ISO 3166-2

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ISO 3166-2 is part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and defines codes for identifying the principal subdivisions (e.g., provinces or states) of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1. The official name of the standard is Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions – Part 2: Country subdivision code. It was first published in 1998.

The purpose of ISO 3166-2 is to establish an international standard of short and unique alphanumeric codes to represent the relevant administrative divisions and dependent territories of all countries in a more convenient and less ambiguous form than their full names. Each complete ISO 3166-2 code consists of two parts, separated by a hyphen:[1]

  • The first part is the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of the country;
  • The second part is a string of up to three alphanumeric characters, which is usually obtained from national sources and stems from coding systems already in use in the country concerned, but may also be developed by the ISO itself.

Each complete ISO 3166-2 code can then be used to uniquely identify a country subdivision in a global context.

Currently more than 4000 codes are defined in ISO 3166-2. For some countries, codes are defined for more than one level of subdivisions.

Current codes[edit]

The following table can be used to access the current ISO 3166-2 codes of each country, and comprises three columns:

  • Entry — ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code, click to view the ISO 3166-2 codes of the country
  • Country name — English short country name officially used by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA)[2]
  • Subdivisions assigned codes — Name and number of subdivisions assigned codes in ISO 3166-2[citation needed]; if there are more than one level of subdivisions, the first-level subdivisions are shown in italics
Entry
(click to view codes)
Country name Subdivisions assigned codes[citation needed]
AD Andorra 7 parishes
AE United Arab Emirates 7 emirates
AF Afghanistan 34 provinces
AG Antigua and Barbuda 6 parishes
2 dependencies
AI Anguilla
AL Albania 12 counties
AM Armenia 1 city
10 regions
AO Angola 18 provinces
AQ Antarctica
AR Argentina 1 city
23 provinces
AS American Samoa
AT Austria 9 states
AU Australia 6 states
2 territories
AW Aruba
AX Åland Islands
AZ Azerbaijan 1 autonomous republic
11 municipalities
66 rayons
BA Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 entities
1 district with special status
BB Barbados 11 parishes
BD Bangladesh 7 divisions
64 districts
BE Belgium 3 regions
10 provinces
BF Burkina Faso 13 regions
45 provinces
BG Bulgaria 28 regions
BH Bahrain 4 governorates
BI Burundi 18 provinces
BJ Benin 12 departments
BL Saint Barthélemy
BM Bermuda
BN Brunei Darussalam 4 districts
BO Bolivia, Plurinational State of 9 departments
BQ Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba 3 special municipalities
BR Brazil 1 federal district
26 states
BS Bahamas 31 districts
BT Bhutan 20 districts
BV Bouvet Island
BW Botswana 10 districts
4 towns
2 cities
BY Belarus 6 oblasts
1 city
BZ Belize 6 districts
CA Canada 10 provinces
3 territories
CC Cocos (Keeling) Islands
CD Congo, the Democratic Republic of the 1 city
10 provinces
CF Central African Republic 1 commune
14 prefectures
2 economic prefectures
CG Congo 12 departments
CH Switzerland 26 cantons
CI Côte d'Ivoire 12 districts
2 autonomous districts
CK Cook Islands
CL Chile 15 regions
CM Cameroon 10 regions
CN China 4 municipalities
23 provinces
5 autonomous regions
2 special administrative regions
CO Colombia 1 capital district
32 departments
CR Costa Rica 7 provinces
CU Cuba 15 provinces
1 special municipality
CV Cabo Verde 2 geographical regions
22 municipalities
CW Curaçao
CX Christmas Island
CY Cyprus 6 districts
CZ Czechia 14 regions
91 districts
DE Germany 16 Länder
DJ Djibouti 5 regions
1 city
DK Denmark 5 regions
DM Dominica 10 parishes
DO Dominican Republic 10 regions
1 district
31 provinces
DZ Algeria 48 provinces
EC Ecuador 24 provinces
EE Estonia 15 counties
EG Egypt 27 governorates
EH Western Sahara
ER Eritrea 6 regions
ES Spain 17 autonomous communities
2 autonomous cities in North Africa

50 provinces
ET Ethiopia 2 administrations
9 states
FI Finland 19 regions
FJ Fiji 4 divisions
1 dependency

