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 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 spelt differently depending on the language being used.

United State 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 name FIPS 10-4 ISO 3166-1
Afghanistan AF AF
Aland Islands AX
Albania AL AL
Algeria AG DZ
American Samoa AQ AS
Andorra AN AD
Angola AO AO
Anguilla AV AI
Antarctica AY AQ
Antigua and Barbuda AC AG
Argentina AR AR
Armenia AM AM
Aruba AA AW
Australia AS AU
Austria AU AT
Azerbaijan AJ AZ
Bahamas BF BS
Bahrain BA BH
Bangladesh BG BD
Barbados BB BB
Belarus BO BY
Belgium BE BE
Belize BH BZ
Benin BN BJ
Bermuda BD BM
Bhutan BT BT
Bolivia, Plurinational State Of BL BO
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba BQ
Bosnia and Herzegovina BK BA
Botswana BC BW
Bouvet Island BV BV
Brazil BR BR
British Indian Ocean Territory IO IO
Brunei Darussalam BX BN
Bulgaria BU BG
Burkina Faso UV BF
Burundi BY BI
Cabo Verde CV CV
Cambodia CB KH
Cameroon CM CM
Canada CA CA
Cayman Islands CJ KY
Central African Republic CT CF
Chad CD TD
Chile CI CL
China CH CN
Christmas Island KT CX
Cocos (Keeling) Islands CK CC
Colombia CO CO
Comoros CN KM
Congo CF CG
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the CG CD
Cook Islands CW CK
Costa Rica CS CR
Cote d’Ivoire IV CI
Croatia HR HR
Cuba CU CU
Curacao UC CW
Cyprus CY CY
Czechia EZ CZ
Denmark DK DK
Djibouti DJ DJ
Dominica DO DM
Dominican Republic DR DO
Ecuador EC EC
Egypt EG EG
El Salvador ES SV
Equatorial Guinea EK GQ
Eritrea ER ER
Estonia EN EE
Ethiopia ET ET
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) FK FK
Faroe Islands FO FO
Fiji FJ FJ
Finland FI FI
France FR FR
French Guiana FG GF
French Polynesia FP PF
French Southern Territories FS TF
Gabon GB GA
Gambia GA GM
Georgia GG GE
Germany GM DE
Ghana GH GH
Gibraltar GI GI
Greece GR GR
Greenland GL GL
Grenada GJ GD
Guadeloupe GP GP
Guam GQ GU
Guatemala GT GT
Guernsey GK GG
Guinea GV GN
Guinea-Bissau PU GW
Guyana GY GY
Haiti HA HT
Heard Island and McDonald Islands HM HM
Holy See VT VA
Honduras HO HN
Hong Kong HK HK
Hungary HU HU
Iceland IC IS
India IN IN
Indonesia ID ID
Iran, Islamic Republic of IR IR
Iraq IZ IQ
Ireland EI IE
Isle of Man IM IM
Israel IS IL
Italy IT IT
Jamaica JM JM
Japan JA JP
Jersey JE JE
Jordan JO JO
Kazakhstan KZ KZ
Kenya KE KE
Kiribati KR KI
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of KN KP
Korea, Republic of KS KR
Kuwait KU KW
Kyrgyzstan KG KG
Lao People’s Democratic Republic LA LA
Latvia LG LV
Lebanon LE LB
Lesotho LT LS
Liberia LI LR
Libya LY LY
Liechtenstein LS LI
Lithuania LH LT
Luxembourg LU LU
Macao MC MO
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of MK MK
Madagascar MA MG
Malawi MI MW
Malaysia MY MY
Maldives MV MV
Mali ML ML
Malta MT MT
Marshall Islands RM MH
Martinique MB MQ
Mauritania MR MR
Mauritius MP MU
Mayotte MF YT
Mexico MX MX
Micronesia, Federated States of FM FM
Moldova, Republic of MD MD
Monaco MN MC
Mongolia MG MN
Montenegro MJ ME
Montserrat MH MS
Morocco MO MA
Mozambique MZ MZ
Myanmar BM MM
Namibia WA NA
Nauru NR NR
Nepal NP NP
Netherlands NL NL
New Caledonia NC NC
New Zealand NZ NZ
Nicaragua NU NI
Niger NG NE
Nigeria NI NG
Niue NE NU
Norfolk Island NF NF
Northern Mariana Islands CQ MP
Norway NO NO
Oman MU OM
Pakistan PK PK
Palau PS PW
Palestine, State of WE PS
Panama PM PA
Papua New Guinea PP PG
Paraguay PA PY
Peru PE PE
Philippines RP PH
Pitcairn PC PN
Poland PL PL
Portugal PO PT
Puerto Rico RQ PR
Qatar QA QA
Reunion RE RE
Romania RO RO
Russian Federation RS RU
Rwanda RW RW
Saint Barthelemy TB BL
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha SH SH
Saint Kitts and Nevis SC KN
Saint Lucia ST LC
Saint Martin RN MF
Saint Pierre and Miquelon SB PM
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VC VC
Samoa WS WS
San Marino SM SM
Sao Tome and Principe TP ST
Saudi Arabia SA SA
Senegal SG SN
Serbia RI RS
Seychelles SE SC
Sierra Leone SL SL
Singapore SN SG
Sint Maarten NN SX
Slovakia LO SK
Slovenia SI SI
Solomon Islands BP SB
Somalia SO SO
South Africa SF ZA
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands SX GS
South Sudan OD SS
Spain SP ES
Sri Lanka CE LK
Sudan SU SD
Suriname NS SR
Svalbard and Jan Mayen SV SJ
Swaziland WZ SZ
Sweden SW SE
Switzerland SZ CH
Syrian Arab Republic SY SY
Taiwan TW TW
Tajikistan TI TJ
Tanzania, United Republic of TZ TZ
Thailand TH TH
Timor-Leste TT TL
Togo TO TG
Tokelau TL TK
Tonga TN TO
Trinidad and Tobago TD TT
Tunisia TS TN
Turkey TU TR
Turkmenistan TX TM
Turks and Caicos Islands TK TC
Tuvalu TV TV
Uganda UG UG
Ukraine UA UA
United Arab Emirates AE AE
United Kingdom UK GB
United States US US
United States Minor Outlying Islands UM
Uruguay UY UY
Uzbekistan UZ UZ
Vanuatu NH VU
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of VE VE
Viet Nam VN VN
Virgin Islands, British VI VG
Virgin Islands, U.S. VQ VI
Wallis and Futuna WF WF
Western Sahara WI EH
Yemen YM YE
Zambia ZA ZM
Zimbabwe ZI ZW

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