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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 the names of 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 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:

  • 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 subdivisions are assigned codes in ISO 3166-2. For some countries, codes are defined for more than one level of subdivisions. The codes for the first-level subdivisions are sometimes defined in the official standard without the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of the country as prefix, and thus do not guarantee uniqueness in a global context by themselves. These codes can be completed by adding the alpha-2 code as prefix.


Current codes

The following is a complete table of the current ISO 3166-2 codes by each country, with three columns:

  • Alpha-2 — ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of the country (click on the alpha-2 code to see the ISO 3166-2 codes of each country)
  • Country name[1] — English short country name officially used by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA)
  • Subdivisions assigned codes — Subdivisions currently assigned codes in ISO 3166-2 (first-level subdivisions in italics); since ISO 3166-2 is only occasionally updated, they do not necessarily reflect the latest subdivision changes
Alpha-2 Country name Subdivisions assigned codes
AD Andorra 7 parishes
AE United Arab Emirates 7 emirates
AF Afghanistan 34 provinces
AG Antigua and Barbuda 6 parishes
1 dependency
AI Anguilla
AL Albania 12 counties
36 districts
AM Armenia 1 city
10 regions
AN Netherlands Antilles
AO Angola 18 provinces
AQ Antarctica
AR Argentina 1 federal district
23 provinces
AS American Samoa
AT Austria 9 federal lands
AU Australia 6 states
2 territories
AW Aruba
AX Åland Islands
AZ Azerbaijan 1 autonomous republic
11 cities
65 rayons
BA Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 entities
10 cantons
BB Barbados 11 parishes
BD Bangladesh 6 divisions
64 districts
BE Belgium 3 regions
10 provinces
BF Burkina Faso 45 provinces
BG Bulgaria 28 regions
BH Bahrain 5 governorates
BI Burundi 16 provinces
BJ Benin 12 departments
BL Saint Barthélemy
BM Bermuda
BN Brunei Darussalam 4 districts
BO Bolivia, Plurinational State of 9 departments
BR Brazil 1 federal district
26 states
BS Bahamas 21 districts
BT Bhutan 20 districts
BV Bouvet Island
BW Botswana 9 districts
BY Belarus 6 oblasts
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 capital
16 prefectures
CG Congo 1 capital
10 regions
CH Switzerland 26 cantons
CI Côte d'Ivoire 19 regions
CK Cook Islands
CL Chile 13 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 14 provinces
1 special municipality
CV Cape Verde 2 districts
17 municipalities
CX Christmas Island
CY Cyprus 6 districts
CZ Czech Republic 14 regions
91 districts
DE Germany 16 lands
DJ Djibouti 5 regions
1 city
DK Denmark 5 regions
DM Dominica 10 parishes
DO Dominican Republic 1 district
31 provinces
DZ Algeria 48 provinces
EC Ecuador 22 provinces
EE Estonia 15 counties
EG Egypt 27 governorates
EH Western Sahara
ER Eritrea 6 provinces
ES Spain 17 autonomous communities
2 autonomous cities in North Africa

50 provinces
ET Ethiopia 2 administrations
9 states
FI Finland 6 provinces
FJ Fiji 4 divisions
1 dependency
FK Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
FM Micronesia, Federated States of 4 states
FO Faroe Islands
FR France 22 metropolitan regions
4 overseas regions
96 metropolitan departments

1 dependency
8 overseas territorial collectivities
GA Gabon 9 provinces
GB United Kingdom England: 34 two-tier counties
32 London boroughs
36 metropolitan districts
47 unitary authorities
1 city corporation
Northern Ireland: 26 district council areas
Scotland: 32 council areas
Wales: 22 unitary authorities
(included for completeness:
England and Wales
Great Britain
United Kingdom)
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
GM Gambia 1 city
5 divisions
GN Guinea 7 governorates
1 special zone

