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borough is a term introduced in 1889 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
(excluding Scotland), to refer to a borough or a city independent of county council control. They were abolished by the Local Government Act 1972
Local Government Act 1972
in England
and Wales, but continue in use for lieutenancy and shrievalty in Northern Ireland. In the Republic of Ireland
they remain in existence but have been renamed cities under the provisions of the Local Government Act 2001.[1] The Local Government (Wales) Act 1994
Local Government (Wales) Act 1994
re-introduced the term for certain "principal areas" in Wales. Scotland
did not have county boroughs but instead counties of cities. These were abolished on 16 May 1975. All four Scottish cities of the time — Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow
— were included in this category. There was an additional category of large burgh in the Scottish system, which were responsible for all services apart from police, education and fire.


1 England
and Wales

1.1 History

1.1.1 Initial creation 1.1.2 Growth 1.1.3 Slowdown 1.1.4 Partial reform 1.1.5 Abolition 1.1.6 Revival

1.2 County
boroughs in 1973 1.3 Previous county boroughs

2 Northern Ireland 3 Republic of Ireland 4 References 5 See also

and Wales[edit] History[edit] Initial creation[edit] When county councils were first created in 1889, it was decided that to let them have authority over large towns or cities would be impractical, and so any large incorporated place would have the right to be a county borough, and thus independent from the administrative county it would otherwise come under. Some cities and towns were already independent counties corporate, and most were to become county boroughs. Originally ten county boroughs were proposed; Bristol, Hull, Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne
and Nottingham, which were already counties, and Birmingham, Bradford, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Sheffield, which were not. The Local Government Act 1888
Local Government Act 1888
as eventually passed required a population of over 50,000 except in the case of existing counties corporate.[2] This resulted in 61 county boroughs in England and two in Wales
( Cardiff
and Swansea). Several exceptions were allowed, mainly for historic towns: Bath, Dudley
and Oxford
were all under the 50,000 limit in the 1901 census. Some of the smaller counties corporate—Berwick upon Tweed, Lichfield, Lincoln, Poole, Carmarthen
and Haverfordwest—did not become county boroughs, although Canterbury, with a population under 25,000, did. Growth[edit] Various new county boroughs were constituted in the following decades as more boroughs reached the 50,000 minimum and then promoted Acts to constitute them county boroughs. The granting of county borough status was the subject of much disagreement between the large municipal boroughs and the county councils. The population limit provided county councils with a disincentive to allow mergers or boundary amendments to districts that would create authorities with large populations, as this would allow them to seek county borough status and remove the tax base from the administrative county. County
boroughs to be constituted in this era were a mixed bag, including some towns that would continue to expand such as Bournemouth and Southend-on-Sea. Other towns such as Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent
and Dewsbury
were not to increase in population much past 50,000. 1913 saw the attempts of Luton
and Cambridge
to gain county borough status defeated in the House of Commons, despite the approval of the Local Government Board — the removal of Cambridge
from Cambridgeshire would have reduced the income of Cambridgeshire County
Council by over half. Slowdown[edit]

Street nameplate on Rutland Road, Smethwick
in April 2007, showing painted out " County
Borough" lettering.

