As of 2014, countries with a sovereign monarchy are the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Brunei, Bahrain, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Saudi Arabia, Monaco, Oman, Qatar, Bhutan, Swaziland, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Vatican City. Most of the monarchies are hereditary, which means they are passed down from one family member to another, usually father to son.Continue Reading
The United Kingdom and 15 Commonwealth countries are headed by Queen Elizabeth II. These Commonwealth countries once were part of the vast empire that Britain ruled in the 19th and 20th centuries. Elizabeth is queen because her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne and was succeeded by his brother, King George VI, Elizabeth's father. She succeeded him because she had no brothers. When Elizabeth dies, tradition dictates that she will be succeeded by her son Charles, who will be succeeded by his son William, who will be succeeded by his son George.
Other monarchies are both elective and hereditary, as is the case of the United Arab Emirates, Cambodia, Kuwait, Lesotho and Swaziland. Other monarchs are installed ex-officio by an administrative body. This is the case with Vatican City and Andorra.Learn more about Monarchies
The British Empire held Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Western Samoa, India, Burma, Papa New Guinea, Malaya, Sarawak, Brunei, Oman, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Northern and Southern Rhodesia, Tanganyika, Zanzibar, Mauritius, the Maldives, South Africa, Swaziland, Nigeria, Gold Coast, and Sierra Leone, among other countries during its reign. It has also held a portion of the present day United States and China.Full Answer >
The names of some nondemocratic countries include the People's Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba, Kuwait, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Monaco, Jordan and Uzbekistan. Governments include republics, constitutional monarchies, absolute monarchies, theocracies and single-party movements.Full Answer >
As of June 2015, citizens of any country must have a visa to visit Saudi Arabia, with the exception of nationals of Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Travelers from the countries exempted must have a passport from that country. Valid visas in passports that have expired are allowed as long as the person is also carrying a passport that has been current for at least 6 months.Full Answer >
The Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC, now known as the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Despite their geographic locations, Iraq and Yemen are not part of the GCC.Full Answer >