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
22 cities of county right
ID Indonesia 7 geographical units
1 autonomous province
30 provinces
1 special district
1 special region
IE Ireland 4 provinces
26 counties
IL Israel 6 districts
IM Isle of Man
IN India 28 states
7 Union territories
IO British Indian Ocean Territory
IQ Iraq 18 governorates
IR Iran, Islamic Republic of 30 provinces
IS Iceland 9 regions
IT Italy 20 regions
110 provinces
JE Jersey
JM Jamaica 14 parishes
JO Jordan 12 governorates
JP Japan 47 prefectures
KE Kenya 1 municipality
7 provinces
KG Kyrgyzstan 1 city
7 regions
KH Cambodia 4 autonomous municipalities
20 provinces
KI Kiribati 3 groups of islands
KM Comoros 3 governorates
KN Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 states
14 parishes
KP Korea, Democratic People's Republic of 1 capital city
1 special city
9 provinces
KR Korea, Republic of 1 capital metropolitan city
6 metropolitan cities
9 provinces
KW Kuwait 6 governorates
KY Cayman Islands
KZ Kazakhstan 2 cities
14 regions
LA Lao People's Democratic Republic 1 prefecture
16 provinces
1 special zone
LB Lebanon 8 governorates
LC Saint Lucia 11 quarters
LI Liechtenstein 11 communes
LK Sri Lanka 9 provinces
25 districts
LR Liberia 15 counties
LS Lesotho 10 districts
LT Lithuania 10 counties
LU Luxembourg 3 districts
LV Latvia 26 districts
7 cities
LY Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 34 municipalities
MA Morocco 16 regions
46 provinces
17 prefectures
MC Monaco
MD Moldova, Republic of 1 autonomous territory
1 city
10 districts
1 territorial unit
ME Montenegro 21 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 84 municipalities
ML Mali 1 district
8 regions
MM Myanmar 7 divisions
7 states
MN Mongolia 1 capital city
21 provinces
MO Macao
MP Northern Mariana Islands
MQ Martinique
MR Mauritania 1 district
12 regions
MS Montserrat
MT Malta 68 local councils
MU Mauritius 5 cities
3 dependencies
9 districts
MV Maldives 1 capital
19 administrative atolls
MW Malawi 3 regions
27 districts
MX Mexico 1 federal district
31 states
MY Malaysia 3 federal territories
13 states
MZ Mozambique 1 city
10 provinces
NA Namibia 13 regions
NC New Caledonia
NE Niger 1 urban community
7 departments
NF Norfolk Island
NG Nigeria 1 capital district
36 states
NI Nicaragua 15 departments
2 autonomous regions
NL Netherlands 12 provinces
NO Norway 19 counties
2 territories
NP Nepal 5 development regions
14 zones
NR Nauru 14 districts
NU Niue
NZ New Zealand 2 islands
16 regions
OM Oman 8 regions
PA Panama 9 provinces
1 special territory
PE Peru 1 constitutional province
24 departments
PF French Polynesia
PG Papua New Guinea 1 district
19 provinces
PH Philippines 16 regions
79 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 Palestinian Territory, Occupied
PT Portugal 18 districts
2 autonomous regions
PW Palau 16 states
PY Paraguay 1 capital
17 departments
QA Qatar 9 municipalities
RE Réunion
RO Romania 41 departments
1 municipality
RS Serbia 2 autonomous provinces
1 city
29 districts
RU Russian Federation 21 republics
8 administrative territories
47 administrative regions
2 autonomous cities
1 autonomous region
6 autonomous districts
RW Rwanda 1 town council
4 provinces
SA Saudi Arabia 13 provinces
SB Solomon Islands 1 capital territory
9 provinces
SC Seychelles 23 districts
SD Sudan 25 states
SE Sweden 21 counties
SG Singapore 5 districts
SH Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 1 administrative area
2 dependencies
SI Slovenia 193 municipalities
SJ Svalbard and Jan Mayen
SK Slovakia 8 regions
SL Sierra Leone 1 area
3 provinces
SM San Marino 9 municipalities
SN Senegal 11 regions
SO Somalia 18 regions
SR Suriname 10 districts
ST Sao Tome and Principe 2 provinces
SV El Salvador 14 departments
SY Syrian Arab Republic 14 provinces
SZ Swaziland 4 districts
TC Turks and Caicos Islands
TD Chad 18 regions
TF French Southern Territories
TG Togo 5 regions
TH Thailand 1 metropolitan administration
1 special administrative city
75 provinces
TJ Tajikistan 1 autonomous region
2 regions
TK Tokelau
TL Timor-Leste 13 districts
TM Turkmenistan 5 regions
TN Tunisia 24 governorates
TO Tonga 5 divisions
TR Turkey 81 provinces
TT Trinidad and Tobago 11 regions
5 municipalities
TV Tuvalu 1 town council
7 island councils
TW Taiwan, Province of China 16 districts
5 municipalities
2 special municipalities
TZ Tanzania, United Republic of 26 regions
UA Ukraine 24 regions
1 republic
2 cities
UG Uganda 4 geographical regions
80 districts
UM United States Minor Outlying Islands 9 islands and 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 64 provinces
VU Vanuatu 6 provinces
WF Wallis and Futuna
WS Samoa 11 districts
YE Yemen 19 governorates
1 city
YT Mayotte
ZA South Africa 9 provinces
ZM Zambia 9 provinces
ZW Zimbabwe 10 provinces