Upon recommendation of a commission chaired by the Earl of Onslow, the population threshold was raised to 75,000 in 1926, by the Local Government ( County
Boroughs and Adjustments) Act 1926, which also made it much harder to expand boundaries. The threshold was raised to 100,000 by the Local Government Act 1958. The viability of the county borough of Merthyr Tydfil came into question in the 1930s. Due to a decline in the heavy industries of the town, by 1932 more than half the male population was unemployed, resulting in very high municipal rates in order to make public assistance payments. At the same time the population of the borough was lower than when it had been created in 1908.[3] A royal commission was appointed in May 1935 to "investigate whether the existing status of Merthyr Tydfil as a county borough should be continued, and if not, what other arrangements should be made".[4] The commission reported the following November, and recommended that Merthyr should revert to the status of a non-county borough, and that public assistance should be taken over by central government. In the event county borough status was retained by the town, with the chairman of the Welsh Board of Health appointed as administrative adviser in 1936.[5] After the Second World War
Second World War
the creation of new county boroughs in England and Wales
England and Wales
was effectively suspended, pending a local government review. A government white paper published in 1945 stated that "it is expected that there will be a number of Bills for extending or creating county boroughs" and proposed the creation of a boundary commission to bring coordination to local government reform. The policy in the paper also ruled out the creation of new county boroughs in Middlesex
"owing to its special problems".[6] The Local Government Boundary Commission was appointed on 26 October 1945, under the chairmanship of Sir Malcolm Trustram Eve,[7] delivering its report in 1947.[8] The Commission recommended that towns with a population of 200,000 or more should become one-tier "new counties", with "new county boroughs" having a population of 60,000 - 200,000 being "most-purpose authorities", with the county council of the administrative county providing certain limited services. The report envisaged the creation of 47 two-tiered "new counties", 21 one-tiered "new counties" and 63 "new county boroughs". The recommendations of the Commission extended to a review of the division of functions between different tiers of local government, and thus fell outside its terms of reference, and its report was not acted upon. Partial reform[edit] The next attempt at reform was by the Local Government Act 1958, which established the Local Government Commission for England
and the Local Government Commission for Wales
to carry out reviews of existing local government structures and recommend reforms. Although the Commissions did not complete their work before being dissolved, a handful of new county boroughs were constituted between 1964 and 1968. Luton, Torbay, and Solihull
gained county borough status. Additionally, Teesside county borough was formed from the merger of the existing county borough of Middlesbrough, and the non-county boroughs of Stockton-on-Tees
and Redcar; Warley was formed from the county borough of Smethwick
and the non-county boroughs of Oldbury and Rowley Regis; and West Hartlepool
West Hartlepool
was merged with Hartlepool. Following these changes, there was a total of 79 county boroughs in England. The Commission also recommended the downgrading of Barnsley
to be a non-county borough, but this was not carried out. Abolition[edit] The county boroughs of East Ham, West Ham and Croydon were abolished in 1965 with the creation of Greater London
Greater London
and went on to form parts of London boroughs. The remaining county boroughs were abolished in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, and replaced with non-metropolitan districts and metropolitan districts, all beneath county councils in a two-tier structure. In Greater London
Greater London
and the metropolitan counties the lower tier districts retained a wider range of powers than in the non-metropolitan counties. Revival[edit] This situation did not persist long. In 1986 the metropolitan county councils and the Greater London
Greater London
Council were abolished, returning the metropolitan boroughs to a status equivalent to the former county boroughs, but sharing some powers (police and transport for example). In the 1990s, many of the nonmetropolitan former county boroughs were reformed again as unitary authorities — essentially the same as a county borough. As a result, by 2015, most former county boroughs were either metropolitan boroughs or unitary authorities with a status similar to the old county boroughs. In England, most of those former county boroughs that did not gain unitary authority status—Barrow-in-Furness, Burnley, Canterbury, Carlisle, Chester, Eastbourne, Gloucester, Great Yarmouth, Hastings, Ipswich, Lincoln, Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Preston, and Worcester—have given their names to non-unitary local government districts (in some cases coterminous with the old county borough, in other cases much larger). Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent
became an unparished area in the East Staffordshire borough, and has now been divided into several parishes. In Wales, several principal areas are county boroughs:[9]

Newport (acquired city status in 2002) Merthyr Tydfil Caerphilly Blaenau Gwent Torfaen Vale of Glamorgan Bridgend Rhondda Cynon Taf Neath Port Talbot Wrexham Conwy

For all practical purposes, county boroughs are exactly the same as the other principal areas of Wales
called "counties" (including "cities and counties") as all these areas are run by unitary authorities (i.e.: have the functions of both boroughs and counties). Although unitary authorities are functionally equivalent to county boroughs, only in Wales
is the title given official recognition by Act of Parliament.[10] County
boroughs in 1973[edit]

The map depicts the county boroughs in England
immediately prior to their abolition in 1974. County
boroughs in Wales
and Northern Ireland are not shown. This table shows those county boroughs that existed in England
and Wales
between the Local Government Acts of 1888 (that created them) and 1972 (that abolished them from 1974).

