ISO 3166-2:FR

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ISO 3166-2:FR is the entry for France 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 France, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for the following subdivisions:

Each code consists of two parts, separated by a hyphen. The first part is FR, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of France. The second part is either of the following:

  • one letter (AV): former metropolitan regions (until December 31, 2015);
  • two digits, or a digit followed by a letter: metropolitan departments;
  • two letters: overseas departments, dependency, and overseas territorial collectivities;
  • three letters: metropolitan regions (since January 1st, 2016).

The codes for the metropolitan departments use their INSEE codes, which are currently used in postal codes, and used in vehicle registration plates until 2009. INSEE codes are assigned as follows:

  • 0189 except 20: departments created before the 20th century, assigned in alphabetical order (prefixes in the form of "Bas-" and "Haute-" are ignored at the primary sort level), except Paris and Yvelines, which replaced the former departments Seine and Seine-et-Oise respectively after the reorganization of the Paris region in 1968;
  • 90: Territoire de Belfort, which was given department status in 1922;
  • 9195: departments created after the reorganization of the Paris region in 1968;
  • 2A and 2B: Corse-du-Sud and Haute-Corse, which were created after the division of Corsica in 1975, whose INSEE code was 20.

The codes for the overseas departments, dependency, and overseas territorial collectivities use their ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 codes.

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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Regions (since January 1st, 2016)[edit]

Code Subdivision name (fr) Subdivision category
FR-ARA Flag of the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.svg Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes metropolitan region
FR-BFC Flag of the region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.svg Bourgogne-Franche-Comté metropolitan region
FR-BRE  Bretagne metropolitan region
FR-CVL  Centre-Val de Loire metropolitan region
FR-COR  Corse metropolitan region
FR-GES Proposed design for a flag of Grand Est.svg Grand Est metropolitan region
FR-GUA Guadeloupe overseas region
FR-HDF Proposed design for a flag of Hauts-de-France.svg Hauts-de-France metropolitan region
FR-IDF  Île-de-France metropolitan region
FR-MAY Flag of Mayotte (local).svg Mayotte overseas region
FR-NOR Flag of Normandie.svg Normandie metropolitan region
FR-NAQ FlagNouvelleAquitaine.png Nouvelle-Aquitaine metropolitan region
FR-OCC Flag of Occitania.svg Occitanie metropolitan region
FR-PDL  Pays de la Loire metropolitan region
FR-PAC  Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur metropolitan region
FR-LRE Proposed flag of Réunion (VAR).svg La Réunion overseas region

Former metropolitan regions (before January 1st, 2016)[edit]

Code Subdivision name (fr) Subdivision name (en)
[note 1]
Part of new region
since 2016 (fr)
FR-A  Alsace Alsace Grand Est
FR-B  Aquitaine Aquitaine Nouvelle-Aquitaine
FR-C  Auvergne Auvergne Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
FR-P  Basse-Normandie Lower Normandy Normandie
FR-D  Bourgogne Burgundy Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
FR-E  Bretagne Brittany Bretagne
FR-F  Centre-Val de Loire[note 2] Centre-Val de Loire[note 2] Centre-Val de Loire
FR-G  Champagne-Ardenne Champagne-Ardenne Grand Est
FR-H  Corse Corsica Corse
FR-I  Franche-Comté Franche-Comté Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
FR-Q  Haute-Normandie Upper Normandy Normandie
FR-J  Île-de-France Île-de-France Île-de-France
FR-K  Languedoc-Roussillon Languedoc-Roussillon Occitanie
FR-L  Limousin Limousin Nouvelle-Aquitaine
FR-M  Lorraine Lorraine Grand Est
FR-N  Midi-Pyrénées Midi-Pyrénées Occitanie
FR-O  Nord-Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais Hauts-de-France
FR-R  Pays de la Loire Pays de la Loire Pays de la Loire
FR-S  Picardie Picardy Hauts-de-France
FR-T  Poitou-Charentes Poitou-Charentes Nouvelle-Aquitaine
FR-U  Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
FR-V  Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Notes
  1. ^ For reference only, English name not included in the ISO 3166-2 standard.
  2. ^ a b On January 1st, 2015, the former region Centre was officially renamed to Centre-Val de Loire.

