This world map shows how each country’s legislature is seated.
Depending on a nation’s parliament, congress, or the like, there are five seating arrangements observed: a semicircle, a horseshoe, a circle, opposing benches, and a classroom.
For instance, the United States House of Representatives applies a semicircle layout. The United Kingdom, meanwhile, has an opposing benches seating layout for its House of Commons.
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