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Public-images-osm logo.svg boundary = administrative
An administrative boundary
Group: Boundaries
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
See also
Status: de facto

An administrative boundary. Subdivisions of areas/territories/jurisdictions recognised by governments or other organisations for administrative purposes.

Administrative boundaries range from large groups of nation states right down to small administrative districts and suburbs, with an indication of this size/level of importance, given by the combo tag 'admin_level' which takes a value from 1 to 10 as described below.

The boundary=administrative tag is used on ways Way. It may also (or instead) be used on a relation grouping several ways. This works rather like coastline. Because ways have a maximum number of nodes, you are not required to loop around a whole administration with a single way to form a closed area (although this is a good idea for very small administrative areas)

Many administrative boundaries are currently tagged also with place=*.

Adding admin_level to place=* nodes is under discussion [1].

Super-national administrations

  • European Union

Note: a trans-national administration is not a super-national organisation and should not be tagged admin_level=1.


+ admin_level=2 

marks country borders, such as the border between Austria and Germany. The names of the countries is specified through the tags left:country=*, right:country=*, if used on a linear way rather than an enclosed/area way.

There is some controversy about what is the exact meaning of country. For the sake of clarity, only political entities listed on the ISO 3166 standard are to be considered countries. There also exist some dependent territories and special areas of geographical interest which do have their own ISO 3166-1 code but aren't a country.

Country names in the table below are written in English.


+ admin_level=3 to 10

marks subnational borders. The names of the subnational entities involved is specified as with national borders, with "parish", "district", "region", "province", "state"


admin_level=1 to 10 has been introduced in order that different borders can be rendered consistently among countries (doing this based on border_type would require knowledge of their hierarchy in each country).

Besides administrative boundaries, the admin_level=* tag may also be used on features tagged with government=*. The admin_level=* values described below also apply to the capital=* and heritage=* tags.


admin_level Mapnik admin_level Mapnik admin_level Mapnik
1 (not rendered) 5 Rendering-adminlevel 5-mapnik.png 9 Rendering-adminlevel 9-mapnik.png
2 Rendering-adminlevel 2-mapnik.png 6 Rendering-adminlevel 6-mapnik.png 10 Rendering-adminlevel 10-mapnik.png
3 Rendering-adminlevel 3-mapnik.png 7 Rendering-adminlevel 7-mapnik.png 11 Rendering-adminlevel 11-mapnik.png
4 Rendering-adminlevel 4-mapnik.png 8 Rendering-adminlevel 8-mapnik.png 12 (not rendered)

10 admin_level values for specific countries

If your country is undocumented, please use the talk page or your local mailing list for discussion, and add it below.

If your country uses more than 10 administrative levels, see the next table.

This wiki table can be edited here

Country admin_level
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Flag of Afghanistan Afghanistan
N/A national border N/A Province (ولايت wilayat) N/A Districts (Wuleswali) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Albania Albania
N/A national border N/A NUTS-2 Regions of Albania non-administrative regions, only for statistical usages N/A counties (Qark) districts (Rreth) municipalities (Kommuna / Bashkia) Njësi Bashkiake / Subdistricts N/A
Flag of Algeria Algeria
N/A National borders of Algeria N/A Wilayas borders (departements and/or provinces). N/A Daïras borders (group of municipalities or districts). N/A Communes borders (municipalities). Use name=* to indicate the name of the commune, and ref:ONS=* to indicate the unique identifier given by ONS. N/A N/A
Flag of Andorra Andorra
N/A National borders N/A N/A N/A N/A Parròquies borders (communes) Municipality borders Only used for the capital city Andorra la Vella. N/A N/A
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda
N/A National borders of Antigua and Barbuda N/A Parishes and dependencies borders N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Argentina Argentina
N/A Border N/A Province / Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires Departamento / partido Distrito (Mendoza Province, Entre Ríos Province), Pedanías (Córdoba Province) Municipio (except for Buenos Aires Province, Mendoza, La Rioja and San Juan, where municipio is the same as departmento or partido) Villages, City, town Barrio N/A
Flag of Aruba Aruba
N/A Same as island coastline N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Districts (Municipalities) known as GAC regions N/A N/A
Flag of Australia Australia
N/A Australian Border N/A State or Territory Border N/A Local Government Authority Border(e.g Shire/Council) District or Region Border (e.g Perthshire, Fitzroy, Canning, Greater Sydney, Greater Melbourne, etc.) Postcode Border (used for GIS and census) Suburb and Locality Border (If larger than ABS boundary) Suburb and Locality Border (ABS boundaries)
Flag of Austria Austria N/A national border (NUTS1 - macht in AT null Sinn) Bundesland
(NUTS3 - macht in AT wenig Sinn) Politischer Bezirk
Gemeindekennzahl: xxx
N/A Gemeinde
Gemeindekennzahl: xxxyy
Wiener / Grazer / ... Stadt- / Gemeindebezirk (opt.) Stadtteile
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
N/A national border disputed territory - unrecognized state (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) autonomous republic (Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic) regions (rayons) and cities with authority of republic level (şəhərlər) N/A N/A municipalities (bələdiyyələr) N/A N/A
Flag of Bahrain Bahrain
N/A National borders N/A Governorate N/A Municipality Example: Al Manamah, Ras Rumman etc N/A N/A neighbourhood N/A
Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh
(see also administrative divisions)
N/A National Border Division N/A District Subdistrict (Upazila / Thana) City Corporation Municipal Corporation / Pourashava Union N/A
Flag of Barbados Barbados
(proposed / in use)
N/A National Border (Island coastline) N/A N/A N/A Parishes of Barbados N/A N/A Suburbs, Hamlets and Villages Neighbourhoods, Housing Developments
Flag of Belarus Belarus
N/A National border N/A Oblasts (область) N/A Regions (район) Soviets of settlement (cельсовет) Municipalities (населённый пункт) Suburbs (район города) N/A
Flag of Belgium Belgium
(proposed / in use)
N/A National border (see boundary=political for linguistic communities) Regions (NUTS1) N/A Provinces (NUTS2) Administrative arrondissements (NUTS3) Municipalities Deelgemeenten (sections) N/A
Flag of Belize Belize N/A National border N/A Districts N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Benin Benin N/A National border N/A Département [[2]] N/A Commune [[3]] N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Bhutan Bhutan
(proposed by ff5722)
N/A National border N/A Dzongkhag Dungkhag Gewog Thromde N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
(proposed / in use)
N/A granica države
граница државе
national border
N/A entitet / eнтитет / entity
distrikt / дистрикт / district

