Oligarchy Countries 2019

An oligarchy is a type of government where control is given to a small group of people. There are a number of distinguishing factors among the people in this group, including their wealth, political, religious, or military ties, or nobility. In most cases, families are the rulers in oligarchies, and this power is passed down from generation to generation.

Oligarchies have gained a reputation for being tyrannical and oppressive. However, many governments around the world use some form of oligarchy, such as appointing representatives to determine national policy. Only when there is a limitation in the separation of powers and when the rule of law is violated does an oligarchy become tyrannical.

One of the most well-known examples of an oligarchy in history is the Soviet Union. Today, this form of government is still practiced in some nations, including:

Flag Name Population 2019 Area Growth Rate
China1,433,783,6869,706,961 km²0.43%
Russia145,872,25617,098,242 km²0.09%
Turkey83,429,615783,562 km²1.32%
Iran82,913,9061,648,195 km²1.36%
South Africa58,558,2701,221,037 km²1.33%
Saudi Arabia34,268,5282,149,690 km²1.68%
Venezuela28,515,829916,445 km²-1.29%
North Korea25,666,161120,538 km²0.46%