From OpenStreetMap Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Public-images-osm logo.svg boundary = administrative
An administrative boundary recognised by governments for administrative purposes. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: boundaries
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not 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 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 tag 'admin_level' which takes a value from 1 to 11 as described below.

The boundary=administrative tag is used on relations grouping several ways that enclose the administrative area. 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).

This tag is also often duplicated on the ways that build the relation, but such tagging is optional and may be safely skipped[1].

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

Locating the administrative boundary

When mapping administrative boundaries, beware of the special cases mentioned in this section.

Administrative boundary in case of disputes

Main article: Disputed territories

With regard to boundary conflicts, please note:

  • OSM follows On the Ground Rule. Boundaries recorded in OpenStreetMap are the ones that are the most widely internationally recognised and that best meet realities on the ground, generally meaning physical control. In areas without clearly defined borders, the line is approximate[2].
  • It does not mean that OSM community considers specific invasions/wars/whatever that resulted in border change as good/desirable/welcome/wrong. OSM community attempts to map world as it exists, not as it should exist.
  • In some cases borders may overlap without making it an incorrect tagging. It may be result of agreement between countries to administer area together[3] or to mark areas not controlled by any country, with both claiming it.[4] In some countries, subnational boundaries overlap in complex ways in reality, so data consumers and quality assurance tools should not assume that an administrative boundary is a subarea of only one administrative boundary.[5]

Administrative boundary at sea

Main article: Tag:boundary=maritime

Administrative boundaries should only include:

  • land;
  • internal waters, and;
  • territorial sea (often, but not always, 12 nautical miles wide).

Administrative boundary relations should never contain international waters. See boundary=maritime for how to map maritime zones of coastal states.

Whether territorial sea and internal waters are included in subnational administrative divisions, varies per country.

Administrative boundary formed by a river or road

Sometimes borders and rivers/roads (or other linear objects) are tagged together on one object or their nodes are glued together. It is often undesirable and problematic, as a user modifying a river or road after its geometry changes may easily also modify the border.

A border should be glued with other elements only if they are defined in such a way that if the river changes its course, the element will also change. For example, if an administrative boundary is defined by the current course of a river, then gluing would be OK. But it is really rare, and usually river-defined borders are defined by something like "the course of a river in the year 1995". This would mean that if the river's shape changed, the shape of the border would not. Moreover, gluing a boundary to a waterway=river way implies that the boundary is defined by the river's thalweg (or whatever channel the way follows), which is sometimes incorrect.

Avoiding accidental modifications

In addition to avoiding "gluing" boundaries to other elements, accidental modifications to boundaries can be further reduced through filters in editing programs.


To hide boundaries in the iD editor, select the 'Map Data' icon (or use the shortcut 'U') to bring up the Map Data side-menu. Then, from the Map Features section in the side-menu, deselect 'Boundaries'.


To hide boundaries in JOSM, refer to the official help documentation.

Super-national administrations

  • United Nations
  • European Union
  • Caribbean Community
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations
  • African Union
  • Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Commonwealth of Nations

Note: It has been decided not to add administrative boundaries of such organisations in OpenStreetMap. So please don't use admin_level=1.


+ admin_level=2 

marks country borders, such as the border between Austria and Germany. The names of the countries are 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-3166-1 standard with the property "Independent=Yes" are to be considered countries. There are currently 3 accepted exceptions :

Please don't add another country with tags admin_level=2. If you think a country could be added, please open a talk and try to have the greatest possible consensus before to create it.

Country names in the table below are written in English.


+ admin_level=3 to 11

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 11 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 may also apply to the capital=* tag.


admin_level Example rendering admin_level Example rendering admin_level Example rendering
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 (not rendered)
4 Rendering-adminlevel 4-mapnik.png 8 Rendering-adminlevel 8-mapnik.png 12 (not rendered)

admin_level=* Country specific values

When using admin_levels please refer to and apply the correct admin_level=* tag based on the values in the table below.

All countries are documented but some need to be improved :

  • if the country has a "proposed" clue, it means that the levels are not properly defined. The best way to solve that is to open a talk with mappers of the country to (try to) find an agreement about the hierarchy of administrative boundaries. You can also use the tool to see if the proposed levels at least fit with the use.
  • if the country has an "in use" clue or nothing, the meaning is not clear because never defined. We suggest to change/improve this clue.
  • if the country has an "agreed" clue, it means that there was a talk between mappers and an agreement has been reached (a good practice would be to add a link to that talk).

Table : Admin_level for all countries

(Edit this wiki table)

