[Tagging] capital and state_capital: how are they being used in your country?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon May 19 10:10:44 UTC 2014


2014-05-18 14:43 GMT+02:00 John Packer <john.packer7 at gmail.com>:

> Honest question: are there capitals for something besides countries and
> states?




Not sure what qualifies as a capital, but in Italy for instance there is no
such thing like a "state". There are "regions" (Regione, admin_level 4) and
provinces (Provincia, admin_level 6) which both have elected governments
and "main places" that are similar to capitals. Also municipalities
(admin_level 8) have "main places" similar to a capital on the country
level.

In Germany there are several levels of administration, some of them elected
directly, others aren't, but also there the term is not "state" and they
all of them are different to the states of the USA (in competence, etc.).

I really wouldn't like to use the term "state_capital" in either Italy or
Germany as it wouldn't be clear what it refers to. This tagging also
creates problems with classic (i.e. postgres without hstore) rendering
setups because you would have to waste an entire column this way, which is
almost never used.

Cheers,
Martin
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