Bonus List

COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST STATES, PROVINCES OR OTHER PRIMARY DIVISIONS

The United States, with 50 states and 1 district, certainly has a lot of "primary divisions"...but it is nowhere near the top. The Philippines, at #1 with 196 provinces and chartered cities (both considered their top administrative divisions) probably has few people memorizing all of them. However, most of these provinces are quite small (same with the municipalities in the former Yugoslav states), and the highest-ranking country where its primary divisions are large is Russia, with 86.

One nation not listed here in the United Kingdom. The number is really quite disputable--if one were to consider England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to be their largest divisions, that number would be 4. However, their primary divisions are really counties, but boroughs, London boroughs, "cities and boroughs", districts, cities, royal boroughs and council areas could also be considered primary divisions. If all of those were counted, that number could be as high as 229!

1. Philippines--196
(79 provinces and 117 chartered cities)
2. Slovenia--193
(182 municipalities, 11 urban municipalities)
3. Serbia--190
(190 municipalities, including those in Kosovo)
4. Russia--86
(48 oblasts, 21 republics, 7 autonomous okrugs, 7 krays, 2 federal cities, 1 autonomous oblast)
5. Macedonia--85
(85 municipalities)
6. Turkey--81
(81 provinces)
7. Thailand--76
(76 provinces)
8. Azerbaijan--71
(59 rayons, 11 cities, 1 autonomous republic)
9. Uganda--69
(69 districts)
10. Vietnam--64
(59 provinces, 5 municipalities)


Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007.

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