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The European Parliament is a legislature of 27 countries

Legislature is a word that comes from the Latin language, meaning "those who write the laws." A legislature is therefore a group of people who vote for new laws, for example in a state or country.

Each person in the legislature is usually either elected or appointed. The constitution of that state or country usually tells how a legislature is supposed to work.

In many countries, the legislature is called a Parliament, Congress, or National Assembly. Sometimes there are two groups of members in the legislature. This is called a "bicameral" legislature. A unicameral legislature has only one group of members.

A country, district, city, or other small area may also have something like a legislature. These are often called councils, and they make smaller laws for their areas.

  Nations with bicameral legislatures.
  Nations with unicameral legislatures.
  Nations with unicameral legislatures and an advisory body.
  No legislature.

List of titles of legislatures[change | change source]

National[change | change source]

Sub-National[change | change source]