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Government > Legislative branch: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: This entry contains information on the structure (unicameral, bicameral, tricameral), formal name, number of seats, and term of office. Elections includes the nature of election process or accession to power, date of the last election, and date of the next election. Election results includes the percent of vote and/or number of seats held by each party in the last election..

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
AfghanistanAfghanistan the bicameral National Assembly consists of the Meshrano Jirga or House of Elders (102 seats, one-third of members elected from provincial councils for four-year terms, one-third elected from local district councils for three-year terms, and one-third nominated by the president for five-year terms) and the Wolesi Jirga or House of People (no more than 250 seats); members directly elected for five-year terms
AlbaniaAlbania unicameral Assembly or Kuvendi
AlgeriaAlgeria bicameral Parliament consists of the Council of the Nation (upper house; 144 seats; one-third of the members appointed by the president, two-thirds elected by indirect vote to serve six-year terms; the constitution requires half the Council to be renewed every three years) and the National People's Assembly (lower house; 389 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
American SamoaAmerican Samoa bicameral Fono or Legislative Assembly consists of the Senate
AndorraAndorra unicameral General Council of the Valleys or Consell General de las Valls
AngolaAngola unicameral National Assembly or Assembleia Nacional
AnguillaAnguilla unicameral House of Assembly
Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate
ArgentinaArgentina bicameral National Congress or Congreso Nacional consists of the Senate
ArmeniaArmenia unicameral National Assembly (Parliament) or Azgayin Zhoghov
ArubaAruba unicameral Legislature or Staten
AustraliaAustralia bicameral Federal Parliament consists of the Senate
AustriaAustria bicameral Federal Assembly or Bundesversammlung consists of Federal Council or Bundesrat
AzerbaijanAzerbaijan unicameral National Assembly or Milli Mejlis
BahrainBahrain bicameral legislature consists of the Consultative Council
BangladeshBangladesh unicameral National Parliament or Jatiya Sangsad; 300 seats (45 reserved for women) elected by popular vote from single territorial constituencies; members serve five-year terms
BarbadosBarbados bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate
BelarusBelarus bicameral National Assembly or Natsionalnoye Sobraniye consists of the Council of the Republic or Sovet Respubliki
BelgiumBelgium bicameral Parliament consists of a Senate or Senaat in Dutch, Senat in French
BelizeBelize bicameral National Assembly consists of the Senate
BeninBenin unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale
BermudaBermuda bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate
BhutanBhutan bicameral Parliament consists of the non-partisan National Council
BoliviaBolivia bicameral Plurinational Legislative Assembly or Asamblea Legislativa Plurinacional consists of Chamber of Senators or Camara de Senadores
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ bicameral Parliamentary Assembly or Skupstina consists of the House of Peoples or Dom Naroda (15 seats, 5 Bosniak, 5 Croat, 5 Serb; members elected by the Bosniak/Croat Federation's House of Peoples and the Republika Srpska's National Assembly to serve four-year terms); and the state-level House of Representatives or Predstavnicki Dom (42 seats, 28 seats allocated for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and 14 seats for the Republika Srpska; members elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve four-year terms); note - Bosnia's election law specifies four-year terms for the state and first-order administrative division entity legislatures
BotswanaBotswana bicameral Parliament consists of the House of Chiefs (a largely advisory 15-member body with 8 ex-officio members consisting of the chiefs of the principal tribes, and 7 non-permanent members serving 5-year terms, consisting of 4 elected subchiefs and 3 members selected by the other 12 members) and the National Assembly
BrazilBrazil bicameral National Congress or Congresso Nacional consists of the Federal Senate or Senado Federal (81 seats; 3 members from each state and federal district elected according to the principle of majority to serve eight-year terms; one-third and two-thirds elected every four years, alternately) and the Chamber of Deputies or Camara dos Deputados (513 seats; members are elected by proportional representation to serve four-year terms)
British Virgin IslandsBrit. Virgin Isl. unicameral House of Assembly
BruneiBrunei Legislative Council met on 25 September 2004 for first time in 20 years with 21 members appointed by the Sultan; passed constitutional amendments calling for a 45-seat council with 15 elected members; Sultan dissolved council on 1 September 2005 and appointed a new council with 29 members as of 2 September 2005; council met in March 2006 and in March 2007
BulgariaBulgaria unicameral National Assembly or Narodno Sabranie
Burkina FasoBurkina Faso unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale
BurmaBurma consists of the House of Nationalities [Amyotha Hluttaw]
BurundiBurundi bicameral Parliament or Parlement, consists of a Senate
