Districts of Prague

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The writing on this Prague street sign indicates it is in the Vinohrady cadastral area and in the "old" district Prague 3.

Prague has a local-government structure of two or three tiers, depending on the area of town. At the top is the Magistrate of the Capital City of Prague (Czech: Magistrát hlavního města Prahy), which is responsible for public transport; waste collection; municipal police; firefighting; ambulance services; cultural activities; care of historical sites; the Prague Zoo; and other activities of citywide significance.

Since 1990, the city has been divided into 56 (since 1992, 57) self-governing municipal districts (Czech: městské části). The districts are responsible for parks and environmental protection; ordering equipment for schools and volunteer firefighters; some cultural and sports activities; activities for seniors; some social and health programs; cemeteries; and collection of fees for dog tags and the like. Another important activity of the municipal districts is the ownership, maintenance and, sometimes, sale of public property, especially public housing.

Since 2001, the 57 municipal districts have been grouped into 22 numbered administrative districts (Czech: správní obvody), for national-government purposes. One municipal district in each administrative district has responsibility for providing certain services for the entire administrative district. Those services include providing business licenses, identity cards and passports. The municipal district with such responsibility shares a name with the administrative district it serves. For example, the municipal district of Prague 19 provides those services to the municipal districts of Prague 19, Prague-Čakovice, Prague-Satalice and Prague-Vinoř. Residents of Satalice can get dog tags in their neighborhood but must go to Kbely, home of the Prague 19 government, to get an identity card.

Both the citywide government and the municipal districts have elected councils and mayors. The mayor of the Capital City of Prague is known as the primátor, which is sometimes translated into English as "lord mayor" (even though the Czech title carries no connotations of nobility).

From 1960 to 1990, Prague was divided into 10 districts. Those 10 districts are still used for addressing and transportation purposes and, for example, the organisation of courts and prosecutions. Street signs additionally add the name of the cadastral area (Czech: katastrální území), which usually reflects the name of an old municipality before its assimilation into the city of Prague. Thus, a sign in Kbely will say "Praha 9-Kbely," not "Praha 19." Prague residents are much more likely to use the name of a cadastral area or a 1960 municipal district than the name of a post-1990 district in everyday communication.

Table of administrative and municipal districts[edit]

Administrative and municipal districts of Prague
"Old" district Current administrative district Current municipal districts
Prague 1 Prague 1 Prague 1
Prague 2 Prague 2 Prague 2
Prague 3 Prague 3 Prague 3
Prague 4 Prague 4 Prague 4, Kunratice
Prague 11 (part) Prague 11, Šeberov, Újezd u Průhonic
Prague 12 Prague 12, Libuš
Prague 5 Prague 5 Prague 5, Slivenec
Prague 13 Prague 13, Řeporyje
Prague 16 Prague 16 (formerly Radotín), Lipence, Lochkov, Velká Chuchle, Zbraslav
Prague 17 (part) Zličín
Prague 6 Prague 6 Prague 6, Lysolaje, Nebušice, Přední Kopanina, Suchdol
Prague 17 (part) Prague 17 (formerly Řepy)
Prague 7 Prague 7 Prague 7, Troja (has been a separate municipal district since 1 January 1992)
Prague 8 Prague 8 Prague 8, Březiněves, Dolní Chabry, Ďáblice
Prague 9 Prague 9 Prague 9
Prague 14 Prague 14, Dolní Počernice
Prague 18 Prague 18 (formerly Letňany), Čakovice (has been part of administrative district 18 since 2007)
Prague 19 Prague 19 (formerly Kbely), Miškovice, Satalice, Vinoř, Třeboradice
Prague 20 Prague 20 (formerly Horní Počernice)
Prague 21 Prague 21 (formerly Újezd nad Lesy), Běchovice, Klánovice, Koloděje
Prague 10 Prague 10 Prague 10
Prague 11 (part) Křeslice
Prague 15 Prague 15, Dolní Měcholupy, Dubeč, Petrovice, Štěrboholy
Prague 22 Prague 22 (formerly Uhříněves), Benice, Kolovraty, Královice, Nedvězí

Notes:

  • In 2001, the Czech government ordered that every municipal district that serves an entire administrative district should be named for the administrative district that it serves. Thus, the municipal districts of Radotín, Řepy, Letňany, Kbely, Horní Počernice, Újezd nad Lesy and Uhříněves are now Prague 16 through 22, respectively. The old names remain as the names of cadastral areas.
  • All named districts officially begin with "Prague-", or "Praha-" in Czech. Thus, for example, the official name of Kunratice is "Prague-Kunratice" or "Praha-Kunratice".

List of cadastral areas[edit]

Map of cadastral areas

Key: Cadastral area (year joined to Prague) – municipal district

Source: Cities and towns in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia (volume 5)[1]

Other areas[edit]

Beyond the 111 cadastral areas named above, many other Prague settlements, quarters and housing estates are perceived as districts, although they do not constitute their own cadastral areas. Examples: Barrandov, Spořilov, Sídliště Košík, Zahradní Město, Pankrác, Letná, Bubny, Zlíchov, Klíčov, Butovice, Klukovice, Kačerov, Jenerálka, Šárka, Strahov, Chodovec, Litochleby, Dubeček, Lázeňka, Netluky, Zmrzlík, Cikánka, Kateřinky, Hrnčíře, Pitkovičky, Lahovičky, Dolní Černošice, Kazín, Závist, Baně, Strnady, and many others.

The biggest panelák complexes are Jižní Město ("South City"), Severní Město ("North City") and Jihozápadní Město ("Southwest City"), all of which consist of partial housing estates. Most of Prague's panelák estates that were built between the 1960s and 1980s have names that incorporate the Czech word sídliště, which refers to a post-World War 2 eastern bloc housing estate. Many local names originated from names of historic villages in today's Prague area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuča, Karl (2002). Města a městečka v Čechách, na Moravě a ve Slezsku Par-Pra (V. díl) [Cities and towns in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia (volume 5)]. LIBRI. ISBN 80-7277-039-X. 

See also[edit]

  • ISO 3166-2:CZ, ISO subdivisions codes for the Czech Republic (include codes for districts of Prague)

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