ISO 3166-2:NL

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ISO 3166-2:NL is the entry for the Kingdom of the Netherlands 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 the kingdom, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for 3 countries, 12 provinces and 3 special municipalities.

The kingdom consists of the 3 countries + the country of the Netherlands which is composed of the provinces and the special municipalities.

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

  • two letters: provinces or countries
  • two letters and a digit: special municipalities

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:


Code Subdivision Name (nl) Subdivision Name (en)[note 1]
NL-DR  Drenthe Drenthe
NL-FL  Flevoland Flevoland
NL-FR  Fryslân (fy) Friesland
NL-GE  Gelderland Gelderland
NL-GR  Groningen Groningen
NL-LI  Limburg Limburg
NL-NB  Noord-Brabant North Brabant
NL-NH  Noord-Holland North Holland
NL-OV  Overijssel Overijssel
NL-UT  Utrecht Utrecht
NL-ZE  Zeeland Zeeland
NL-ZH  Zuid-Holland South Holland
  1. ^ For reference only, English name not included in the ISO 3166-2 standard.

Countries and special municipalities[edit]

Besides being included as subdivisions of the Netherlands in ISO 3166-2, the countries and special municipalities are also officially assigned their own country codes in ISO 3166-1.

Code Subdivision name (nl) Subdivision category ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 Alternative
ISO 3166-2[1]
NL-AW  Aruba country AW
NL-CW  Curaçao country CW
NL-SX  Sint Maarten country SX
NL-BQ1  Bonaire special municipality BQ BQ-BO
NL-BQ2  Saba special municipality BQ BQ-SA
NL-BQ3  Sint Eustatius special municipality BQ BQ-SE


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 II-3 2011-12-13
Update resulting from the addition of the administrative readjustment and source list update. Subdivisions added:
3 countries
3 special municipalities

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ISO Online Browsing Platform: BQ". International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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