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The definition of a rural settlement depends on the country. In some countries, a rural settlement is any settlement in the areas defined as rural by a governmental office, e.g., by the national census bureau. This may include even rural towns. In some others, rural settlements traditionally do not include towns.
A municipal rural settlement in Russia is a type of municipal formation.
The term "rural settlement" is also sometimes used either as a synonym for all rural localities, or for settlements of rural type in particular.
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