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 Area Population 2019 Growth Rate
China9,706,961 km²1,420,062,0220.35%
Russia17,098,242 km²143,895,551-0.05%
Turkey783,562 km²82,961,8051.28%
Iran1,648,195 km²82,820,7660.99%
South Africa1,221,037 km²58,065,0971.16%
Saudi Arabia2,149,690 km²34,140,6621.75%
Venezuela916,445 km²32,779,8681.23%
North Korea120,538 km²25,727,4080.46%