Places/Travel
399.1k readers

Countries Ruled by Monarchies

Updated June 14, 2019 399.1k views30 items

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.
Photo:
...more
  • Andorra1

    Andorra

    Andorra la Vella

    LanguageCatalan language

    CurrencyEuro

    Area468.0

    GovernmentDiarchy, Coregency, Monarchy, Principality, Unitary state

    AnthemEl Gran Carlemany

    DivisionsAndorra la Vella, Canillo, Ordino, La Massana, Encamp

    Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, also called the Principality of the Valleys...  more
  • Bahrain2

    Bahrain

    Manama

    LanguageArabic Language

    Founded1971-12-16

    CurrencyBahraini dinar

    Area765.3

    GovernmentMonarchy, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemBahrainona

    DivisionsIsa Town, Rifa and Southern Region, Bahrain, Manama, Hawar Islands

    Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a small island country situated near the...  more

    More Bahrain 

    #69 of 70 Countries with Top Pre-Primary School Enrollment#34 of 60 The Best Countries for American Expats

  • Bhutan3

    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

    More Bhutan 

    #2 of 21 Countries with Top Investment Banking Use#12 of 27 The Most Beautiful Countries in Asia

  • Brunei4

    Brunei

    Bandar Seri Begawan

    LanguageMalay Language

    Founded1984-01-01

    CurrencyBrunei dollar

    Area5770.0

    GovernmentIslamic state, Absolute monarchy, Unitary state, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemAllah Peliharakan Sultan

    Brunei officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on...  more

    More Brunei 

    #61 of 61 The Best Gay Travel Destinations#40 of 71 The 71 Countries Where It's Still Illegal to Be Gay

  • Cambodia5

    Cambodia

    Phnom Penh

    LanguageKhmer language

    Founded1953-11-09

    CurrencyCambodian riel

    Area181035.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemNokor Reach

    DivisionsSiem Reap Province, Preah Vihear, Battambang Province, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh

    Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia and once known as the Khmer Empire, is a...  more

    More Cambodia 

    #7 of 11 The Best Southeast Asian Countries to Visit#4 of 9 9 Places Where It's Not Considered Weird To Be A Cannibal

  • Denmark6

    Denmark

    Copenhagen

    LanguageDanish Language

    CurrencyDanish krone

    Area43094.0

    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Hereditary monarchy, Monarchy, Federacy, Unitary state

    AnthemThere is a Lovely Country

    DivisionsSouth Jutland County, Copenhagen County, Capital Region of Denmark, West Zealand County, Frederiksberg

    Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic...  more

    More Denmark 

    The Best Soccer Players from Denmark#10 of 40 Countries With The Most Women Parliamentarians

  • Holy Roman Empire7

    Holy Roman Empire

    Frankfurt, Regensburg

    LanguageWest Germanic languages, Latin Language, Slavic language, German Language, Italian Language

    Founded0800-12-25

    GovernmentElective monarchy

    The Holy Roman Empire was a multi-ethnic complex of territories in central Europe that...  more
  • Holy See8
    The Holy See is the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, the episcopal...  more
  • Japan9

    Japan

    Tokyo

    LanguageJapanese Language

    CurrencyJapanese yen

    Area377944.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemKimigayo

    DivisionsOkayama Prefecture, Shimane Prefecture, Hyōgo Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture

    Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of...  more

    More Japan 

    The Unbelievable Life Of Hiroo Onoda, The Man Who Fought WWII For 30 Extra Years#13 of 14 Train Tracks: Countries with the Most Rail Lines

  • Jordan10

    Jordan

    Amman

    LanguageArabic Language

    Founded1946-05-25

    CurrencyJordanian dinar

    Area92300.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemThe Royal Anthem of Jordan

    DivisionsMadaba Governorate, Mafraq Governorate, Karak Governorate, Aqaba Governorate, Irbid Governorate

    Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab kingdom in the Middle East, on...  more

    More Jordan 

    #28 of 50 Countries with the Highest Worker Remittances#52 of 103 The Best Countries to Move To

  • Kingdom of England11

    Kingdom of England

    Winchester, Westminster

    LanguageCornish Language, Welsh Language, Norman language, Middle English, English Language

    Founded0927

    CurrencyUK £

    GovernmentMonarchy

    The Kingdom of England was a state on the island of Great Britain from the 10th century, when...  more
  • Kuwait12

    Kuwait

    Kuwait City

    LanguageArabic Language

    Founded1961-06-19

    CurrencyKuwaiti dinar

    Area17820.0

    GovernmentHereditary monarchy, Unitary state, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemNational Anthem of Kuwait

    DivisionsAl Asimah Governorate, Al Wafrah, Al Jahra Governorate, Al Ahmadi Governorate

    Kuwait, officially the State of Kuwait, is an Arab country in Western Asia. Situated in the...  more

    More Kuwait 

    #56 of 63 Countries with the Most Mobile Phone Subscribers#46 of 57 The Best Asian Countries to Visit

  • Liechtenstein13

    LanguageGerman Language

    Founded1806

    CurrencySwiss franc

    Area160.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemOben am jungen Rhein

    DivisionsPlanken, Triesenberg, Triesen, Mauren, Eschen

    Liechtenstein, officially the Principality of Liechtenstein, is a doubly landlocked...  more

