ISO 3166-2:NL is the entry for 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 Netherlands, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for 12 provinces, 3 countries and 3 special municipalities, which all—together with the country of the Netherlands—make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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
Subdivision names are listed as in the ISO 3166-2 standard published by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA).
Countries and special municipalities
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||Subdivision category||ISO 3166-1 alpha-2||alternative
|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|
|Update resulting from the addition of the administrative readjustment and source list update.||Subdivisions added:
3 special municipalities