napomena / напомена / note

kanton (FBiH) / županija (FBiH) / кантон (ФБиХ) / canton (FBiH) grad / град / city općina / opština / општина / muncipality
mjesna zajednica / мјесна заједницa / locality combinations naselje / насеље / localities N/A
Flag of Brazil Brazil N/A Fronteira nacional
(national border)
Regiões (Sul, Sudeste, Centro-Oeste, Norte, Nordeste)
Unidades Federativas (Estados e Distrito Federal)
(states and Federal District)
Regiões metropolitanas
(metropolitan areas)
Municípios e regiões administrativas do Distrito Federal
(municipalities and administrative regions of the Federal District)
Distritos e Sub-Prefeituras
Bairros e Sub-Distritos
(suburbs and neighborhoods)
Flag of Brunei Brunei
(proposed by User:Zulfadli51)
N/A National border N/A N/A N/A Districts (daerah) City (bandar), currently only Bandar Seri Begawan Subdistricts (mukim) Towns (pekan) Villages, areas (kampong, kawasan)
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria N/A National Borders (Национална граница) N/A Planning Regions NUTS 2 (Райони за планиране /за Евростат/) N/A Regions (Области) Мunicipalities (Общини) Borders of city, town, village (кметства, землища, райони) Districts and suburbs (Квартали и предградия) Suburb parts, neighborhoods (Части от квартали, махали)
Flag of Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
N/A National border N/A Régions Provinces Départements/Communes Arrondissements (only in the 2 cities of Ouagadougou, and Bobo Dioulasso) Towns or villages (excluding their surrounding rural areas) Urban sectors (only in cities, and in the capital town of other urban municipalities) N/A
Flag of Burundi Burundi
(proposed by Arie Scheffer)
N/A National border N/A Provinces N/A Communes N/A Collines N/A Sous-Collines
Flag of Canada Canada
See also subdivisions)
N/A National border N/A Provinces Administrative regions (Québec) Regional municipalities, counties, and united counties N/A Townships, cities, villages, etc. (Montréal) Arrondissements (Plateau Mont-Royal) and wards Neighborhoods (Mile-end)
Flag of Cameroon Cameroon N/A National border N/A Regions, like Extrême-Nord (similar to NUTS2) N/A Départements, like Mayo-Danay (similar to NUTS3) Arrondissements, like Njombe Penja Communes, like Melong. Use name=* to indicate the name of the commune. N/A Non-offical quartiers?
Flag of the Central African Republic the Central African Republic
N/A National border N/A Préfectures, like Ouham N/A Sous-préfectures, like Bouca Communes? Arrondisements? Quartiers? Sub-quartiers?
Flag of Chad Chad
(proposed by Pete Masters)
See also Wikipedia
N/A Frontière nationale (national border) N/A Régions (23) N/A Départments (61) Sous-préfectures (200) Cantons (446) Villages ou localités Quartiers (subdivisions internes au village)
Flag of Colombia Colombia N/A Frontera Nacional Región[1] Departamento Provincia Municipio Urbano: ciudad

