ISO 3166-2:MW

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ISO 3166-2:MW is the entry for Malawi 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 Malawi, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for two levels of subdivisions:

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

  • one letter: regions
  • two letters: districts

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 (en) Subdivision name (ny)
MW-C Central Region Chapakati
MW-N Northern Region Chakumpoto
MW-S Southern Region Chakumwera


Code Subdivision name (en, ny) In region
MW-BA Balaka S
MW-BL Blantyre S
MW-CK Chikwawa S
MW-CR Chiradzulu S
MW-CT Chitipa N
MW-DE Dedza C
MW-DO Dowa C
MW-KR Karonga N
MW-KS Kasungu C
MW-LK Likoma N
MW-LI Lilongwe C
MW-MH Machinga S
MW-MG Mangochi S
MW-MC Mchinji C
MW-MU Mulanje S
MW-MW Mwanza S
MW-MZ Mzimba N
MW-NE Neno S
MW-NB Nkhata Bay N
MW-NK Nkhotakota C
MW-NS Nsanje S
MW-NU Ntcheu C
MW-NI Ntchisi C
MW-PH Phalombe S
MW-RU Rumphi N
MW-SA Salima C
MW-TH Thyolo S
MW-ZO Zomba S


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 Addition of three districts. List source updated Subdivisions added:
MW-BA Balaka
MW-LK Likoma Island
MW-PH Phalombe
Newsletter II-2 2010-06-30 Addition of the country code prefix as the first code element, addition of names in administrative languages, typographical error correction, update of the administrative structure and of the list source Subdivisions added:
MW-NE Neno

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