CambodiaCambodia consists of the Senate
CameroonCameroon unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (180 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms); note - the president can either lengthen or shorten the term of the legislature
CanadaCanada bicameral Parliament or Parlement consists of the Senate or Senat
Cape VerdeCape Verde unicameral National Assembly or Assembleia Nacional
Cayman IslandsCayman Islands unicameral Legislative Assembly
Central African RepublicCentral Africa unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale
ChadChad unicameral National Assembly (155 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms); note - the 1996 constitution called for a Senate that has never been formed
ChileChile bicameral National Congress or Congreso Nacional consists of the Senate or Senado
ChinaChina unicameral National People's Congress or Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui
Christmas IslandXmas Island unicameral Christmas Island Shire Council
Cocos (Keeling) IslandsCocos Islands unicameral Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council
ColombiaColombia bicameral Congress or Congreso consists of the Senate or Senado
ComorosComoros unicameral Assembly of the Union (33 seats; 15 deputies are selected by the individual islands' local assemblies and 18 by universal suffrage to serve for five years);
Congo, Republic of theCongo, Republic of the bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate
Cook IslandsCook Islands bicameral Parliament consists of a House of Ariki, or upper house, made up of traditional leaders and a Legislative Assembly, or lower house,
Costa RicaCosta Rica unicameral Legislative Assembly or Asamblea Legislativa
Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale
CroatiaCroatia unicameral Assembly or Sabor
CubaCuba unicameral National Assembly of People's Power or Asemblea Nacional del Poder Popular (number of seats in the National Assembly is based on population; 614 seats; members elected directly from slates approved by special candidacy commissions to serve five-year terms)
CyprusCyprus unicameral - area under government control: House of Representatives or Vouli Antiprosopon (80 seats, 56 assigned to the Greek Cypriots, 24 to Turkish Cypriots; note - only those assigned to Greek Cypriots are filled; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms); area administered by Turkish Cypriots: Assembly of the Republic or Cumhuriyet Meclisi (50 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
Czech RepublicCzech Republic bicameral Parliament or Parlament consists of the Senate or Senat
Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. bicameral legislature consists of a Senate
DenmarkDenmark unicameral People's Assembly or Folketing
DjiboutiDjibouti unicameral Chamber of Deputies or Chambre des Deputes (65 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms); note - constitutional amendments in 2010 provided for the establishment of a senate
DominicaDominica unicameral House of Assembly
Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. bicameral National Congress or Congreso Nacional consists of the Senate or Senado
East TimorEast Timor unicameral National Parliament (number of seats can vary from 52 to 65; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
EcuadorEcuador unicameral National Assembly or Asamblea Nacional
EgyptEgypt bicameral system consists of the Advisory Council or Majlis al-Shura (Shura Council) that traditionally functions mostly in a consultative role
El SalvadorEl Salvador unicameral Legislative Assembly or Asamblea Legislativa
Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea unicameral House of People's Representatives or Camara de Representantes del Pueblo
EritreaEritrea unicameral National Assembly
EstoniaEstonia unicameral Parliament or Riigikogu
EthiopiaEthiopia bicameral Parliament consists of the House of Federation (or upper chamber responsible for interpreting the constitution and federal-regional issues)
European UnionEuropean Union two legislative bodies consisting of the Council of the European Union (27 member-state ministers having 345 votes; the number of votes is roughly proportional to member-states' population) and the European Parliament (736 seats; seats allocated among member states in proportion to population; members elected by direct universal suffrage for a five-year term); note - the Council is the main decision-making body of the EU, although the Commission proposes most EU legislative acts
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)Falklands unicameral Legislative Assembly (10 seats; 2 members are ex officio and 8 are elected by popular vote; members to serve four-year terms); presided over by the governor
Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands unicameral Faroese Parliament or Logting
Federated States of MicronesiaMicronesia unicameral Congress
FijiFiji bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate
FinlandFinland unicameral Parliament or Eduskunta
FranceFrance bicameral Parliament or Parlement consists of the Senate or Senat
French GuianaFrench Guiana unicameral General Council or Conseil General (19 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms) and a unicameral Regional Council or Conseil Regional (31 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms)
French PolynesiaFr. Polynesia unicameral Territorial Assembly or Assemblee Territoriale