Rural: corregimiento

Urbano: localidad / comuna

Rural: vereda

Urbano: barrio

Rural: N/A

Flag of Costa Rica Costa Rica N/A Frontera Nacional - Provincia - Cantón - Distrito - Barrio
Flag of Chile Chile N/A Fronteras N/A Regiones N/A Provincias N/A Comunas N/A N/A
Flag of Croatia Croatia
(see Upravna podjela)'
N/A National border (hr: državna granica) N/A N/A Statistical regions (hr: statističke regije) (Slavonija, Dalmacija,...) County (hr: županije) municipality borders (hr: općine ili gradovi) Settlements (hr: naselja) Suburbs (hr: granice gradskih četvrti ili kotareva) Suburb parts (hr: granice kvartova ili mjesnih odbora)
Flag of China China
(proposed by User:Esperanza)
N/A National border SARs / 特别行政区界线 Provinces / 省级行政区 Prefectures / 地级行政区 County / 县级行政区 N/A Township / 乡级行政区
Town / 镇
Subdistrict / 街道
N/A Village / 村级自治组织
Neighbourhood community / 社区
  Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong
(proposed by User:miklcct)
N/A N/A SAR border N/A Hong Kong / Kowloon / New Territories Districts N/A N/A N/A N/A
  Flag of Macau Macau
(proposed by User:miklcct)
N/A N/A SAR border N/A Macau / Coloane / Taipa / Cotai Freguesias N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Cuba Cuba
(proposed by User:Ricky75, User:Carluti)
N/A Frontera nacional N/A Provincia N/A Municipio N/A Ciudades N/A Barrios
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus / Κύπρος / Kıbrıs
(second draft proposal)
N/A National borders (de jure), excluding UK Sovereign base areas (SBA). De facto partitions: N/A N/A The 6 districts (e.g. left district (el:)Λάρνακα, en:Larnaca; right district (el:)Λεμεσός, en:Limassol) N/A Municipalities N/A N/A
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic N/A National border (stát) (NUTS 1) N/A Statistic regions (NUTS 2) N/A Regions (kraj) (NUTS 3) Districts (okres) (LAU 1) Towns/villages (obec) (LAU 2) N/A Cadastral places (katastrální území)
Flag of Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
(proposed by clairedelune)
N/A Frontière nationale (national border) N/A Province (26) "Ancienne" province Territoire / Ville Collectivité (secteur, chefferie, cité) / Commune Groupement / Quartier Localité ou village (terroir) / Cellule Subdivision interne au village / Bloc
Flag of Denmark Denmark
N/A Landegrænser (national borders) N/A Regioner (regions - administrative unit) N/A N/A Kommune (municipalities) N/A N/A Sogn (parishes)
Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
N/A National borders N/A Province (Provincia) N/A Municipality (Municipio) N/A District (Distrito municipal) N/A N/A
Flag of Ecuador Ecuador
(proposed by Temporalista)
N/A Límite Nacional (National Borders) N/A Provincia N/A Cantón Límite Urbano (ciudades) Parroquia Urbana Barrio (Urbano), Comunidad (Rural) N/A (¿sectores censales?)
Flag of Egypt Egypt
(proposed by Metehyi)
N/A National Borders (حدود مصر الدولية) Governorate (Mouhafazah محافظة) fixme fixme fixme fixme fixme fixme fixme
Flag of El Salvador El Salvador
(proposed by AragonChristopherR17z)
fixme fixme fixme Departamento Distrito Municipio Canton Barrio Colonia fixme
Flag of Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
(proposed by johanemilsson)
N/A National borders Regiones (Insular Region and Continental Region) Provincias N/A Districts N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Estonia Estonia
N/A National Borders N/A N/A N/A Countys (maakonnad) Municipalities (vallad, omavalitsuslikud linnad) Municipality districts (osavallad, linnaosad) Settlement units (külad, alevikud, alevid, vallasisesed linnad, asumid) N/A
Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia
(proposed by Ukundji)
N/A National borders N/A Administrative States (9) Zones (68+2) Woreda (550+6) N/A Kebele N/A villages (Gots)
Flag of Finland Finland
(proposed by Boozeman, augmented by Skela)
N/A National borders Main areas (Pääalueet, NUTS 1): Manner-Suomi Provinces (AVIn toimialueet (ent. läänit), NUTS 2): Etelä-Suomi N/A Regions (Maakunnat, NUTS 3): Uusimaa Sub-regions (Seutukunnat, LAU 1): Helsingin seutukunta municipalities (Kunnat / Kaupungit, LAU 2, for ref=*, see Väestörekisterikeskus, kuntaluettelo): Helsinki villages (kylät), Kaupunginosien suuralueet (Helsinki; Espoo, Vantaa ...) suburbs (Kaupunginosat): Kulosaari
Flag of France France
(in use)
N/A National border
(including overseas)
Territorial areas
(non purely administrative: one for Metropolitan France including Corsica, and one for each overseas departement)
Overseas collectivities
(note: 7 régions have replaced the 16 former régions still used by NUTS2 and ISO3166-2)
Circonscription départementale
(replacing a splitted former department, for the préfecture of Rhône, still used by NUTS3 and ISO3166-2)
(similar to NUTS3 and ISO3166-2), including the new department of Rhône (a sous-préfecture)
The Métropole de Lyon (also a sous-préfecture)
(subdivision of departements around a sous-préfecture)
(note: previously used for EPCI, which are now outside the admin_level scheme)
Use name=* to indicate the name of the commune, and ref:INSEE=* to indicate the unique identifier given by INSEE (COG).
Arrondissements municipaux (in Paris, Lyon, Marseille only), or communes associées and communes déléguées (in partially merged communes). Quartiers
(used for the local democracy).
May also be subvidided at level 11 into micro-quartiers in some densely populated cities.
 • Flag of French Polynesia French Polynesia N/A N/A The overseas collectivity N/A N/A Administratrive divisions (archipelagos or sub-archipelagos) N/A Communes (ex. Mo’orea - Mai’ao, ’Ārue, etc.) Districts or atolls islands of an atoll or villages in larger islands
