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This is a list of legislatures by country, whether parliamentary or congressional, that act as a plenary general assembly of representatives with the power to legislate. In the lists below all entities included in the list of countries are included.


Names of legislatures

The legislatures are listed with their names in English and the name in the (most-used) native language of the country (or the official name in the second-most used native language in cases where English is the majority "native" language).

The names of the legislatures differ from country to country. The most used name seems to be National Assembly, but Parliament and Congress are often used too. The name Parliament is in some cases even used when in political science the legislature would be considered a congress. The upper house of the legislature is often named Senate. In some cases, countries use very traditional names. In Germanic countries variations Thing (e.g. Folketinget) are used. A thing or ting was the governing assembly in Germanic societies, made up of the free men of the community and presided by lawspeakers. A variant is the use of the word Tag or Dag (e.g. Bundestag), used because things were held at daylight and often lasted all day. Other traditional names are the Estates General and variations of Sejm. In Islamic countries Majlis is often included in the name. This can be translated as "Council" or "Assembly".

List of legislatures


Supranational legislatures

Organisation Overall name of legislature
Lower house Upper house
 European Union

Legislatures of sovereign states

Country Overall name of legislature
Lower house Upper house
House of the People (ولسي جرګه Wolesi Jirga)
House of Elders (مشرانوجرګه Meshrano Jirga)
Assembly of Albania (Kuvendi i Shqipërisë)
National People's Assembly (al-Majlis al-Sha'abi al-Watani)
Council of the Nation (al-Majlis al-Umma)
General Council of the Valleys (Consell General de les Valls)
National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional)
 Antigua and Barbuda
Argentine National Congress (Congreso de la Nación Argentina)
Chamber of Deputies of the Nation (Cámara de Diputados de la Nación)
Senate of the Nation (Senado de la Nación)
National Assembly (Ազգային Ժողով Azgayin Zhoghov)
Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung)
National Council (Nationalrat)
Federal Council (Bundesrat)
National Assembly (Milli Məclis)
The Bahamas Bahamas, The
Assembly of Representatives (Majlis an-nuwab)
Consultative Assembly (Majlis al-shura)
House of the Nation (জাতীয় সংসদ Jatiyo Sangshad)
National Assembly (Нацыянальны Сход Natsiyanalny Shod)
Chamber of Representatives (Палата Прадстаўнікоў Palata Pradstawnikow)
Council of the Republic (Савет Рэспублікі Savet Respubliki)
Federal Parliament (Federale Parlement / Parlement Fédérale / Föderales Parliament)
Chamber of People's Representatives (Kamer van Volksvertegenwoordigers / Chambre des Représentants / Abgeordnetenkammer)
Senate (Senaat / Sénat / Senat)
National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale)
National Assembly (རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་ཚོགས་འདུ། Gyelyong Tshogdu)
National Council (རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་ཚོགས་སྡེ། Gyelyong Tshogde)
National Congress (Congreso Nacional)
Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados)
Chamber of Senators (Cámara de Senadores)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Parliamentary Assembly (Parlamentarna Skupština)
House of Representatives ('Представнички Дом / Predstavnički Dom)
House of Peoples (Dom Naroda)
National Congress (Congresso Nacional)
Chamber of Deputies (Câmara dos Deputados)
Federal Senate (Senado Federal)
National Assembly (Народно събрание Narodno sabranie)
 Burkina Faso
National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
Senate (Sénat)
National Assembly (Radhsphea ney Preah Recheanachakr Kampuchea)
Senate (Sénat)[1]
National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale)
Parliament/ Parlement
House of Commons/ Chambre des communes
Senate / Sénat
 Cape Verde
National Assembly (Asembleia Nacional)
 Central African Republic
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
National Congress (Congreso Nacional)
Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados)
Senate of the Republic (Senado de la República)
People's Republic of China China, People's Republic of
National People's Congress (全国人民代表大会 Quánguó Rénmín Dàibiǎo Dàhuì) [4]
Congress (Congreso)
House of Representatives (Cámara de Representantes)
Senate (Senado)
Assembly of the Union (Assemblée de la Union)
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo, Democratic Republic of the
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
Senate (Sénat)
Republic of the Congo Congo, Republic of the
Parliament (Parlement)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
Senate (Sénat)
 Costa Rica
Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa)
 Côte d'Ivoire
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
Croatian Assembly[3] (Hrvatski sabor)
National Assembly of People's Power (Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular)
House of Representatives (Βουλή των Αντιπροσώπων Vouli Antiprosópon / Temsilciler Meclisi)[5]
 Czech Republic
Parliament of the Czech Republic (Parlament České republiky)
Chamber of Deputies (Poslanecká sněmovna)
Senate (Senát)
Parliament[3] (Folketing)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
 Dominican Republic
National Congress (Congreso Nacional)
Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados)
Senate (Senado)
National Parliament (Parlamenta Nacional)
National Congress (Congreso Nacional)
People's Assembly (مجلس الشعب Majilis Al-Sha’ab)