borough From Associated county 1971 census pop Successors in 1974

Barnsley 1913 Yorkshire, West Riding 75,439 Barnsley
MB (part) South Yorkshire

Barrow-in-Furness 1889 Lancashire 64,039 Barrow (part) Cumbria

Bath 1889 Somerset 84,686 Bath Avon

Birkenhead 1889 Cheshire 137,889 Wirral MB (part) Merseyside

Birmingham 1889 Warwickshire 1,014,773 Birmingham
MD (part) West Midlands

Blackburn 1889 Lancashire 101,802 Blackburn (part) Lancashire

Blackpool 1904 Lancashire 151,871 Blackpool Lancashire

Bolton 1889 Lancashire 154,223 Bolton MB (part) Greater Manchester

Bootle 1889 Lancashire 74,304 Sefton MB (part) Merseyside

Bournemouth 1900 Hampshire 153,861 Bournemouth Dorset

Bradford 1889 Yorkshire, West Riding 294,164 Bradford
MB (part) West Yorkshire

Brighton 1889 Sussex 161,350 Brighton East Sussex

Bristol 1889 Gloucestershire
‡ 426,653 Bristol Avon

Burnley 1889 Lancashire 76,489 Burnley (part) Lancashire

Burton upon Trent 1901 Staffordshire 50,211 East Staffordshire
East Staffordshire
(part) † Staffordshire

Bury 1889 Lancashire 67,870 Bury MB (part) Greater Manchester

Canterbury 1889 Kent 33,155 Canterbury
(part) Kent

Cardiff 1889 Glamorgan 279,046 Cardiff
(part) South Glamorgan

Carlisle 1915 Cumberland 71,580 Carlisle (part) Cumbria

Chester 1889 Cheshire
‡ 62,923 Chester (part) Cheshire

Coventry 1889 Warwickshire 335,260 Coventry MB (part) West Midlands

Darlington 1915 Durham 85,916 Darlington (part) Durham

Derby 1889 Derbyshire 219,578 Derby Derbyshire

Dewsbury 1913 Yorkshire, West Riding 51,354 Kirklees
MB (part) West Yorkshire

Doncaster 1927 Yorkshire, West Riding 82,671 Doncaster MB (part) South Yorkshire

Dudley 1889 Worcestershire to 1966 then Staffordshire 185,592 Dudley
MB (part) West Midlands

Eastbourne 1911 Sussex 70,949 Eastbourne East Sussex

Exeter 1889 Devon
‡ 95,711 Exeter Devon

Gateshead 1889 Durham 94,464 Gateshead MB (part) Tyne and Wear

Gloucester 1889 Gloucestershire
‡ 90,223 Gloucester Gloucestershire

Grimsby 1891 Lincolnshire 95,502 Grimsby Humberside

Halifax 1889 Yorkshire, West Riding 91,263 Calderdale
MB (part) West Yorkshire

Hartlepool 1967 Durham 97,082 Hartlepool
(part) Cleveland

Hastings 1889 Sussex 72,414 Hastings East Sussex

Huddersfield 1889 Yorkshire, West Riding 131,188 Kirklees
MB (part) West Yorkshire

Ipswich 1889 Suffolk 123,297 Ipswich Suffolk

Kingston upon Hull 1889 Yorkshire, East Riding ‡ 285,965 Kingston upon Hull Humberside

Leeds 1889 Yorkshire, West Riding 496,036 Leeds
MB (part) West Yorkshire

Leicester 1889 Leicestershire 284,208 Leicester Leicestershire

Lincoln 1889 Lincolnshire
‡ 77,077 (1961) Lincoln Lincolnshire

Liverpool 1889 Lancashire 610,114 Liverpool Merseyside

Luton 1964 Bedfordshire 161,400 Luton Bedfordshire

Manchester 1889 Lancashire 543,741 Manchester
MB (part) Greater Manchester

Merthyr Tydfil 1908 Glamorgan 55,283 Merthyr Tydfil Mid Glamorgan

Newcastle upon Tyne 1889 Northumberland
‡ 222,172 Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne
MB (part) Tyne and Wear