Country (admin_level=2) admin_level=*
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
N/A Province (ولايت wilayah) Districts (Wuleswali) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A NUTS-2 regions of Albania (non-administrative regions, only for statistical usages) N/A counties (qark) municipalities (bashkia) administrative unit (njësia administrative) (former urban (bashki) and rural (komunë) municipalities) subdistricts (njësi bashkiake) N/A N/A
N/A Wilayah 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 N/A
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 N/A
N/A Províncias (Provinces) N/A Municípios (Municipalities) Comunas (Urban districts or Communes) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Antigua and Barbuda
N/A Parishes and dependencies borders N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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 N/A
N/A Marz (Province) / Yerevan Municipality / Yerevan districts City/Town Village Neighbourhood N/A N/A N/A
see Aust. Tagging Guidelines
N/A State/Territory borders N/A Local Government Areas (LGAs), and Unincorporated Areas borders (ACT only) District borders N/A Locality borders N/A N/A
Austria N/A Bundesland
N/A Politischer Bezirk
Gemeindekennzahl: xxx
N/A Gemeinde
Gemeindekennzahl: xxxyy
Wiener / Grazer / ... Stadt- / Gemeindebezirk (opt.) Stadtteile / Katastralgemeinde N/A
Azerbaijan N/A Economic Regions (Economic Regions) non-administrative regions, only for statistical usages
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 N/A
N/A N/A N/A Central government district - New Providence only N/A Districts of the Bahamas (Local government) N/A N/A N/A
N/A Governorate N/A Municipality Example: Al Manamah, Ras Rumman etc N/A N/A Neighbourhood N/A N/A
(see also administrative divisions)
N/A Division District Subdistrict (Upazila / Thana) City Corporation Municipal Corporation / Pourashava Union N/A N/A
National Border (Island coastline) N/A N/A Parishes of Barbados N/A N/A Suburbs, Hamlets and Villages Neighbourhoods, Housing Developments N/A
N/A Oblasts (вобласьць / область) N/A Regions (раён / район) N/A Soviets of settlement (сельсавет / cельсовет) Suburbs (раён гораду / район города) Municipalities (населены пункт / населённый пункт) N/A
(proposed / in use)
(see boundary=political for linguistic communities)
N/A Regions (NUTS1) N/A Provinces (NUTS2) Administrative arrondissements (NUTS3) Municipalities Deelgemeenten / sections Wijken / quartiers N/A
Belize N/A Districts N/A N/A Cities Towns Villages, Suburbs Hamlets, Neighbourhoods N/A
Benin N/A  Département N/A Commune Arrondissement Village/Quartier de ville N/A N/A N/A
(proposed by ff5722)
N/A Dzongkhag Dungkhag Gewog Thromde N/A N/A N/A N/A
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, neighbourhood units
Bosnia and Herzegovina
(proposed / in use)
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 / local committee naselje / насеље / settlement N/A N/A
N/A 10 Districts (rural districts), 2 Cities, 5 Towns (urban districts) N/A Subdistricts N/A Towns and Villages N/A N/A N/A
Brazil 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 SubDistritos
(suburbs and neighborhoods)
(proposed by User:Zulfadli51)
N/A Districts (daerah) N/A Mukims (subdistricts) N/A Villages (kampung or kampong), as designated by the Survey Department N/A N/A N/A
Bulgaria Regions NUTS level 1 (Статистически зони, ниво 1, Евростат) Planning Regions NUTS 2 (Райони за планиране, ниво 2, Евростат) N/A Regions (Области) Municipalities (Общини) Borders of city, town, village (кметства, землища, райони) Districts and suburbs (Квартали и предградия) Suburb parts, neighborhoods (Части от квартали, махали) N/A
Burkina Faso
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 N/A
(proposed by Arie Scheffer)
N/A Provinces N/A Communes N/A Collines N/A Sous-Collines N/A
(proposed by User:GeoMechain)
See also Wikipedia
N/A Provinces (ខេត្ត khaet) N/A Districts (ស្រុក srok), Sections (ខណ្ឌ khan), Municipalities (ក្រុង krong) N/A Communes (ឃុំ khum), Quarters (សង្កាត់ sangkat) N/A N/A N/A
Cameroon Reserved for historic constituent states 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? N/A
Varies by province; see Canada admin level.
N/A Provinces & territories Major divisions (only some provinces) Regional municipalities & single-tier municipalities Boroughs/arrondissements of some cities Lower-tier municipalities in rural areas;
Districts/communities within cities
Localities/wards; some cities call this level 'neighbourhoods' Neighbourhoods; or subdivisions of neighbourhoods for cities that use level 9 for neighbourhoods N/A
Cape Verde
N/A N/A N/A Municipalities N/A in use, fixme Civil parishes N/A N/A
Central African Republic
N/A Préfectures, like Ouham N/A Sous-préfectures, like Bouca Communes? Arrondisements? Quartiers? Sub-quartiers? N/A
(proposed by Pete Masters)
See also Wikipedia
N/A Régions (23) N/A Départments (61) Sous-préfectures (200) Cantons (446) Villages ou localités Quartiers (subdivisions internes au village) N/A
Chile N/A Regiones N/A Provincias N/A Comunas N/A N/A N/A
You'd better read China/Boundaries before editing. Maybe conflict with this table, please use that as standard
Reserved for Greater administrative region
Provinces / 省级行政区 Prefectures / 地级行政区 County / 县级行政区 State-level new areas