Flag of Gabon Gabon
(proposed by johanemilsson)
N/A National Borders N/A Provinces N/A Departments N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Gambia Gambia
(proposed by kalc 7 May 2017)
N/A National border N/A Regions (Divisions) LGAs Districts
Flag of Georgia Georgia
(see also Administrative Divisions of Georgia)
N/A National Borders Disputed territories - partially recognized states (Abkhazia and South Ossetia) regions (მხარე) including the Ajaran Autonomous Republic (ავტონომიური რესპუბლიკა) N/A districts (რაიონი) N/A N/A City Raions in Tbilisi and Batumi N/A
Flag of Germany Germany
(see also Grenzen in Deutschland)
N/A national border (Deutsche Außengrenze) N/A federal states border (Bundesland) (NUTS 1) state-district border (Regierungsbezirk) (NUTS 2) county borders (Landkreis / Kreis / kreisfreie Stadt / Stadtkreis) (NUTS 3) amt (Amtsgemeinde, Verwaltungsgemeinschaft) (LAU 1) Towns, Municipalities / City-districts (Stadt, Gemeinde) (LAU 2) Parts of a municipality with parish councils / self government (Stadtbezirk / Gemeindeteil mit Selbstverwaltung) Parts of a municipality without ... (Stadtteil / Gemeindeteil ohne Selbstverwaltung)
Umgestellt Dez. 2008 / levels changed Dec. 2008 (siehe Diskussionsseite / see discussion page), see also the proposal with 11 values in next table below
Flag of Ghana Ghana
N/A National border N/A Region N/A District N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Guinea Guinea - Guinée
(proposed / used)
N/A National border N/A Region N/A Prefectures N/A Sub-prefectures (Communes) Villages / Towns Quartiers (Neighbourhoods)
Flag of Greece Greece
N/A Εθνικά Σύνορα N/A Όρια Αποκεντρωμένων Διοικήσεων Όρια Περιφερειών (NUTS 2) Όρια Περιφερειακών ενοτήτων (NUTS 3) Όρια Δήμων (LAU 1) Όρια Δημοτικών ενοτήτων (LAU 2) Όρια δημοτικών και τοπικών κοινοτήτων N/A
Flag of Guatemala Guatemala
(proposed --Esteban Ortiz 21 June 2009 (UTC))
N/A National border (Frontera nacional) N/A State border (Departamentos) N/A Municipal border (Municipios) N/A City and town border (Zonas) N/A N/A
Flag of Haiti Haiti (Republic of)
(proposed --Vsandre 16:19, 15 January 2010 (UTC))
N/A National border N/A State border (Départements) (Layer 1) Districts (Arrondissements) Search-And-Rescue sectors (temporary) N/A City and town border (communes) (Layer 2) N/A Suburbs (sections) (Layer 3)
Flag of Honduras Honduras
(proposed --Antonio Locandro 11 March 2014)
N/A Fronteras (National Border) N/A Departamentos (State Border) N/A Municipios (Municipal Border) N/A Aldeas (Admin level border which encompass several towns/cities) Ciudades (Cities) Barrios y Colonias (Neighborhoods)
Flag of Hungary Hungary
N/A Országhatár (national border) N/A Országrészek (Groups of Regions, NUTS 1) Régiók (Regions, NUTS 2) Megyék / főváros (Counties / capital city, NUTS 3) Kistérségek, járások (LAU 1) Települések (LAU 2) Kerületek (Districts) N/A
Flag of Iceland Iceland N/A Landhelgi - Territorial waters N/A N/A Regions Sveitarfélög - Municipalities N/A N/A N/A Hverfi (Suburb)
Flag of India India
(see also administrative divisions)
N/A National Border Division State District Subdistrict (Tehsil / Mandal / Taluk) Metropolitan Area Municipal Corporation / Municipality / City Council Civic Zone Village/Civic Ward
Flag of Indonesia Indonesia N/A National Border N/A Province City / Regency (Kotamadya / Kabupaten) Subdistrict (Kecamatan) Village (Kelurahan / Desa) Hamlet (Dusun) Community Group (Rukun Warga) Neighborhood Unit (Rukun Tetangga)
Flag of Iraq Iraq
(proposed by johanemilsson, modified Øukasz (talk) 15:58, 24 August 2016 (UTC))
N/A National Borders Iraqi Kurdistan (Arbil, Duhok, Sulaymaniyah) region governorates (muḥāfażah) districts (qadha) subdistricts (nahya) boroughs (hay) in urban and counties (mukataa) in rural areas neighbourhoods (mahalla) in urban and villages (qarya) in rural areas
Flag of Iran Iran N/A National Border (مرز کشور/Marz) N/A Province (استان/Ostan) N/A Counties (شهرستان/Sharestan) District (بخش/Bakhsh) City (شهر/ Shahr), municipality or rural agglomeration (دهستان/ Dehestan) Village (روستا/Rousta) Neighborhood Unit (محله/Mahale)
Flag of Ireland Ireland N/A Republic/NI Border N/A Reserved for compatibility with UK states (eg Northern Ireland) Province County Adminstrative County, County City Borough & Town council, Dublin Postal Districts Electoral Division Townland
Flag of Isle of Man Isle of Man N/A Limits of Manx territorial waters N/A N/A N/A Sheedings N/A Parish / Village / Town N/A N/A
Flag of Israel Israel N/A גבול בין-לאומי
National border
הרשות הפלסטינאית
Palestinian Authority
אזור טבעי
Natural Region
Metropolitan area
עיר, מועצה אזוריות, מועצה מקומיות
City, Regional council, Local councils
Flag of Italy Italy
(as discussed on the Italian Mailing list Vol 16, Issue 27, Dieterdreist)
N/A per i confini nazionali (en: national borders) N/A per i confini regionali (en: boundary of regions) N/A per i confini provinciali (en: boundary of provinces) N/A per i confini comunali (en: boundary of municipalities) N/A per le circoscrizioni (dove sono rimaste) o per le località (en: boundary of districts)
Flag of Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire N/A Côte d’Ivoire (en: Ivory Coast)
N/A district
(example: Lagunes) où disctrict autonome (example: Abidjan)
place=state (not place=district)
(example: Agnéby-Tiassa)
(example: Département Sikensi)
(example: Sous-prefecture Bingerville)

