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. It is an archipelago with Bahrain Island, the largest land mass, at 55 ...more

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Bhutan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Thimphu
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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Brunei is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Bandar Seri Begawan
Brunei officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South ...more

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Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Phnom Penh
Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia and once known as the Khmer Empire, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Its total ...more

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Denmark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Copenhagen
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is located southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. The ...more

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Holy Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Holy Roman Empire
Frankfurt, Regensburg
The Holy Roman Empire was a multi-ethnic complex of territories in central Europe that developed during the Early Middle Ages and continued until its dissolution in 1806. The largest territory ...more
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Holy See is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
The Holy See is the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, the episcopal see of the Bishop of Rome—the Pope. It is the central point of reference for the church everywhere ...more
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Japan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Tokyo
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in ...more

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Jordan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Amman
Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab kingdom in the Middle East, on the East Bank of the Jordan River. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and east, Iraq to ...more

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Kingdom of England is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Winchester, Westminster
The Kingdom of England was a state on the island of Great Britain from the 10th century, when it emerged following the unification of various Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, until 1707, when it united ...more
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Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Kuwait City
Kuwait, officially the State of Kuwait, is an Arab country in Western Asia. Situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf, it shares borders with Iraq and Saudi ...more

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Liechtenstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Vaduz
Liechtenstein, officially the Principality of Liechtenstein, is a doubly landlocked German-speaking microstate in Central Europe. It is a constitutional principality headed by the Prince of ...more

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Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Luxembourg
Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in Western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. It ...more

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Macedonia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Pella
Macedonia or Macedon was an ancient kingdom on the northern periphery of Classical Greece and later the dominant state of Hellenistic Greece. It was ruled during most of its existence initially ...more
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Malaysia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and has a total landmass of 329,847 square kilometres ...more

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Monaco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state and microstate, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is bordered by France on three sides; one side ...more

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Morocco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Rabat
Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a rugged mountainous interior and large portions of ...more

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Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Amsterdam
The Netherlands is the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a small, densely populated country, lying mainly in Western Europe, but also including three islands in ...more

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Norway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Oslo
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus Jan Mayen and the Arctic ...more

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Oman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Muscat
Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Holding a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the ...more

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Ottoman Empire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Söğüt, Bursa, İnegöl
The Ottoman Empire, also historically referred to as the Turkish Empire or Turkey, was a Sunni Islamic state founded in 1299 by Oghuz Turks under Osman I in northwestern Anatolia. With conquests ...more
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Qatar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Doha
Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a sovereign Arab country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land ...more

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Samoa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Apia
Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa, is an Oceanian country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It ...more

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Spain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Countries Ruled by Monarchies
Madrid
Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea ...more

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