Consultative Council (مجلس الشورى Majilis Al-Shura)
 El Salvador
Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa)
 Equatorial Guinea
House of People's Representatives (Cámara de Representantes del Pueblo)
National Assembly (Hagerawi Baito)
State Assembly[3] (Riigikogu)
House of People's Representatives (የሕዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት Yehizbtewekayoch Mekir Bet)
House of Federation (የፌዴሬሽን ምክር ቤት Yefedereshn Mekir Bet)
Parliament (Eduskunta)[6]
Parliament (Parlement)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
Senate (Sénat)
Parliament (Parlement)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
Senate (Sénat)
The Gambia Gambia, The
Parliament of Georgia (საქართველოს პარლამენტი Sak'art'velos Parlamenti)
Federal Diet[3] (Bundestag)
Federal Council[3] (Bundesrat)
Hellenic Parliament[3] (Βουλή των Ελλήνων Vouli ton Ellinon)
Congress of the Republic (Congreso de la República)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
National People's Assembly (Assembleia Nacional Popular)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
Chamber of Deputies (Chambre des Députés)
Senate (Sénat)
National Congress (Congreso Nacional)
National Assembly (Országgyűlés)
Parliament (Sansad)
Council of States[3] (Rajya Sabha)
People's Consultative Assembly (Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat)
People's Representative Council (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat)
Regional Representatives Council (Dewan Perwakilan Daerah)
Assembly[3] (مجلس Majlis)
Council of Representatives of Iraq[3] (مجلس النواب العراقي Majlis Al-Niwab Al-Iraqi)
Republic of Ireland Ireland
Parliament[3] (Oireachtas)
Dáil Éireann(Chamber of Deputies of Ireland)
Senate of Ireland[3] (Seanad Éireann)
Assembly[3] (כנסת Knesset)
Italian Parliament (Parlamento Italiano)
Chamber of Deputies (Camera dei Deputati)
Senate of the Republic (Senato della Repubblica)
Diet (国会 Kokkai)
House of Representatives (衆議院 Shūgiin)
House of Councillors (参議院 Sangiin)
National Assembly (مجلس الأمة Majlis al-Umma)
Assembly of Deputies (مجلس النواب Majlis al-Nuwaab)
Assembly of Senators (مجلس الأعيان Majlis al-Aayan)
Parliament (Parlamenti)
Assembly[3] (Mazhilis)
House of Assembly (Maneaba ni Maungatabu)
North Korea Korea, North
Supreme People's Assembly (최고인민회의 Ch'oe-go In-min Hoe-ŭi)
South Korea Korea, South
National Assembly (국회 Gukhoe)
Assembly of Kosovo (Kuvendi i Kosovës)
National Assembly (مجلس الأمة Majlis al-Umma)
Supreme Council (Joghorku Keneš)
National Assembly (Sapha Heng Xat)
Parliament[3] (Saeima)
Assembly of Deputies (مجلس النواب Majlis an-Nuwwab)[7]
General People's Congress (مؤتمر الشعب العام الليبي Mu'tammar al-sha'ab al 'âmm)
Diet[3] (Landtag)
Parliament[3] (Seimas)
Chamber of Deputies (Châmber vun Députéirten)[8]
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia, Republic of
Assembly (Собрание Sobranie)
National Assembly (Antenimieram-Pirenena)[9]
Senate (Sénat)
Parliament (Parlimen)
Senate[11] (Dewan Negara)
Assembly[3] (Majlis)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
House of Representatives (Il-Kamra tar-Rappreżentanti)
 Marshall Islands
Legislature (Nitijela)
Parliament (Barlamene)
National Assembly (Al Jamiya al-Wataniyah)
Assembly of Senators (Majlis al-Shuyukh)
Congress of the Union (Congreso de la Unión)
Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados)
Chamber of Senators (Cámara de Senadores)
Federated States of Micronesia Micronesia, Federated States of
Parliament (Parlamentul)
National Council (Conseil National)
State Great Assembly[12] (Улсын Их Хурал Ulsyn Ich-Chural)
Assembly (Skupština / Скупштина)
Assembly of Representatives (Majlis al-Nuwab)
Assembly of Councillors (Majlis al-Mustasharin)
Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da República)
States-General (Staten-Generaal)
House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer, Second Chamber)
Senate (Eerste Kamer, First Chamber)
 New Zealand
National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
Consultative Assembly[14] (Majlis al-Shura)
Assembly of State[15] (Majlis al-Dawla)
Assembly of Councillors (Majlis-e-Shoora)
National Congress (Olbiil era Kelulau)
National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional)
 Papua New Guinea
Congress (Congreso)
Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados)
Chamber of Senators( Cámara de Senadores)
Congress of the Republic (Congreso de la República)
Congress of the Philippines (Kongreso ng Pilipinas)
House of Representatives (Kapulungan ng mga Kinatawan)
Senate (Senado)
National Assembly (Zgromadzenie Narodowe)[16]
Senate (Senat)
Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da República)
Consultative Assembly[17] (Majlis ash-Shura)
Parliament (Parlamentul)
Chamber of Deputies (Camera Deputaţilor)
Senate (Senat)
Federal Assembly (Федеральное Собрание Federalnoye Sobraniye)
State Duma[3] (Государственная Дума Gosudarstvennaya Duma)
Federation Council (Совет Федерации Soviet Federatsii)
Parliament (Inteko Ishinga Amategeko)
Chamber of Deputies (Umutwe w'Abadepite)
Senate (Umutwe wa Sena)
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 San Marino
Grand and General Council (Consiglio Grande e Generale)
 São Tomé and Príncipe
National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional)
 Saudi Arabia
Consultative Assembly[18] (Majlis ash-Shura)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
National Assembly (Народна скупштина / Narodna Skupština)
 Sierra Leone
National Council (Národná rada)
Parliament (Parlament)
National Assembly (Državni zbor)
National Council (Državni svet)
 Solomon Islands
 South Africa
General Courts[3] (Cortes Generales)
Congress of Deputies (Congreso de los Diputados)
Senate (Senado)
 Sri Lanka
Parliament (ශ්‍රී ලංකා පාර්ලිමේන්තුව (Sinhala)/

