Seat of government

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The seat of government is (as defined by Brewer's Politics) "the building, complex of buildings or city from which a government exercises its authority".[1]

The national government is usually located in the capital. So in most countries the capital and the seat of government are the same city, for example Ankara which is the capital and seat of government of Turkey. In the United Kingdom, the government (parliament, ministries and royal palace) is seated in the City of Westminster, a part of London, the capital.

The terms are not completely synonymous however, while in some countries the seat of government differs from the capital, for example in the Netherlands where Amsterdam is the capital but The Hague is the seat of government.

Local and regional authorities usually have a seat (administrative centre) as well.

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  1. ^ Comfort, N. (1993) Brewer's Politics. A phrase and fable dictionary. London: Cassell.