ISO 3166-2:BY

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ISO 3166-2:BY is the entry for Belarus 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 Belarus, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for 6 oblasts and 1 city. The city Minsk is the capital of the country and has special status equal to the oblasts.

Each code consists of two parts, separated by a hyphen. The first part is BY, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of Belarus. 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).

ISO 639-1 codes are used to represent subdivision names in the following administrative languages:

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Code Subdivision name (be) Subdivision name (ru) Subdivision name (en)
[note 1]
Subd. cat.
(BGN/PCGN 1979) (UN X/6 2012) [note 2] (BGN/PCGN 1947) (GOST 1983 = UN V/18 1987) [note 3]
BY-BR Brestskaya voblasts' Bresckaja voblasć Брэсцкая вобласць Brestskaya oblast' Brestskaja oblast' Брестская область Brest oblast
BY-HO Homyel'skaya voblasts' Homieĺskaja voblasć Гомельская вобласць Gomel'skaya oblast' Gomel'skaja oblast' Гомельская область Gomel oblast
BY-HM Horad Minsk Horad Minsk Горад Мінск Gorod Minsk Gorod Minsk Город Минск Minsk City city
BY-HR Hrodzyenskaya voblasts' Hrodzienskaja voblasć Гродзенская вобласць Grodnenskaya oblast' Grodnenskaja oblast' Гродненская область Grodno oblast
BY-MA Mahilyowskaya voblasts' Mahilioŭskaja voblasć Магілёўская вобласць Mogilevskaya oblast' Mogilevskaja oblast' Могилёвская область Mogilev oblast
BY-MI Minskaya voblasts' Minskaja voblasć Мінская вобласць Minskaya oblast' Minskaja oblast' Минская область Minsk oblast
BY-VI Vitsyebskaya voblasts' Viciebskaja voblasć Віцебская вобласць Vitebskaya oblast' Vitebskaja oblast' Витебская область Vitebsk oblast
  1. ^ For reference only, English name not included in the ISO 3166-2 standard.
  2. ^ For reference only, Belarusian name in Cyrillic script not included in the ISO 3166-2 standard.
  3. ^ For reference only, Russian name in Cyrillic script not included in the ISO 3166-2 standard.


The following changes to the entry have been announced by the ISO 3166/MA since the first publication of ISO 3166-2 in 1998. ISO stopped issuing newsletters in 2013.

Newsletter Date issued Description of change in newsletter Code/Subdivision change
Newsletter I-1 2000-06-21 Correction of spelling mistakes and language code elements
Newsletter II-2 2010-06-30 Update of the administrative structure and of the list source Subdivisions added:
BY-HM Horad Minsk
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2015-11-27 Change romanization system from "GOST 1983" to "Belarusian Lacinka" of bel; change romanization system of BY-HM* of bel and rus
2018-11-26 Correction of the romanization system label
2020-11-24 Correction of spelling for BY-HR of BGN/PCGN 1979

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