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.

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
Flag of La Francophonie.svg French-speaking countries
autónoma Flag of the Hispanicity.svg Spanish-speaking countries autonomous
autônomo, autônoma Flag CPLP.svg Portuguese-speaking countries
автоно́мный (avtonomny)  Russia
aimag  Mongolia province
baladiyah (baladiyat) Flag of the Arab League.svg Arab countries municipality
barangay  Philippines village (rural) or ward
bairro  Brazil neighbourhood, district
barrio Flag of the Hispanicity.svg Spanish-speaking countries
бановина (banovina) Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006).svg 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 Flag CPLP.svg Portuguese-speaking countries (judicial system) county
Flag of the Hispanicity.svg Spanish-speaking countries
comuna  Angola division of município
comuna Flag of the Hispanicity.svg 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) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China circuit
deelgemeente  Belgium submunicipality
demos  Greece municipality
departamento Flag of the Hispanicity.svg Latin America (Spanish-speaking countries) department
département Flag of La Francophonie.svg 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
Flag of the Hispanicity.svg 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 (Flag of Flanders.svg 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 Flag of the Arab League.svg 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 (Flag of Tuva.svg Tyva Republic) rural council
край (krai)  Russia region
kraj  Czech Republic region
Kreis  Germany district
krom  Cambodia group
krong  Cambodia municipality
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
megye  Hungary county
mahoz  Israel district
mancomunidad  Spain association of municipalities, commonwealth
merindad Pendon del Reino de Castilla.svg Medieval Spain county
mesorregião  Brazil mesoregion (division of estado)
mintaqah (mintaqat) Flag of the Arab League.svg Arab countries province, region
microrregião  Brazil microregion (division of mesorregião, group of municípios)
მხარე (mkhare)  Georgia region
muban  Thailand village
muhafazah (muhafazat) Flag of the Arab League.svg Arab countries governorate
mukim Malay-speaking countries subdistrict, subdivision of subdistrict, survey district
municipalidad Flag of the Hispanicity.svg Latin America (Spanish-speaking countries) municipality
municipio Flag of the Hispanicity.svg Spanish-speaking countries municipality
Flag CPLP.svg 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 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union or Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006).svg 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 (Flag of Galicia.svg 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 Flag of the Hispanicity.svg Spanish-speaking countries province
província  Portugal (formerly) province
 São Tomé and Príncipe
prowincja  Poland province
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
շրջան (shrjan) Flag of Artsakh.svg 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 (Flag of Sakha.svg 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
вилоят (viloyat)  Tajikistan region
во́лость (volost)  Russia district
wojewodztwo  Poland voivodeship
waterschap  Netherlands water board
welaýaty  Turkmenistan region
wilayah Flag of the Arab League.svg Arab countries province, territory
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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