and other special areas in large scale / 国家级新区、国家级高新区、非行政区界等大尺度特殊情况
Township / 乡级行政区 (Include:
Town / 镇
Subdistrict / 街道)
Other special areas in small scale/ admin_level=7所下辖的类乡级行政区界及乡级行政区和村级之间的管辖机构界等小尺度特殊情况 (Administrative) Village / 行政村
Neighbourhood community / 社区
(Natural) Village / 自然村
Group / 村民小组/居民小组
SARs / 特別行政區
(Hong Kong and Macau / 香港及澳門)
(proposed by User:miklcct)
N/A Hong Kong / Kowloon / New Territories
Districts / 區 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Macau / Coloane / Taipa / Cotai
Freguesias / 堂區
Colombia Administrative Region of planning / Región Administrativa de Planificación[6] Department / Departamento Province / Provincia Municipality / Municipio Urban / Urbano: city / ciudad
Rural / Rural: township / corregimiento / área no municipalizada / isla
Urban / Urbano: locality or commune / localidad o comuna
Rural / Rural: village / vereda
Urban / Urbano: neighbourhood (For Bogota, this is UPZs) / barrio (Para Bogotá, son las UPZs)
Rural / Rural: N/A
N/A (For Bogota, these are the neighbourhoods / Para Bogotá, son los barrios) N/A
N/A Les 3 îles (préfectures) N/A N/A N/A communes N/A N/A N/A
N/A Départements in use, arrondissements ? Districts N/A in use, fixme in use, fixme in use, fixme N/A
Congo-Kinshasa (DRC)
(proposed by clairedelune)
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 N/A
Costa Rica N/A Provincia N/A Cantón N/A Distrito N/A Barrio N/A
Côte d'Ivoire N/A District (example: Lagunes) ou District autonome (example: Abidjan)
place=state (not place=district)
Region (example: Agnéby-Tiassa)
Département (example: Département Sikensi)
Sous-préfecture (example: Sous-prefecture Bingerville)
Commune (example: Yopougon)
(see Upravna podjela)'
N/A N/A N/A counties (hr: županije) cities/towns or municipalities (hr: gradovi ili općine) settlements (hr: naselja) city districts or local committees (hr: gradske četvrti/kotari ili mjesni odbori) local committees of Zagreb (hr: mjesni odbori Zagreba) N/A
(proposed by User:Ricky75, User:Carluti)
N/A Provincia N/A Municipio N/A Ciudades N/A Barrios N/A
Cyprus / Κύπρος / Kıbrıs De facto partitions:
Republic of Cyprus (RoC)
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) (de facto a country border hence has passport control, barriers, soldiers etc.)
UN buffer zone (should also be marked military=danger_area where applicable)
The 6 de jure Districts The 5 districs of RoC and 6 districts of TRNC (LAU 1) Municipalities & Community Clusters (LAU 2) Municipal Quarters Communities Municipality Districts/ Parishes Settlement N/A
Czech Republic 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) N/A
N/A Regioner (regions - administrative unit) N/A N/A Kommune (municipalities) N/A Christiansø Administration (administration) N/A N/A
N/A Régions (إقليم) N/A Districts (ar:?) N/A Villes, villages (ar:?) N/A N/A N/A
N/A Parishes N/A in use, city ? N/A N/A N/A in use, quarter ? N/A
Dominican Republic
N/A Province (Provincia) N/A Municipality (Municipio) N/A District (Distrito municipal) N/A N/A N/A
(proposed by Temporalista)
N/A Provincia N/A Cantón Límite Urbano (ciudades) Parroquia Urbana Barrio (Urbano), Comunidad (Rural) N/A (¿sectores censales?) N/A
(proposed by Metehyi)
N/A Governorate (Muhafazah محافظة) N/A N/A fixme fixme fixme N/A N/A
El Salvador
(proposed by AragonChristopherR17z)
N/A Departamento Distrito Municipio Cantón Caserío Barrio/Colonia N/A N/A
Equatorial Guinea
(proposed by johanemilsson)
Regiones (Insular Region and Continental Region) Provincias N/A Districts N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A Régions (ti:ዞባ, ar:إقليم) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A Countys (maakonnad) Municipalities (vallad, omavalitsuslikud linnad) Tallinn and Kohtla-Järve (as settlement units) Settlement units (asustusüksused: külad, alevikud, alevid, vallasisesed linnad), city districts (linnaosad, in Tallinn and Kohtla-Järve) Subdistricts (asumid, in Tallinn) N/A
(proposed by Adrian Frith)
N/A Tifundza (regions) N/A Tinkhundla (constituencies) N/A Imiphakatsi (chiefdoms) N/A N/A N/A
(proposed by Ukundji)
N/A Administrative States (9) Zones (68+2) Woreda (550+6) N/A Kebele N/A villages (Gots) N/A
N/A Divisions N/A Provinces N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
(proposed by Boozeman, augmented by Skela)
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/kunnanosien suuralueet (Helsinki; Espoo, Vantaa ...) City/municipal districts(kaupunginosat/kunnanosat): Kulosaari N/A
(in use)
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 subdivided at level 11 into micro-quartiers in some densely populated cities.
French Polynesia N/A N/A Administrative subdivisions (ISLV, IDV, Marquises, Tuamotu-Gambiers, Australes) N/A Communes (unitaires ou groupées) Communes associées Districts
(proposed by johanemilsson)
N/A Provinces N/A Departments N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
(proposed by kalc 7 May 2017)
N/A Regions (Divisions) LGAs Districts N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
(Details - Administrative Divisions of Georgia)
Borders of the disputed territories (Abkhazia/Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, South Ossetia/Samachablo) Borders of autonomous republics, regions and Tbilisi (as a region itself) N/A Borders of municipalities N/A Cities limits N/A Borders of cities' administrative districts N/A
new levels:

see also Grenzen in Deutschland
and Diskussionsseite / discussion page
N/A federal states border


state-district border


county borders

Landkreis / Kreis / kreisfreie Stadt

amt [1]

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.
N/A Region N/A District N/A Town/Village N/A Neighborhood/Borrow N/A
Όρια Αυτόνομης Μοναστικής Πολιτείας Αγίου Όρους Όρια Αποκεντρωμένων Διοικήσεων Όρια Περιφερειών (NUTS 2) Όρια Περιφερειακών ενοτήτων (NUTS 3) Όρια Δήμων Όρια Δημοτικών ενοτήτων Όρια Δημοτικών κοινοτήτων (LAU) N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A Parriches (6) / Dependency (1) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
(proposed by Esteban Ortiz 21 June 2009
N/A State border (Departamentos) N/A Municipal border (Municipios) N/A City and town border (Zonas) N/A N/A N/A
Guernsey (Bailiwick of)
(in use)
N/A Islands with separate jurisdictions: Guernsey (incl. Herm and Jethou), Alderney, Sark (incl. Brecqhou) N/A N/A N/A Parishes Subdivisions of Vale (Vingtaine de l'Epine and Clos du Valle) Cantons (St. Peter Port) N/A
(proposed / used)
N/A Region N/A Prefectures N/A Sub-prefectures (Communes) Villages / Towns Quartiers (Neighbourhoods) N/A
Bissau Autonomous Sector (Sector autónomo de Bissau) / Provinces (provincias) Regions (regiões) N/A Sectors (sectores) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A Regions N/A Neighbourhood Democratic Councils N/A Districts ? N/A Quarters/Neighbourhoods ? N/A
Haiti (Republic of)
(proposed by Vsandre 15 January 2010
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) N/A
Holy See (Vatican City)
(proposed by Antonio Locandro 11 March 2014)
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) N/A
(proposed / used)
N/A Országrészek (Groups of Regions, NUTS 1) Régiók (Regions, NUTS 2) Megyék / főváros (Counties / capital city, NUTS 3) Járások (LAU 1) Települések (LAU 2) Kerületek (Districts) N/A N/A
Iceland N/A N/A Landshlutar - Regions Sveitarfélög - Municipalities N/A N/A Hverfi - Districts Hverfahlutar - Neighbourhoods N/A
(see also administrative divisions)
N/A State District Subdistrict (Tehsil / Mandal / Taluk) Metropolitan Area Municipal Corporation / Municipality / City Council Civic Zone Village/Civic Ward N/A
Indonesia N/A Province City / Regency (Kotamadya / Kabupaten) Subdistrict (Kecamatan) Village (Kelurahan / Desa) Hamlet (Dusun) Community Group (Rukun Warga) Neighborhood Unit (Rukun Tetangga) N/A
Iran N/A Province (استان / Ostan) County (شهرستان / Shahrestan) District (بخش /Bakhsh) • City (شهر / Shahr)
• Municipality or rural agglomeration (دهستان / Dehestan)
Village (روستا / Rousta) Urban District (منطقه شهری) Urban Area (ناحیه شهری) Neighborhood (محله / Mahaleh)
(proposed by johanemilsson, modified Øukasz
Iraqi Kurdistan (Arbil, Duhok, Sulaymaniyah) region Governorates (muḥāfażah) N/A Districts (qadha) Subdistricts (nahya) Boroughs (hay) in urban and Counties (mukataa) in rural areas Neighbourhoods (mahalla) in urban and Villages (qarya) in rural areas N/A N/A
Ireland 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 N/A
N/A מחוז
(כולל הגדה המערבית ורצועת עזה)
(including West Bank and Gaza Strip)
תחומי A, B, C של הגדה המערבית
Areas A, B, C of West Bank
אזור טבעי
(בשטח פלסטיני: נפה)
Natural Region
(In Palestinian Territory: Subdistrict)
Metropolitan area
עיר, מועצה מקומית, מועצה אזורית
בשטחים הפלסטיניים: עירייה רמה א' או ב'
City, Local council, Regional council
In Palestinian Territory: Muncipality (grade 1, 2)
תחת עיר ומועצה מקומית: רובע
תחת מועצה אזורית: יישוב
בשטחים הפלסטיניים: עירייה רמה ג' או ד'
Under city and local council: Borough
Under regional council: Village
In Palestinian Territory: Muncipality (grade 3, 4)
(as discussed on the Italian Mailing list Vol 16, Issue 27, Dieterdreist - Updated March 9 2019 Ilbano)
N/A per i confini regionali (en: boundary of regions) N/A per i confini provinciali (en: boundary of provinces) per le comunità montane (en: mountain community) o le unioni di comuni (en: union of municipalities) per i confini comunali (en: boundary of municipalities) N/A per le circoscrizioni (dove sono rimaste) o per le località (en: boundary of districts) N/A
N/A N/A Counties Parishes N/A Settlements (Cities, Towns, Villages ?) Settlements (Villages ?, Hamlets) N/A N/A
(copied from Japan tagging#Boundary)
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 (大字の下に字がある地域の場合のみ使用、それ以外はneighbourhood) Neighbourhood ; Minor Neighbourhood - 町, 字, 丁, 丁目 (字名が「大字-字」の2段階になってない場合は、すべてこちら) N/A
Jersey (Bailiwick of)
(in use)
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Parishes Vingtaines (cueillettes in St. Ouen) Cantons (St. Helier) N/A
Jordan N/A Governorate N/A District Subdistrict N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A Regions (облысы) / City of republican significance (Almaty, Astana, Shymkent) N/A Districts (ауданы) N/A Rural district (ауылдық округі) N/A N/A N/A
Provinces (old system and retained in new system for local region reference) Counties (new system) Districts (old system) Subcounties - also called constituencies. (new system) Local authorities & Divisions cities, municipalities, towns and counties (not to be confused with national counties admin_level=4) Wards (new system). Mostly identical to Locations Locations (old system). Mostly identical to Wards Villages (new system) & Sublocations (old system) N/A
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Island Councils (24)
Example: Abemama, South Tabiteuea etc
(proposed/used, proposed by MarcRKS & bardhazizi)
N/A Districts
(Rajonet e Kosovës) ?
N/A Municipalities
(Komunat e Kosovës)
N/A Settlements / Cadastral zones
(Zonat kadastrale)
N/A City districts and neighbourhoods
N/A Governorates (Mouhafazah محافظة) N/A Cities / Towns City blocks / Towns blocks N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A Regions (облусу) / Cities of state importance (Bishkek and Osh) N/A Districts (району) / Cities of district importance (Batken, Kök-Janggak...) N/A Cities / Towns (Balykchy...) Villages ? N/A N/A
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 N/A
N/A N/A N/A Municipalities (Novadi), Cities (Valstspilsētas) Towns (Pilsētas) Rural territories (Pagasti) Villages (Ciemi) Suburbs (Priekšpilsētas) N/A
source [2])
N/A Governorate (Mouhafazah محافظة) Qadaa (also known as Caza قضاء ج. أقضية) Federation of municipalities (إتحاد بلديات) Municipality (بلدية) منطقة عقاريّة N/A N/A N/A
(proposed by Adrian Frith)
N/A Districts N/A }}} Constitutencies N/A Community councils N/A N/A N/A
(proposed by Rafael Ávila Coya)
N/A Counties (15) N/A Districts (90) N/A Clans (chiefdoms?) N/A N/A N/A
(proposed by Jano John Akim Franke)
N/A District (Shabiya) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A Electoral districts (Wahlkreis) N/A Municipalities (Gemeinde) N/A N/A N/A
Lithuania N/A Counties (Apskritys) Municipalities (Savivaldybės / Rajonai) Elderships (Seniūnijos) N/A Cities / towns / villages (Miestai / miesteliai / Kaimai) N/A City/Town suburbs (Miesto / miestelio dalys / miesto seniūnijos) N/A
Luxembourg N/A N/A N/A Cantons (region) N/A Communes Sections / Villages / Neighbourhoods N/A N/A
Faritany mizakatena (provinces) Faritra (regions) N/A Distrika (districts) N/A Kaominina (communes) Firaisana (arrondissements) Fokontany (sections, communities of settlements / townships / villages) N/A
Regions Districts N/A Traditional authorities (rural areas), Urban administrative wards (urban centers) N/A 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 N/A
Malaysia territories (wilayah) (proposed) negeri (states) bahagian (divisions) Sabah & Sarawak only daerah (districts) daerah kecil (subdistricts) mukim (townships) N/A kampung, taman, dll (municipalities, including townships, cities, villages, etc.) N/A
N/A Atolls / Capital (Malé) N/A N/A N/A Islands ? Districts ? N/A N/A
N/A Régions N/A Cercles N/A Commune N/A N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A Islands (gżejjer) (NUTS 3) Regions (reġjuni) (LAU 1) Local councils (kunsilli lokali) (LAU 2) N/A N/A N/A
Marshall Islands
N/A Atolls (legislative districts) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A Régions (Wilayah) N/A Départements (Moughataa) N/A Arrondissement Communes N/A N/A
Outer territories (Rodriques, Agaléga, Saint Brandon) Districts N/A Cities (Vacoas-Phoenix, Quatre Bornes, Beau Bassin-Rose Hill, Curepipe) N/A Villages ? N/A Hamlets ? N/A
(proposed by OSM México)
(source: [3])
N/A State borders N/A Municipal borders N/A City / Town limits District limits / Delegaciones City sectors / Colonias N/A
Micronesia (Federated States of)
N/A States N/A N/A N/A Municipalities N/A N/A N/A
Moldova (Republic of Moldova)
(proposed by Moldovan_Merkator, Anatolie Golovco, Oleg_MD / in use)
Disputed territory - unrecognized state (Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic [7]) - Autonomous regions UTA Găgauzia and ATU from the left bank of the Dniester (UAT din stînga Nistrului)

