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Germany

  • In Germany, a district ("Kreis") is an administrative unit between the "Länder" (German federal states) and the local / municipal levels (Gemeinden). Most of the 429 German districts are "Landkreise", rural districts. 116 larger cities (usually with more than 100,000 inhabitants) that do not belong to a district are considered as urban districts ("Kreisfreie Städte" or "Stadtkreise").
  • In some states, there is additional level of administration between the Länder and the Landkreise called Regierungsbezirk (government district).
  • District (Bezirk) was also the name of administrative subdivisions of the German Democratic Republic from 1952. See Administrative division of the German Democratic Republic
  • City district (Stadtbezirk) is the primary subdivision category of many Kreisfreie Städte.

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