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
|Country||Type of state||Administrative divisions|
|First-level||Second-level||Third-level||Fourth-level and smaller|
|Abkhazia||Unitary||7 Araion r
|South Ossetia||Unitary||4 Raion r
|Taiwan (Republic of China)||Regional||6 special municipalities (zhíxiáshì)
2 (streamlined) provinces (shěng)
|13 counties (xiàn)
3 provincial cities (shì)
|170 districts (qū)
12 county-administered cities (xiànxiáshì)
40 urban townships (zhèn)
146 Rural townships (xiāng)
|Urban Villages (lǐ)|
Rural Villages (cūn)
|Kosovo||Unitary||7 rajone dis||35 komuna m|
|Somaliland||Unitary||6 gobolada r||18 [districts] dis|
|Northern Cyprus||Unitary||5 ilçe|
|Transnistria||Unitary||5 raions r
|Western Sahara||Unitary||4 wilaya dis||[municipalités] m||[communes]||[arrondissements] dis|
- Country subdivision
- ISO 3166-2, codes for country subdivisions
- Associated state
- Asymmetric federation
- Capital districts and territories
- Condominium, joint sovereignty over an area shared by two or more states.
- Dependent territory
- Federated state
- List of terms for country subdivisions
- List of national capitals serving as administrative divisions
- List of autonomous areas by country
- List of ISO 3166 country codes
- List of sovereign states
- 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- List of FIPS region codes in FIPS 10-4, withdrawn from the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) in 2008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
- 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 round 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 (dis m pro r)
- These indicate, respectively, four common types of administrative division in English: districts; municipalities; provinces; and regions. Other English terms are also footnoted.
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.
- These are different from other countries as enumeration districts (localities) are explicitly mentioned as 4th level administrative divisions.
- Including 2 departments of disputed sovereignty in Tierra del Fuego Province: Antártida Argentina (in the Antarctica), and Islas del Atlántico Sur (which includes the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands)
- Separate from Buenos Aires Province.
- Not counting the Australian Antarctic Territory.
- Jervis Bay Territory and all 6 of Australia's external territories (not counting the Australian Antarctic Territory), are not divided into second-level administrative subdivisions. The suburbs of Canberra are not considered to be administrative subdivisions of any level.
- Being a state, a district and a statutory city
- Not counting vienna
- The districts of Vienna are not considered to be administrative subdivisions of any level.
- Not counting statutory cities
- "Upazilla List". Bangladesh National Portal.
- Dutch : Gewesten; French: Régions or German: Regionen.
- Dutch: Provincies; French: Provinces or German: Provinzen. The Brussels-Capital Region is not divided into provinces.
- Dutch: Arrondissementen; French: Arrondissements or German: Arrondissements.
- Dutch: Gemeenten; French: Communes or German: Gemeinden.
- Chobe District and all six of Botswana's urban districts are not divided into second-level administrative subdivisions.
- "Index of /programs-surveys/international-programs/mapping-files/time-series". www2.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
- Consisting of urban and rural communes.
- Improvement districts are almost always coterminous with a national or provincial park.
- Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (2022-02-09). "Census metropolitan areas (CMAs), census agglomerations (CAs) and census subdivisions (CSDs)". www12.statcan.gc.ca (Comma-separated value). 2021 Canadian census. Retrieved 2022-02-28.
- With the exceptions of Riding Mountain National Park, and Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Forest, the vast majority of unincorporated areas in the province are within Northern Manitoba.
- Statistics Canada divides the province into census divisions that do cover Northern Manitoba, however, these serve no provincial or local governmental functions whatsoever.
- The New Brunswick Equal Opportunity program abolished county and parish governments in 1966. Counties and parishes are now only used by locals as geographic identifiers, and for statistical purposes; there is no meaningful government between the provincial and municipal level.
- Statistics Canada divides the province into census divisions, however, these serve no provincial or local governmental functions whatsoever; the province has no meaningful government between the provincial and municipal level.
- Note that only 11 single-tier municipalities are located in an independent census division. The remaining 162 single-tier municipalities are known as separated municipalities and are counted as part of the statistical area of a neighbouring regional municipality, county, or district by Statistics Canada despite their separated government structures.
- In Ontario, districts are only used in some instances to streamline services delivered by the provincial government, and for statistical purposes, and have no elected government of their own. Areas of districts that are not part of a single-tier municipality or First Nations indian reserves are either administered directly by the government of Ontario or a local services board.
- In Prince Edward Island, governments at the county, parish, and township level have been abolished. Counties, parishes, and townships are now only used by locals as geographic identifiers, and for statistical purposes; there is no meaningful government between the provincial and municipal level.
- In the Northwest Territories, regions are used to streamline services delivered by the territorial government, and have no elected government of their own.
- In Nunavut, regions are used to streamline services delivered by the territorial government, and have no elected government of their own.
- The districts of N'Djamena are not considered to be administrative subdivisions of any level.
- According to article 118 parr. 7 of Chilean Constitution, their establishment is a voluntary faculty for the municipalities.
- either zìráncūnjí ("natural" villages) or xíngzhèngcūnjí (bureaucratic villages, i.e. created for administrative convenience).
- Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Kinshasa.
- also known as Congo-Brazzaville.
- or Danish:syssel.
- "Húsar fara undir Klaksvík". KVF.fo (in Faroese). 25 February 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- Due to be replaced by [communes] 
- villages, village areas or village groups.
- Estonia's linnad (towns) and vallad (parishes) are known collectively as omavalitsused (municipalities).