(example: Yopougon)
Flag of Japan Japan
(copied from Japan tagging#Boundary)
N/A border around Japan (Not really applicable) Reserved for state border - 道州制) Prefecture border Sub Prefecture border (振興局・支庁 in Hokkaido) County (郡) Municipal border (Cities, Towns, Villages, Special wards of Tokyo) Suburb; Wards of cities designated by government ordinance 政令指定都市 , Wards designated by local ordinance - 地域自治区 Quarter; Major Neighbourhood - 大字, (市町村配下の)町 Neighbourhood ; Minor Neighbourhood - 小字, 字, 丁, 丁目
Flag of Jordan Jordan
not implemented below level 4 (governorate)
country border governorate district subdistrict
Flag of Kosovo Kosovo
(proposed by MarcRKS)
N/A national border N/A Rajonet e Kosovës (political) Rrafshët Komunat Rajonet Gjeografike e Kosovës Fshatrat Zonat e Interesit të Veçantë N/A
Flag of Laos Laos
N/A National Borders N/A Provinces (Lao: ແຂວງ khoueng) or one prefecture (kampheng nakhon) N/A Districts (Lao: ເມືອງ mɯ́ang) Villages (Lao: ບ້ານ ban) N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Latvia Latvia
N/A National Borders N/A N/A N/A Counties (Novadi), Cities (Republikas nozīmes pilsētas) Towns (Pilsētas) Parishes (Pagasti) Villages (Ciemi) Suburbs (Priekšpilsētas)
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
(proposed by Metehyi source [4])
N/A National Borders Governorate (Mouhafazah محافظة) Qadaa (also known as Caza قضاء ج. أقضية) Federation of Municiplalities (إتحاد بلديات) Municipality (بلدية) منطقة عقاريّة N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Lesotho Lesotho
(proposed by Adrian Frith)
N/A National border N/A Districts N/A Constitutencies N/A Community councils N/A N/A
Flag of Liberia Liberia
(proposed by Rafael Ávila Coya)
N/A National border N/A Counties (15) N/A Districts (90) N/A Clans (chiefdoms?) N/A N/A
Flag of Libya Libya
(proposed by Jano John Akim Franke)
N/A National border N/A district (Shabiya) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania N/A National Borders N/A Counties (Apskritys) Municipalities (Savivaldybės / Rajonai) Elderships (Seniūnijos) N/A Miestai / miesteliai / Kaimai (Cities / towns / villages) N/A City/Town suburbs (Miesto / miestelio dalys / miesto seniūnijos)
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
(proposed by User:Loll78)
N/A National Borders N/A Districts (state) Cantons (region) Communes (county) N/A Cities / Villages (city / town / village) Quarters of City (suburb)
Flag of Macedonia Macedonia
(proposed by User:borces)
(see also mk:Административна поделба на Македонија)
N/A National Borders N/A Статистички Региони (Statistical regions) N/A Град Скопје (City of Skopje) Општини (Municipalities ) Град/Село (city / town / village) Населби (suburb) Маало / Локалитет (neighbourhood / locality)
Flag of Madagascar Madagascar
N/A National border (not really applicable) Faritany mizakatena (provinces) Faritra (regions) N/A Distrika (districts) N/A Kaominina (communes) N/A Fokontany (sections, communities of settlements/townships/villages)
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia N/A sempadan negara (national border) N/A negeri (states) bahagian (divisions) Sabah & Sarawak only daerah (districts) subdistricts
Kuching District only
mukim (counties) N/A PBT, kampung, taman, dll (municipalities, including townships, cities, villages, etc.)
Flag of Malawi Malawi
N/A National border Regions Districts Traditional authorities (rural areas), Urban administrative wards (urban centers) SC - sub-chiefs governed under the authority of the local traditional authority. The sub-chiefdoms are used in order to create reasonably sized administrative units within large TAs. Wards - the urban equivalent of a rural traditional authority or sub-chief area. Area - Numbered administrative wards in Lilongwe city. (Malawi Atlas) GVH Village
Flag of Mali Mali
N/A national border N/A Régions N/A Cercles N/A Commune N/A N/A
Flag of Mauritania Mauritania
N/A national border N/A Régions (Wilayas) N/A Départements (Moughataa) N/A Arrondissement Communes N/A
Flag of Mexico Mexico
(proposed by OSM México)
(source: [5])
N/A National border N/A State borders Municipal border city/town limit district limits / delegaciones city sectors / colonias
Flag of Moldova Moldova (Moldova Republic of)
N/A the country border disputed territory - unrecognized state (Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Republica Moldovenească Nistreană)[2]) autonomous regions (Gagauzia and Autonomous Territorial Unit with a Special Status Transnistria (Unitatea teritorială autonomă cu statut juridic special Transnistria)[3] N/A region (ro:Raion ru:Район), cities with status of municipius (ro:Municipiu) - Administrative borders sectors (Sectorul Сектора) of Kishinev cities without status of municipiu, communes townships, cities, villages, etc. borders of suburbs, localities
Flag of Morocco Morocco
(See: subdivisions)
N/A national border N/A Regions (Wilaya)