    More Liechtenstein 

    #206 of 209 World Population List#2 of 9 Historical Rulers With The Smallest Kingdoms

  • Luxembourg14

    Luxembourg

    Luxembourg

    LanguageLuxembourgish language, French Language, German Language

    Founded1815-06-09

    CurrencyEuro

    Area2586.0

    GovernmentMonarchy, Grand duchy, Democracy, Unitary state, Parliamentary system

    AnthemOns Heemecht

    DivisionsLuxembourg District, Diekirch District, Grevenmacher District

    Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in Western...  more

    More Luxembourg 

    #24 of 36 36 Countries with Universal Healthcare#14 of 25 The Countries with the Best Quality of Life

  • Macedonia15

    LanguageKoine Greek, Ancient Macedonian language, Attic Greek

    CurrencyGreek drachma

    GovernmentMonarchy

    Macedonia or Macedon was an ancient kingdom on the northern periphery of Classical Greece and...  more
  • Malaysia16

    Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur

    LanguageMalaysian language

    Founded1957-08-31

    CurrencyMalaysian ringgit

    Area329847.0

    GovernmentDemocracy, Elective monarchy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemNegaraku

    DivisionsPending, Kedah, Selangor, Sabah, Johor

    Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Southeast Asia. It consists of...  more

    More Malaysia 

    #18 of 20 Countries with the Most Endangered Fish#7 of 17 Wedding Dresses from Around the World

  • Monaco17
    Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state and microstate,...  more
  • Morocco18

    Morocco

    Rabat

    LanguageArabic Language, Berber languages

    Founded1956-03-02

    CurrencyMoroccan dirham

    Area446550.0

    GovernmentMonarchy, Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemCherifian Anthem

    DivisionsTangier-Tetouan, Chefchaouen, Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate, Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer, Oriental

    Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is a country in the Maghreb region of North...  more

    More Morocco 

    #47 of 50 Countries that Pay the most Royalties & Licensing Fees#70 of 97 The Best Honeymoon Destinations

  • Netherlands19

    Netherlands

    Amsterdam

    LanguageDutch Language

    Founded1648

    CurrencyEuro

    Area41526.0

    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Hereditary monarchy, Monarchy, Federacy, Unitary state

    AnthemWilhelmus, Wien Neêrlands Bloed

    DivisionsGroningen, Roosendaal, The Hague, Amsterdam, Edam-Volendam

    The Netherlands is the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a...  more

    More Netherlands 

    The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked#17 of 48 Highest Beer Consumption Per Capita

  • Norway20

    Norway

    Oslo

    LanguageNynorsk, Bokmål, Norwegian Language

    Founded0872

    CurrencyNorwegian krone

    Area385199.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemJa, vi elsker dette landet

    DivisionsSør-Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Vest-Agder, Østfold, Hedmark

    Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory...  more

    More Norway 

    #26 of 88 Countries with the Highest Monetary Reserves#30 of 70 The Coolest-Looking National Flags in the World

  • Oman21

    Oman

    Muscat

    LanguageArabic Language

    Founded1651

    CurrencyOmani rial

    Area312460.0

    GovernmentIslamic state, Absolute monarchy, Unitary state

    AnthemNashid as-Salaam as-Sultani

    DivisionsAl Buraimi Governorate, Musandam Governorate, Ad Dakhiliyah Governorate, Muscat, Ad Dhahirah North Governorate

    Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country in the southeastern coast of the...  more

    More Oman 

    #17 of 101 Highest CO2 Emission by Country#154 of 234 The Best Countries to Travel To

  • Ottoman Empire22

    Ottoman Empire

    Söğüt, Bursa

    LanguageOttoman Turkish language

    Founded1299-07-27

    CurrencyOttoman lira, Akçe, Kuruş, Para, Sultani

    Area5200000.0

    GovernmentAbsolute monarchy, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemImperial anthems of the Ottoman Empire

    The Ottoman Empire, also historically referred to as the Turkish Empire or Turkey, was a Sunni...  more
  • Qatar23

    Qatar

    Doha

    LanguageArabic Language

    Founded1971-09-03

    CurrencyQatari riyal

    Area11571.0

    GovernmentEmirate, Monarchy, Absolute monarchy

    AnthemAs Salam al Amiri

    DivisionsAl Wakrah, Madinat ash Shamal, Umm Salal, Al-Jamiliyah, Doha

    Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a sovereign Arab country located in Southwest Asia,...  more

    More Qatar 

    #10 of 57 What Countries are Burning the most Fossil Fuels?#34 of 45 The Best Countries to Start a Business

  • Samoa24

    Samoa

    Apia

    LanguageEnglish Language, Samoan Language

    Founded1962-01-01

    CurrencySamoan tālā

    Area2944.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemThe Banner of Freedom

    Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa, is an...  more
  • Spain25

    Spain

    Madrid

    LanguageSpanish Language

    CurrencyEuro

    Area505992.0

    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemMarcha Real

    DivisionsProvince of Zamora, Province of Segovia, Province of Soria, La Rioja, Province of Valladolid

    Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula...  more

    More Spain 

    The Best Soccer Players from Spain#20 of 171 Countries with Best Sanitation Facilities