Theocracy Countries 2019

A theocracy is a type of government where one or more priests rule in the name of a deity. A god or a god is recognized as the supreme ruler, and the laws of the area are based on religious law.

Throughout history, there have been many nations and regions with a theocratic government. Ancient Egypt, for example, was a theocracy, and the pharaoh was the offspring of the sungod. In Japan, the emperor was the offspring of the sungoddess. Tibet, Israel, and China were all once theocracies.

Today, there aren’t many theocracies in the world, but there are a few nations that have this type of government. These nations are:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1Iran82,913,9061,648,195 km²636,203 mi²1.11%1.36%AsiaSouthern Asia
2Sudan42,813,2381,886,068 km²728,022 mi²1.27%2.42%AfricaNorthern Africa
3Afghanistan38,041,754652,230 km²251,761 mi²0.44%2.34%AsiaSouthern Asia
4Saudi Arabia34,268,5282,149,690 km²829,780 mi²1.45%1.68%AsiaWestern Asia
5Yemen29,161,922527,968 km²203,796 mi²0.36%2.33%AsiaWestern Asia
6Mauritania4,525,6961,030,700 km²397,850 mi²0.69%2.78%AfricaWestern Africa
7Vatican City7990.44 km² mi²< 0.1%-0.25%EuropeSouthern Europe