- List of autonomous areas by country
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autonomous areas arranged by country gives an overview of autonomous areas of the world. An autonomous area is defined as an area of a countrythat has a degree of autonomy, or has freedom from an external authority. It is typical for it to be geographically distant from the country, or to be populated by a national minority. Countries that include autonomous areas are often federacies. [cite journal|author=Lucas I. González|title=Political Power, Fiscal Crises, and Decentralization in Latin America: Federal Countries in Comparative Perspective (and some Contrasts with Unitary Cases)|journal=Publius: The Journal of Federalism|date=2008-02-11|url=http://publius.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/pjn001v1?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=%28federal+AND+countries+AND+are+AND+often+AND+autonomous%29&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&resourcetype=HWCIT|accessdate=2008-02-26|publisher=Oxford University Press|issn=1747-7107|doi=10.1093/publius/pjn001|volume=38|pages=211]
This list includes areas that are internationally recognized, as well as some that are generally unrecognized.ref|example|Aref|see|B The definition of an "autonomous area" varies from country to country, so the native term as defined by the respective country's government is listed, and the English translation of the term is included.
Sub-regional "autonomous" entities
Independent cities called "autonomous"
List of sovereign states
List of dependent territories
* List of autonomous regions leaders
List of capitals serving as administrative divisions by country
Table of administrative country subdivisions by country
*For example: cite web|url=http://data.un.org/CountryProfile.aspx?crName=China,%20Hong%20Kong%20Special%20Administrative%20Region|title=China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region|publisher=United Nations|accessdate=2008-02-25
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