List of administrative divisions by country
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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
|Taiwan (Republic of China)||6 Special municipalities (zhíxiáshì) m||170 Districts qū d
12 County-controlled cities (xiànxiáshì) 
40 Urban townships (zhèn) 
146 Rural townships (xiāng) 
|Urban Villages (lǐ) 
Rural Villages (cūn) 
|2 Provinces (shěng)(Streamlined) p||3 Provincial cities (shì) 
13 Counties (xiàn) 
|Kosovo||7 rajone d||35 komuna m|
|Northern Cyprus||5 kaza|
|Transnistria||Tiraspol m||5 raions r|
|Western Sahara||3 régions r||[municipalités] m||[communes] 7||[arrondissements] d|
- Numbers of divisions
- To simplify maintaining the table, numbers of divisions are only specified where a country has around thirty or fewer instances; for example, as of 2010, the twelve qarqe (counties) of Albania. For numbers greater than thirty, the number rounded down to the nearest ten (or, in the case of thousands, the nearest hundred) is given, suffixed by a plus sign "+"; for example, the "300+" komuna (communes) of Albania. More precise figures should be found in the articles linked by the table.
- 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 ( c d m p r )
- These indicate, respectively, five common types of administrative division in English: capitals; districts; municipalities; provinces; and regions. Other English terms appear among the numbered footnotes.
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.
- 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
- or prefektura (prefectures).
- villages, village areas or village groups.
- Baladiyah, formerly the French word commune was used
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- city councils
- municipalities Cite error: Invalid
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- development committees
- rural communes
- neighborhood councils
- municipal committees
- neighborhood committees
- Autonomous area or areas; see List of autonomous areas by country.
- or gavaṙ.
- consisting of shires, boroughs, cities, rural cities, towns, district councils, community government councils, municipalities, community development trusts and an aboriginal council.
- "cadastral municipalities".
- Governorates of Bahrains.
- "Upazilla List". Bangladesh National Portal.
- rural communities or rural districts.
- Dutch : Gemeenschap; French: régions or German: Regionen.
- Dutch: Provincies; French: provinces or German: Provinzen.
- Dutch: arrondissementen; French: arrondissements or German: Arrondissements.
- Dutch: gemeenten; French: communes or German: Gemeinden.
- or municipios (municipalities).
- federative units
- federal district
- administrative regions
- lit. "hills"
- or municípios (municipalities).
- special districts.
- forestry district.
- ethnic townships.
- or jiēdàobànshìchù.
- "district public offices".
- (residential) communities.
- either zìráncūnjí ("natural" villages) or xíngzhèngcūnjí (bureaucratic villages, i.e. created for administrative convenience).
- "leagues"; Mongolian:chuulghan.
- 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.
- sections communales (communal sections).
- or propinsi-propinsi, sing. propinsi.
- 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)
- or muong.
- "district municipalities".
- "city municipalities".
- elderships, elderates.
- French; alternatively German:Kantone.
- French; alternatively German:Gemeinden.
- Luxembourgish; alternatively French:quartiers, German:Stadtvierteln.
- or fivondronampokontany.
- or firaisampokontany.
- also known as districts.
- or communes.
- or wilaya'at.
- or moughataas.
- Old Royal Capital.
- some disputed; see Regions of Morocco.
- Formerly divisions, until August 2010.
- Nakale, Albertina (9 August 2013). "President divides Kavango into two". New Era. archived via allafrica.com. 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. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- or tehsils.
- or partidos.
- including Muslim Mindanao, an autonomous region.
- or probinsya.
- or siyudad; cities independent from province, classified as either "highly urbanized" or "independent component" cities.
- or munisipyo; municipality not under any provincial authority.
- or siyudad; cities under provincial supervision ("component cities").
- or munisipyo; 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
- Federal subjects of Russia are not considered to be administrative divisions
- 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).
- Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia
- Mestská a obecná štatistika SR
- "cadastral areas".
- Some provinces are divided in districts called comarcas
- Ceuta and Melilla
- minor sovereign places in North Africa
- (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.
- 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 been recognised as an independent state by 109 out of 193 United Nations member states.
- Albanian; alternatively Serbian:regiona or okruga.
- Albanian; alternatively Serbian:opstina.