- Districts (Raioane) [ex: Florești, Briceni, etc.]
- Second level Municipalities (Municipiile de nivelul II) Chișinău, Bălți and Bender

- Găgăuzia Districts (Raioane) Comrat, Ceadîr-Lunga and Vulcănești Districts

- Transnistria Districts (Raioane) Rîbnița, Dubăsari, Grigoriopol and Slobozia Districts
- Transnistria Cities Tiraspol City Council and Bender City Council

First level Municipalities (Municipiile de nivelul I) [ex.: Orhei, Ungheni, etc.] Chișinău Municipality's sectors (Sectoarele Municipiului Chișinău) [ex.: Rîșcani, Buiucani, etc.] - Towns (Orașe) [ex.: Briceni, Glodeni, Dubăsari, etc.]

- Communes (Comune) [ex.: Larga, Crocmaz, etc.]
- Villages that do not form a commune (Satele care nu formează o comună) [ex.: Talmaza, Copanca, Bocani, etc.]

The intravilane limit of villages, towns and cities (Limita intravilana a satelor, orașelor și municipiilor) [ex.: Căinari, Cricova] Quarters (Cartiere) N/A
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Commune N/A Quartiers administratifs N/A
N/A Provinces / capital (улсын аймаг ᠠᠶᠢᠮᠠᠭ/ Улаанбаатар ᠤᠯᠠᠭᠠᠨᠪᠠᠭᠠᠲᠤᠷ) N/A Districts (сум ᠰᠤᠮᠤ) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A municipalities
(opštine / општине)
N/A settlements
(naselja / насеља)
(See: [[4]])
N/A Regions (Wilayah) (جهات المغرب)(ولاية) Provinces (الأقاليم)
Prefectures (العمالات)
(Districts) Cercles (الدائرة)
Pashalik (باشوية)
Préfectures d'Arrondissements (عمالات المقاطعات)
Caïdats (القيادة)
Arrondissements (المقاطعات)
Urban Municipalities (الجماعات الحضرية)
Rural Communes (الجماعات القرويةا)
N/A quartiers N/A
Regions // Regiões (Norte, Centro, Sul)
Currently not in use
Provinces OR Capital Maputo // Províncias OU Cidade de Maputo Districts OR Province Capital Cities // Distritos OU Cidades Capitais Provinciais Administrative Post // Posto Administrativo N/A Neighbourhoods // Bairros Blocks // Quarteirões
Currently not in use
(see administrative divisions)
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 N/A
N/A Regions N/A Constituencies N/A Municipalities N/A N/A N/A
N/A Electoral Constituencies N/A Districts N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nepal Development Regions
Not in current use
(in use before 2015)
Provinces Zones
Not in current use
(in use before 2015)
Districts Municipalities
Rural municipalities, Municipalities, Sub metropolitans and Metropolitans (Nepali: गाउँपालिका,नगरपालिका, उप-महानगरपालिका, महानगरपालिका)
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)) Wards Tole N/A
Netherlands, Kingdom of the
(see administrative divisions of the Kingdom and administrative divisions of the Netherlands)
Countries (landen). These are Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten Provinces (provincies, NUTS 2, only in European Netherlands), e.g. Zeeland, Noord-Holland N/A N/A N/A Municipalities (gemeenten, LAU 2, only in European Netherlands), e.g. Amsterdam, Schiermonnikoog N/A Settlements (woonplaatsen, only in European Netherlands): non-autonomous municipal subdivisions, registered in BAG. Retain even if congruent with municipality (admin_level=8) and thus not a subdivision in the strict sense N/A
Caribbean public bodies (Caribische openbare lichamen, only in Caribbean Netherlands). These are Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. Known colloquially as special municipalities (bijzondere gemeenten)
In Aruba (proposed): Districts (municipalities) known as GAC regions
New Zealand
(in use)
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 (Auckland) and community boards (elsewhere) (Note: wards are electoral constituencies for the territorial authority council and have no adminsitrative function) N/A N/A N/A
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 as Villa Sandino and Bosques de Altamira N/A
N/A Régions N/A Départements N/A Communes N/A N/A N/A
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 N/A
North Korea
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 N/A
North Macedonia
(proposed by User:borces)
(see also mk:Административна поделба на Македонија)
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) N/A
N/A County (Fylke) (19)
Examples: Rogaland, Hordaland
N/A N/A Muncipiality (Kommue) (430)
Examples: Stavanger, Sandnes
N/A Bydel
Examples: Røa, Våland, Minde
N/A Governorate (محافظة) N/A Capital Muscat (مسقط) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A Province
Metropolitan Corporation
بلدیہ عظمیٰ
Union Council
یونین کونسل
N/A States N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Panama N/A Provincias
(puede ser comarca)
Regiones Indígenas Distritos / Municipios N/A Corregimientos Comunidad (rural)
Localidad (urbana)
Papua New Guinea
Regions Provinces / Autonomous Region of Bougainville / National Capital District Districts Urban and Rural LLG (Local-level governments) in use, fixme N/A in use, fixme N/A N/A
Paraguay natural regions
regiones naturales
N/A N/A N/A municipal, city limits
municipalidades / distritos
N/A suburb and locality
barrios y compañias rurales
Peru N/A States, Departments
N/A Regions, Provinces
N/A Counties, Districts
N/A suburb and locality
Centros Poblados, Caserío, Anexo, Comunidad Nativa, etc
new levels
10-admin level proposal is replaced by 11-admin_level, with sitios and puroks taking admin_level=11
Regions (Rehiyon) Provinces (Lalawigan) Provincial legislative districts Cities/municipalities (Lungsod/bayan) City/municipal legislative districts Administrative districts of Manila, Iloilo City and Davao City, former barangays that remain in use for addressing purposes (e.g. in Quezon City, Caloocan) Barangay zones Barangay Sitio/purok
Poland N/A województwa (voivodships, provinces, 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)
(Project page)
N/A Autonomous Regions (Regiões autónomas) N/A Districts (Distritos) Municipalities (Concelhos) Civil parishes (Freguesias) N/A N/A N/A
N/A Municipalities (baladiyah مدينة) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Districts N/A
Romania (România)
N/A Macroregions (NUTS1) or other divisions of equivalent size if they will ever be used in administration Regions (NUTS2) same as above Counties (Judeţe) and the Municipality of Bucharest (NUTS-3)