GabonGabon bicameral legislature consists of the Senate
GeorgiaGeorgia unicameral Parliament or Parlamenti (also known as Supreme Council or Umaghlesi Sabcho)
GermanyGermany bicameral legislature consists of the Federal Council or Bundesrat
GhanaGhana unicameral Parliament
GibraltarGibraltar unicameral Parliament (18 seats: 17 members elected by popular vote, 1 for the Speaker appointed by Parliament; to serve four-year terms)
GreeceGreece unicameral Parliament or Vouli ton Ellinon
GreenlandGreenland unicameral Parliament or Landsting
GrenadaGrenada bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate
GuadeloupeGuadeloupe unicameral General Council or Conseil General (42 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms) and the unicameral Regional Council or Conseil Regional (41 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms)
GuamGuam unicameral Legislature
GuatemalaGuatemala unicameral Congress of the Republic or Congreso de la Republica
GuernseyGuernsey unicameral States of Deliberation (45 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms); note - Alderney and Sark have parliaments
GuineaGuinea the legislature was dissolved by junta leader Moussa Dadis CAMARA in December 2008 and in February 2010, the Transition Government appointed a 155 member National Transition Council (CNT) that has since acted in the legislature's place
Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau unicameral National People's Assembly or Assembleia Nacional Popular
GuyanaGuyana unicameral National Assembly
HaitiHaiti bicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale consists of the Senate (30 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms; one-third elected every two years) and the Chamber of Deputies (99 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms); note - in reestablishing the Senate in 2006, the candidate in each department receiving the most votes in the last election serves six years, the candidate with the second most votes serves four years, and the candidate with the third most votes serves two years
Holy See (Vatican City)Vatican City unicameral Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State
HondurasHonduras unicameral National Congress or Congreso Nacional
Hong KongHong Kong unicameral Legislative Council or LegCo
HungaryHungary unicameral National Assembly or Orszaggyules
IcelandIceland unicameral Parliament or Althing
IndiaIndia bicameral Parliament or Sansad consists of the Council of States or Rajya Sabha (a body consisting of not more than 250 members up to 12 of whom are appointed by the president, the remainder are chosen by the elected members of the state and territorial assemblies; members serve six-year terms) and the People's Assembly or Lok Sabha
IndonesiaIndonesia People's Consultative Assembly (Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat or MPR) is the upper house; it consists of members of the DPR and DPD and has role in inaugurating and impeaching the president and in amending the constitution but does not formulate national policy; House of Representatives or Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR)
IranIran unicameral Islamic Consultative Assembly or Majles-e-Shura-ye-Eslami or Majles
IraqIraq unicameral Council of Representatives (325 seats consisting of 317 members elected by an optional open-list, proportional representation system and 8 seats reserved for minorities; members serve four-year terms); note - Iraq's Constitution calls for the establishment of an upper house, the Federation Council
IrelandIreland bicameral Parliament or Oireachtas consists of the Senate or Seanad Eireann
IsraelIsrael unicameral Knesset
ItalyItaly bicameral Parliament or Parlamento consists of the Senate or Senato della Repubblica (315 seats; members elected by proportional vote with the winning coalition in each region receiving 55% of seats from that region; members to serve five-year terms; and up to 5 senators for life appointed by the president of the Republic) and the Chamber of Deputies or Camera dei Deputati (630 seats; members elected by popular vote with the winning national coalition receiving 54% of chamber seats; members to serve five-year terms); note - it has not been clarified if each president has the power to designate up to five senators or if five is the number of senators for life who might sit in the Senate
JamaicaJamaica bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (a 21-member body appointed by the governor general on the recommendations of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition; ruling party is allocated 13 seats, and the opposition is allocated 8 seats) and the House of Representatives
JapanJapan bicameral Diet or Kokkai consists of the House of Councillors or Sangi-in (242 seats - members elected for fixed six-year terms; half reelected every three years; 146 members in multi-seat constituencies and 96 by proportional representation) and the House of Representatives or Shugi-in (480 seats - members elected for maximum four-year terms; 300 in single-seat constituencies; 180 members by proportional representation in 11 regional blocs); the prime minister has the right to dissolve the House of Representatives at any time with the concurrence of the cabinet
JerseyJersey unicameral Assembly of the States of Jersey
