ISO 3166-2:BW

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ISO 3166-2:BW is the entry for Botswana in ISO 3166-2, part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which defines codes for the names of the principal subdivisions (e.g., provinces or states) of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1.

Currently for Botswana, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for 10 districts, 4 towns, and 2 cities.

Each code consists of two parts, separated by a hyphen. The first part is BW, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of Botswana. The second part is two letters.

Current codes[edit]

Subdivision names are listed as in the ISO 3166-2 standard published by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA).

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Code Subdivision name (en) Subdivision category
BW-CE Central district
BW-CH Chobe district
BW-FR Francistown city
BW-GA Gaborone city
BW-GH Ghanzi district
BW-JW Jwaneng town
BW-KG Kgalagadi district
BW-KL Kgatleng district
BW-KW Kweneng district
BW-LO Lobatse town
BW-NE North East district
BW-NW North West district
BW-SP Selibe Phikwe town
BW-SE South East district
BW-SO Southern district
BW-ST Sowa Town town


The following changes to the entry have been announced in newsletters by the ISO 3166/MA since the first publication of ISO 3166-2 in 1998:

Newsletter Date issued Description of change in newsletter Code/Subdivision change
Newsletter I-5 2003-09-05 Deletion of Chobe district which is incorporated into (new) BW-NW. Change of code element of North-West District to BW-NW. Deletion of alternative names. Update of list source Subdivisions deleted:
BW-CH Chobe
BW-NG Ngamiland → BW-NW North-West
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2014-10-29 Add 1 district BW-CH, 2 cities BW-FR and BW-GA, 4 towns BW-JW, BW-LO, BW-SP, BW-ST; remove hyphens from BW-NE, BW-NW, and BW-SE; update List Source Subdivisions added:
BW-CH Chobe
BW-FR Francistown
BW-GA Gaborone
BW-JW Jwaneng
BW-LO Lobatse
BW-SP Selibe Phikwe
BW-ST Sowa Town
Spelling changes:
BW-NE North-East → North East
BW-NW North-West → North West
BW-SE South-East → South East

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