- Small boroughs
- consisting of kaupungit (urban communes) and kunnat (communes).
- 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 municipal arrondissements (arrondissements municipaux), not to be confused with the arrondissements (districts) subdividing each department.
- also known as a pays d'outre-mer (overseas country).
- or, informally, Bundesländer (federal states).
- Region Hannover, Regionalverband Saarbrücken and Städteregion Aachen
- usually in rural areas and known by various names in different states, e.g. Amt, Samtgemeinde, Verbandsgemeinde and Verwaltungsgemeinschaft
- "Government of India Web Directory". Archived from the original on 2018-08-15.
- sometimes translated as "shires" or "counties".
- "ביאור סמלי החלוקות הגאוגרפיות".
- "רשימת היישובים לפי מעמד מוניציפאלי" (PDF).
- "הרשויות המקומיות בישראל 2017". cbs.gov.il (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2019-10-28.
- "רשימת המועצות האזוריות | ברוכים הבאים לאתר המועצות האיזוריות" (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2019-10-28.
- The city has a special status because it is currently being leased to Russia with Baikonur Cosmodrome until the year 2050
- "Territorial administration of Lebanon". Localiban. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
- French; alternatively German:Kantone.
- "Cartes du Luxembourg". 23 March 2023.
- French; alternatively German:Gemeinden.
- Luxembourgish: quartierën; alternatively French:quartiers, German:Stadtvierteln.
- or communes.
- or wilaya'at.
- or moughataas.
- some disputed; see Regions of Morocco.
- Nakale, Albertina (9 August 2013). "President divides Kavango into two". New Era. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014.
- 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
- or partidos.
- or probinsya.
- or malayang siyudad; cities independent from province, classified as either "highly urbanized" or "independent component" cities.
- or munisipalidad; municipality not under any provincial authority.
- or bahaging siyudad; cities under provincial supervision ("component cities").
- or munisipalidad; regular municipalities under provincial supervision.
- or barrios.
- consisting of 314 powiat ziemski (rural counties) and 66 powiat grodzki (urban counties) or miasta na prawach powiatu ("cities of county right").
- or municípios.
- federal subjects, grouped into 7 federal districts
- Including the Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol, the Donetsk People's Republic, Kherson Oblast, the Lugansk People's Republic and Zaporozhye Oblast, which were illegally annexed by Russia in 2014 and 2022 but internationally recognized as part of Ukraine
- Including Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts which are internationally recognized as part of Ukraine
- Including the Republic of Crimea (annexed by Russia in 2014) and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (annexed in 2022) which are internationally recognized as part of Ukraine
- Including Sevastopol which was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014 but internationally recognized as part of Ukraine
- Annexed by Russia in 2014 but internationally recognized as part of Ukraine
- sing. akarere.
- or French:secteurs administratifs (administrative sectors).
- or French:cellules (cells).
- The Constitution of Serbia recognizes two autonomous provinces, Vojvodina in the north, and the disputed territory of Kosovo and Metohija in the south.
- Mestská a obecná štatistika SR Archived 2007-10-27 at the Wayback Machine
- "cadastral areas".
- Some provinces are divided in districts called comarcas
- Ceuta and Melilla
- minor sovereign places in North Africa
- County councils
- (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.
- Mwakyusa, Alvar (4 February 2016). "Songwe is new region - with four districts". Daily News. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
- Changwat is a province
- PAO - Provincial Administrative Organisation
- Amphoe is a district
- Tambon is a subdistrict
- Thesaban nakhon is a City-municipality
- Thesaban mueang is a Town-municipality
- Thesaban tambon is a Subdistrict-municipality
- City of Pattaya is a Special local government
- Muban is a village
- SAO/TAO - Subdistrict Administrative Organization
- Chumchon is a Community Association
- Khet is a district in Bangkok
- Kwaeng is a subdistrict in Bangkok
- urban districts.
- Currently, one oblast (Luhansk) is fully under Russian control, and three more (Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia) are partially under Russian control.
- One city (Sevastopol) is currently under Russian control.
- Currenltly under Russian control
- "Офіційний портал Верховної Ради України". static.rada.gov.ua. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
- "Monitoring of the reform of local self-government and territorial organization of power" (in Ukrainian). Ministry of Communities and Territories Development (Ukraine). November 2, 2023.
- email@example.com, ONS Geography (7 April 2010). "Parishes and communities". www.ons.gov.uk.
- not all of England is parished - see unparished area.
- a bailiwick.
- Includes 11 census areas that make up the Unorganized Borough of Alaska; these areas have no meaningful government between the state and minor civil division level.
- Includes two counties (Oglala Lakota and Todd) in South Dakota that do not have their own governments, and administrative functions at the county level are done in a neighboring county.
- Includes the counties of Rhode Island, which are only used for statistical purposes, and there is no meaningful government between the state and minor civil division level.
- Includes the counties of Massachusetts; eight of the fourteen county governments in Massachusetts were abolished between 1997 and 2000, and there is no meaningful government between the state and minor civil division level in the affected areas.
- Includes the counties of Connecticut, which have no government of their own. In 2017, the state of Connecticut recommended that nine councils of governments replace the historical eight counties for statistical purposes in the United States Census Bureau; the Census Bureau intends to implement this change in 2023.
- also known as municipalities.
- "US Census Barrio-Pueblo definition". factfinder.com. US Census. Archived from the original on 13 May 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
- federal dependencies.
- Nominal. All provincial governments are de facto abolished.
- Albanian; alternatively Serbian:regiona or okruga.
- Albanian; alternatively Serbian:opstina.