JordanJordan bicameral National Assembly or Majlis al-'Umma consists of the Senate, also called the House of Notables or Majlis al-Ayan (60 seats; members appointed by the monarch to serve four-year terms) and the Chamber of Deputies, also called the House of Representatives or Majlis al-Nuwaab (120 seats; members elected using a single, non-transferable vote system in multi-member districts to serve four-year terms); note - the new electoral law enacted in May 2010 allocated an additional 10 seats (6 seats added to the number reserved for women, bringing the total to 12; 2 additional seats for Amman; and 1 seat each for the cities of Zarqa and Irbid; unchanged are 9 seats reserved for Christian candidates, 9 for Bedouin candidates, and 3 for Jordanians of Chechen or Circassian descent
KazakhstanKazakhstan bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate
KenyaKenya unicameral National Assembly or Bunge usually referred to as Parliament
KiribatiKiribati unicameral House of Parliament or Maneaba Ni Maungatabu
KuwaitKuwait unicameral National Assembly or Majlis al-Umma
KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan unicameral Supreme Council or Jogorku Kengesh
LaosLaos unicameral National Assembly
LatviaLatvia unicameral Parliament or Saeima
LebanonLebanon unicameral National Assembly or Majlis al-Nuwab (Arabic) or Assemblee Nationale (French)
LesothoLesotho bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate
LiberiaLiberia bicameral National Assembly consists of the Senate (30 seats; note - number of seats changed in 11 October 2005 elections; members elected by popular vote to serve nine-year terms) and the House of Representatives (64 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms)
LibyaLibya unicameral General People's Congress
LiechtensteinLiechtenstein unicameral Parliament or Landtag
LithuaniaLithuania unicameral Parliament or Seimas
LuxembourgLuxembourg unicameral Chamber of Deputies or Chambre des Deputes
MacauMacau unicameral Legislative Assembly
MadagascarMadagascar bicameral legislature consists of a National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (127 seats - reduced from 160 seats by an April 2007 national referendum; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) and a Senate or Senat (100 seats; two-thirds of the seats filled by regional assemblies; the remaining one-third of seats appointed by the president; to serve four-year terms)
MalawiMalawi unicameral National Assembly
MalaysiaMalaysia bicameral Parliament or Parlimen consists of Senate or Dewan Negara
MaldivesMaldives unicameral People's Council or People's Majlis (77 seats; members elected by direct vote to serve five-year terms); note - the Majlis in February 2009 passed legislation that increased the number of seats to 77 from 50
MaliMali unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale
MaltaMalta unicameral House of Representatives (normally 65 seats; members are elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve five-year terms; note - the Parliament elected in 2008 is composed of 69 seats; when the political party winning the plurality of votes does not win a majority of seats, the constitution provides that a sufficient number of seats will be added to Parliament to ensure that the party that won the elections has a majority in Parliament)
Marshall IslandsMarshall Isl. unicameral legislature or Nitijela
MartiniqueMartinique unicameral General Council or Conseil General (45 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms) and a unicameral Regional Council or Conseil Regional (41 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms)
MauritaniaMauritania bicameral legislature consists of the Senate or Majlis al-Shuyukh
MauritiusMauritius unicameral National Assembly
MayotteMayotte unicameral General Council or Conseil General
MexicoMexico bicameral National Congress or Congreso de la Union consists of the Senate or Camara de Senadores
MoldovaMoldova unicameral Parliament or Parlamentul
MonacoMonaco unicameral National Council or Conseil National
MongoliaMongolia unicameral State Great Hural 76 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms
MontserratMontserrat unicameral Legislative Council
MoroccoMorocco bicameral Parliament consists of the Chamber of Counselors (or upper house)
MozambiqueMozambique unicameral Assembly of the Republic or Assembleia da Republica
NamibiaNamibia bicameral legislature consists of the National Council, primarily an advisory body
NauruNauru unicameral parliament
NepalNepal unicameral Constituent Assembly
NetherlandsNetherlands bicameral States General or Staten Generaal consists of the First Chamber or Eerste Kamer
Netherlands AntillesN. Antilles unicameral States or Staten (22 seats, Curacao 14, Bonaire 3, St. Maarten 3, St. Eustatius 1, Saba 1; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
New CaledoniaNew Caledonia unicameral Territorial Congress or Congres du territoire (54 seats; members belong to the three Provincial Assemblies or Assemblees Provinciales elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
New ZealandNew Zealand unicameral House of Representatives - commonly called Parliament (usually 120 seats; 70 members elected by popular vote in single-member constituencies including 7 Maori constituencies, 50 proportional seats chosen from party lists; serve three-year terms)
NicaraguaNicaragua unicameral National Assembly or Asamblea Nacional
NigerNiger unicameral National Assembly
NigeriaNigeria bicameral National Assembly consists of the Senate