(جهات المغرب)(ولاية)

Prefectures (الأقاليم والعمالات)
Cercles (الدائرة),
Caïdats (القيادة),
(الإداري) Préfectures d'Arrondissements (عمالات المقاطعات)
Urban and Rural Municipalities (الجماعات الحضرية)
and Communes (القروية)
Arrondissements (المقاطعات) N/A
Flag of Mozambique Mozambique
N/A National Border // Fronteira Nacional Regions // Regiões (Norte, Centro, Sul) Provinces // Províncias Districts OR Province Capital Cities // Distritos OU Cidades Capitais Provinciais Administrative Post // Posto Administrativo Headquarters of Administrative Post // Sede do Posto Administrativo Neighbourhoods // Bairros Blocks // Quarteirões Group of 10 houses // Grupo das 10 casas
Flag of Myanmar Myanmar
(see administrative divisions)
N/A national border N/A states, regions, union territory, self-administered zones and divisions (ပြည်နယ်, တိုင်းဒေသကြီး, ပြည်တောင်စုနယ်မြေ, ကိုယ်ပိုင်အုပ် ချုပ်ခွင့်ရဒေသ, ကိုယ်ပိုင်အုပ် ချုပ်ခွင့်ရ တိုင်း) N/A cities (as the only city in Myanmar, Yangon encompasses several districts) districts (cities like Mandalay or Naypyidaw are each one district) (ခရိုင်) townships, city-districts (မြို့နယ်) subtownships villages
Flag of Nepal Nepal
N/A national border N/A Development Region Zones Districts Municipalities (Nepali: नगरपालिका) Cities/Villages (This admin level in OSM is what the Nepal Gov. calls a "Village Development Committee" (VDC) (Nepali: गाउँ विकास समिति; gāun bikās samiti)) Ward Tole
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand see also the proposal with 11 values in next table below
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
(in use --Sdk 18 December 2012 (UTC))
N/A National border of the state of New Zealand - not including Ross Dependency, Niue, Tokelau or Cook Islands N/A Regions (Canterbury, Bay of Plenty, Auckland, Gisborne etc.) governed by a regional council or unitary authority, and the Chatham Islands Territory. N/A Districts and Cities governed by a territorial authority (Dunedin City, Kapiti Coast District etc.) N/A Local boards in Auckland N/A N/A
Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua
N/A national boundaries N/A Departamentos, such as Chontales and RAACS N/A Municipios, such as Boaco and Juigalpa Indigenous territories, such as Tawira and Mayagna Sauni Bu City boundaries, such as Granada and León Distritos, Comarcas, such as Distrito I and El Almacen Barrios/Residenciales/Colonias, such es Villa Sandino and Bosques de Altamira
Flag of Niger Niger
N/A National borders N/A Régions N/A Départements N/A Communes N/A N/A
Flag of Nigeria Nigeria
N/A National borders Geopolitical zones (6) States (36) + the federal capital territory N/A Local Government Areas (774) N/A Wards (10 to 15 for each LGA - They are like councils) N/A N/A
Flag of North Korea North Korea
N/A National borders N/A Province (도), Capital city (직할시), Special city (특별시) N/A County (군), City (시) Ward (구역) Town (읍), Village (리), Neighbourhood (동), Workers' district (로동자구) N/A N/A
Flag of Norway Norway
N/A National borders N/A County (Fylke) (19)
(1) Example: Rogaland, Hordaland
N/A N/A Muncipiality (Kommue) (430)
Example: Stavanger, Sandnes etc
N/A Bydel
Example: Røa, Våland, Minde etc
Flag of Paraguay Paraguay N/A national border
frontera nacional
natural regions
regiones naturales
N/A N/A N/A municipal, city limits
municipalidades / distritos
N/A suburb and locality
barrios y compañias rurales
Flag of Peru Peru N/A National border
Frontera nacional
N/A States, Departments
N/A Regions, Provinces
N/A Counties, Districts
N/A suburb and locality
Centros Poblados, Caserío, Anexo, Comunidad Nativa, etc
Flag of the Philippines the Philippines
(first proposed by Ianlopez1115, revised by Seav, replaced by 11 admin_levels)
N/A National Border Regions Provinces Provincial Legislative Districts (if any) Cities and Municipalities City/Municipal Legislative Districts (if any) Other administrative districts (if any) (proposed: Barangays) Zones (if any) (proposed: Purok/Sitio) Barangays (proposed: gated communities (i.e. subdivisions) or any other type of community which does not constitutes their own low-level local government units (i.e. old city districts, Poblacion))
Flag of Portugal Portugal (Project page) N/A National Border N/A Region Island / Subregion District Municipality Civil parish Locality Neighbourhood
N/A Fronteira Portuguesa N/A Região Ilha / Sub-região Distrito Concelho Freguesia Localidade Bairro
Flag of Romania Romania (România)
N/A Country border Historical provinces (Transylvania, Moldavia ...)
We don't think they will ever be drawn, as these are not administrative boundaries any more.
In theory there exists another intermediary level between county and country, the regions created because "the european union demands it" by arbitrarily grouping some counties, but neither the government nor the people are using these regions.
Counties (Judeţe) and the Municipality of Bucharest N/A Municipalities (Comune), which includes the surrounding area around the city / town / village, see example N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Russia Russia (Russian Federation)
N/A National border Federal districts Federal subjects Groups of municipal districts / urban okrugs, administrative okrugs/districts of federal cities Municipal districts of federal subjects, municipal urban okrugs N/A Urban and rural municipalities, municipal intra-city territories of federal cities Administrative districts of urban okrugs and municipalities (Under discussion: all hamlets / suburbs or only suburbs with local government offices)
Государственная граница Федеральные округа Субъекты федерации Объединения муниципальных районов / городских округов, административные округа / районы городов федерального значения Муниципальные районы субъектов федерации, муниципальные городские округа Городские и сельские муниципальные образования, внутригородские муниципальные территории городов федерального значения Административные районы городских округов и поселений (Обсуждается: все населённые пункты либо только микрорайоны с территориальными управлениями администрации)
Flag of Serbia Serbia
(see Administrative division or Statistical regions for possible future division)
N/A national border
државна граница
N/A provinces
(future NUTS1?)
Flag of Senegal Senegal
N/A national border
boundary of the "Regions" like Saint-Louis, Matam... N/A N/A boundaries of the "Départements" see a list here boundary of "arrondissements" : subdivision of departements; see a list here boundary of communes like Dakar, Tambacounda, Ziguinchor...see a list here or rural communities. boundary of "Arrondissement municipal" Used for the local democracy : quartiers
Flag of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
(proposed by IndoFio)
N/A national border N/A borders of 3 Provinces (Eastern, Northern, and Southern) + Western Area (as described in ISO 3166-2) borders of 12 administrative districts, 6 municipalities (including Freetown), and Western Area Rural borders of Paramount Chiefdoms, 8 Wards in Freetown, and 4 Districts in Western Area borders of Section Chiefdoms (Paramount Chiefdoms only) N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia N/A national border (SK: štátna hranica) NUTS 2 Region (Groups of Regions): (SK: oblasti: Bratislavský kraj, západné Slovensko, stredné Slovensko, východné Slovensko) region borders (SK: hranica kraju, vyššieho územného celku) N/A borders of Bratislava and Košice (SK: hranice miest Bratislava a Košice) N/A district borders (SK: hranica okresu) LAU 2 Obec (Town/Village), autonomous towns in Bratislava and Košice Katastrálne územie (Cadastral place) (SK: katastrálne územie obce)
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
(see Regije and Upravna delitev Slovenije)
N/A national border (SL: državna meja) NUTS 2 (West-East) reserved for regional borders - if they are ever finalized (SL: pokrajine) borders of statistical regions (SL: statistične regije) N/A ... borders (SL: upravne enote) Municipal borders (SL: občine) N/A Suburbs, hamlets (SL: meje naselij)
Flag of South Africa South Africa N/A the national border N/A provincial borders N/A district borders (borders of district municipalities and metropolitan municipalities) N/A municipal borders (borders of local municipalities within districts) N/A ward borders
Flag of South Korea South Korea (ROK)
(proposed by namuori under discussion talk-ko Sep-2012)
N/A National Border (South Korean coastline and 38th Parallel) N/A Regional(State) Border (Metropolitan Self-Governing Entity(MSGE) or 광역자치단체, as per 대한민국의 행정 구역 - 특별시(서울), 광역시, 도, 특별자치도(제주), 특별자치시(세종)) N/A County Border (Basic Self-Governing Entity(BSGE) or 기초자치단체 - MSGE's Gu/Gun & Do's Si 특별시의 자치구, 광역시의 자치구/군, 도의 자치시/군) City; Within a BSGE (기초자치단체(자치시)의): -gu 구 ; Within a Special Self-governing province (특별자치도의) :-si 시 Town; Within a -si (시의): -dong 동; Within a -do (도의): -eup 읍 : -myeon 면 N/A Village (-ri, 리), -tong 통, -ga 가
Flag of South Korea South Korea (merge with above for readability) N/A N/A N/A Province (-do, 도), Metropolitan City (gwangyeok-si 광역시), Special City (Seoul)(teukbyeol-si 특별시) N/A County (-gun, 군), City (-si, 시), Basic Self-Governing Entity (BSGE, 기초자치단체) District (-gu, 구). Special Self-governing Province (Jeju)(teukbyeol-jachido 특별자치도) N/A N/A N/A
Flag of South Sudan South Sudan
(proposed by clairedelune)
N/A National border Historical region (3) State (28) (Before 2015) State (10) County (86) Payam (580) Boma (2092) Village Village subdivision (rural) / Block (urban)
Flag of Spain Spain
N/A National Border.