Newport 1891 Monmouthshire 112,298 Newport Gwent

Northampton 1889 Northamptonshire 126,597 Northampton
(part) Northamptonshire

Nottingham 1889 Nottinghamshire
‡ 300,675 Nottingham Nottinghamshire

Norwich 1889 Norfolk
‡ 122,093 Norwich Norfolk

Oldham 1889 Lancashire 105,922 Oldham MB (part) Greater Manchester

Oxford 1889 Oxfordshire 108,834 Oxford Oxfordshire

Plymouth 1889 Devon 239,467 Plymouth Devon

Portsmouth 1889 Hampshire 197,453 Portsmouth Hampshire

Preston 1889 Lancashire 98,091 Preston (part) Lancashire

Reading 1889 Berkshire 132,978 Reading Berkshire

Rochdale 1889 Lancashire 91,461 Rochdale MB (part) Greater Manchester

Rotherham 1902 Yorkshire, West Riding 84,800 Rotherham MB (part) South Yorkshire

St Helens 1889 Lancashire 104,326 St Helens MB (part) Merseyside

Salford 1889 Lancashire 131,006 Salford MB (part) Greater Manchester

Sheffield 1889 Yorkshire, West Riding 520,308 Sheffield
MB (part) South Yorkshire

Solihull 1964 Warwickshire 107,086 Solihull
MB (part) West Midlands

Southampton 1889 Hampshire
‡ 215,131 Southampton Hampshire

Southend-on-Sea 1914 Essex 162,735 Southend-on-Sea Essex

Southport 1905 Lancashire 84,524 Sefton MB (part) Merseyside

South Shields 1889 Durham 100,676 South Tyneside
South Tyneside
MB (part) Tyne and Wear

Stockport 1889 Cheshire 139,598 Stockport MB (part) Greater Manchester

Stoke on Trent 1910 Staffordshire 265,258 Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire

Sunderland 1889 Durham 217,075 Sunderland MB (part) Tyne and Wear

Swansea 1889 Glamorgan 173,355 Swansea
(part) West Glamorgan

Teesside 1968 Yorkshire, North Riding 396,233 Middlesbrough
(part) Stockton (part) Langbaurgh (part) Cleveland

Torbay 1968 Devon 109,260 Torbay Devon

Tynemouth 1904 Northumberland 69,339 North Tyneside
North Tyneside
MB (part) Tyne and Wear

Wakefield 1915 Yorkshire, West Riding 59,591 Wakefield MB (part) West Yorkshire

Wallasey 1913 Cheshire 97,216 Wirral MB (part) Merseyside

Walsall 1889 Staffordshire 184,734 Walsall MB (part) West Midlands

Warley 1966 Worcestershire 163,567 Sandwell
MB (part) West Midlands

Warrington 1900 Lancashire 68,322 Warrington (part) Cheshire

West Bromwich 1889 Staffordshire 166,592 Sandwell
MB (part) West Midlands

Wigan 1889 Lancashire 81,144 Wigan MB (part) Greater Manchester

Wolverhampton 1889 Staffordshire 269,112 Wolverhampton MB West Midlands

Worcester 1889 Worcestershire ‡ 73,454 Worcester
(part) Hereford and Worcester

Yarmouth 1889 Norfolk 50,236 Great Yarmouth (part) Norfolk

York 1889 Yorkshire, West Riding ‡ 104,783 York North Yorkshire

‡ these boroughs were counties corporate and were separate from the associated county for certain largely ceremonial purposes, principally shrievalty and administration of justice.[11] † had Charter Trustees Only four districts with more than one county borough were formed: Wirral, Sandwell, Sefton and Kirklees. Elsewhere, county boroughs usually formed the core or all of a district named after the county borough - with the exceptions of Halifax, whose metropolitan district was named Calderdale, Burton upon Trent, which became part of the East Staffordshire
district, and Teesside, which was split up between three non-metropolitan districts. Previous county boroughs[edit] County
boroughs to be abolished prior to 1974 were:

