An administrative division, administrative unit, administrative entity or country subdivision (or, sometimes, geopolitical division or subnational entity) is a portion of a country or other region delineated for the purpose of administration. Administrative divisions are each granted a certain degree of autonomy and are usually required to manage themselves through their own local governments. Countries are divided up into these smaller units to make managing their land and the affairs of their people easier. For example, a country may be divided into provinces, which, in turn, are divided into counties, which, in turn, may be divided in whole or in part into municipalities; and so on.
Administrative divisions are conceptually separate from dependent territories, with the former being an integral part of the state and the other being only under some lesser form of control. However, the term "administrative division" can include dependent territories as well as accepted administrative divisions (for example, in geographical databases).
For clarity and convenience the standard neutral reference for the largest administrative subdivision of a country is called the "first-level administrative division" or "first administrative
Examples of administrative divisionsEdit
- Autonomous communities, as in the Autonomous communities of Spain
- Country - the United Kingdom is subdivided into 'constituent countries' e.g. Scotland
- Constituency - usually refers to an electoral division (which is not an administrative division), but in Namibia and in Canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland, "constituency" means "administrative division".
- Duchy (partial subnational)
- Härad, Herred, Hundred, Kihlakunta
- Local council
- [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality Principality] (partial subnational)
- Public body (the general denomination for administrative divisions in the Netherlands)
- Special administrative region
Urban or rural regions:
More information on the Wikipedia page