NiueNiue unicameral Legislative Assembly
Norfolk IslandNorfolk Island unicameral Legislative Assembly
North KoreaNorth Korea unicameral Supreme People's Assembly or Ch'oego Inmin Hoeui
Northern Mariana IslandsN. Mariana bicameral legislature consists of the Senate
NorwayNorway modified unicameral Parliament or Storting
OmanOman bicameral Majlis Oman consists of Majlis al-Dawla or upper chamber
PakistanPakistan bicameral parliament or Majlis-e-Shoora consists of the Senate
PalauPalau bicameral National Congress or Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) consists of the Senate
PanamaPanama unicameral National Assembly or Asamblea Nacional
Papua New GuineaPapua NG unicameral National Parliament (109 seats, 89 filled from open electorates and 20 from provinces and national capital district; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms); constitution allows up to 126 seats
ParaguayParaguay bicameral National Congress or Congreso Nacional consists of the Chamber of Senators or Camara de Senadores
PeruPeru unicameral Congress of the Republic of Peru or Congreso de la Republica del Peru
PhilippinesPhilippines bicameral Congress or Kongreso consists of the Senate or Senado (24 seats - one-half elected every three years; members elected at large by popular vote to serve six-year terms) and the House of Representatives or Kapulungan Ng Nga Kinatawan; the House has 287 seats including 230 members in one tier representing districts and 57 sectoral party-list members in a second tier representing special minorities elected on the basis of one seat for every 2% of the total vote but with each party limited to three seats; a party represented in one tier may not hold seats in the other tier; all House members are elected by popular vote to serve three-year terms
Pitcairn IslandsPitcarn unicameral Island Council
PolandPoland bicameral legislature consists of an upper house, the Senate or Senat (100 seats; members elected by a majority vote on a provincial basis to serve four-year terms), and a lower house, the Sejm (460 seats; members elected under a complex system of proportional representation to serve four-year terms); the designation of National Assembly or Zgromadzenie Narodowe is only used on those rare occasions when the two houses meet jointly
PortugalPortugal unicameral Assembly of the Republic or Assembleia da Republica
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico bicameral Legislative Assembly consists of the Senate (at least 27 seats; members directly elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) and the House of Representatives
QatarQatar unicameral Advisory Council or Majlis al-Shura
ReunionReunion unicameral General Council (49 seats; members are elected by direct, popular vote to serve six-year terms) and a unicameral Regional Council (45 seats; members are elected by direct, popular vote to serve six-year terms)
RomaniaRomania bicameral Parliament or Parlament consists of the Senate or Senat
RussiaRussia bicameral Federal Assembly or Federalnoye Sobraniye consists of an upper house, the Federation Council or Sovet Federatsii (168 seats; as of July 2000, members appointed by the top executive and legislative officials in each of the 84 federal administrative units - oblasts, krays, republics, autonomous okrugs and oblasts, and the federal cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg; to serve four-year terms) and a lower house, the State Duma or Gosudarstvennaya Duma (450 seats; as of 2007, all members elected by proportional representation from party lists winning at least 7% of the vote; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
RwandaRwanda bicameral Parliament consists of Senate
Saint BarthelemySt Barthelemy unicameral Territorial Council
Saint HelenaSaint Helena unicameral Legislative Council (16 seats, including the speaker, three ex officio and 12 elected members; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ unicameral National Assembly
Saint LuciaSaint Lucia bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate
Saint MartinSaint Martin unicameral Territorial Council
Saint Pierre and MiquelonSt Pierre+ unicameral Territorial Council or Conseil Territorial
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ unicameral House of Assembly
SamoaSamoa unicameral Legislative Assembly or Fono
San MarinoSan Marino unicameral Grand and General Council or Consiglio Grande e Generale
Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ unicameral National Assembly or Assembleia Nacional
Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia Consultative Council or Majlis al-Shura (150 members and a chairman appointed by the monarch to serve four-year terms); note - though the Council of Ministers announced in October 2003 its intent to introduce elections for a third of the Majlis al-Shura incrementally over a period of four to five years, to date no such elections have been held or announced
SenegalSenegal bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate, reinstituted in 2007,
Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ unicameral National Assembly
SeychellesSeychelles unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale
Sierra LeoneSierra Leone unicameral Parliament
SingaporeSingapore unicameral Parliament (84 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms); note - in addition, there are up to 9 nominated members; up to three losing opposition candidates who came closest to winning seats may be appointed as "nonconstituency" members