borough County Created Abolished Successor

Croydon Surrey 1889 1965 Greater London: London Borough of Croydon

Devonport Devon 1889 1914 County
Borough of Plymouth

East Ham Essex 1915 1965 Greater London: London Borough of Newham

Hanley Staffordshire 1889 1910 County
Borough of Stoke on Trent

Middlesbrough Yorkshire, North Riding 1889 1968 County
Borough of Teesside

Smethwick Staffordshire 1907 1966 County
Borough of Warley

West Ham Essex 1889 1965 Greater London: London Borough of Newham

West Hartlepool Durham 1902 1967 County
Borough of Hartlepool

Northern Ireland[edit] The county boroughs of Belfast
and Derry
were created by the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898. In Northern Ireland, local government has not used county boroughs since 1973, but they remain in use for lieutenancy. For administrative purposes the two county boroughs in Northern Ireland
were replaced with two larger districts ( Belfast
and Londonderry, subsequently renamed Derry). Republic of Ireland[edit] The Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898
Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898
created county boroughs in Ireland. Under the Act, four former counties corporate (Cork, Dublin, Limerick
and Waterford) became county boroughs. Galway
became a county borough in 1986. In the Republic of Ireland, the relevant legislation remained in force (although amended), and county boroughs on the original model existed until 2001. Under the Local Government Act 2001 (which replaced most existing local government legislation in Ireland), the term "County Borough" was abolished and replaced with "City" (and hence, "Corporation" with " City
Council"). However Kilkenny, while a city, is instead administered as a town (and part of the county council area) for local government purposes. It is allowed to use the title "Borough Council" instead of " Town
Council" however. References[edit]

^ Local Government Act, 2001, with particular reference to section 10 (2) and 10 (4) (b). http://www.environ.ie/en/LocalGovernment/LocalGovernmentAdministration/RHLegislation/FileDownLoad,1963,en.pdf Archived 20 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Local Government Act 1888, s.31 ^ Census data on population of Merthyr Tydfil ^ London Gazette, 1 May 1935 ^ Report of the Royal Commission on the status of the County
Borough of Merthyr Tydfil (Cmd.5039) ^ Local government in England and Wales
England and Wales
during the period of reconstruction (Cmd.6579) ^ London Gazette, 26 October 1945 ^ Report of the Local Government Boundary Commission for the year 1947 ^ Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, Schedule 1, Part II ^ Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, Schedule 1, Part II ^ Arnold-Baker, Charles (2001). The Companion to British History (2 ed.). Routledge. p. 368. ISBN 9780415185837. 

See also[edit]

Municipal borough Metropolitan borough London borough County
corporate List of administrative counties and county boroughs of England
by population in 1971

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Borough status in the United Kingdom


London borough Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan borough

Municipal borough

Municipal Corporations Act 1835
Municipal Corporations Act 1835
(1835–1882 incorporations) Municipal Corporations Act 1882
Municipal Corporations Act 1882
(1882–1974 incorporations) County
borough Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan borough
(London) Local Government Act 1933 Rural borough

Ancient borough

Unreformed boroughs 1835–1886 Seigneurial borough

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Designations for types of administrative territorial entities

English terms

Common English terms1


Insular area Local government area Protected area Special
area Statistical area

Combined statistical area Metropolitan statistical area Micropolitan statistical area

Urban area




borough Metropolitan borough


Federal capital Imperial capital


state Autonomous city Charter city Independent city Incorporated city Imperial city Free imperial city Royal free city


Autonomous community Residential community


Administrative county Autonomous county Consolidated city-county Metropolitan county




Overseas country


Overseas department


Capital district City
district Congressional district Electoral district Federal district Indian government district Land district Metropolitan district

Non-metropolitan district

Military district Municipal district Police district Regional district Rural district Sanitary district Subdistrict Urban district Special


Census division Police division Subdivision


municipality County

Norway Nova Scotia Regional county municipality

Direct-controlled municipality District
municipality Mountain resort municipality Neutral municipality Regional municipality Resort municipality Rural municipality Specialized municipality


Autonomous prefecture Subprefecture Super-prefecture Praetorian prefecture


Autonomous province Overseas province Roman province


Administrative region Autonomous region Capital region Development region Economic region Mesoregion Microregion Overseas region Planning region Special
administrative region Statistical region Subregion


Biosphere reserve Ecological reserve Game reserve Indian reserve Nature reserve


Federal state Free state Sovereign state


Capital territory

Federal capital territory

Dependent territory Federal territory Military territory Organized incorporated territory Overseas territory Union territory Unorganized territory


Census town Market town


Charter township Civil township Paper township Survey township Urban township


Autonomous territorial unit Local administrative unit Municipal unit Regional unit


Economic zone

Exclusive economic zone Free economic zone Special
economic zone

Free-trade zone Neutral zone Self-administered zone

Other English terms


Alpine resort Bailiwick Banner


Block Cadastre Circle Circuit Colony Commune Condominium Constituency Duchy Eldership Emirate Federal dependency Governorate Hamlet Ilkhanate Indian reservation Manor


