A governor general is the chief administrative officer of a large area, particularly used in a colonial context.
- Commonwealth Realms : In the independent countries of the Commonwealth of Nations , in which the British monarch is the head of state (as of 2013), her direct representative is referred to as the Governor General. In fact, however, she no longer has any influence on the selection of her representative. The governor-general is proposed to her by the respective governments and then only formally confirmed by the monarch, in almost all Commonwealth states it has to be a local. The governor general then performs the ceremonial and constitutional functions provided for by the respective legal systems in their place or on their behalf.
|Canada||1866||List of Governors General of Canada , Governor General of Canada|
|Sudan||1899||List of Governors General of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan|
|Australia||1901||List of Governors General of Australia|
|New Zealand||1917||List of Governors General of New Zealand|
|Jamaica||1962||List of Governors General of Jamaica|
|Barbados||1966||List of Governors General of Barbados|
|Bahamas||1973||List of Governors General of the Bahamas|
|Grenada||1974||List of Governors General of Grenada|
|Papua New Guinea||1975||List of Governors General of Papua New Guinea|
|Solomon Islands||1978||List of Governors General of the Solomon Islands|
|Tuvalu||1978||List of Governors General of Tuvalu|
|St. Lucia||1979||List of Governors General of St. Lucia|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||1979||List of Governors General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Antigua and Barbuda||1981||List of Governors General of Antigua and Barbuda|
|Belize||1981||Governor General of Belize|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||1983||List of Governors General of St. Kitts and Nevis|
- India : Supreme representative of the British crown, who also carried the title Viceroy of India (1859–1947).
German Empire :
- In 1870 Friedrich Alexander von Bismarck-Bohlen was Governor General in Alsace , then Count Alfred von Fabrice became Governor General in occupied France in 1871 .
- the highest representative of the German Reich in the Generalgouvernement existing in occupied Poland from 1939 to 1945 . The only governor general was Hans Frank .
- in other areas, see Generalgouvernement (disambiguation)
- Prussia : Appointed in a state of imminent threat of war or in a state of war, he was in charge of the entire military and political administration of a province threatened by the enemy, as well as that of a conquered enemy territory.
- Austrian Empire : The Kingdom of Lombardy-Veneto was administered from 1848 to 1859 by two governors-general: Count Josef Wenzel Radetzky von Radetz and Archduke Maximilian of Austria .
- France : in colonial areas, e.g. B. in the larger overseas possessions of France, the chief administrative officer.
- Korea: Governor General of Korea during the Japanese occupation between 1910 and 1935.
- Netherlands : The governors-general of the Dutch East Indies officiated from 1610 to 1798 on behalf of the Dutch East India Company , then to 1949 on behalf of the state.
- Portugal : Supreme representative of the Portuguese king in the time of the discoveries and then in the colonial period (until 1999, Macau ), especially in Asia (seat: Goa , India ) of the so-called " Estado da India " and as the supreme representative of the king in Portuguese America or Brazil . In both cases the governors-general took turns with viceroys . In the case of Portugal, the appointment of two governors-general was proof of Portugal's power that, as one of the smallest colonial powers in the world, it was able to provide governors-general for two huge areas.
- Russia : as the authorized representative of the President, head of one of the eight federal districts of the Russian Federation.
- Russian Empire : the highest official of a province or the superior of several provincial governors.
Sweden : The Kingdom of Sweden had Pomerania, which belonged to Sweden, and later Swedish Western Pomerania (with Stralsund and the island of Rügen ) administered by governors-general.
These are listed in the article List of Swedish governors in Pomerania .
- Japanese Empire : the highest representative of Japan in Taiwan under Japanese rule ( Governor General of Taiwan ) and in Chosen after the annexation of Korea .