Overseas departments[2][edit]

Code Subdivision name
FR-GP Guadeloupe
FR-GF Guyane
FR-MQ Martinique
FR-YT Mayotte
FR-RE La Réunion

Departments[edit]

Map of metropolitan France with each department labelled with the second part of its ISO 3166-2 code (area around Paris shown in inset).
Code Subdivision name Subdivision category In region
(since 2016)
In metropolitan region
(before 2016)
FR-01 Ain metropolitan department ARA V
FR-02 Aisne metropolitan department HDF S
FR-03 Allier metropolitan department ARA C
FR-04 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence metropolitan department PAC U
FR-06 Alpes-Maritimes metropolitan department PAC U
FR-07 Ardèche metropolitan department ARA V
FR-08 Ardennes metropolitan department GES G
FR-09 Ariège metropolitan department OCC N
FR-10 Aube metropolitan department GES G
FR-11 Aude metropolitan department OCC K
FR-12 Aveyron metropolitan department OCC N
FR-67 Bas-Rhin metropolitan department GES A
FR-13 Bouches-du-Rhône metropolitan department PAC U
FR-14 Calvados metropolitan department NOR P
FR-15 Cantal metropolitan department ARA C
FR-16 Charente metropolitan department NAQ T
FR-17 Charente-Maritime metropolitan department NAQ T
FR-18 Cher metropolitan department CVL F
FR-19 Corrèze metropolitan department NAQ L
FR-2A Corse-du-Sud metropolitan department COR H
FR-21 Côte-d'Or metropolitan department BFC D
FR-22 Côtes-d'Armor metropolitan department BRE E
FR-23 Creuse metropolitan department NAQ L
FR-79 Deux-Sèvres metropolitan department NAQ T
FR-24 Dordogne metropolitan department NAQ B
FR-25 Doubs metropolitan department BFC I
FR-26 Drôme metropolitan department ARA V
FR-91 Essonne metropolitan department IDF J
FR-27 Eure metropolitan department NOR Q
FR-28 Eure-et-Loir metropolitan department CVL F
FR-29 Finistère metropolitan department BRE E
FR-30 Gard metropolitan department OCC K
FR-32 Gers metropolitan department OCC N
FR-33 Gironde metropolitan department NAQ B
FR-GP Guadeloupe overseas department GUA
FR-2B Haute-Corse metropolitan department COR H
FR-31 Haute-Garonne metropolitan department OCC N
FR-43 Haute-Loire metropolitan department ARA C
FR-52 Haute-Marne metropolitan department GES G
FR-05 Hautes-Alpes metropolitan department PAC U
FR-70 Haute-Saône metropolitan department BFC I
FR-74 Haute-Savoie metropolitan department ARA V
FR-65 Hautes-Pyrénées metropolitan department OCC N
FR-87 Haute-Vienne metropolitan department NAQ L
FR-68 Haut-Rhin metropolitan department GES A
FR-92 Hauts-de-Seine metropolitan department IDF J
FR-34 Hérault metropolitan department OCC K
FR-35 Ille-et-Vilaine metropolitan department BRE E
FR-36 Indre metropolitan department CVL F
FR-37 Indre-et-Loire metropolitan department CVL F
FR-38 Isère metropolitan department ARA V
FR-39 Jura metropolitan department BFC I
FR-40 Landes metropolitan department NAQ B
FR-42 Loire metropolitan department ARA V
FR-44 Loire-Atlantique metropolitan department PDL R
FR-45 Loiret metropolitan department CVL F
FR-41 Loir-et-Cher metropolitan department CVL F
FR-46 Lot metropolitan department OCC N
FR-47 Lot-et-Garonne metropolitan department NAQ B
FR-48 Lozère metropolitan department OCC K
FR-49 Maine-et-Loire metropolitan department PDL R
FR-50 Manche metropolitan department NOR P
FR-51 Marne metropolitan department GES G
FR-53 Mayenne metropolitan department PDL R
FR-YT Mayotte overseas department MAY
FR-54 Meurthe-et-Moselle metropolitan department GES M
FR-55 Meuse metropolitan department GES M
FR-56 Morbihan metropolitan department BRE E
FR-57 Moselle metropolitan department GES M
FR-58 Nièvre metropolitan department BFC D
FR-59 Nord metropolitan department HDF O
FR-60 Oise metropolitan department HDF S
FR-61 Orne metropolitan department NOR P
FR-75 Paris metropolitan department IDF J
FR-62 Pas-de-Calais metropolitan department HDF O
FR-63 Puy-de-Dôme metropolitan department ARA C
FR-64 Pyrénées-Atlantiques metropolitan department NAQ B
FR-66 Pyrénées-Orientales metropolitan department OCC K
FR-RE La Réunion overseas department LRE
FR-69 Rhône[3] metropolitan department ARA V
FR-71 Saône-et-Loire metropolitan department BFC D
FR-72 Sarthe metropolitan department PDL R
FR-73 Savoie metropolitan department ARA V
FR-77 Seine-et-Marne metropolitan department IDF J
FR-76 Seine-Maritime metropolitan department NOR Q
FR-93 Seine-Saint-Denis metropolitan department IDF J
FR-80 Somme metropolitan department HDF S
FR-81 Tarn metropolitan department OCC N
FR-82 Tarn-et-Garonne metropolitan department OCC N
FR-90 Territoire de Belfort metropolitan department BFC I
FR-94 Val-de-Marne metropolitan department IDF J
FR-95 Val-d'Oise metropolitan department IDF J
FR-83 Var metropolitan department PAC U
FR-84 Vaucluse metropolitan department PAC U
FR-85 Vendée metropolitan department PDL R
FR-86 Vienne metropolitan department NAQ T
FR-88 Vosges metropolitan department GES M
FR-89 Yonne metropolitan department BFC D
FR-78 Yvelines metropolitan department IDF J