Muftiate Neighbourhood Parish Periphery Precinct Principality Protectorate Quarter Regency Autonomous republic Riding Sector


Shire Sultanate Suzerainty Townland Village

Administrative Summer



Agency Barony Burgh Exarchate Hide Hundred Imperial Circle March Monthon Presidency Residency Roman diocese Seat Tenth Tithing

Non-English or loanwords


Amt Bakhsh Barangay Bezirk Regierungsbezirk Comune Frazione Fu Gemeinde Județ Kunta / kommun

Finland Sweden

Län Località Megye Muban Oblast


Okrug Ostān Poblacion Purok Shahrestān Sum Sýsla Tehsil Vingtaine


Commote Gau Heerlijkheid Köping Maalaiskunta Nome

Egypt Greece

Pagus Pargana Plasă Satrapy Socken Subah Syssel Zhou

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terms for country subdivisions


Muhafazah (محافظة governorate) Wilayah (ولاية province) Mintaqah (منطقة region) Mudiriyah (مديرية directorate) Imarah (إمارة emirate) Baladiyah (بلدية municipality) Shabiyah (شعبية "popularate")

Second / third-level

Mintaqah (منطقة region) Qadaa (قضاء district) Nahiyah (ناحية subdistrict) Markaz (مركز district) Mutamadiyah (معتمدية "delegation") Daerah/Daïra (دائرة circle) Liwa (لواء banner / sanjak)

City / township-level

Amanah (أمانة municipality) Baladiyah (بلدية municipality) Ḥai (حي neighborhood / quarter) Mahallah (محلة) Qarya (قرية) Sheyakhah (شياخة "neighborhood subdivision")

English translations given are those most commonly used.

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French terms for country subdivisions

arrondissement département préfecture subprefectures

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Greek terms for country subdivisions


apokentromenes dioikiseis / geniki dioikisis§ / diamerisma§ / periphereia nomos§ / periphereiaki enotita demos / eparchia§ / koinotita§


archontia/archontaton bandon demos despotaton dioikesis doukaton droungos eparchia exarchaton katepanikion kephalatikion kleisoura meris naukrareia satrapeia strategis thema toparchia tourma

§ signifies a defunct institution

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Portuguese terms for country subdivisions

Regional subdivisions

Estado Distrito federal Província Região Distrito Comarca Capitania

Local subdivisions

Município Concelho Freguesia Comuna Circunscrição


Cidade Vila Aldeia Bairro Lugar

Historical subdivisions in italics.

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Slavic terms for country subdivisions


dzielnica gmina krai kraj krajina / pokrajina městys obec oblast / oblast' / oblasti / oblys / obwód / voblast' okręg okres okrug opština / općina / občina / obshtina osiedle powiat / povit raion selsoviet / silrada sołectwo voivodeship / vojvodina županija


darugha gromada guberniya / gubernia jurydyka khutor obshchina okolia opole pogost prowincja sorok srez starostwo / starostva uyezd volost ziemia župa

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Spanish terms for country subdivisions

National, Federal

Comunidad autónoma Departamento Distrito federal Estado Provincia Región

Regional, Metropolitan

Cantón Comarca Comuna Corregimiento Delegación Distrito Mancomunidad Merindad Municipalidad Municipio Parroquia

Ecuador Spain

Urban, Rural

Aldea Alquería Anteiglesia Asentamiento

Asentamiento informal Pueblos jóvenes

Barrio Campamento Caserío Ciudad

Ciudad autónoma

Colonia Lugar Masía Pedanía Población Ranchería Sitio Vereda Villa Village

Historical subdivisions in italics.

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Turkish terms for country subdivisions


il (province) ilçe (district) şehir (city) kasaba (town) belediye (municipality) belde (community) köy (village) mahalle (neighbourhood/quarter)


ağalık (feudal district) bucak (subdistrict) beylerbeylik (province) kadılık (subprovince) kaza (sub-province) hidivlik (viceroyalty) mutasarrıflık (subprovince) nahiye (nahiyah) paşalık (province) reya (Romanian principalities) sancak (prefecture) vilayet (province) voyvodalık (Romanian provinces)

1 Used by ten or more countries or having derived terms. Historical derivations in italics. See also: Census division, Electoral district, Political division, and List of administrative di