14 provinces
FK Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
FM Micronesia, Federated States of 4 states
FO Faroe Islands
FR France 22 metropolitan regions
5 overseas departments

96 metropolitan departments
1 dependency
7 overseas territorial collectivities
GA Gabon 9 provinces
GB United Kingdom 3 countries
1 province

3 nations
78 unitary authorities
27 two-tier counties
32 london boroughs
1 city corporation
36 metropolitan districts
11 districts
32 council areas
GD Grenada 6 parishes
1 dependency
GE Georgia 2 autonomous republics
1 city
9 regions
GF French Guiana
GG Guernsey
GH Ghana 10 regions
GI Gibraltar
GL Greenland 4 municipalities
GM Gambia 1 city
5 divisions
GN Guinea 7 administrative regions
1 governorate

33 prefectures
GP Guadeloupe
GQ Equatorial Guinea 2 regions
7 provinces
GR Greece 13 administrative regions
51 departments
1 self-governed part
GS South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
GT Guatemala 22 departments
GU Guam
GW Guinea-Bissau 3 provinces
1 autonomous sector
8 regions
GY Guyana 10 regions
HK Hong Kong
HM Heard Island and McDonald Islands
HN Honduras 18 departments
HR Croatia 1 city
20 counties
HT Haiti 10 departments
HU Hungary 1 capital city
19 counties
23 cities of county right
ID Indonesia 7 geographical units
1 autonomous province
31 provinces
1 special district
1 special region
IE Ireland 4 provinces
26 counties
IL Israel 6 districts
IM Isle of Man
IN India 29 states
7 union territories
IO British Indian Ocean Territory
IQ Iraq 18 governorates
IR Iran, Islamic Republic of 31 provinces
IS Iceland 8 regions
IT Italy 20 regions
110 provinces
JE Jersey
JM Jamaica 14 parishes
JO Jordan 12 governorates
JP Japan 47 prefectures
KE Kenya 47 counties
KG Kyrgyzstan 2 cities
7 regions
KH Cambodia 1 autonomous municipality
24 provinces
KI Kiribati 3 groups of islands
KM Comoros 3 islands
KN Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 states
14 parishes
KP Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of) 1 capital city
1 special city
9 provinces
KR Korea (the Republic of) 6 metropolitan cities
1 special city
1 special self-governing city
8 provinces
1 special self-governing province
KW Kuwait 6 governorates
KY Cayman Islands
KZ Kazakhstan 2 cities
14 regions
LA Lao People's Democratic Republic 1 prefecture
17 provinces
LB Lebanon 8 governorates
LC Saint Lucia 10 districts
LI Liechtenstein 11 communes
LK Sri Lanka 9 provinces
25 districts
LR Liberia 15 counties
LS Lesotho 10 districts
LT Lithuania 10 counties
9 municipalities
7 city municipalities
44 district municipalities
LU Luxembourg 12 cantons
LV Latvia 110 municipalities
9 republican cities
LY Libya 22 popularates
MA Morocco 16 regions
46 provinces
17 prefectures
MC Monaco 17 quarters
MD Moldova, Republic of 1 autonomous territorial unit
3 cities
32 districts
1 territorial unit
ME Montenegro 23 municipalities
MF Saint Martin (French part)
MG Madagascar 6 provinces
MH Marshall Islands 2 chains of islands
24 municipalities
MK Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of 71 municipalities
ML Mali 1 district
8 regions
MM Myanmar 7 regions
7 states
1 union territory
MN Mongolia 1 capital city
21 provinces
MO Macao
MP Northern Mariana Islands
MQ Martinique
MR Mauritania 15 regions
MS Montserrat
MT Malta 68 local councils
MU Mauritius 3 dependencies
9 districts
5 cities
MV Maldives 7 provinces
1 capital
20 administrative atolls
MW Malawi 3 regions
28 districts
MX Mexico 31 states
1 federal district
MY Malaysia 3 federal territories
13 states
MZ Mozambique 1 city
10 provinces
NA Namibia 14 regions
NC New Caledonia
