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Metropolitan municipality

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Metropolitan municipality

A metropolitan municipality is a type of municipality established in some countries to serve a metropolitan area.


  • Canada 1
  • European Union 2
  • Europe/Asia 3
    • Iran 3.1
    • Turkey 3.2
  • South Africa 4
  • See also 5


In generic terms, and in practical application within Canada, a metropolitan municipality is an urban local government; or at least a suburban government flanked by urban and/or other suburban counties. Conversely, a rural area (or a suburban area flanked mostly by rural areas) in which county and municipal functions are consolidated in one government is not a metropolitan municipality but a regional municipality.

The most typical distinction, in historical terms, is that a metropolitan municipality is usually a consolidation of one urban city and the county in which it is located. A regional municipality, by contrast, is usually a consolidation of two or more suburban and/or rural cities, towns or villages - each of which remains a geographically distinct area, usually because of greenspace between them - and the county in which they are located.

European Union




South Africa

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