International Country Code, FIPS versus ISO 3166

International Country Code is a country listing that is used to uniquely identify a geopolitical entity (countries, dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty). The country code consists of International Standards Organization (ISO) 3166-1, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 10-4 and many more. Codes have been used to save time and to avoid errors, instead of using a country’s name. This is due to the fact that a country’s name will be spelled differently depending on the language being used.

United States Federal Government has developed the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) and announced the FIPS publicly. The FIPS standards are developed to allow all branches of the government to have a standard way to refer to entities. For instance, the FIPS country code act as a standard for encoding data. The FIPS 10-4 standard is a list of two-character country codes which were used for geopolitical entity identification. The FIPS 10-4 country codes are partially compatible with ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes.

In addition to the FIPS standard, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has also published their standard which is known as ISO 3166. The ISO 3166-1 uses part of the names as the codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions – Part 1: Countries codes. The ISO 3166-1 is used to define the geographical data with the names of countries and dependent territories. The ISO 3166-1 alpha 2 is a list of two-character country codes that is considered the global standard at present.

The following table shows all countries supported in GeoDataSource data.

Country nameFIPS 10-4ISO 3166-1
AfghanistanAFAF
Aland IslandsAX
AlbaniaALAL
AlgeriaAGDZ
American SamoaAQAS
AndorraANAD
AngolaAOAO
AnguillaAVAI
AntarcticaAYAQ
Antigua and BarbudaACAG
ArgentinaARAR
ArmeniaAMAM
ArubaAAAW
AustraliaASAU
AustriaAUAT
AzerbaijanAJAZ
BahamasBFBS
BahrainBABH
BangladeshBGBD
BarbadosBBBB
BelarusBOBY
BelgiumBEBE
BelizeBHBZ
BeninBNBJ
BermudaBDBM
BhutanBTBT
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)BLBO
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBQ
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBKBA
BotswanaBCBW
Bouvet IslandBVBV
BrazilBRBR
British Indian Ocean TerritoryIOIO
Brunei DarussalamBXBN
BulgariaBUBG
Burkina FasoUVBF
BurundiBYBI
Cabo VerdeCVCV
CambodiaCBKH
CameroonCMCM
CanadaCACA
Cayman IslandsCJKY
Central African RepublicCTCF
ChadCDTD
ChileCICL
ChinaCHCN
Christmas IslandKTCX
Cocos (Keeling) IslandsCKCC
ColombiaCOCO
ComorosCNKM
CongoCFCG
Congo (Democratic Republic of the)CGCD
Cook IslandsCWCK
Costa RicaCSCR
Cote d’IvoireIVCI
CroatiaHRHR
CubaCUCU
CuracaoUCCW
CyprusCYCY
CzechiaEZCZ
DenmarkDKDK
DjiboutiDJDJ
DominicaDODM
Dominican RepublicDRDO
EcuadorECEC
EgyptEGEG
El SalvadorESSV
Equatorial GuineaEKGQ
EritreaERER
EstoniaENEE
EthiopiaETET
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)FKFK
Faroe IslandsFOFO
FijiFJFJ
