No, the United States is not the only country with states. Many other countries have subnational administrative divisions that are similar to states, although they may be called by different names depending on the country.
For example, in Australia, the subnational divisions are called states and territories, while in Brazil, they are called states. In Canada, they are called provinces and territories, and in Mexico, they are called states.
Other countries that have subnational divisions that are similar to states include Argentina, Germany, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, and Switzerland, among others. The exact names and structures of these subnational divisions can vary widely depending on the country, but they often have similar responsibilities and functions to the states in the United States. Examples:
- Australia – States and territories
- Brazil – States
- Canada – Provinces and territories
- India – States and union territories
- Malaysia – States and federal territories
- Mexico – States
- Nigeria – States and the Federal Capital Territory
- Pakistan – Provinces and territories
- Russia – Republics, oblasts, and krais
- South Africa – Provinces
- Switzerland – Cantons
Other Countries With States
For example, India is divided into 28 states and 8 Union territories. The states of India have their own elected governments and are further divided into districts.
Brazil is divided into 26 states and one Federal District. The states of Brazil have their own elected governments and are further divided into municipalities.
Mexico is divided into 31 states and one Federal District. The states of Mexico have their own elected governments and are further divided into municipalities. Btw, Mexico and the US are the only countries with states in North America.
It’s worth noting that the terminology and administrative structures used in these countries may differ from state to state, and there may be variations in the level of autonomy and responsibilities granted to different regions.