Socialist state

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A socialist state is a country in which the state (rather than the bourgeoisie) controls the means of production, led by a working class-based, progressive party. According to the idea of socialism, the state should promote equality and good standards of living by providing free health care, food, and other social services to all the people. While many states have historically claimed to be socialist, only a few have truly implemented socialist policies. Below is a list of all states that claim or claimed to be socialist.

Currently described as socialist states in their constitution

Marxist-Leninist states

Non-Marxist-Leninist states

Formerly been desribed as socialist states in their constitutions

These are some of the nations who have formerly described themselves as socialist states in their constitutions: