List of administrative divisions by country
The table below indicates the types and, where known, numbers of administrative divisions used by countries and their major dependent territories. It is ordered alphabetically by country name in English.
Administrative divisions by country
Member and observer states of the United Nations
*replaced by provinces as of December 31, 2018
**replaced by provinces as of March 31, 2019
***replaced by provinces as of January 31, 2019
|6 Special municipalities (zhíxiáshì) m||170 Districts qū d
12 County-controlled cities (xiànxiáshì)ci
40 Urban townships (zhèn)
146 Rural townships (xiāng)
|Urban Villages (lǐ) |
Rural Villages (cūn)
|2 Provinces (shěng)(Streamlined) p||3 Provincial cities (shì)ci|
13 xiàn count
|7 rajone d||35 komuna m|
|5 raions r
|3 régions r||[municipalités] m||[communes] 7||[arrondissements] d|
- Country subdivision
- ISO 3166-2, codes for country subdivisions
- Associated state
- Asymmetric federation
- Condominium, joint sovereignty over an area shared by two or more states.
- Dependent territory
- Federated state
- List of terms for country subdivisions
- List of capitals serving as administrative divisions by country
- List of autonomous areas by country
- List of sovereign states
- List of the most populous country subdivisions
- Matrix of country subdivisions
- List of political and geographic subdivisions by total area, comparing continents, countries, and first-level administrative country subdivisions.
- List of political and geographic subdivisions by total area (all)
- List of FIPS region codes in FIPS 10-4, withdrawn from the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) in 2008
- Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS), which covers the subdivisions of the members of the European Union
- Terms in italics
- Terms in italics are terms in languages other than English. They should be in plural form, followed by a footnote or footnotes indicating the generally accepted English equivalent or translation. Known alternative spellings are given in brackets following a term.
- Terms in brackets
- Entries in standard brackets either indicate that the term used is informal or that its use is yet to be confirmed. An English term in square brackets indicates that the local name for the term is not yet known or confirmed; when confirmed, it is replaced by the local name in italics.
- Footnote letters (cap dis m pro r)
- These indicate, respectively, five common types of administrative division in English: capitals; districts; municipalities; provinces; and regions. Other English terms are also footnoted.
Administrative divisions with ISO 3166-1
Not all the autonomous areas are part of the formal hierarchy of the administrative division system of a country (for example, the autonomous region of Zanzibar comprises 5 regions of Tanzania, the first tier on administrative divisions on that country). For more details, see List of autonomous areas by country.
- a autonomous areas.
- b blocks.
- can cantons.
- cap capital; see also Capitals serving as administrative divisions.
- ci cities.
- com communes.
- count counties.
- dep departments.
- dis districts.
- div divisions.
- g governorates.
- m municipalities.
- pa parishes.
- pre prefectures.
- pro provinces.
- pts parts.
- r regions.
- s states.
- sd Subdistricts.
- sp subprefectures.
- t townships.
- w wards.
- Not counting Argentine Antarctica. Including 1 department of disputed sovereignty in Tierra del Fuego Province: Islas del Atlántico Sur (which includes the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands). The barrios of Buenos Aires are not considered to be administrative subdivisions of any level.
- Not counting the Australian Antarctic Territory.
- Consisting of shires, boroughs, cities, rural cities, towns, district councils, community government councils, municipalities, community development trusts, and aboriginal councils. Jervis Bay Territory and all 6 of Australia's external territories (not counting the Australian Antarctic Territory), are not divided into second-level administrative subdivisions. The suburbs of Canberra are not considered to be administrative subdivisions of any level.
- The districts of Vienna are not considered to be administrative subdivisions of any level.
- Including 8 districts (Jabrayil, Kalbajar, Lachin, Qubadli, Shusha, Khojaly, Khojavend, and Zangilan) and 2 cities (Shusha and Khankendi) under complete control of the de facto independent state of
Artsakh. 7 districts and 1 city form the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (not an administrative subdivision unit).
- "Upazilla List". Bangladesh National Portal.
- Dutch : Gewesten; French: Régions or German: Regionen.
- Dutch: Provincies; French: Provinces or German: Provinzen. The Brussels-Capital Region is not divided into provinces.
- Dutch: Arrondissementen; French: Arrondissements or German: Arrondissements.
- Dutch: Gemeenten; French: Communes or German: Gemeinden.
- There is no official term for the de facto first-level administrative subdivision units of
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska.
Republika Srpska and Brčko District are not divided into second-level administrative subdivisions.
- Chobe District and all six of Botswana's urban districts are not divided into second-level administrative subdivisions.
- The Administrative regions of the Federal District (Brazil) are not considered to be administrative subdivisions of any level.
- Consisting of urban and rural communes.
- Also referred to as communes.
- Consisting of territories, regions, districts, counties, and regional municipalities.
- Also referred to as municípios.
- The districts of N'Djamena are not considered to administrative subdivisions of any level.
- special districts.
- forestry district.
- ethnic townships.
- or jiēdàobànshìchù.
- "district public offices".
- (residential) communities.
- villages, village areas or village groups.
- either zìráncūnjí ("natural" villages) or xíngzhèngcūnjí (bureaucratic villages, i.e. created for administrative convenience).