currently those are set to 4, this is intended and will be changed if and when higher levels will be implemented in administration

Metropolitan zones (or other type of inter-municipal association) Municipalities (Comune, Orașe, Municipii) (NUTS-LAU); Bucharest's sectors Villages, administrative parts of cities / municipalities Neighbourhoods N/A
Russia (Russian Federation)
Federal districts Federal subjects Groups of municipal districts / urban okrugs, administrative okrugs / districts of federal cities Municipal districts and okrugs of federal subjects (except federal cities), urban okrugs, including ZATO and urban okrugs with intracity division N/A Urban and rural municipalities, municipal intra-city territories of federal cities, districts of urban okrugs with intracity division Districts and other administrative-territorial units of urban and municipal okrugs (Under discussion: all hamlets / suburbs or only suburbs with local government offices) N/A
Федеральные округа Субъекты федерации Объединения муниципальных районов / городских округов, административные округа / районы городов федерального значения (ГФЗ) Муниципальные районы и округа субъектов федерации (кроме ГФЗ), городские округа, в т.ч. ЗАТО и ГО с внутригородским делением Городские и сельские муниципальные образования, внутригородские муниципальные образования ГФЗ, районы ГО с внутригородским делением Районы и другие административно-территориальные единицы городских и муниципальных округов (Обсуждается: все населённые пункты либо только микрорайоны с территориальными управлениями администрации)
N/A Provinces / Kigali City N/A Districts Chefferies ? In use: Municipalities ? In use: Villages ? Hamlets ? N/A N/A
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
N/A N/A N/A N/A Caidats (القيادة) Municipalities (الجماعات الحضرية) N/A N/A N/A
Saint Kitts and Nevis
N/A St Kitts / Nevis N/A Parishes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Saint Lucia
(proposed by Pierrick Blaise)
N/A Districts N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
N/A N/A N/A Parishes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A Districts N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
San Marino
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Municipalities (castelli) N/A N/A N/A
Sao Tome and Principe
N/A Autonomous Region of Príncipe N/A Districts Municipalities ? N/A N/A N/A N/A
Saudi Arabia
N/A Regions (منطقة) N/A Governorate (محافظة) N/A N/A Municipalities (بلدية) Districts (حي) N/A
N/A boundary of the "Regions" like Saint-Louis, Matam... boundaries of the "Départements" see a list here N/A 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 N/A
(see Administrative division or Statistical regions for possible future division)
N/A autonomous provinces
аутономне покрајине
(future NUTS1?)
statistical regions
статистички региони
општине и градске општине
local communities
месне заједнице
N/A Groups of Districts (Greater Victoria, Rural Mahé, Praslin, La Digue, Outer Islands) N/A Districts (eg Bel Air) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sierra Leone
(proposed by IndoFio)
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 N/A
N/A N/A N/A Community Development Councils (CDCs) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Slovakia NUTS 2 Region (Groups of Regions): (SK: oblasti: Bratislavský kraj, západné Slovensko, stredné Slovensko, východné Slovensko) NUTS 3 Kraj (region borders) (SK: hranica kraja, vyššieho územného celku) N/A borders of Bratislava and Košice (SK: hranice miest Bratislava a Košice) N/A LAU 1 Okres (district borders) (SK: hranica okresu) LAU 2 Obec (Town/Village), autonomous towns in Bratislava and Košice Katastrálne územie (Cadastral place) (SK: katastrálne územie obce) N/A
(see Regije and Upravna delitev Slovenije)
NUTS 2 (West-East) reserved for regional borders - if they are ever finalized (SL: pokrajine) borders of statistical regions (SL: statistične regije) NUTS 3 N/A Administrative units borders (SL: upravne enote) LAU 1 Municipal borders (SL: občine) LAU 2 N/A Suburbs, hamlets (SL: meje naselij) N/A
Solomon Islands
N/A Provinces (9) / Capital Wards N/A N/A N/A Suburbs N/A N/A
Somaliland (disputed territory) States (6) Regions (19) Districts (106 on wikipedia, currently 88 in osm) N/A N/A Quarters N/A N/A
South Africa N/A provincial borders N/A district borders (borders of district municipalities and metropolitan municipalities) N/A
Proposed change to municipal borders (borders of local municipalities within districts) (proposed by Ian Coetzee on 4 December 2021)
municipal borders (borders of local municipalities within districts)
Proposed change to city/town borders (proposed by Ian Coetzee on 4 December 2021)
Proposed change to ward borders (proposed by Ian Coetzee on 26 November 2021)
ward borders
Proposed change to suburb borders (proposed by Ian Coetzee on 26 November 2021)
South Korea (ROK)
(proposed by namuori under discussion talk-ko Sep-2012)
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, -ga 가; Within a -do (도의): -eup 읍 : -myeon 면 N/A Village (-ri, 리), -tong 통 N/A
Province (-do, 도), Metropolitan City (gwangyeok-si 광역시), Special City (Seoul)(teukbyeol-si 특별시) 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
South Sudan
(proposed by clairedelune)
Historical region (3) State (28) (Before 2015) State (10) County (86) Payam (580) Boma (2092) Village Village subdivision (rural) / Block (urban) N/A
Frontera nacional
(Unused) Groups of Spanish autonomous communities (NUTS 1) Autonomous communities (NUTS 2) N/A Provinces, see boundary=political for insular councils (NUTS 3) Judicial districts, comarcas (counties) and cuadrillas Municipalities, equivalent to townships, communes Districts (parishes) Wards N/A