SlovakiaSlovakia unicameral National Council of the Slovak Republic or Narodna Rada Slovenskej Republiky
SloveniaSlovenia bicameral Parliament consists of a National Council or Drzavni Svet
Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands unicameral National Parliament
SomaliaSomalia unicameral National Assembly
South AfricaSouth Africa bicameral Parliament consisting of the National Council of Provinces
South KoreaSouth Korea unicameral National Assembly or Kukhoe
SpainSpain bicameral; General Courts or National Assembly or Las Cortes Generales consists of the Senate or Senado (264 seats as of 2008; 208 members directly elected by popular vote and the other 56 - as of 2008 - appointed by the regional legislatures; to serve four-year terms) and the Congress of Deputies or Congreso de los Diputados (350 seats; each of the 50 electoral provinces fills a minimum of two seats and the North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla fill one seat each with members serving a four-year term; the other 248 members are determined by proportional representation based on popular vote on block lists who serve four-year terms)
Sri LankaSri Lanka unicameral Parliament
SudanSudan bicameral National Legislature consists of a Council of States
SurinameSuriname unicameral National Assembly or Nationale Assemblee
SwazilandSwaziland bicameral Parliament or Libandla consists of the Senate
SwedenSweden unicameral Parliament or Riksdag
SwitzerlandSwitzerland bicameral Federal Assembly or Bundesversammlung (in German), Assemblee Federale (in French), Assemblea Federale (in Italian) consists of the Council of States or Standerat (in German), Conseil des Etats (in French), Consiglio degli Stati (in Italian) (46 seats; membership consists of 2 representatives from each canton and 1 from each half canton; to serve four-year terms) and the National Council or Nationalrat (in German), Conseil National (in French), Consiglio Nazionale (in Italian) (200 seats; members are elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve four-year terms)
SyriaSyria unicameral People's Council or Majlis al-Shaab
TaiwanTaiwan unicameral Legislative Yuan (113 seats - 73 district members elected by popular vote, 34 at-large members elected on basis of proportion of islandwide votes received by participating political parties, 6 elected by popular vote among aboriginal populations; members to serve four-year terms); parties must receive 5% of vote to qualify for at-large seats
TajikistanTajikistan bicameral Supreme Assembly or Majlisi Oli consists of the National Assembly (upper chamber) or Majlisi Milli
TanzaniaTanzania unicameral National Assembly or Bunge
ThailandThailand bicameral National Assembly or Rathasapha consisted of the Senate or Wuthisapha
The BahamasThe Bahamas bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (16 seats; members appointed by the governor general upon the advice of the prime minister and the opposition leader to serve five-year terms) and the House of Assembly (41 seats; members elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms); the government may dissolve the Parliament and call elections at any time
The GambiaThe Gambia unicameral National Assembly
TogoTogo unicameral National Assembly
TokelauTokelau unicameral General Fono (20 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve three-year terms based upon proportional representation from the three islands; Atafu has 7 seats, Fakaofo has 7 seats, Nukunonu has 6 seats); note - the Tokelau Amendment Act of 1996 confers limited legislative power to the General Fono
TongaTonga unicameral Legislative Assembly or Fale Alea
Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate
TunisiaTunisia bicameral system consists of the Chamber of Advisors
TurkeyTurkey unicameral Grand National Assembly of Turkey or Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi
TurkmenistanTurkmenistan unicameral parliament known as the National Assembly (Mejlis)
Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks+ under provisions of the Order in Council, the unicameral House of Assembly is dissolved and all seats vacated for a period of up to two years; in the interim, a Consultative Forum, appointed by the governor, will be established
TuvaluTuvalu unicameral Parliament or Fale I Fono, also called House of Assembly
UgandaUganda unicameral National Assembly
UkraineUkraine unicameral Supreme Council or Verkhovna Rada
United Arab EmiratesUAE unicameral Federal National Council (FNC) or Majlis al-Ittihad al-Watani
United KingdomUnited Kingdom bicameral Parliament consists of House of Lords
United StatesUnited States bicameral Congress consists of the Senate
UruguayUruguay bicameral General Assembly or Asamblea General consists of Chamber of Senators or Camara de Senadores
UzbekistanUzbekistan bicameral Supreme Assembly or Oliy Majlis consists of an upper house or Senate
VanuatuVanuatu unicameral Parliament
VenezuelaVenezuela unicameral National Assembly or Asamblea Nacional
VietnamVietnam unicameral National Assembly or Quoc Hoi
Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands unicameral Senate
Wallis and FutunaWallis+ unicameral Territorial Assembly or Assemblee Territoriale
YemenYemen bicameral legislature consisting of a Shura Council
ZambiaZambia unicameral National Assembly
ZimbabweZimbabwe bicameral Parliament consists of a Senate