- special administrative regions.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Kinshasa.
- also known as Congo-Brazzaville.
- Also known as the Ivory Coast.
- municipalities with extended competence (3rd level municipalities)
- 1st level municipalities
- military proving grounds
- administrative districts
- municipal districts
- cadastral communities
- or Danish:syssel.
- or [townships].
- Due to be replaced by [communes]
- Estonia's linnad (towns) and vallad (parishes) are known collectively as omavalitsused (municipalities).
- Small boroughs
- consisting of kaupungit (urban communes) and kunnat (rural communes).
- Corsica is not a region per se but assumes such a role and is often considered like one. It is a "collectivité territoriale" with a special status as defined by article 72 of the Constitution. See (in French)
- The département (department) and commune (municipality) of Paris are unified into a single territorial collectivity.
- The 3 communes (municipalities) of Paris, Lyon and Marseilles are further subdivided into arrondissements municipaux (municipal arrondissements), not to be confused with the arrondissements (districts) subdividing each département (department).
- a collectivité d'outre-mer (overseas collectivity).
- also known as a pays d'outre-mer (overseas country).
- a territoire d'outre-mer (overseas territory).
- or, informally, Bundesländer (federal states).
- including 3 Kommunalverbände besonderer Art (special regional associations): Region Hannover, Regionalverband Saarbrücken and Städteregion Aachen
- sections communales (communal sections).
- formerly kotamadya (municipalities).
- sometimes translated as "shires" or "counties".
- Local Councils.
- Regional Councils.
- todōfuken : to (metropolis, viz. Tokyo) + dō (territory, viz. Hokkaidō) + fu (2 urban prefectures, viz. Kyoto and Osaka) + ken (43 prefectures)
- shichōsonku : shi (city) + chō (town) + son (village) + ku (wards, boroughs)
- rural communities or rural districts.
- or muong.
- "Territorial administration of Lebanon". Localiban. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
- "district municipalities".
- "city municipalities".
- elderships, elderates.
- French; alternatively German:Kantone.
- "Cartes du Luxembourg".
- French; alternatively German:Gemeinden.
- Luxembourgish; alternatively French:quartiers, German:Stadtvierteln.
- or fivondronampokontany.
- or firaisampokontany.
- also known as districts.
- "Le Mali compte désormais dix régions". 23 January 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
- or communes.
- or wilaya'at.
- or moughataas.
- Old Royal Capital.
- some disputed; see Regions of Morocco.
- Nakale, Albertina (9 August 2013). "President divides Kavango into two". New Era. archived via allafrica.com. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. External link in
- FONDS AFRICAIN DE DEVELOPPEMENT: ETUDE DE MOBILISATION DES EAUX DANS LA REGION DE MARADI NIGER. DEPARTEMENT AGRICULTURE ET DEVELOPPEMENT RURAL, OCAR. African Development Bank Group, MARCH 2003
- Mosvik and Inderøy kommune (two mulcipalties of Norway) merged by 1 January 2012, making the total number of communes in Norway 429. Mosvik kommune: Referendum. Archived 2013-06-01 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- or tehsils.
- or partidos.
- or probinsya.
- or malayang siyudad; cities independent from province, classified as either "highly urbanized" or "independent component" cities.
- or munisipalidad; municipality not under any provincial authority.
- or bahaging siyudad; cities under provincial supervision ("component cities").
- or munisipalidad; regular municipalities under provincial supervision.
- or barrios.
- consisting of 300+ powiat ziemski (rural counties) and 60+ powiat grodzki (urban counties) or miasta na prawach powiatu ("cities of county right").
- or municípios.
- federal subjects, grouped into 7 federal districts
- Including Republic of Crimea which is annexed territory of Ukraine
- Including Sevastopol which is annexed territory of Ukraine
- Annexed from Ukraine in 2014 by the Russian Federation
- sing. akarere.
- or French:secteurs administratifs (administrative sectors).
- or French:cellules (cells).
- Mestská a obecná štatistika SR Archived 2007-10-27 at the Wayback Machine.
- "cadastral areas".
- Some provinces are divided in districts called comarcas
- Ceuta and Melilla
- minor sovereign places in North Africa
- County councils
- (French; alternatively German:Kantone, Italian:cantoni or Romansh:chantuns). Six cantons, formerly called demi-cantons (French; alternatively German:Halbkantone or Romansh:mez-chantuns, have only one representative in the Council of States instead of two.
- French; alternatively German:Ämter, (Amts)bezirke, Italian:distretti or Romansh:districts. This level of subdivisions is not present in all cantons.
- French; alternatively German:Gemeinden, Italian:comuni or Romansh:vischnancas.
- or manatuq.
- city councils.
- Mwakyusa, Alvar (4 February 2016). "Songwe is new region - with four districts". Daily News. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
- special governed districts
- in Bangkok:khet.
- urban districts.
- "cities with special status".
- not all of England is parished - see unparished area.
- a bailiwick.
- or boroughs in Alaska and parishes in Louisiana.
- also known as municipalities.
- federal dependencies.
- ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 out of 193 United Nations member states.
- Albanian; alternatively Serbian:regiona or okruga.
- Albanian; alternatively Serbian:opstina.