A city-state is a city that has its own sovereignty. There were many important city-states in ancient Greece. Nowadays, cities may have differing degrees of self-governance. In order to be considered a city-state, a city must govern itself independently, by regulating its own taxes, or having independent representation at the United Nations.
Historical city states[change | edit source]
Modern city states[change | edit source]
Independent Countries[change | edit source]
Monaco[change | edit source]
Monaco-Ville and Monte Carlo are districts in Monaco, not separate towns or cities. The city boundary is the same as the country's boundary.
Singapore[change | edit source]
Singapore was independent before becoming part of the federal kingdom of Malaysia. It is now independent again.
Vatican City[change | edit source]
City states in other countries[change | edit source]
Germany[change | edit source]
Germany has 16 Bundesländer and three of them are city-states; they are Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen. They do not have a Minister President (prime minister) like the other Bundesländer. Instead their head of government is called a Mayor in English.
Austria[change | edit source]
Vienna is a federal state.
Spain[change | edit source]
Spain has two small territories in north Africa. Spanish law calls them autonomous communities. They are
United Kingdom[change | edit source]
The British colony of Gibraltar is a city state