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List of terms for administrative divisions

This is a list of English and non-English terms for administrative divisions.



This is an alphabetical list of native non-English terms for administrative divisions; some, such as arrondissement and okrug, have become English loanwords. Terms in italics are prefixes or suffixes.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (April 2024)
Name Countries English equivalents
amphoe  Thailand district
amt  Germany county (formerly; the modern term is kreis, which means literally "circle")
amt  Denmark county (replaced with regions in 2007)
amt  Norway county (formerly; the modern term is fylke)
apskritis  Lithuania county
anakhett  Cambodia prefecture
arrondissement  Netherlands borough, district
French-speaking countries
autónoma Spanish-speaking countries autonomous
autônomo, autônoma Portuguese-speaking countries
автоно́мный (avtonomny)  Russia
aimag  Mongolia province
baladiyah (baladiyat) Arab countries municipality
barangay  Philippines village (rural) or ward
bairro  Brazil neighbourhood, district
barrio Spanish-speaking countries
бановина (banovina) Yugoslavia banate, province
bayan  Philippines municipality
bezirk  Austria district
bezirk  Switzerland district
bezirk  Germany district
bundesland  Germany (colloquial term) federal state
bundesland  Austria (colloquial term)
bibhag  Bangladesh division
bwrdeistref  Wales borough county
canton (French)
cantone (Italian)
chantun (Romansh)
kanton (German)
 Switzerland canton
kanton (Bosnian)  Bosnia and Herzegovina
castello  San Marino municipality
changwat  Thailand province
chef-lieu  France chief town or city
comarca Portuguese-speaking countries (judicial system) county
Spanish-speaking countries
comuna  Angola division of município
comuna Spanish-speaking countries commune
comună  Romania rural commune
comune  Italy municipality
comunidad  Spain community
comunidade intermunicipal  Portugal intermunicipal community
comunidade urbana  Portugal urban community
concelho  Cape Verde municipality; synonym of município
corregimiento  Panama subdivision of a distrito
daerah Malay-speaking countries district
provinsi  Indonesia province
Daerah Istimewa Special District, all are first level (provincial level)
Daerah Khusus Ibukota Exclusive Capital District, refers to DKI Jakarta only.
dào (Mandarin) China circuit
deelgemeente  Belgium submunicipality
demos  Greece municipality
departamento Latin America (Spanish-speaking countries) department
département French-speaking countries department
desa  Indonesia village
district  Suriname district
distrik  Indonesia district
distrito  Portugal group of municipalities
 São Tomé and Príncipe municipality
 Philippines district
Spanish-speaking countries
distrito, distritu  East Timor municipality
distrito federal  Brazil federal district
 Japan circuit
do  North Korea
 South Korea
dombon  Cambodia area or region
dzongkhag  Bhutan district
estado  Brazil federal state
etrap  Turkmenistan district
freguesia  Cape Verde civil parish
fylke  Norway county
gemeente  Belgium ( Flanders) municipality
gemeinde  Austria municipality
gemeinde  Germany
gemeinde  Italy
gemeinde  Switzerland
gewog  Bhutan block
gmina  Poland commune, municipality
gobolka  Somalia administrative region
gouvernorat  Guinea governorate
grande área metropolitana  Portugal greater metropolitan area
губе́рния (guberniya) Russian Empire governorate
hameau  France hamlet
hanua  Papua New Guinea village
iduhu  Papua New Guinea clan
raj  India empire
rajya  India state
il or vilayet  Turkey province
ilçe  Turkey district
imarah Arab countries (formerly) emirate
 United Arab Emirates
jamoat  Tajikistan commune or municipality
járás  Hungary district
Jilla  Nepal district
judeţ  Moldova (formerly) county
jurydyka  Poland village
kabupaten  Indonesia regency
kampung or kampong Malay-speaking countries and Cambodia village, hamlet, neighbourhood
kasselrij  Netherlands county or burgraviate
kecamatan  Indonesia district
kelurahan  Indonesia (urban) village or subdistrict
ken  Japan prefecture
khan  Cambodia district or section
khett  Cambodia province
khoueng  Laos province
khum  Cambodia commune
kilil  Ethiopia region
kommun  Finland (Swedish speaking) municipality
kommune  Denmark municipality
kota  Indonesia chartered city
кожуун (kozhuun)  Russia ( Tyva Republic) rural council
край (krai)  Russia region
kraj  Czech Republic region
Kreis  Germany district
krom  Cambodia group
krong  Cambodia municipality
ku  Japan ward
kunta  Finland municipality
lääni  Finland province
lalawigan  Philippines province
län  Sweden county
land  Austria (official term) state
land  Germany (official term) state
lieu-dit  France place name
linn  Estonia town or city
lugar  Cape Verde division of zona in Cape Verde
 Portugal hamlet
lungsod  Philippines city
maakond  Estonia county
մարզ (marz)  Armenia province or region
mahoz  Israel district
mancomunidad  Spain association of municipalities, commonwealth
merindad Medieval Spain county
mesorregião  Brazil mesoregion (division of estado)
mintaqah (mintaqat) Arab countries province, region
microrregião  Brazil microregion (division of mesorregião, group of municípios)
მხარე (mkhare)  Georgia region
muban  Thailand village
muhafazah (muhafazat) Arab countries governorate
mukim Malay-speaking countries subdistrict, subdivision of subdistrict, survey district
municipalidad Latin America (Spanish-speaking countries) municipality
municipio Spanish-speaking countries municipality
Portuguese-speaking countries
nafa  Israel subdistrict
negeri  Malaysia state
nomos  Greece prefecture
novads  Latvia municipality (amalgamated urban areas without town rights)
NUTS  Europe Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics
obec  Czech Republic municipality
область (oblast) Countries formerly in the Soviet Union or Yugoslavia province, region
община (obshtina)  Bulgaria municipality
okres  Czech Republic district
okrug  Serbia district
opština  Republika Srpska municipality
ostan (ostan-e)  Iran province
pagasts  Latvia parish
panchayati raj  India village council
paróquia  Portugal parish (religious division)
 Cape Verde
parroquia  Spain ( Galicia) parish
pedanía  Spain county
Περιφέρειες (periféreia)  Greece periphery
phum  Cambodia village
phumpheak  Cambodia zone
pilseta  Latvia town/city
povit  Ukraine county
powiat  Poland county
pradesh  India state of India
 Nepal province of Nepal
probinsya  Philippines province
provinsi  Indonesia province
provincia Spanish-speaking countries province
província  Portugal (formerly) province
 São Tomé and Príncipe
prowincja  Poland province
purok  Philippines district or zone
raion  Russia district
rajons  Latvia district
região  Brazil group of estados; also macrorregião
 Guinea-Bissau region
região autónoma  Portugal autonomous region
 São Tomé and Príncipe
regierungsbezirk  Germany district
region  Denmark region
regione  Italy region
şäher  Turkmenistan capital city district
sangkat  Cambodia commune or quarter
sector  Guinea-Bissau sector (municipality)
sector autónomo  Guinea-Bissau autonomous sector (municipality)
сельсовет (selsoviet)  Russia rural council
sheng/shêng  People's Republic of China
shi/shih  People's Republic of China