Subdivisions included in ISO 3166-1

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

Alpha-2 Country name Subdivisions included in ISO 3166-1 (alpha-2)
CN China CN-91 Hong Kong (HK)
CN-92 Macao (MO)
CN-71 Taiwan (TW)[note 1]
FI Finland FI-AL Åland (AX)
FR France FR-GF French Guiana (GF)
FR-PF French Polynesia (PF)
FR-TF French Southern Territories (TF)
FR-GP Guadeloupe (GP)
FR-MQ Martinique (MQ)
FR-YT Mayotte (YT)
FR-NC New Caledonia (NC)
FR-RE Réunion (RE)
FR-BL Saint Barthélemy (BL)
FR-MF Saint Martin (MF)
FR-PM Saint Pierre and Miquelon (PM)
FR-WF Wallis and Futuna (WF)
NO Norway NO-22 Jan Mayen (SJ)[note 2]
NO-21 Svalbard (SJ)[note 2]
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)
  1. ^ Taiwan is included as a subdivision of China, as the United Nations considers it as part of China even though it is not de facto under the jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China. In ISO 3166-1, Taiwan is listed as "Taiwan, Province of China" due to its political status within the United Nations.
  2. ^ a b Collectively Svalbard and Jan Mayen is assigned its own country codes in ISO 3166-1.


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 with codes assigned, grouped by their format:

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

Editions and changes

There have been two editions of ISO 3166-2. The first edition (ISO 3166-2:1998) was published on 1998-12-20, and the second edition (ISO 3166-2:2007) was published on 2007-12-13.

Between different editions, the ISO 3166/MA updates the code lists by announcing the changes in newsletters.[2] Changes in ISO 3166-2 comprise mostly of spelling corrections, addition and deletion of subdivisions, and modification of the administrative structure.

Newsletter updates on the 1st edition of ISO 3166-2 (ISO 3166-2:1998)
Newsletter Publication date Affected codes
I-1 2000-06-21 BY, CA, DO, ER, ES, IT, KR, NG, PL, RO, RU, TR, VN, YU
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
I-3 2002-08-20 AE, CZ, IN, KZ, MD, MO, PS (new entry), TP (changed to TL), UG
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
I-5 2003-09-05 BW, CH, CZ, LY, MY, SN, TN, TZ, UG, VE, YU (changed to CS)
I-6 2004-03-08 AF, AL, AU, CN, CO, ID, KP, MA, TN, ZA
I-7 2005-09-13 AF, DJ, ID, RU, SI, VN
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
I-9 2007-11-28 BG, BL (new entry), CZ, FR, GB, GE, LB, MF (new entry), MK, MT, RU, SD, SG, UG, ZA
2nd edition 2007-12-13 These changes were made in the 2nd edition of ISO 3166-2, and were not announced in any newsletter:[3]
Newsletter updates on the 2nd edition of ISO 3166-2 (ISO 3166-2:2007)
Newsletter Publication date Affected codes
II-1 2010-02-03

See also


  1. ^ "English country names and code elements". International Organization for Standardization (ISO). 
  2. ^ "Updates on ISO 3166". ISO. 
  3. ^ "Statoids Newsletter January 2008". 

Sources and external links


Lists of ISO 3166-2 codes (not up-to-date)

Note: many of the lists below are based on outdated versions of ISO 3166-2 codes. For the latest version, please contact the ISO 3166/MA.

Simple English

ISO 3166-2 is a standard. It was made by the International Organisation for Standardisation. It extends ISO 3166 to a national level. ISO 3166 is about abbreviating geographical names like countries to two or three letter codes, or numbers. ISO3166-2 does the same with provinces on a per-country level.


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