3-Character Country Codes

The first section below lists:

Please use ONLY the three-letter codes shown against the country. This is generally the “3-Character Country Codes” allocated by the ISO (International Standards Organisation). The list also includes historical ISO Country Codes which have now been withdrawn but are still used for family history purposes. We have also included codes for ‘groups’ of countries (such as South America) which you can use where you do not know the individual country.

DO NOT use the two-letter codes shown in italics in the end column. These are the “2-Character Country Codes” allocated by the ISO. These have been added solely to make this page into a comprehensive reference document which should help you discover what any code you may come across represents.

The same applies to the remaining 3 sections, which list:

CODES FOR COUNTRIES, ETC

NAME OF COUNTRY, ETC (AND ANY COMMENT) CODE NOTE
All (One-Name Study) ALL - –
Anywhere ANY - –
At Sea SEA - –
Unknown UNK - –
Afghanistan AFG AF
Albania ALB AL
Algeria DZA DZ
American Samoa ASM AS
Andorra AND AD
Angola AGO AO
Anguilla AIA AI
Antarctica ATA AQ
Antigua and Barbuda ATG AG
Argentina ARG AR
Armenia ARM AM
Aruba ABW AW
Australia AUS AU
Austria AUT AT
Azerbaijan AZE AZ
Bahamas BHS BS
Bahrain BHR BH
Bangladesh BGD BD
Barbados BRB BB
Belarus BLR BY
Belgium BEL BE
Belize BLZ BZ
Benin BEN BJ
Bermuda BMU BM
Bhutan BTN BT
Bolivia BOL BO
Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH BA
Botswana BWA BW
Bouvet Island BVT BV
Brazil BRA BR
Br. Antarctic Territory (part of Antartica) ATB AQ
British Indian Ocean Territory IOT IO
British West Indies (collective area) BWI - –
Brunei Darussalam BRN BN
Bulgaria BGR BG
Burkina Faso BFA BF
Burma (now Myanmar) MMR MM
Burundi BDI BI
Byelorussia (now Belarus) BYS BY
Cambodia KHM KH
Cameroon CMR CM
Canada CAN CA
Cape Verde CPV CV
Cayman Islands CYM KY
Central African Republic CAF CF
Central America (collective area) CAM - –
Chad TCD TD
Channel Islands (collective area) CHI - –
Chile CHL CL
China CHN CN
Christmas Island CXR CX
Cocos (Keeling) Islands CCK CC
Colombia COL CO
Comoros COM KM
Congo COG CG
Cook Islands COK CK
Costa Rica CRI CR
Cote D’ivoire CIV CI
Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska) HRV HR
Cuba CUB CU
Cyprus CYP CY
Czechoslovakia CSK CS
Czech Republic CZE CZ
Dahomey (now Benin) DHY BJ
Denmark DNK DK
Djibouti DJI DJ
Dominica DMA DM
Dominican Republic DOM DO
Dutch New Guinea (now Papua New Guinea) DNG PG
East Africa (collective area) EAF - –
East Indies (see Indonesia) IDN ID
East Timor (formerly “TMP” pre 2002) TLS TP
Ecuador ECU EC
Egypt EGY EG
Eire (from 1922) EIR - –
El Salvador SLV SV
England ENG - –
Equatorial Guinea GNQ GQ
Eritrea ERI ER
Estonia EST EE
Ethiopia ETH ET
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) FLK FK
Faroe Islands FRO FO
Fiji FJI FJ
Finland FIN FI
France FRA FR
France, Metropolitan FXX FX
French Guiana GUF GF
French Polynesia PYF PF
French Southern Territories ATF TF
Gabon GAB GA
Gambia GMB GM
Georgia GEO GE
German Democratic Republic DDR (H)
Germany (Deutschland) DEU DE
Ghana GHA GH
Gibraltar GIB GI
Gilbert and Ellice Islands GEL (H)
Great Britain (collective area) GBR - –
Greece GRC GR
Greenland GRL GL
Grenada GRD GD
Guadeloupe GLP GP
Guam GUM GU
Guatemala GTM GT
Guinea GIN GN
Guinea-Bissau GNB GW
Guyana GUY GY
Haiti HTI HT
Heard Island & McDonald Islands HMD HM
Holland (now Netherlands) HOL (H)
Honduras HND HN
Hong Kong HKG HK
Hungary HUN HU
Iceland ISL IS
India IND IN
Indonesia IDN ID
Iran, Islamic Republic of IRN IR
Iraq IRQ IQ
Ireland IRL IE
Israel ISR IL
Italy ITA IT
Jamaica JAM JM
Japan JPN JP
Jordan JOR JO
Kazakhstan KAZ KZ
Kenya KEN KE
Kiribati KIR KI