இலங்கை பாராளுமன்றம் (Tamil))[1]

National Assembly (Majlis Watani)
Assembly of States (Majlis Welayat)
National Assembly (Nationale Assemblée)
Parliament (Liblanda)
Diet[3] (Riksdag)
People's Assembly (Majlis al-Sha'ab)
Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung, Assemblée fédérale, Assemblea federale)
National Council (Nationalrat, Conseil National, Consiglio Nazionale)
Council of States (Ständerat, Conseil des Etats, Consiglio degli Stati)
 Republic of China (Taiwan)
Legislative Yuan (立法院 Lìfǎ Yùan)
Supreme Assembly (Majlisi Oli)
Assembly of Representatives (Majlisi Mamoyandogan)
National Assembly (Majlisi Milliy)
National Assembly (รัฐสภา ;Rathasapha)
House of Representatives (สภาผู้แทนราษฎร ; Saphaputhan Ratsadon)
Senate (วุฒิสภา ;Wuthisapha)
National Assembly (Assemblée nationale)
 Trinidad and Tobago
Parliament (Al-Jumhuuriya)
Chamber of Deputies (Majlis al-Nuwaab)
Chamber of Councillors (Majlis al-Mustasharin)
Grand National Assembly of Turkey (Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi)
Assembly (Mejlis)
Parliament (Palamene)
Supreme Council (Верховна Рада Verkhovna Rada)
 United Arab Emirates
Federal National Assembly (المجلس الوطني الإتحادي Majlis Watani Ittihad)
 United Kingdom
 United States
General Assembly (Asamblea General)
Chamber of Representatives (Cámara de Diputados)
Chamber of Senators (Cámara de Senadores)
Supreme Assembly (Oliy Majlis)
Parliament (Parlement)
 Vatican City
National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional)
 Western Sahara (SADR)
Assembly of Representatives (Majlis al-Nuwaab)