(No usado) Grupos de comunidades autónomas (NUTS 1). Comunidades autónomas (NUTS 2). Provincias, ver boundary=political para cabildos insulares (NUTS 3). Partidos judiciales, comarcas y cuadrillas. Municipios, equivalentes a ayuntamientos o conceyos de Asturias y concellos de Galicia. Distrito (Entidad colectiva de población): diputaciones, pedanías, parroquias civiles de Galicia, parroquias rurales de Asturias, hermandades, ledanías, concejos de Navarra y concejos de Álava. Entidad singular de población: villa, lugar, aldea, caserío, poblado, barrio, urbanización.
Sri Lanka
N/A Provinces (மாகாணம்) Districts (மாவட்டம்) Divisions (பிரிவுகள்) Subdivisions (கிராம சேவையாளர் பிரிவு) ? Municipalities ? Suburbs, Quarters, Neighbourhoods ? N/A N/A
N/A States (Wilayah ولاية) Big Cities / Regions ? Districts (fixme, see level 8) in use, fixme Districts (fixme, see level 6) Municipalities ? in use, fixme Suburbs, Quarters, Neighbourhood, Blocks ?
(proposed by Pander)
N/A Districten (districts equivalent to counties or provinces) N/A N/A N/A Ressorten (resorts approximately equivalent to municipalities) N/A N/A N/A
Sweden 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)[8]
Stadsdel / Primärområde
Example: Masthugget, Södermalm etc
In Umeå, this is called "Stadsdelsområde" (Backen, Umedalen, Mariehem, Marieberg)[9]
(proposed by studerap, extended by t-i)
N/A Cantons (de: Kantone)
Example: Aargau, Vaud
Administrative region or other which isn't a district (de: Verwaltungs­regionen, fr: Régions administratives) Districts (de: Bezirke/Ämter, fr: districts)
e.g. Entlebuch
Schaffhausen, Neuchâtel and Geneva don't have districts
Circles or something other between districts and municipalities Municipalities (de: Gemeinden/Städte, fr: communes/villes)
Example: Basel, Montreux
Suburbs (de: Stadtkreise/Stadtteile, fr: secteurs)
e.g. Kreis 7 (Zurich)
Quarters (de: Quartiere, fr: quartiers)
e.g. Les Pâquis (Geneva)
Syria N/A Governorates
N/A Cities, towns and villages of Subdistrict
Damascus Municipalities
N/A Damascus neighborhoods
Taiwan (Rep. of China) N/A Municipality 直轄市; Provintial municipality 省轄市; County 縣 N/A N/A District 直轄市、省轄市的區 County-administered city 縣轄市; Township 鄉/鎮 Village 村/里 Neighbourhood 鄰 N/A
(proposed by Maailma)
N/A Borders of 3 Provinces (Sughd, Khatlon, Districts of Republican Subordination), 1 Region (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region) and Capital city (Dushanbe) N/A District (e.g. Varzob, Khovaling, Murghob) N/A Jamoat (e.g. Sarichashma) N/A Deha (village) / micro rayons N/A
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 (in rural context) or Sub-ward/Mtaa (e.g. USA River; urban) Shina (area of responsibility of a Mjumbe or Tencell) N/A
See also Thailand administrative levels
N/A → Province / จังหวัด
→ Bangkok / กรุงเทพมหานคร
N/A → District / อำเภอ
→ District / เขต (in Bangkok)
→ Subdistrict Administrative Organization (SAO) / องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบล (อบต.)
→ City Municipality / เทศบาลนคร
→ Town Municipality / เทศบาลเมือง
→ Subdistrict Municipality / เทศบาลตำบล
→ Pattaya City / เมืองพัทยา
→ Subdistrict / ตำบล
→ Subdistrict / แขวง (in Bangkok)
Khwaeng / แขวง (in municipality) Village / หมู่บ้าน Community / ชุมชน
N/A Municipalities (pt:município, tet:munisípiu) Subdistricts (pt:postos administrativos, tet:postu administrativu) Villages (Sucos) (pt:aldeias (sucos), tet:sukus) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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 N/A
N/A Administrative divisions (to:?) Districts (Vahe) N/A in use, fixme N/A N/A N/A N/A
Trinidad and Tobago
N/A Regional corporations / Municipalities / Ward N/A N/A N/A N/A in use, quarters ? N/A N/A
Tunisia N/A Borders of the 24 Governorates of Tunisia Delegations (Districts) Borders Imadats (Sectors) Borders N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
See NUTS as well
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 (NUTS 3) N/A Borders of districts (turkish ilçe) LAU 1 (aka NUTS 4) Borders of incorporated villages LAU 2 (aka NUTS 5) Borders of neighbourhoods and unincorporated villages N/A Village subdivisions (Turkish: "küme evleri") N/A
N/A Provinces / Welayatlar / Области (e.g. Ahal) Provincial districts / Welayatyň etraplary / Районы областей (e.g. Ak Bugday etrap) N/A N/A Cities and Towns / Şäherler we Şäherçeler / Города и поселки (e.g. Ashgabat, Dashoguz, Ýölöten) Rural Councils and Municipal Boroughs with mayors, Villages / Geňeşler we Şäheryň häkimli uly etraplary, Obalar / Сельсоветы и крупные городские районы с мэром, Села (e.g. Babarap, Köpetdag etrap) Neighborhoods, Hamlets, Municipal Districts / Ýaşaýaş toplumlary, Oba ilatly punktlar, Şäheryň kiçi etraplary we etrapçalary / Микрорайоны, Хуторы (e.g. Parahat 7, Çoganly Ýaşaýaş Toplumy) Subdistricts / Etrabyň etraplary / Субмикрорайоны (eg Parahat 7/2)
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Administrative atolls/islands (9 Districts) N/A N/A N/A
Uganda Borders of the regions (which do not have any political or administrative importance) Borders of the 112 districts N/A Borders of counties N/A Borders of sub-counties Borders of Parishes Borders of Zones (in Kampala only) N/A
The admin_level values listed here are deprecated and not recommended for use. The Ukrainian community is currently discussing a new tagging scheme.
