Get Subprefecture essential facts below. View Videos or join the Subprefecture discussion. Add Subprefecture to your topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.

A subprefecture is an administrative division of a country that is below prefecture or province.


There are twelve Albanian counties or prefectures, each of which is subdivided into several districts, sometimes translated as subprefectures.

Examples: District of Korçë, District of Sarandë


In Brazil the subprefectures (Portuguese: subprefeituras) are administrative divisions of some big cities, such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The head of a subprefecture, the subprefeito, is indicated by the municipality's mayor (in Brazil called prefeito).

In São Paulo there are 32 subprefectures. The largest in total area, Parelheiros, covers 353.5 km², and the most populous, Capela do Socorro, has more than 600,000 inhabitants.

Burkina Faso

Examples: Djibasso Subprefecture


Examples: N'Gouri Subprefecture, Chari-Baguirmi Prefecture, and Massakory Subprefecture.


It was used in Qing Dynasty. Called ting (? or ?) in Chinese, it is also on the same level as a department (?) and a district (?). And is below prefecture (?).


A separate term also translated as subprefecture was j?nmínf? (t s, for instance at Qianshan in Guangdong

'Sous-préfecture' in Verdun, France


A subprefecture is the administrative town of an arrondissement where an arrondissement doesn't contain the prefecture. The civil servant in charge of local executive power is the sous-préfet.

Examples: Aix-en-Provence, Apt, Arles, Bayonne, Boulogne-Billancourt, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais, Cambrai, Chalon-sur-Saône, Château-Thierry, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Narbonne, Reims, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Saint-Malo, Saint-Omer, Sedan, Vichy.





Ivory Coast

A sous-préfecture is an administrative subdivision of a department in Ivory Coast.

Examples: Anyama Subprefecture, Bingerville Subprefecture, Brofodoumé Subprefecture, Songon Subprefecture


Some Japanese prefectures have branch offices called (shich?) in Japanese, which are translated in English as "subprefectures", "branch offices", or "branches of the prefectural government". See details in Subprefectures of Japan and an example of Kushiro Subprefecture.


  • Under Japanese rule, ? (ch?) translated to prefecture, so (shich?) translated to subprefecture.


  1. ^ Aihun Ting map from 1911 Atlas of Heilongjiang (in Chinese)

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



Music Scenes