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World administrative divisions

Administrative division is a term for an administrative region within a country that is created for the purposes of managing of land and the affairs of people. The area typically has a local government with a certain degree of autonomy, and is on a level below that of the sovereign state.

Select examples

Autonomous communities

  • 1st level:
    • Spain: 17 comunidad autónomas

Cantons

  • 4th level:

Comarcas (regions)

  • 1st level:

Communes

  • 5th level:

Counties

Departments

Districts

  • 3rd level:
    • Peru: 1,747 distritos

States

Governorates

Municipalities

Parishes

Prefectures

  • 2nd level:

Provinces

Regions

  • 2nd level:

Territories

Compare

  • Country (a national or supra-national entity)
  • Empire (a supra-national entity)
  • State (a national or supra-national entity)

Related pages

  • ISO 3166-2 Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions — Part 2

References

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Provinces and Prefectures" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 780.

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