Frontera nacional.

(Unused) Groups of Spanish autonomous communities (NUTS 1).

(No usado) Grupos de comunidades autonomas (NUTS 1).

Autonomous communities (NUTS 2).

Comunidades Autonomas (NUTS 2).

N/A Provinces, see boundary=political for insular councils (NUTS 3).

Provincias, ver boundary=political para cabildos insulares (NUTS 3).



Municipalities, equivalent to townships, communes.

Municipios, equivalente a ayuntamientos o concejos (en Asturias o concellos en Galicia).

Districts (parishes).

Distrito (Entidad colectiva de población): Diputaciones, pedanias, parroquias civiles, hermandades, concejos (en Navarra o Álava).


Entidad singular de población: Villa, lugar, aldea, caserío, poblado, barrio, urbanización.

Flag of Swaziland Swaziland
(proposed by Adrian Frith)
N/A National borders N/A Tifundza (regions) N/A Tinkhundla (constituencies) N/A Imiphakatsi (chiefdoms) N/A N/A
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
(proposed by studerap, extened by t-i)
N/A national borders N/A Cantons (de: Kantone)
Example: Zurich, Berne
Administrative region or other who isn't a district (de: Verwaltungs-
, fr: Régions administratives).
Districts (de: Bezirke, Ämter, Zusammenschluss von Gemeinden, fr: districts)
e.g. Entlebuch (Luzern), Visp - Viège (Valais).
Schaffhausen and Geneva doesn't have districts.
Circle or something other between districts and municipalities. Municipalities (de: Gemeinde, Stadt)
Example: Thun (Berne), Visp - Viège (Valais), Steckborn (Thurgau)
 ? (de: Stadtkreis)
e.g. Kreis 7 (Zürich)
Neighbourhood (de: Stadtteil, fr: quartier)
e.g. Witikon (Zürich)
Flag of Sweden Sweden N/A National borders Landsdel (Region) Example: Norrland, Svealand och Götaland Län (County / NUTS3)
(21) Example: Västra Götalands län, Örebro län etc
N/A N/A Kommun (Muncipiality / LAU2)
(290) Example: Göteborg, Alingsås etc
N/A Stadsdelsområde / Stadsdelsnämdsområde (Stockholm / Göteborg)
Example: Frölunda, Skarpnäck etc
In Umeå, this is called "Stadsdel" (Backenområdet, Marieområdet)[4]
Stadsdel / Primärområde
Example: Masthugget, Södermalm etc
In Umeå, this is called "Stadsdelsområde" (Backen, Umedalen, Mariehem, Marieberg)[5]
Flag of Syria Syria
(proposed by qa003qa003)
N/A National borders
حدود سياسية
N/A Governorates
N/A Cities, towns and villages of Subdistrict
Damascus Municipalities
N/A Damascus neighborhoods
Flag of Taiwan Taiwan N/A border around Taiwan (de facto, 中華民國實際控制地區) N/A Province 省; Municipality 直轄市 District of Municipality 直轄市的區 Provintial municipality 省轄市; County 縣 District 省轄市的區 County-administered city 縣轄市; Township 鄉/鎮 Village 村/里 Neighbourhood 鄰
Flag of Tajikistan Tajikistan
(proposed by Maailma)
N/A national border N/A Border of Province (3), Region (1) and Capital city (Sughd Province, Region of Republican Subordination, Khatlon Province, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, Dushanbe) N/A District (e.g. Varzob, Khovaling, Murghob) N/A Jamoat (e.g. Sarichashma) N/A Deha (village) / micro rayons
Flag of Tanzania Tanzania
N/A National borders Zone (e.g. Northern Zone) Region (e.g. Arusha) District (e.g. Arumeru) Division (e.g. Mbarika) Ward (e.g. Usa River) N/A Village (e.g. Usa River (urban area)) N/A
Flag of Thailand Thailand
N/A Kingdom of Thailand N/A Province /
N/A District /
Bangkok: Khet
N/A Subdistrict /
Bangkok: Kwaeng
N/A Village place=village
Municipality City place=city
Municipality Town place=town
Municipality Township place=?
Tambon Administrative Organization (TAO) place=?
Flag of Togo Togo
N/A National borders N/A Région /
Commune de Lomé (statut particulier)
(note : la préfecture du Golfe, dans la région Maritime, couvre également Lomé)
(note : Lomé est également une sous-préfecture)
Commune (sauf Lomé) Arrondissement municipal Quartier Village
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia N/A National Borders N/A Borders of the 24 Governorates of Tunisia Delegations (Districts) Borders Imadats (Sectors) Borders N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flag of Turkey Turkey

See NUTS as well

N/A the (land) border around Turkey the Census-defined geographical regions of Turkey (which are used for administrative purposes and are well-known in the country)


Borders of the 81 provinces of Turkey (NUTS 3) N/A


the boundary of districts (turkish ilçe) N/A

LAU 1 (aka NUTS 4)


LAU 2 (aka NUTS 5) (inofficially: boundaries of villages)

