Often, hinterlands. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country: The hinterlands are usually much more picturesque than the urban areas.
the land lying behind a coastal region.
an area or sphere of influence in the unoccupied interior claimed by the state possessing the coast.
an inland area supplying goods, especially trade goods, to a port.

1885–90; < German: literally, hinder land, i.e., land behind

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hinterland (ˈhɪntəˌlænd)
1.  land lying behind something, esp a coast or the shore of a river
2.  remote or undeveloped areas of a country
3.  an area located near and dependent on a large city, esp a port
[C19: from German, from hinter behind + landland; see hinder²]

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1890, from Ger. Hinterland, from hinter "behind" + Land "land."
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tributary region, either rural or urban or both, that is closely linked economically with a nearby town or city.

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Example sentences
But as it grows richer, wages will rise in the hinterland, too.
Infrastructure linking coast and hinterland is grossly inadequate.
He is the only candidate who is well-known and has a party machine that can
  reach voters in the roadless hinterland.
But he was no stranger to pressure, and seemingly had a strong personal
  hinterland to help him cope with it.
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