10 countries where monarchy still exists

There are still many countries in the world that have monarchical system of governance. ObserveNow brings to you a list of  10 countries where monarchy still exists (without political powers) and their current economic status under these rulers.

1. Bahamas

Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II

Type of Monarchy: Constitutional

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned since the country became independent on 10 July 1973.

The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973. The Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas with an economy based on tourism and finance. Bahamas is the richest country in the West Indies and the third wealthiest country in the Americas. Queen Elizabeth II is the reigning constitutional monarch over 16 commonwealth realms: in addition to the U.K., the other 15 independent countries include Bahamas as well.

2.   Cambodia

Monarch: King Norodom Sihamoni

Type of Monarchy: Constitutional

Norodom Sihamoni has been king of the country since 2004.

Cambodia, a Southeast Asian nation, is a developing country, despite recent economic growth. Although Cambodia is undergoing significant urbanization, most of its citizens continue to live in rural areas and experience poverty.

3.  Luxembourg

Monarch: Grand Duke Henri

Type of Monarchy: Constitutional

Grand Duke Henri has reigned since October 2000.

Luxembourg is a landlocked country in Western Europe. Luxembourg is the second richest country in the world with an average GDP per capita of $79,593,91. The high figure is partly due to the large number of people working in the nation.

4.  Morocco

Monarch: King Muhammad VI

Type of Monarchy: Constitutional

King Mohammed VI of Morocco ascended to the throne in 1999.

Morocco is a North African country. It has been ranked among the world’s poorest countries in Global Finance Magazine’s index of the World’s Richest Countries. It ranks fourth in the Arab world’s poorest country during the 2009-2013 period.

5.  Norway

Monarch: King Harald V

Type of Monarchy: Constitutional

He ascended to the throne upon the death of his father King Olav V on 17 January 1991.

The World Bank and World Economic Forum say Norway is the wealthiest and most inclusive country in the world. The World Bank has declared Norway to be the richest country in the world in 2018.

6.  Netherlands

Monarch: King Willem-Alexander

Type of Monarchy: Constitutional

King Willem-Alexander is ruling since 2013.

The Netherlands is a country in northwestern Europe.

The Netherlands is one of the richest countries and one of the 20 largest economies in the world. As per International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the country has the eighteenth largest economy in the world.

7.  Oman

Monarch: Sultan Qaboos ibn Sa'id

Type of Monarchy: Absolute

Oman is ruled by Qaboos bin Said al since 1970.

Oman is an Arab country. Oman ranks 43rd in the world by nominal GDP per capita(17,128 US). It transformed itself from developing to a developed country.

8. Papua New Guinea

Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II

Type of Monarchy: Constitutional

The current monarch, since 16 September 1975 is Queen Elizabeth II.

Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. As per International Monetary Fund Papua New Guinea is classified as a developing economy. Strong growth in Papua New Guinea's mining and resource sector led to the country becoming the sixth-fastest-growing economy in the world in 2011.

9. Spain

Monarch: Felipe VI

Type of Monarchy: Parliamentary Constitutional

He ascended to the throne in 2014 following the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos.

Spain is a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula. Spain has the world's 10th highest quality of life. It is ranked 25th in the United Nations Human Development Index and 28th in GDP per capita by the World Bank, so it is classified as a high income economy and among the countries of very high human development. 

10.   Solomon Island

Monarch: Elizabeth II

Type of Monarchy: Constitutional

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned since 1978.  

The Solomon Islands is a nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific. Though it ranks as the second poorest nation in the Pacific, it is better than many other African countries. Queen Elizabeth II is the reigning constitutional monarch over 16 commonwealth realms: in addition to the U.K., the other 15 independent countries include Solomon Islands as well.

 

 

Commonwealth Realms:

The British royal family, perhaps the world’s most well-known royals, rules over more than the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II is the reigning constitutional monarch over 16 commonwealth realms: in addition to the U.K., the other 15 independent countries include Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952.


Author- Chitranshi Agarwal,21, Amity University Noida 

 

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