Wiktionary:Place names

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This is a list of all types of place names separated by country. Please explain all the place names that a country use (city, town, county, province, state, prefecture, etc. when applicable).

Some suggestions to enrich the descriptions for placenames of each country:

  • Official status:
    • Mention if a type of place is official status in the country or not. (e.g., in some countries, "city" is an official, government-sanctioned status, in others it's just arbitrary usage of the word)
    • Say if there's an official term prefered instead of "city" or "town". (like "municipality")
    • Say if an English speaker would usually use terms like "town"/"city" regardless of the words that the native speakers use.
  • Usage/sources
    • Feel free to provide external links and/or links to Wikipedia as sources.
    • Link to current categories that Wiktionary use.
    • Link to categories that Wikipedia use.
  • Languages:
    • Mention both the placename in English and the official language of the country. (as in, city/ciudad)
  • Comprehensiveness:
    • Mention all types of placename, down to the smallest ones such as "village" or "borough".
    • Mention any obscure types of placenames like "region" or "macroregion" (which could maybe be a group of cities, a group of states, etc., depending on the country).
    • Mention former types of placenames, i.e. that a country does not have anymore.
    • Explain the capitals that the country has, such as capitals of states/provinces and say if the capital of the country is the capital of the state too.
  • Appeal/illustration:
    • Add some map or image if you'd like!

This list can be used when deciding names of categories and formatting definitions.

Note: See #Brazil for example. Once more countries are created here, remove this line.

See also Template:place, the template used to generate definitions of place names.

Wikipedia categories[edit]

List of countries[edit]

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Abhkazia[edit]

Afghanistan[edit]

Albania[edit]

Algeria[edit]

Andorra[edit]

  • 7 parishes (parròquies)
  • Some parishes are subdivided into quarters (quarts)
  • One parish (Canillo) subdivided into 10 veïnats

Angola[edit]

Antigua and Barbuda[edit]

  • Divided into six parishes and two dependencies

Argentina[edit]

Armenia[edit]

Australia[edit]

  • 6 states, 3 federal territories, 7 external territories

Azerbaijan[edit]

Bahamas[edit]

Bahrain[edit]

Bangladesh[edit]

  • divided into 8 major regions called divisions
    • Each division is further split into 64 districts
      • districts are then further sub-divided into 488 Upazilas (previously named by thana).

Barbados[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Belize[edit]

  • 6 districts
  • Districts subdivided into constituencies

Benin[edit]

Bhutan[edit]

  • Divided into 20 dzongkhags, or districts
  • Each district is subdivided into gewogs, or groups of villages
  • Gewogs are subdivided into chewogs for elections and thromdes "municipalities" for administration

Bolivia[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Botswana[edit]

Brazil[edit]

The 26 states + the Federal District of Brazil.

Current categories:

Brunei[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Burkina Faso[edit]

Burundi[edit]

Cambodia[edit]

Cameroon[edit]

Canada[edit]

Divided into 10 provinces, 3 territories. Further subdivisions vary depending on the province or territory.

Cape Verde[edit]

Central African Republic[edit]

Chad[edit]

Chile[edit]

China[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Comoros[edit]

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

Republic of the Congo[edit]

Costa Rica[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Cuba[edit]

  • Formerly six large historical provinces (provincias)
  • Currently 15 provinces and one special municipality (Isla de la Juventud)
  • Provinces subdivided into municipalities (municipios)

Cyprus[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Djibouti[edit]

Dominica[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

East Timor[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

Egypt[edit]

El Salvador[edit]

Equatorial Guinea[edit]

Eritrea[edit]

Estonia[edit]

Ethiopia[edit]

Fiji[edit]

Finland[edit]

Finland has, according to a Wikipedia article,

See also

France[edit]

Gabon[edit]

Gambia[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Ghana[edit]

Greece[edit]

Grenada[edit]

  • Divided into 6 parishes

Guatemala[edit]

Guinea[edit]

Guinea-Bissau[edit]

Guyana[edit]

Haiti[edit]

Honduras[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Iceland[edit]

India[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Iran[edit]

Iraq[edit]

Republic of Ireland[edit]

Israel[edit]

  • 6 districts (מְחוֹזוֹת m pl ‎(m'khozot) each having around a million people and one area (אֵזוֹר m sg ‎(ezór). CBS example
    • Which are further divided into fifteen sub-districts (נָפוֹת f pl ‎(nafót)), although two of these include the same area as the district and such are not usually listed.
  • 3 metropolitan areas, a separate distinction from districts. CBS example
  • There are 3 types of local government: Government website
  • However most of these divisions are mainly used for administrative purposes and colloquially (in addresses for example) only the local types are used and sometimes their divisions (e.g. kibbutzim and moshavim).
  • Cities are sometimes divided into neighbourhoods (שְׁכוּנוֹת f pl ‎(sh'khunót)) or older ones into quarters (רובעים \ רֹבָעִים f pl ‎(rova'ím)), but these are usually descriptive (e.g. לב העיר ‎(lev ha'ir, literally heart of the city), הרובע היהודי ‎(harova' hay'hudí, literally the Jewish quarter)) and might be considered SOP.

