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A departamento (Spanish pronunciation:  [depaɾtaˈmento] ) is a country subdivision in several Latin American countries, mostly as top-level subnational divisions (except in Argentina). It is usually simply translated as "department".

Current use

Ten countries currently have departamentos.

Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 2nd (under provincias )378 municipios
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia 1st9 provincias
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia 1st32 municipios
Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador 1st14 municipios
Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala 1st22 municipios
Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg Honduras 1st18 municipios
Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua 1st15 municipios
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay 1st17 municipios
Flag of Peru.svg Peru 1st24 municipios
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 1st19 provincia

Past use

Mexico in the 1830s was divided into 24 departamentos, which were first-level divisions. It was during an attempt to centralize the government.

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