N/A Crimea, Oblasts, Kyiv and Sevastopol / АР Крим, області, Київ і Севастополь / АР Крым, области, Киев и Севастополь N/A Crimea rayons, rayons in oblasts, cities of regional significance / Райони в Криму, райони в областях, міста обласного значення / Районы в Крыму, районы в областях, города областного значения Administrative rayons in cities and towns, united territorial communities / Адміністративні райони у містах, об'єднані територіальні громади / Административные районы в городах, объединённые территориальные громады Local radas in rayons in Crimea and oblasts / Місцеві ради в районах Криму і областей (міські ради, селищні ради, сільські ради) / Местные советы в районах Крыма и областей (городские советы, поселковые советы, сельские советы) Settlements per se / Власне населені пункти / Собственно населённые пункты N/A N/A
United Arab Emirates
N/A Emirates (إمارة) Capital Abu Dhabi (أبو ظبي) N/A in use, fixme Municipalities N/A Suburbs / Quarters / Villages ? N/A
United Kingdom N/A England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland England: Combined Authorities
The former Government Regions no longer exist (and were never really "administrative" anyway)
England: Two-tier non-metropolitan counties, Metropolitan counties, Unitary authorities, City of London
Scotland: council areas
Wales: principal areas/awdurdodau unedol
Northern Ireland: currently unmapped - local government district?? also need to consider compatibility with Ireland
N/A England only: Metropolitan districts, non-metropolitan districts, London boroughs N/A England: civil parishes
Scotland: community councils
Wales: communities/cymunedau
United States
Simplified/generalized; see United_States_admin_level and
United States/Boundaries
There are semi-official and unofficial regions, see [W] List_of_regions_of_the_United_States. These aren't "administrative regions" but geographical, possibly cultural regions; do not tag these admin_level=3. the 50 States, 3 Territories, 2 Commonwealths and the District of Columbia New York City (an agglomerate of multiple county equivalents),
[W] Grand_Divisions_of_Tennessee
State counties and "county equivalents,"
Territorial municipalities
Civil townships (in about one-third of states) state Municipalities: cities, towns and villages; infrequently, hamlets Wards (rare) Neighborhoods (infrequent),
homeowner associations (infrequent)
(proposed by Zeroth)
N/A Department borders N/A Local board limits (municipios) N/A City / town limits N/A Barrios N/A
(proposed by User:Uzbekistaan)
N/A Borders of 12 Provinces (viloyat), 1 Autonomous Republic (Karakalpakstan Republic) and 1 Capital city (Tashkent city) N/A District (tuman) and cities of provinces subordination (viloyatga bo'ysunuchi shaharlar) (e.g. Zomin tumani, Shayhontohur tumani, Andijon shahri) N/A Cities of districts subordination (tumanga bo'sunuvchi shaharlar), urban settlements (shaharcha) and rural community of citizens (qishloq fuqarolar yig'ini) (e.g. Osmonsoy QFY, Zomin shaharchasi) N/A Neighborhood (Mahalla), village (qishloq), small districts (kichik tumanlar (mikro rayon)) N/A
(proposed by Øukasz (talk) 17 November 2018 )
N/A Province N/A Area (sometimes referred to as Area Council. Municipalities of Port Vila and Luganville are their own Areas) N/A Ward (subdivision of Municipalities, and in some cases former Municipalities) Community (Nakamal council) (Not typically used by the central government, but in use to further subdivide some Areas) N/A N/A
Venezuela N/A First-level administrative division:
Estado (State)
Distrito Capital (Capital District)
Dependencia Federal (Federal Dependencies)
Some administrative elements in certain parts of this country:
→ Distrito Metropolitano
→ Alcaldía Mayor
Second-level administrative division:
Municipio (Municipality)
Third-level administrative division:
Parroquia (Parish)
Cities, towns and other inhabited places:
Neighborhoods in general, into which a city or town is subdivided:
Neighborhoods in general, within other neighborhoods in general:
Others minor administrative elements, or a third-level subdivision of neighborhoods
(proposed by Ninomax)
(see also this page)
N/A Province borders : Tỉnh, thành phố trực thuộc TW N/A District / township borders : quận, huyện, thị xã, thành phố thuộc tỉnh style="font-size:smaller;background:#EEE;color:#333;vertical-align:middle;text-align:left;" class="table-na" |N/A Commune / town / ward borders : phường, xã, thị trấn N/A N/A N/A
N/A Governorates (محافظة) Aden (مدينة عدن) Districts (مديرية) Villages ? N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A Provinces Districts N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A Provinces N/A Districts N/A Municipalities ? N/A Suburbs / Wards ? N/A
Country (admin_level=2) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11


You can use this overpass query https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/1J4N to get:

  • all nodes, ways and relations of a specific country which describe a government administration unit and include the admin_level tag. Just replace, on the third line, "Afghanistan" by the appropriate name (in english) of the country that you want to control
  • in the result, for each line, you will have the type of the element (node, way, relation), the id of the element and several tags of the element = admin_level, name, name:en, wikidata, wikipedia

See also

  • Relation:boundary - For grouping boundaries and marking enclaves/exclaves
  • border_type=* - Marks the difference between different types of borders, such as maritime boundaries, imported borders, some kinds of political borders
  • capital=* - The capital of a country or administrative divisions within countries
  • United States admin level - for a more complete listing of admin_levels, some per-state
  • Country code - for adding ISO 3166-1 specific country codes
  • SHPtoOSMBoundaries python script. If the SHP contains Administrative Boundaries and you want to transform them into OSM in order to autogenerate and join the multiple boundary relations before importing them.
  • Cosmogony is a set of tools to extract, see and check administratives boundaries from OSM