district or zone
շրջան (shrjan) Republic of Artsakh province or region
hromada  Ukraine municipality
srŏk  Cambodia district
sum  Mongolia district
subdistrito, subdistritu  East Timor subdistrict (submunicipality)
subregião  Portugal subregion
suco, suku  East Timor division of submunicipality
-stan Central Asian countries land (denotes high level of autonomy)
sýsla  Faroe Islands district
tambon  Thailand subdistrict
thesaban  Thailand municipality
tỉnh  Vietnam province
todōfuken  Japan prefectural level divisions (collectively)
tuman  Uzbekistan district
ulus  Russia ( Sakha Republic) district
upazila  Bangladesh subdistrict
union parishad  Bangladesh council or constituency
mouza  Bangladesh mouza
gram/gaon  Bangladesh village
Ward  Bangladesh ward
vald  Estonia parish, rural municipality
vármegye  Hungary county
вилоят (viloyat)  Tajikistan region
во́лость (volost)  Russia district
wojewodztwo  Poland voivodeship
waterschap  Netherlands water board
welaýaty  Turkmenistan region
wilayah Arab countries province, territory
xian/hsien  People's Republic of China
země  Czech Republic land (historical)
zona  Cape Verde zone (division of freguesia)
ziemia  Poland land
Zillah  Pakistan district
župa  Slovakia county (historical)
županija  Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croatian speaking) county
maahaanam  Sri Lanka (Tamil speaking) province
maavattam  Sri Lanka (Tamil speaking) district
pirathesam/koattam  Sri Lanka (Tamil speaking) division
palaatha  Sri Lanka (Sinhala speaking) province
dhisthrikaya  Sri Lanka (Sinhala speaking) district
kottahsha  Sri Lanka (Sinhala speaking) division

See also

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