NE Niger 1 urban community
7 departments
NF Norfolk Island
NG Nigeria 1 capital territory
36 states
NI Nicaragua 15 departments
2 autonomous regions
NL Netherlands[note 1] 12 provinces
3 countries
3 special municipalities
NO Norway 19 counties
2 arctic regions
NP Nepal 5 development regions
14 zones
NR Nauru 14 districts
NU Niue
NZ New Zealand 16 regions
1 special island authority
OM Oman 11 governorates
PA Panama 10 provinces
3 indigenous regions
PE Peru 25 regions
1 municipality
PF French Polynesia
PG Papua New Guinea 1 district
20 provinces
1 autonomous region
PH Philippines 17 regions
81 provinces
PK Pakistan 1 federal capital territory
4 provinces
1 territory
2 Pakistan administered areas
PL Poland 16 provinces
PM Saint Pierre and Miquelon
PN Pitcairn
PR Puerto Rico
PS Palestine, State of 16 governorates
PT Portugal 18 districts
2 autonomous regions
PW Palau 16 states
PY Paraguay 1 capital
17 departments
QA Qatar 7 municipalities
RE Réunion
RO Romania 41 departments
1 municipality
RS Serbia 2 autonomous provinces
1 city
29 districts
RU Russian Federation 21 republics
9 administrative territories
46 administrative regions
2 autonomous cities
1 autonomous region
4 autonomous districts
RW Rwanda 1 town council
4 provinces
SA Saudi Arabia 13 provinces
SB Solomon Islands 1 capital territory
9 provinces
SC Seychelles 25 districts
SD Sudan 18 states
SE Sweden 21 counties
SG Singapore 5 districts
SH Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 3 geographical entities
SI Slovenia 211 communes
SJ Svalbard and Jan Mayen
SK Slovakia 8 regions
SL Sierra Leone 1 area
3 provinces
SM San Marino 9 municipalities
SN Senegal 14 regions
SO Somalia 18 regions
SR Suriname 10 districts
SS South Sudan 10 states
ST Sao Tome and Principe 2 provinces
SV El Salvador 14 departments
SX Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
SY Syrian Arab Republic 14 provinces
SZ Swaziland 4 districts
TC Turks and Caicos Islands
TD Chad 23 regions
TF French Southern Territories
TG Togo 5 regions
TH Thailand 1 metropolitan administration
1 special administrative city
76 provinces
TJ Tajikistan 1 autonomous region
2 regions
1 capital territory
TK Tokelau
TL Timor-Leste 13 districts
TM Turkmenistan 5 regions
1 city
TN Tunisia 24 governorates
TO Tonga 5 divisions
TR Turkey 81 provinces
TT Trinidad and Tobago 9 regions
5 municipalities
1 ward
TV Tuvalu 1 town council
7 island councils
TW Taiwan, Province of China [note 2] 13 districts
3 municipalities
6 special municipalities
TZ Tanzania, United Republic of 30 regions
UA Ukraine 24 regions
1 republic
2 cities
UG Uganda 4 geographical regions
111 districts
1 city
UM United States Minor Outlying Islands 9 islands, groups of islands
US United States 50 states
1 district
6 outlying areas
UY Uruguay 19 departments
UZ Uzbekistan 1 city
12 regions
1 republic
VA Holy See (Vatican City State)
VC Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6 parishes
VE Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of 1 federal dependency
1 federal district
23 states
VG Virgin Islands, British
VI Virgin Islands, U.S.
VN Viet Nam 58 provinces
5 municipalities
VU Vanuatu 6 provinces
WF Wallis and Futuna 3 administrative precincts
WS Samoa 11 districts
YE Yemen 1 municipality
21 governorates
YT Mayotte
ZA South Africa 9 provinces
ZM Zambia 10 provinces
ZW Zimbabwe 10 provinces

Subdivisions included in ISO 3166-1[edit]

For the following countries, a number of their subdivisions in ISO 3166-2, most of them dependent territories, are also officially assigned their own country codes in ISO 3166-1:[citation needed]

