the political influence of the countryside remains strong
Rural areas are large and isolated areas of an open country with low population density. The terms "countryside" and "rural areas" are not synonyms: a "countryside" refers to rural areas that are open. A forest, wetlands, etc. with a low population density is not a countryside.
Countrysides is Cracker's seventh album.
A rural landscape; A rural area, or the rural part of a larger area, as in "the Swedish countryside."
Natural feelings; spontaneity; a relaxed state of mind