Italy[edit]

Ivory Coast[edit]

Jamaica[edit]

Japan[edit]

Jordan[edit]

Kazakhstan[edit]

Kenya[edit]

North Korea[edit]

South Korea[edit]

Kuwait[edit]

Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Laos[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Lesotho[edit]

Liberia[edit]

Libya[edit]

Liechtenstein[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Luxembourg[edit]

Macedonia[edit]

Madagascar[edit]

  • There were formerly 6 administrative provinces subdivided into 22 regions
  • The provinces were dissolved, now the 22 regions are the highest subdivision
  • Regions are subdivided into districts
  • Districts are subdivided into communes
  • Communes are subdivided into fokontany

Malawi[edit]

  • Three regions: Central, Northern, Southern
  • Regions are subdivided into districts

Malaysia[edit]

Maldives[edit]

Mali[edit]

Malta[edit]

Marshall Islands[edit]

Mauritania[edit]

Mauritius[edit]

Mexico[edit]

  • 31 states (estados)
  • States subdivided into municipalities (municipios)
  • Mexico City is not a state or municipality, but is divided into 16 boroughs (delegaciones)

Federated States of Micronesia[edit]

  • Divided into 4 states
  • Each state is subdivided into municipalities

Moldova[edit]

Mongolia[edit]

Montenegro[edit]

Morocco[edit]

Mozambique[edit]

Myanmar[edit]

Namibia[edit]

Nauru[edit]

  • 14 administrative districts grouped into 8 electoral constituencies
  • Districts are subdivided into villages

Nepal[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

  • 12 provinces (provincie)
  • Provinces subdivided into municipalities (gemeente), which are mostly administrative in nature.
  • Municipalities are subdivided into places (woonplaats), which represent individual settlements. A municipality may have only one place in it, or it may have many individual places spread across a wider area.
  • No legal distinction is made between places of different sizes or statuses. woonplaats covers anything from a tiny hamlet to a big city. A woonplaats may not even have anyone living in it (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one).

New Zealand[edit]

Nicaragua[edit]

  • 15 departments (departamentos) and 2 autonomous communities
  • Departments subdivided into municipalities (municipios)

Niger[edit]

Nigeria[edit]

Norway[edit]

Oman[edit]

Palau[edit]

Panama[edit]

Papua New Guinea[edit]

Paraguay[edit]

Peru[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

Qatar[edit]

Romania[edit]

Russia[edit]

Rwanda[edit]

Saint Kitts and Lewis[edit]

Saint Lucia[edit]

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[edit]

Samoa[edit]

San Marino[edit]

  • 9 municipalities (castelli), including the capital city
  • Each municipality has a main settlement known as a capoluogo
  • Municipalities subdivided into parishes or curacies (curazie)

São Tomé and Príncipe[edit]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

  • Divided into 13 regions / provinces
  • Provinces are subdivided into 118 governorates (محافظة)
  • Governorates are subdivided into sub-governorates
  • Regional capitals are not part of any governorate, but are governed by municipal councils (أمانة)

Senegal[edit]

  • 14 regions
  • Regions subdivided into departments
  • Departments subdivided into arrondissements

Serbia[edit]

Seychelles[edit]

Sierra Leone[edit]

Singapore[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

Slovenia[edit]

Solomon Islands[edit]

Somalia[edit]

South Africa[edit]

South Sudan[edit]

Spain[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]

Sudan[edit]

Suriname[edit]

Swaziland[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Syria[edit]

Tajikistan[edit]

Tanzania[edit]

Thailand[edit]

Togo[edit]

Tonga[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Turkey[edit]

Turkmenistan[edit]

Tuvalu[edit]

  • 9 islands, with villages on each (no further subdivision)

Uganda[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

United Arab Emirates[edit]

  • Divided into 7 emirates

United States[edit]

  • 50 states, some called commonwealths in their formal names.
    Also the District of Columbia, territories, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and other entities.
  • Most states divided into counties, but Louisiana into parishes, Alaska into boroughs, and the New England states into towns, though counties exist, often used for judicial districts.
  • States have varying local-government nomenclature and relationships among the state (or equivalent), the counties (or equivalents), and the local governments
  • Native peoples are in a curious position, the tribes being principally in a treaty relationship with the federal government, sometimes having reservations. The native peoples can vote is US and state (?) elections.

Uruguay[edit]

Uzbekistan[edit]

Vanuatu[edit]

Venezuela[edit]

  • 9 administrative regions (regiones administrativas)
  • Regions subdivided into 23 states (estados), a capital district (distrito capital), and the federal dependencies (Dependencias Federales)
  • States subdivided into municipalities (municipios)
  • Municipalities subdivided into parishes (parroquias)

Vietnam[edit]

Yemen[edit]

Zambia[edit]

Zimbabwe[edit]