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"All countries compared for Government > Legislative branch", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Government/Legislative-branch

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TOP STATS: Transport prices > Gas/petrol > 1 litre, Real estate prices > Interest rate, Real estate prices > Apartment purchase price per sqm > Outside city centre and 50 more

Crime

No explanation needed for this section. Murders. Guns. Jails. Crimes. Judges. We have all of that and more out here. Actually we go deeper than your routine crime beat sections. How many adults were prosecuted? What percentage were convicted? How many were women? What is the death penalty rate in different countries? How safe do the citizens perceive they are? Do they trust the police? Will they report a crime? You'll find surprising answers here.

TOP STATS: Rapes, Murders > Per capita, Total crimes and 155 more

Disasters

The tsunami rocked the civilized world with its widespread devastation. Learn the details of the losses incurred by the countries affected. How are the developed countries helping out? Who has pledged the most money? How do they compare? Check out...

TOP STATS: Tsunami > Death toll, Tsunami > Foreigners death toll, Tsunami > Funds pledged and 43 more

Economy

This category is all about money. GDP. Aid. Gross national income. Debt. Inflation. Trade balance. Foreign investment. Government spending. You get the idea.

TOP STATS: GDP per capita, GDP, Population below poverty line and 3530 more

Education

Any and every statistic which can be collected about schooling and the whole education sector can be found here. What is the duration of education in different countries? Is the percentage of enrollment different for sexes? How long do students spend learning their mother tongues? What is the mathematical aptitude of the average 8 year old? How many university degrees are awarded to females? What is the percentage of students who find school boring? We've tabulated them all for you.

TOP STATS: Literacy > Total population, Average IQ, Tertiary enrollment and 511 more

Energy

How does your country fare in Traditional Fuel Consumption? In Geothermal Energy Consumption? How many barrels of oil were imported into your country last year? Does your production of hydroelectricity match your consumption? Which countries in the world successfully produce nuclear energy for consumption? What is the average energy usage per person? All your questions regarding different forms of energy, their generation and consumption have been answered here.

TOP STATS: Oil > Consumption, Electricity > Consumption per capita, Oil > Production and 2359 more

Environment

How much area is declared as protected in the different countries of the world? How many endangered species of reptiles, mammals, birds etc are found in different countries? What are the national levels of pollution? Emissions? Nuclear waste generation? Salination of water resources and expenditure for waste treatment. International treaties, ratification and complaince. You'll find almost all statistics related to environmental pollution and conservational efforts here.

TOP STATS: Marine fish catch, Ecological footprint, CO2 Emissions and 249 more

Geography

All the stats pertaining to the physical features of the country in question can be found here. This implies that if you are looking for the co-ordinates or map references of countries, the land area, climate, boundaries, terrain, natural resources or coastlines, your search ends here.

TOP STATS: Natural resources, Area > Comparative, Area > Land and 79 more

Government

This category is all about the functioning of the government machinery. So, you'll find stats on the goverment administrative divisions, the executive, legistative and judiciary branches, constitution, parliamentary seats, secession attemps, suffrage, corruption - everything connected with our esteemed politicians.