Dependency and overseas territorial collectivities[edit]

Code Subdivision name Subdivision category
FR-CP Clipperton dependency
FR-GF Guyane overseas territorial collectivity[4]
FR-MQ Martinique overseas territorial collectivity[5]
FR-NC Nouvelle-Calédonie overseas territorial collectivity[1]
FR-PF Polynésie française overseas territorial collectivity
FR-BL Saint-Barthélemy overseas territorial collectivity
FR-MF Saint-Martin overseas territorial collectivity
FR-PM Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon overseas territorial collectivity
FR-TF Terres australes françaises overseas territorial collectivity[6]
FR-WF Wallis-et-Futuna overseas territorial collectivity

Subdivisions included in ISO 3166-1[edit]

Besides being included as subdivisions of France in ISO 3166-2, the overseas departments and overseas territorial collectivities are also officially assigned their own country codes in ISO 3166-1.

Code Subdivision name Alpha-2 code ISO 3166-2 codes
FR-BL Saint Barthélemy [Saint-Barthélemy] BL ISO 3166-2:BL
FR-GF French Guiana [Guyane française] GF ISO 3166-2:GF
FR-GP Guadeloupe GP ISO 3166-2:GP
FR-MF Saint Martin [Saint-Martin] MF ISO 3166-2:MF
FR-MQ Martinique MQ ISO 3166-2:MQ
FR-NC New Caledonia [Nouvelle-Calédonie] NC ISO 3166-2:NC
FR-PF French Polynesia [Polynésie française] PF ISO 3166-2:PF
FR-PM Saint Pierre and Miquelon [Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon] PM ISO 3166-2:PM
FR-RE Réunion [La Réunion] RE ISO 3166-2:RE
FR-TF French Southern Territories [Terres australes françaises][6] TF ISO 3166-2:TF
FR-WF Wallis and Futuna [Wallis-et-Futuna] WF ISO 3166-2:WF
FR-YT Mayotte YT ISO 3166-2:YT

The dependency Clipperton Island (FR-CP) is also exceptionally reserved the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code CP on the request of the International Telecommunication Union.