Entry Country name Subdivisions included in ISO 3166-1 (alpha-2 code)
CN China CN-71 Taiwan (TW) [note 2]
CN-91 Hong Kong (HK)
CN-92 Macao (MO)
FI Finland FI-01 Åland (AX)
FR France FR-BL Saint Barthélemy (BL)
FR-GF French Guiana (GF)
FR-GP Guadeloupe (GP)
FR-MF Saint Martin (MF)
FR-MQ Martinique (MQ)
FR-NC New Caledonia (NC)
FR-PF French Polynesia (PF)
FR-PM Saint Pierre and Miquelon (PM)
FR-RE Réunion (RE)
FR-TF French Southern Territories (TF)
FR-WF Wallis and Futuna (WF)
FR-YT Mayotte (YT)
NL Netherlands[note 1] NL-AW Aruba (AW)
NL-BQ1 Bonaire (BQ) [note 3]
NL-BQ2 Saba (BQ) [note 3]
NL-BQ3 Sint Eustatius (BQ) [note 3]
NL-CW Curaçao (CW)
NL-SX Sint Maarten (SX)
NO Norway NO-21 Svalbard (SJ) [note 4]
NO-22 Jan Mayen (SJ) [note 4]
US United States US-AS American Samoa (AS)
US-GU Guam (GU)
US-MP Northern Mariana Islands (MP)
US-PR Puerto Rico (PR)
US-UM United States Minor Outlying Islands (UM)
US-VI Virgin Islands, U.S. (VI)
Notes
  1. ^ a b In ISO 3166-1, three countries are listed as subdivisions of the Netherlands. However, the mentioned Netherlands is a country on its own with the three other countries being its dependent territories. The four countries together constitute the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  2. ^ a b Taiwan is included as a subdivision of China because of its political status within the United Nations, as, even though it is de facto under the jurisdiction of the Republic of China instead of the People's Republic of China, the United Nations does not recognize the Republic of China and considers Taiwan as part of China. In ISO 3166-1, Taiwan is listed as "Taiwan, Province of China".
  3. ^ a b c Collectively Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba are officially assigned their own country codes in ISO 3166-1.
  4. ^ a b Collectively Svalbard and Jan Mayen are officially assigned their own country codes in ISO 3166-1.

Format[edit]

The format of the ISO 3166-2 codes is different for each country. The codes may be alphabetic, numeric, or alphanumeric, and they may also be of constant or variable length. The following is a table of the ISO 3166-2 codes of each country (those with codes defined), grouped by their format:[citation needed]

Number of characters (second part) Alphabetic Numeric Alphanumeric
1 AR, BO, FJ, GM, KI, KM, LS, LU, MG, SL, ST, TG, TM, VE
First-level subdivisions only: BD, CV, FR, GN, GQ, GR, GW, KN, MH, MW, NZ, UG
AT, GA, IS, NE
First-level subdivisions only: LK, NP
2 AE, AM, BI, BJ, BN, BQ, BR, BS, BW, BY, CA, CD, CH, CL, CM, DE, DJ, ER, ET, GE, GH, GL, GT, GY, HN, HT, HU, ID, IN, IQ, JO, KW, LA, LB, LR, LT, LY, MC, MD, MU, NA, NG, NI, OM, PK, PL, QA, SB, SD, SH, SK, SN, SO, SR, SS, SV, SY, SZ, TD, TJ, TL, US, UY, UZ, WS, YE, ZA, ZW
First-level subdivisions only: CZ, RS
Second-level subdivisions only: AL, CV, GN, GQ, GW, IT, MW, NP
AD, AG, BB, BG, BH, CI, CN, CU, CY, DK, DM, DO, DZ, EE, FI, GD, HR, IR, JM, JP, KP, KR, LC, LI, ME, MK, MM, MT, MY, NO, NR, PT, RW, SA, SC, SG, SM, TN, TO, TR, TZ, UA, UM, VC, ZM
First-level subdivisions only: AL, BF, IT, MA, PH
Second-level subdivisions only: BA, BD, KN, LK, RS
BT, MV, VN
Second-level subdivisions only: FR, GR
3 AF, AO, BE, FM, GB, KZ, MX, PE, PG, PS, TT, TV, TW, VU
First-level subdivisions only: BA
Second-level subdivisions only: BF, MA, MH, NZ, PH
KE, PW, SI
Second-level subdivisions only: UG
Second-level subdivisions only: CZ
1 or 2 CR, EC, ES, IE, IL, KG, RO, SE KH PA, TH
1 or 3 MZ MN ML
2 or 3 AU, AZ, BZ, CF, CO, RU LV, MR, NL
1, 2, or 3 EG CG, PY

Changes[edit]

The ISO 3166/MA updates ISO 3166-2 when necessary. Changes in ISO 3166-2 consist mostly of spelling corrections, addition and deletion of subdivisions, and modification of the administrative structure.