TOP STATS: Legal system, Capital city > Geographic coordinates, Constitution and 323 more

Health

Statistics about the health of a country's citizens are present in this category. You can find stats related to birth weights, rates on smoking, HIV incidence, incidence of cancer, circulatory and other diseases, stats on infant and maternal mortality, life expectancy, suicide rates, teenage pergnancy and other health related topics. We also have some details on health expenditure and health care funding out here.

TOP STATS: Obesity, Abortions, Teenage pregnancy and 350 more

Industry

Lists all industry related stats like production of cars, buses trucks, LCVs, different industries like biotech firms and so on.

TOP STATS: Car > Production, Manufacturing output, Heavy truck > Production and 88 more

Labor

You can find detailed stats on the economic activity of the labor force broken over different age-groups and sexes. We also have stats on employment in different sectors, trade union memberships, the average work time, the average number of days the workers take off or even just don't show up! How many female decision makers does a country have? Doctors? What is the normal gender division of the housework? What are the unemployment details and benefits available? How long does an average person need to work to buy a loaf of bread? A car? A television set? Compare these values for different countries.

TOP STATS: Unemployment rate, Strikes, Agricultural workers > Male and 323 more

Language

What are the main languages spoken in the countries? How many English language speakers are there per country? How about French and Spanish? Check out the results here..

TOP STATS: Languages, Spanish speakers, French status and 13 more

Lifestyle

Here we rank countries based on amphetamine and cannabis use. But more interestingly, we go into their mindset. What do the citizens of different countries think of their armed forces? Will they report a crime? Do they trust their neighbours? What about their governments? Are they happy with life in general? How charitable are they? What is their political orientation? Are they proud of their countries? Will they fight for their countries? This is an utterly captivating category.

TOP STATS: Happiness net, Cannabis use, Happiness level > Very happy and 103 more

Media

Countries are ranked here depending on the penetration level of computers, phones, fax machines, radios, television sets, mobile phones etc. We also have other stats related to media like vastness of different networks, revenue and employment in different telecom sectors here.

TOP STATS: Personal computers > Per capita, Television viewing, Broadcast media and 319 more

Military

Want to know the size of the army in Iran? The number of tanks in Germany? Want to compare the weapon holdings in North and South Korea? Worried about the WMDs world over? Need to know the exact number of countries who have signed terrorism conventions? Or just curious about the coalition forces in the Gulf War? We've tried to collect all details available in the public domain for you here.

TOP STATS: WMD > Missile, Manpower fit for military service > Males age 16-49, Military expenditures and 175 more

People

Facts relating to the actual life of people are found here. So we have birth and death rates, marriage and divorce rates, single parents, one-person households and teenage pregnancies, size of households and elderly institutions, ethnicity and chinese population - just about every stat you always wanted to know! What is the average age of women when they first get married? How happy are they when compared to their mothers? What is the gender development index in different countries? What will the population be in 2020? Don't miss this category even if you didn't come searching for it specifically.

TOP STATS: Population, Ethnic groups, Divorce rate and 628 more

Religion

Where else could you find the number of Catholics, Catholic priests, Catholic parishes, Jehovahs Witnesses and the number of permanent deacons, and compare them all between major nations in a per-capita format? Check them all here.

TOP STATS: Religions, Islam > Percentage Muslim, Religions > All and 26 more

Sports

Who scored the maximum medals in the olympics? What about the summer and winter olympics? What are the latest FIFA rankings? Which country has the maximum number of Mt. Everest ascents? Get all the answers in this sports section.

TOP STATS: Chess > GrandMasters, FIFA World Ranking > Men, World Cup Totals > Wins and 508 more

Terrorism

This is a category which needs particular highlighting as the growing concern and need for awareness continues to press upon our front pages, in the minds of our leadership and politicians, and indeed, in our everyday conversations. We hope to expand this category into timely and essential data you can rely on to make sense of global and national security, political and societal violence, and our perceptions which are shaped by these notions.

TOP STATS: Background, 2002 Bali bombings > Deaths, Convention on hostages and 30 more

Transport

Here you can find the numbers on the different modes of transportation. How many cars does a country have? Airports? What is the lenght of its highways? What proportion is paved? What about runways, heliports and ports? Lets not leave out waterways or the merchant navy. We have them all here.

TOP STATS: Transportation > Note, Pipelines > Condensate, Ports and terminals and 376 more

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COUNTRIES COVERED
A note 57
Election results 233
Elections 236
Note 77

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