Area

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Areas are geographic regions or settlements. See Wikidata for details on how areas are added and updated.

Properties

Name

The name of the area.

Type

The type of area. Possible values are:

Country
Country is used for areas included (or previously included) in ISO 3166-1, e.g. United States.
Subdivision
Subdivision is used for the main administrative divisions of a country, e.g. California, Ontario, Okinawa. These are considered when displaying the parent areas for a given area.
County
County is used for smaller administrative divisions of a country which are not the main administrative divisions but are also not municipalities, e.g. counties in the USA. These are not considered when displaying the parent areas for a given area.
Municipality
Municipality is used for small administrative divisions which, for urban municipalities, often contain a single city and a few surrounding villages. Rural municipalities typically group several villages together.
City
City is used for settlements of any size, including towns and villages.
District
District is used for a division of a large city, e.g. Queens.
Island
Island is used for islands and atolls which don't form subdivisions of their own, e.g. Skye. These are not considered when displaying the parent areas for a given area.

Begin and end dates

The dates indicate when a certain area was founded and/or ceased to exist. For example, the Soviet Union has a begin date of 1922 and an end date of 1991.

ISO 3166 codes

The ISO 3166 codes are the codes assigned by ISO to countries and subdivisions.

Aliases

The aliases are used to store alternate names or misspellings.

MBID

See the page about MBIDs for more information.

Annotation

See the page about annotations for more information.