Federal city

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The term federal city (Bundesstadt in German) is a title for certain cities in Germany, Switzerland, Russia, India and the United States.[1]


In Germany, the former West German capital Bonn has been designated with the unique title of federal city. Since 28 April 1994, it is the secondary official residence of the President of Germany, the Chancellor of Germany, the Bundesrat (upper house), the primary official residence of six federal ministries, and approximately 20 federal authorities. This is merely a title, since Bonn is, like many other German cities, an independent city, but part of a state.


The Russian constitution states that it has three federal cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sevastopol.


Federal city (German: Bundesstadt, French: Ville fédérale, Italian: Città federale, Romansh: Citad federal) is the official title of Bern as it is the seat of the Swiss parliament and government.

United States

Historically, Washington, D.C. has been called the "Federal City".


Some national capitals, like Bogotá, Brasília, Buenos Aires, Canberra, Caracas, Jakarta, Mexico City, Nur-Sultan, and Seoul, among others, have a federal status, not belonging to any state or province (or being a state or province of their own, as is the case of Berlin, Delhi, Moscow, Oslo, Sofia, and other cities). Sometimes this is called a federal district.

See also


  1. ^ "What is a federal city?". Study.com. Retrieved 11 June 2020.