Legislatures World Records

The Earliest Parliament

Ukkim or the earliest known legislative assembly was a bicameral one in Erech, Iraq 2800 BC.

The Oldest Parliament

Althing of Iceland founded in AD 930 is the oldest legislative body. This body was abolished in 1800 but restored by Denmark to a consultative status in 1843 and a legislative status in 1874.

The Largest Parliament

National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China is the largest legislative assembly in the world.

The Smallest Quorum - Parliament

The House of Lords has the smallest quorum. It's expressed as a percentage of eligible voters, of any legislative body in the world, namely less than one-third of 1%.

The Highest Paid Legislators

Members of the US Congress are the most highly paid legislators in the world. Basic annual salary is US$169,300. Additionally, up to US$1,021,167 per annum is allowed for office help with a salary limit of US$50,000 for any one staff member. A senator is allowed up to US$143,000 per annum for an official office expense account. The President of the USA has a salary of US$400,000 taxable plus US$100,000 non-taxable travel account, US$19,000 for entertainment and a lifetime pension of US$183,500 per annum.

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