Metropolitan France (the part of France located in Europe) was previously officially assigned its own set of country codes in ISO 3166-1, with alpha-2 code FX, before it was deleted from ISO 3166-1. The code is now exceptionally reserved on the request of France.

Changes[edit]

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-2 2002-05-21 Correction of the Metropolitan region code in FR-79
Newsletter I-9 2007-11-28 Addition of administrative subdivisions and of their code elements Subdivisions added:
FR-CP Clipperton
FR-BL Saint-Barthélemy
FR-MF Saint-Martin
Newsletter II-1 2010-02-03
(corrected
2010-02-19)
Addition of the country code prefix as the first code element, alphabetical re-ordering
Newsletter II-3 2011-12-13
(corrected
2011-12-15)
NL II-2 correction for ultramarine administrative organisation change and alphabetical re-ordering. Status change:
FR-YT Mayotte overseas territorial collectivity → overseas department
Online Browsing Platform (OBP) 2016-11-15 Change of the delimitation of the regions, reducing their number from 22 to 13 in metropolitan France, change of parent subdivision of metropolitan departments; addition of overseas regions FR-GUA, FR-LRE, FR-MAY; change of subdivision category from overseas department to overseas territorial collectivity for FR-GR, FR-MQ; update List Source.
Correction of the OBP entry error as follows: deletion of Clipperton Island, France, Metropolitan in the name field for Territory.
2016-12-07 Correction of parent subdivision of FR-02, FR-60, FR-80 from FR-PDL to FR-HDF

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b New Caledonia is not an overseas territorial collectivy (as incorrectly listed by ISO 3166-2), but a sui generis collectivity with its distinctive chapter in the French constitution.
  2. ^ Each overseas department (département d’outremer or DOM in French) is also an overseas region (régions d’outremer or ROM in French), but not all of them have merged their two local collectivities covering the same territorial extent into a single collectivity.
  3. ^ The FR-69 code in ISO 316-2 still covers the department of Rhône as it was before 1 January 2015 when it was split in two parts, one of which is no longer a department but a métropole with specific status. Still, the Métropole de Lyon and the new department of Rhône are administratively managed by the French state as a single circonscription départementale (departmental constituency) that keeps the old department code.
    Where distinction is needed, INSEE uses 69 to cover the new circonscription départementale du Rhône for the state-controlled administration in its préfecture (covering the whole former département du Rhône before January 2015), and assigned new codes for the two separate local collectivities: 69D for the new (smaller) département du Rhône, and 69M for the new Métropole de Lyon.
  4. ^ French Guiana is not an overseas territorial collectivy (as incorrectly listed by ISO 3166-2), but an overseas region covered by single overseas department.
  5. ^ Martinique is not an overseas territorial collectivy (as incorrectly listed by ISO 3166-2), but an overseas region covered by single overseas department.
  6. ^ a b The overseas territorial collectivy of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (Terres australes et antarctiques françaises in French) is also administratively covering (as one of its districts) the Adélie Land claimed by France in the Antarctic, but it is also part of the Antarctic and normally not covered by the ISO 3166-1 TF code or ISO 3166-2 FR-TF code, but by the ISO 3166-1 AQ code. The French Southern Lands (Terres australes françaises in French) are referring to only 3 of the 5 districts in the overseas territorial collectivity, excluding the claimed district in the Antarctic and the district of Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean (Îles Éparses de l'Océan Indien). Some applications used by other countries than France or international organizations may or may not include the two contested districts, but most of them include the Scattered Islands, including the ISO 3166 standard itself.

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