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List of terms for administrative divisions

This is a list of English and non-English terms for administrative divisions.


  • English 1
  • Non-English 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4



This is an alphabetical list of native non-English terms for administrative divisions; some, such as arrondissement and okrug, have become English loanwords. Terms in italics are prefixes or suffixes.

Name Countries English equivalents
amphoe  Thailand district
Amt  Germany county
amt  Denmark county (replaced with regions in 2007)
apskritis  Lithuania county
anakhett  Cambodia prefecture
arrondissement  Netherlands borough, district
French-speaking countries
autónoma Spanish-speaking countries autonomous
autônomo, autónoma Portuguese-speaking countries
avtonomny  Russia
aimag  Mongolia province
baladiyah (baladiyat) Arab countries municipality
barangay  Philippines village (rural) or ward
bairro  Brazil neighbourhood, district
barrio Spanish-speaking countries
bharat  India country
Bezirk  Austria district
Bundesland  Germany (colloquial) federal state
Bibhag  Bangladesh Division
bwrdeistref  Wales borough county
canton (French)
cantone (Italian)
chantun (Romansh)
kanton (German)
  Switzerland canton
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
castello  San Marino municipality
changwat  Thailand province
chef-lieu  France Chief Town/City
comarca Portuguese-speaking countries (judicial system) county
Spanish-speaking countries
comuna  Angola division of município
comuna Spanish-speaking countries commune
comună  Romania rural commune
comune  Italy municipality
comunidad  Spain community
comunidade intermunicipal  Portugal intermunicipal community
comunidade urbana  Portugal urban community
concelho  Cape Verde municipality; synonym of município
corregimiento  Panama subdivision of a distrito
propinsi  Indonesia province
Daerah Istimewa Special District, all are first level (provincial level)
Daerah Khusus Ibukota Exclusive Capital District, refers to DKI Jakarta only.
dào (Mandarin) China circuit
deelgemeente  Belgium submunicipality
demos  Greece municipality
departamento Latin America (Spanish-speaking countries) department
département French-speaking countries department
desa  Indonesia village
district  Suriname district
distrik  Indonesia subdistrict
distrito  Portugal Group of Municipalities
 São Tomé and Príncipe Municipality
 Philippines district
Spanish-speaking countries
distrito, distritu  East Timor municipality
distrito federal  Brazil federal district
 Japan circuit
do  North Korea
 South Korea
dombon  Cambodia area or region
dzongkhag  Bhutan district
estado  Brazil federal state
freguesia  Cape Verde civil parish
fylke  Norway county
gemeente Flanders (Belgium) municipality
Gemeinde German-speaking countries municipality
gewog  Bhutan block
gmina  Poland commune, municipality
gobolka  Somalia administrative region
gouvernorat  Guinea governorate
grande área metropolitana  Portugal greater metropolitan area
guberniya Russian Empire governorate
hameau  France hamlet
hanua  Papua New Guinea village
iduhu  Papua New Guinea clan
hindustan  India country
il  Turkey province
ilçe  Turkey district
imarah Arab countries (formerly) emirate
 United Arab Emirates
judeţ  Moldova (formerly) county
jurydyka  Poland village
kabupaten  Indonesia regency
kasselrij  Netherlands county or burgraviate
kecamatan  Indonesia subdistrict
kelurahan  Indonesia village
ken  Japan prefecture
khan  Cambodia district or section
khett  Cambodia province
khoueng  Laos province
khum  Cambodia commune
kilil  Ethiopia region
kommun  Finland (Swedish) municipality
kommune  Denmark municipality
kota  Indonesia chartered city
kozhuun  Russia[1] rural council
krai  Russia region
kraj  Slovakia region
 Czech Republic
Kreis  Germany district
krom  Cambodia group
krong  Cambodia municipality
kunta  Finland municipality
Lääni  Finland province
lalawigan  Philippines province
Län  Sweden county (Sweden)
Land  Austria (official) state
lieu-dit  France place name
linn  Estonia town/city
lugar  Cape Verde division of zona in Cape Verde
 Portugal hamlet
lungsod  Philippines city
maakond  Estonia county
megye  Hungary county
mahoz  Israel district
mancomunidad  Spain association of municipalities, commonwealth
merindad Medieval Spain county
mesorregião  Brazil mesoregion (division of estado)
mintaqah (mintaqat) Arab countries province, region
microrregião  Brazil microregion (division of mesorregião, group of municípios)
muban  Thailand village
muhafazah (muhafazat) Arab countries governorate
municipalidad Latin America (Spanish-speaking countries) municipality
municipio Spanish-speaking countries municipality
Portuguese-speaking countries
nafa  Israel subdistrict
negeri  Malaysia state
nomos  Greece prefecture
novads  Latvia municipality (amalgamated urban areas without town rights)
NUTS  Europe Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics
oblast Slavic countries province, region
община (obshtina)  Bulgaria municipality
okres  Czech Republic district
okrug  Serbia district
opština  Republika Srpska municipality
ostan (ostan-e)  Iran province
pagasts  Latvia parish
paróquia  Portugal parish (religious division)
 Cape Verde
parroquia  Spain ( Galicia) parish
pedanía  Spain county
periféreia (Περιφέρειες)  Greece periphery
phum  Cambodia village
phumpheak  Cambodia zone
pilseta  Latvia town/city
powiat  Poland county
pradesh  India state
probinsya  Philippines province
provinsi  Indonesia province
provincia Spanish-speaking countries province
província  Portugal (formerly) province
 São Tomé and Príncipe
prowincja  Poland province
райо́н (raion) Russian-speaking countries district
rajons  Latvia district
região  Brazil group of estados; also macrorregião
 Guinea-Bissau Region
região autónoma  Portugal autonomous region
 São Tomé and Príncipe
Regierungsbezirk  Germany district
Region  Denmark region
regione  Italy region
sangkat  Cambodia commune or quarter
sector  Guinea-Bissau sector (municipality)
sector autónomo  Guinea-Bissau autonomous sector (municipality)
selsoviet  Russia rural council
srŏk  Cambodia district
sum  Mongolia district
subdistrito, subdistritu  East Timor subdistrict (submunicipality)
subregião  Portugal subregion
suco, suku  East Timor division of submunicipality
-stan Central Asian countries land (denotes high level of autonomy)
sýsla  Faroe Islands district
tambon  Thailand subdistrict
thesaban  Thailand municipality
tinh  Vietnam province
todōfuken  Japan prefectural level divisions (collectively)
ulus  Russia[2] district
Upzila  Bangladesh Subdistrict
vald  Estonia rural municipality
volost  Russia district
wojewodztwo  Poland voivodeship
waterschap  Netherlands water board
wilayah Arab countries province, territory
zona  Cape Verde zone (division of freguesia)
ziemia  Poland land
Zillah  Pakistan district
županija  Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croatian speaking) county
maahaanam  Sri Lanka (Tamil speaking) province
maavattam  Sri Lanka (Tamil speaking) District
Pirathesam/koattam  Sri Lanka (Tamil speaking) Division
palaatha  Sri Lanka (Sinhala speaking) province
Dhisthrikaya  Sri Lanka (Sinhala speaking) District
Kottahsha  Sri Lanka (Sinhala speaking) Division

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