Provinces are geographical areas that are usually based on an older political divisions and are based on cultural and geographical features that many people strongly identify with even today. Therefore, the provinces survive in, among other things, place names, dialects, folk costumes and old traditions of various kinds, and each province has its own province symbols. In many countries, an old division survives, although there are significant differences between historical provinces and the current formal division.

In Turf the provinces have no function unlike, for example, the Swedish counties that make up regions. Provinces, in the countries where they occur, are generally included as part of one or more regions.