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What countries have a king or queen?

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May 26, 2015 2:27PM

Monarchies around the world

Africa

Lesotho - King Letsie III

Morocco - King Mohammed VI

Swaziland - King Mswati III

Asia

Bhutan - King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck

Brunei - Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiiah

Cambodia - King Norodom Sihamoni

Japan - Emperor Akihito

Malaysia - Tuanku Abdul Halim

Thailand - King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Europe

Andorra - Princes Nicolas Sarkozy and Joan Enric Vives Sicilia

Belgium - King Albert II

Denmark - Queen Margarethe II

Liechtenstein - Prince Hans Adam II

Luxembourg - Grand Duke Henri

Monaco - Prince Albert II

Netherlands - King Willem-Alexander

Norway - King Harald V

Spain - King Juan Carlos I

Sweden - King Carl Gustaf XVI

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Queen Elizabeth II

Middle East

Bahrain - King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa

Jordan - King Abdullah II

Kuwait - Emir Sabah Al-Ahmed Al Jaber Al-Sabah

Oman - Sultan Oabus ibn Sa'id

Qatar - Emir Sheik Hamad ibn Khalifa al-Thani

Saudi Arabia - King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

United Arab Emirates - Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Other

Tonga - King George Tupou V.

That's 31 unless I've mis-counted.

Countries with Constitutional Monarchies with Ceremonial Monarchs

  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Grenada
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Lesotho
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Solomon Islands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Tuvalu
  • United Kingdom
Countries with Constitutional Monarchies with Active Monarchs

(The prime minister is the nation's active executive but the monarch still has considerable political powers that can be used at their own discretion.)

  • Bahrain
  • Bhutan
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Tonga
  • United Arab Emirates
Countries with Absolute Monarchies
  • Brunei
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Swaziland

Currently, 44 Sovereign nations in the world have monarchs acting as heads of state, 16 of which are Commonwealth realms that recognize Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state. All European monarchies are constitutional ones, with the exception of the Vatican City. Countries include England, Cambodia, Japan, Jordan and Malaysia.