Legislatures of non sovereign countries, dependencies and other territories

Territory Overall name of legislature
Lower house Upper house
 Åland Islands
Law Assembly[3] (Lagtinget)
 American Samoa
Estates (Staten)
 British Virgin Islands
 Brussels-Capital Region
Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region (Parlement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale)
 Cayman Islands
 Cook Islands
 Falkland Islands
 Faroe Islands
Law Assembly[3] (Løgtingið)
Flemish Parliament(Vlaams Parlement)
Wallonia French Community
Parliament of the French Community (Parlement de la Communauté française)
 French Polynesia
Assembly of French Polynesia (Assemblée de la Polynésie française)
German-speaking Community
Parliament of the German-speaking Community (Parlament der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft)
Assembly (Inatsisartut)[19]
Legislature of Guam (Liheslaturan Guåhan)
States (États)
 Hong Kong
 Isle of Man
Tynwald (Tinvaal)
House of Keys (Kiare as Feed)
Legislative Council (Yn Choonceil Slattyssagh)
States (États)
Assembly of Kosovo (Albanian: Kuvendi i Kosovës, Serbian: Скупштина Косова)
Legislative Assembly (立法會, Assembleia Legislativa)
General Council (conseil général)
 Netherlands Antilles
Estates (Staten)
 New Caledonia
Territorial Congress (Congrès Territorial)
 Norfolk Island
United Kingdom Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Assembly (Tionól Thuaisceart Éireann, Norlin Airlann Semmlie)
 Northern Mariana Islands
 Pitcairn Islands
 Puerto Rico
Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa)
House of Representatives (Cámara de Representantes)
Senate (Senado)
 Republika Srpska
National Assembly (Народна скупштина / Narodna skupština)
 Saint Barthélemy
Territorial Council (conseil territorial)
 Saint Helena
 Saint Martin
Territorial Council (conseil territorial)
Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba)
 Southern Sudan
 Turks and Caicos Islands
 U.S. Virgin Islands
National Assembly of Wales (Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru)
 Wallis and Futuna
Territorial Assembly (Assemblée Territoriale)
 Walloon Region (federal region)
Walloon Parliament (Parlement wallon)

Legislatures of unrecognized states

Unrecognized state Overall name of legislature
Lower house Upper house
People's Assembly (Жәлар Реизара, Zhelar Reizara)
 Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
National Assembly (Azgayin Zhoghov)
 Northern Cyprus
Assembly of the Republic (Cumhuriyet Meclisi)
Palestinian territories Palestinian National Authority
Parliament (Baarlamaanka)
House of Representatives (Golaha Wakiilada)
House of Elders (Golaha Guurtida)
 South Ossetia
Supreme Soviet (Верховный Совет, Verhkovny Sovet)
 Western Sahara (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic)
Sahrawi National Council (المجلس الوطني الصحراوي Al-Majlis al-watani al-sahrawi)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Native name not available
  2. ^ a b The head of state is a constituent part of the parliament too.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac The native name is also used in English.
  4. ^ The PRC has also a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (中国人民政治协商会议 Zhōngguó Rénmín Zhèngzhì Xiéshāng Huìyì), which is a political advisory body but not a legislature.
  5. ^ Also: Temsilciler Meclisi
  6. ^ Also: Riksdag
  7. ^ Also: National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale)
  8. ^ Also: Chambre des Députés
  9. ^ Also: Assemblée nationale
  10. ^ Transliterally, People's Hall
  11. ^ Transliterally, Nation's Hall
  12. ^ In English State Great Khural is used too.
  13. ^ The elected People's Assembly (Pyithu Hluttaw) never convened, so didn't became the legislature.
  14. ^ The Consultative Assembly has only consultative tasks
  15. ^ The Assembly of State has only consultative tasks
  16. ^ Name used only on those rare occasions when both houses sit together
  17. ^ The Consultative Assembly has only consultative task
  18. ^ The appointed Consultative Assembly has only legislative tasks
  19. ^ Also: Landsting

See also


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