List of divided cities

A divided city is one which, as a consequence of political changes or border shifts, currently constitutes (or once constituted) two separate entities, or an urban area with a border running through it. Listed below are the localities and the state they belonged to at the time of division.

Divided cities include:

Formerly united cities that were divided

Cities that arose next to each other across a boundary line

Cases that involve formerly united cities being divided

  • Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, after the Dayton Accords which politically define country's political structure, have most of the city within the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, while some suburbs are within the boundaries of the other entity, Republika Srpska.
  • Washington, DC, USA, and suburbs
  • Khimki, Russia is divided by River at 1930, part of city left to Moscow at 1961 (include hospital known as "Stravinsky clinic" in Master and Margarita) and about 2010 merged with Skodnya. This area has the special rule: anything between Khimky and Skhodnya doesn't cause to leave Khimky even some part is Moscow territory (rule prevents legal collisions, for example buses are subject to local regulation nor the region level or work permits still valid here).

See also

Notes and references


a. ^ There was international controversy on the status of Jerusalem in 1948 which has been further complicated since 1967. See positions on Jerusalem for further information.
b. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 14 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. "World's great divided cities: The most enchanting cities split into two halves", Houston Chronicle, 03 March 2018
  2. "World's great divided cities: The most enchanting cities split into two halves", Houston Chronicle, 03 March 2018
  3. Nogales, Sonora
  4. Nogales, Arizona
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