Seat of government
In most countries, the nation’s capital is also seat of its government, thus that city is appropriately referred to as the national seat of government. The terms are not however, completely synonymous, as some countries' seat of government differs from the capital. The Netherlands, for example, has Amsterdam as its capital but The Hague is the seat of government; and the Philippines, with Manila as its capital but the whole Metro Manila, also designated as National Capital Region (NCR), is the seat of government.
Local and regional authorities usually have a seat, called an administrative centre, as well.
Examples of seats of government include:
- The suite of buildings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where the Canadian Parliament meets;
- The Palace of Westminster in the City of Westminster, in central London, England, where the British Parliament meets;
- Three sites in Washington, D.C., United States: the United States Capitol (legislative seat), the White House (executive seat), and the United States Supreme Court building (judicial seat).