FinlandFIFI
FranceFRFR
French GuianaFGGF
French PolynesiaFPPF
French Southern TerritoriesFSTF
GabonGBGA
GambiaGAGM
GeorgiaGGGE
GermanyGMDE
GhanaGHGH
GibraltarGIGI
GreeceGRGR
GreenlandGLGL
GrenadaGJGD
GuadeloupeGPGP
GuamGQGU
GuatemalaGTGT
GuernseyGKGG
GuineaGVGN
Guinea-BissauPUGW
GuyanaGYGY
HaitiHAHT
Heard Island and McDonald IslandsHMHM
Holy SeeVTVA
HondurasHOHN
Hong KongHKHK
HungaryHUHU
IcelandICIS
IndiaININ
IndonesiaIDID
Iran (Islamic Republic of)IRIR
IraqIZIQ
IrelandEIIE
Isle of ManIMIM
IsraelISIL
ItalyITIT
JamaicaJMJM
JapanJAJP
JerseyJEJE
JordanJOJO
KazakhstanKZKZ
KenyaKEKE
KiribatiKRKI
Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of)KNKP
Korea (Republic of)KSKR
KuwaitKUKW
KyrgyzstanKGKG
Lao People’s Democratic RepublicLALA
LatviaLGLV
LebanonLELB
LesothoLTLS
LiberiaLILR
LibyaLYLY
LiechtensteinLSLI
LithuaniaLHLT
LuxembourgLULU
MacaoMCMO
North MacedoniaMKMK
MadagascarMAMG
MalawiMIMW
MalaysiaMYMY
MaldivesMVMV
MaliMLML
MaltaMTMT
Marshall IslandsRMMH
MartiniqueMBMQ
MauritaniaMRMR
MauritiusMPMU
MayotteMFYT
MexicoMXMX
Micronesia (Federated States of)FMFM
Moldova (Republic of)MDMD
MonacoMNMC
MongoliaMGMN
MontenegroMJME
MontserratMHMS
MoroccoMOMA
MozambiqueMZMZ
MyanmarBMMM
NamibiaWANA
NauruNRNR
NepalNPNP
NetherlandsNLNL
New CaledoniaNCNC
New ZealandNZNZ
NicaraguaNUNI
NigerNGNE
NigeriaNING
NiueNENU
Norfolk IslandNFNF
Northern Mariana IslandsCQMP
NorwayNONO
OmanMUOM
PakistanPKPK
PalauPSPW
Palestine, State ofWEPS
PanamaPMPA
Papua New GuineaPPPG
ParaguayPAPY
PeruPEPE
PhilippinesRPPH
PitcairnPCPN
PolandPLPL
PortugalPOPT
Puerto RicoRQPR
QatarQAQA
ReunionRERE
RomaniaRORO
Russian FederationRSRU
RwandaRWRW
Saint BarthelemyTBBL
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSHSH
Saint Kitts and NevisSCKN
Saint LuciaSTLC
Saint MartinRNMF
Saint Pierre and MiquelonSBPM
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesVCVC
SamoaWSWS
San MarinoSMSM
Sao Tome and PrincipeTPST
Saudi ArabiaSASA
SenegalSGSN
SerbiaRIRS
SeychellesSESC
Sierra LeoneSLSL
SingaporeSNSG
Sint MaartenNNSX
SlovakiaLOSK
SloveniaSISI
Solomon IslandsBPSB
SomaliaSOSO
South AfricaSFZA
South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSXGS
South SudanODSS
SpainSPES
Sri LankaCELK
SudanSUSD
SurinameNSSR
Svalbard and Jan MayenSVSJ
EswatiniWZSZ
SwedenSWSE
SwitzerlandSZCH
Syrian Arab RepublicSYSY
Taiwan (Province of China)TWTW
TajikistanTITJ
Tanzania, United Republic ofTZTZ
ThailandTHTH
Timor-LesteTTTL
TogoTOTG
TokelauTLTK
TongaTNTO
Trinidad and TobagoTDTT
TunisiaTSTN
TurkeyTUTR
TurkmenistanTXTM
Turks and Caicos IslandsTKTC
TuvaluTVTV
UgandaUGUG
UkraineUPUA
United Arab EmiratesAEAE
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandUKGB
United States of AmericaUSUS
United States Minor Outlying IslandsUM
UruguayUYUY
UzbekistanUZUZ
VanuatuNHVU
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)VEVE
Viet NamVNVN
Virgin Islands (British)VIVG
Virgin Islands (U.S.)VQVI
Wallis and FutunaWFWF
Western SaharaWIEH
YemenYMYE
ZambiaZAZM
ZimbabweZIZW

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