ISO used to announce changes in newsletters which updated the currently valid standard, and releasing new editions which comprise a consolidation of newsletter changes. As of July 2013, changes are published in the online catalogue of ISO only and no newsletters are published anymore. Past newsletters remain available on the ISO website.[3]

Edition/Newsletter Date issued Affected entries
ISO 3166-2:1998 1998-12-20 First edition of ISO 3166-2
Newsletter I-1 2000-06-21 BY, CA, DO, ER, ES, IT, KR, NG, PL, RO, RU, TR, VN, YU
Newsletter I-2 2002-05-21 AE, AL, AO, AZ, BD, BG, BJ, CA, CD, CN, CV, CZ, ES, FR, GB, GE, GN, GT, HR, ID, IN, IR, KZ, LA, MA, MD, MW, NI, PH, TR, UZ, VN
Newsletter I-3 2002-08-20 AE, CZ, IN, KZ, MD, MO, PS (new entry), TP (changed to TL), UG
Newsletter I-4 2002-12-10 BI, CA, EC, ES, ET, GE, ID, IN, KG, KH, KP, KZ, LA, MD, MU, RO, SI, TJ, TL, TM, TW, UZ, VE, YE
Newsletter I-5 2003-09-05 BW, CH, CZ, LY, MY, SN, TN, TZ, UG, VE, YU (changed to CS)
Newsletter I-6 2004-03-08 AF, AL, AU, CN, CO, ID, KP, MA, TN, ZA
Newsletter I-7 2005-09-13 AF, DJ, ID, RU, SI, VN
Newsletter I-8 2007-04-17 AD, AG, BB, BH, CI, CS (deleted), DM, GB, GD, GG (new entry), IM (new entry), IR, IT, JE (new entry), KN, LI, ME (new entry), MK, NR, PW, RS (new entry), RU, RW, SB, SC, SM, TD, TO, TV, VC
Newsletter I-9 2007-11-28 BG, BL (new entry), CZ, FR, GB, GE, LB, MF (new entry), MK, MT, RU, SD, SG, UG, ZA
ISO 3166-2:2007 2007-12-13 Second edition of ISO 3166-2 (these changes were not announced in a newsletter)[4]
BA, DK, DO, EG, GN, HT, KE, KW, LC, LR, TV, YE, ZA
Newsletter II-1 2010-02-03
(corrected
2010-02-19)
AL, BO, CZ, ES, FR, GN, GR, GW, ID, IE, IT, KN, KP, LK, MA, MH, NP, RS, UG, VE
Newsletter II-2 2010-06-30 AG, AR, BA, BF, BI, BS, BY, CF, CL, CV, EC, EG, GB, GL, HU, IT, KE, KM, LY, MD, MW, NG, NZ, OM, PA, PE, PH, RU, SC, SH, SI, SN, TD, TM, YE
Newsletter II-3 2011-12-13
(corrected
2011-12-15)
AF, AN (deleted), AW, AZ, BD, BE, BG, BQ (new entry), BS, CV, CW (new entry), DJ, DK, ER, FI, FR, GB, GQ, HN, HR, HT, ID, IE, IN, JO, KW, LS, LV, MC, ME, MK, MM, MV, NL, NO, NP, NR, PG, PK, PL, PS, QA, SA, SD, SE, SH, SS (new entry), SX (new entry), TL, TN, TR, VN
ISO 3166-2:2013 2013-11-19 Third edition of ISO 3166-2 (changes are published in the online catalogue of ISO only and no newsletters are published anymore)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ISO 3166-2". International Organization for Standardization (ISO). 
  2. ^ "Country names and code elements". ISO. 
  3. ^ "Updates on ISO 3166". ISO. 
  4. ^ "Statoid Newsletter January 2008". Statoids.com. 

Sources and external links[edit]

Other lists of ISO 3166-2 codes (not necessarily up-to-date)[edit]

Many of the lists below are based on outdated versions of ISO 3166-2 codes. The latest version may be obtained from the ISO 3166/MA.