Flag of Uganda Uganda N/A the (land) border around Uganda Borders of the regions of Uganda (which do not have any political or administrative importance) Borders of the 112 districts of Uganda the boundary of counties N/A the boundary of sub-counties the boundary of Parishes the boundary of Zones (in Kampala only)
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
N/A national border / державний кордон / государственная граница Crimea, Oblasts / АР Крим, області / АР Крым, области N/A Crimea rayons, rayons in oblasts / Райони в Криму, райони в областях / Районы в Крыму, районы в областях Administrative rayons in cities, towns / Адміністративні райони в містах/ Административные районы в городах Local radas in rayons in oblasts or in Crimea / Місцеві ради в районах області або в Криму (міські ради, селищні ради, сільські ради) / Местные советы в районах области или в Крыму (городские советы, поселковые советы, сельские советы) N/A N/A
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom N/A National Border (of UK) N/A England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Regions of England administrative counties / Unitary authorities, City of London N/A (England only) districts / London boroughs / metropolitan boroughs. N/A parishes / communities
Flag of United States United States
Simplified; see United_States_admin_level and WikiProject United States/Boundaries
N/A national border N/A the 50 states, Territories and Commonwealths, District of Columbia New York City (unique) counties and "county equivalents" (in states), territorial municipalities Civil townships (in about one-third of states) municipalities (in states): city, town, village and hamlet (rare) wards (rare) neighborhoods (infrequent)
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay
(proposed by Zeroth)
N/A national border N/A department borders N/A local board limits (municipios) N/A city/town limit N/A barrios
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela N/A Frontera nacional N/A Región N/A Estado, Distrito Capital Distrito Metropolitano, Alcaldía Mayor Municipio Dependencia Federal N/A
Flag of Vietnam Vietnam
(proposed by Ninomax)
(see also this page)
N/A national border : Biên giới quốc gia và vùng EEZ N/A province border : Tỉnh, thành phố trực thuộc TW N/A district / township border : quận, huyện, thị xã, thành phố thuộc tỉnh N/A commune / town / ward border : phường, xã, thị trấn N/A N/A
Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 admin_level values for specific countries

This wiki table can be edited here

Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Flag of Bolivia Bolivia (proposed) N/A Límite nacional / national border N/A Departamentos / state border Regiones / regions Provincias / provinces Regiones metropolitanas / metropolitan regions Municipios, Territorio indígena originario campesinos, Pueblos / municipalities, Indigenous-original-farmer territories, towns Partes del municipio con autoridad, macrodistritos, comunas, juntas vecinales / parts of the municipality with authority, macro-districts, municipalities, neighborhood councils Partes del municipio sin autoridad / parts of the municipality without authority Organizaciones territoriales de base (OTB), Barrios, Unidad Vecinal (UV) / territorial base organizations, neighbourhoods, neighborhood unit
Germany: Umstellung auf: / changed to: (siehe Diskussionsseite / see discussion page), see also the original list with 10 values in table above
new levels:

Flag of Germany Germany see also Grenzen in Deutschland

N/A national border

Deutsche Außengrenze

N/A federal states border



state-district border



county borders

Landkreis / Kreis / kreisfreie Stadt


amt [6]

Samtgemeinde, Verwaltungsgemeinschaft

LAU 1 (aka NUTS 4)

Towns, Municipalities / City-districts

Stadt, Gemeinde

LAU 2 (aka NUTS 5)

Parts of a municipality with parish councils /self_government

Stadtbezirk / Gemeindeteil mit Selbstverwaltung

Parts of a municipality without ...

Stadtteil / Gemeindeteil ohne Selbstverwaltung

Neighbourhoods statistical or historical

Stadtviertel etc.

Flag of Mozambique Mozambique (proposed) N/A national border N/A States (Províncias) N/A N/A N/A Municipalities (Municípios) Districts (Distritos Municipais) Postos Administrativos Neighbourhoods (Bairros)
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands

Updated as proposed in this thread.

N/A border around the Kingdom of the Netherlands (koninkrijksgrens) border around The Netherlands, and border around other constituent states in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Aruba, Curaçao & Sint Maarten) Provinces like Zeeland, Noord-Holland etc. (provincie)


also the Caribbean Netherlands (BES eilanden)

Water board boundary (waterschap) plusregio urban regions in some parts of NL (until 2015-01-01) Collaboration of municipalities, but not an official plusregio boundary for municipality (gemeente) (like Amsterdam , Schiermonnikoog)


also special municipalities (Bonaire, Saba, Sint Eustatius)

boundaries for autonomous city districts in Amsterdam (stadsdelen) en Rotterdam (deelgemeenten) boundaries for settlements (woonplaatsen) (non-autonomous municipal subdivisions) boundaries for neighborhoods (wijken)
Philippines 10-admin level proposal is replaced by 11-admin_level, with sitios and puroks taking admin_level=11. See old administrative levels at table above
new levels

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N/A National boundary Regions (Rehiyon) Provinces (Lalawigan) Provincial legislative districts Cities/municipalities (Lungsod/bayan) City/municipal legislative districts City/municipal administrative districts Barangay zones Barangay Sitio/purok
Flag of Poland Poland N/A The Republic of Poland N/A województwa (voivodships, priovinces, regions). Details in Polish N/A powiaty (counties) - some cities have county status - in OSM their borders have both relations - one as a city and second as a county. Details in Polish gminy (municipalities) - some cities have municipality status - in OSM their borders have both relations - one as a city and second as a municipality. Details in Polish cities, towns and villages.
(miasta, miasteczka i wsie). Details in Polish
City districts (dzielnice) Przysiółki - usually isolated parts of villages. Details in Polish boundaries for neighborhoods (osiedla)


I have created some statistics to estimate the size of the objects at the different levels. For details see the Statistics.


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  2. not to be confused with Autonomous Territorial Unit with a Special Status Transnistria (Unitatea teritorială autonomă cu statut juridic special Transnistria)!
  3. not to be confused with Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Republica Moldovenească Nistreană)!
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