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of PRK KP
Korea, Republic of KOR KR
Kuwait KWT KW
Kyrgyzstan KGZ KG
Lao People’s Democratic Republic LAO LA
Latvia LVA LV
Lebanon LBN LB
Lesotho LSO LS
Liberia LBR LR
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya LBY LY
Liechtenstein LIE LI
Lithuania LTU LT
Luxembourg LUX LU
Macau MAC MO
Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of MKD MK
Madagascar MDG MG
Malawi MWI MW
Malaysia MYS MY
Maldives MDV MV
Mali MLI ML
Malta MLT MT
Marshall Islands MHL MH
Martinique MTQ MQ
Mauritania MRT MR
Mauritius MUS MU
Mayotte MYT YT
Mexico MEX MX
Micronesia, Federated States of FSM FM
Moldova, Republic of MDA MD
Monaco MCO MC
Mongolia MNG MN
Montserrat MSR MS
Morocco MAR MA
Mozambique MOZ MZ
Myanmar MMR MM
Namibia NAM NA
Nauru NRU NR
Nepal NPL NP
Netherlands NLD NL
Netherlands Antilles ANT AN
Neutral Zone NTZ (H)
New Caledonia NCL NC
New Hebrides NHB (H)
New Zealand NZL NZ
Nicaragua NIC NI
Niger NER NE
Nigeria NGA NG
Niue NIU NU
Norfolk Island NFK NF
North Africa (collective area) NAF - –
Northern Ireland (from 1922) NIR - –
Northern Mariana Islands MNP MP
Norway NOR NO
Oman OMN OM
Pakistan PAK PK
Palau PLW PW
Panama PAN PA
Panama Canal Zone (now part of Panama) PCZ PA
Papua New Guinea PNG PG
Paraguay PRY PY
Peru PER PE
Philippines PHL PH
Pitcairn PCN PN
Poland POL PL
Portugal PRT PT
Puerto Rico PRI PR
Qatar QAT QA
Reunion REU RE
Romania (formerly “ROM” pre 2002) ROU RO
Russian Federation RUS RU
Rwanda RWA RW
Saint Kitts and Nevis KNA KN
Saint Lucia LCA LC
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VCT VC
Samoa WSM WS
San Marino SMR SM
Sao Tome and Principe STP ST
Saudi Arabia SAU SA
Scotland SCT - –
Senegal SEN SN
Serbia and Montenegro (now separate countries) SCG - –
Seychelles SYC SC
Sicily (part of Italy) SIC IT
Sierra Leone SLE SL
Singapore SGP SG
Slovakia (Slovak Republic) SVK SK
Slovenia SVN SI
Solomon Islands SLB SB
Somalia SOM SO
South Africa (Zuid Afrika) ZAF ZA
South America (collective area) SAM - –
Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) RHO ZW
Spain (Espana) ESP ES
Sri Lanka LKA LK
Saint Helena SHN SH
Saint Pierre and Miquelon SPM PM
Sudan SDN SD
Suriname SUR SR
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands SJM SJ
Swaziland SWZ SZ
Sweden SWE SE
Switzerland CHE CH
Syrian Arab Republic SYR SY
Taiwan, Province of China TWN TW
Tajikistan TJK TJ
Tanzania, United Republic of TZA TZ
Thailand THA TH
Togo TGO TG
Tokelau TKL TK
Tonga TON TO
Trinidad and Tobago TTO TT
Tunisia TUN TN
Turkey TUR TR
Turkmenistan TKM TM
Turks and Caicos Islands TCA TC
Tuvalu TUV TV
Uganda UGA UG
Ukraine UKR UA
United Arab Emirates (Arab Emirates) ARE AE
United Kingdom GBR GB
United States Of America USA US
United States, Minor Outlying Islands UMI UM
Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) HVO BF
Uruguay URY UY
Uzbekistan UZB UZ
Vanuatu VUT VU
Vatican City State (Holy See) VAT VA
Venezuela VEN VE
Viet Nam VNM VN
Virgin Islands (British) VGB VG
Virgin Islands (U.S.) VIR VI
Wales WLS - –
Wallis and Futuna Islands WLF WF
West Africa (collective area) WAF - –
West Indies, British (collective area) BWI - –
Western Sahara ESH EH
Yemen YEM YE
Yugoslavia YUG YU
Zaire ZAR ZR
Zambia ZMB ZM
Zimbabwe ZWE ZW

TRANSLATING LESS OBVIOUS CODES BACK INTO COUNTRIES

CODE NAME OF COUNTRY, ETC
ANT Netherlands Antilles
ARE United Arab Emirates (Arab Emirates)
ATF French Southern Territories
BWI West Indies, British
CHE Switzerland
DEU Germany (Deutschland)
DZA Algeria
ESH Western Sahara
ESP Spain (Espana)
FSM Micronesia, Federated States of
GBR United Kingdom
GNQ Equatorial Guinea
HRV Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska)
IOT British Indian Ocean Territory
KHM Cambodia
KNA Saint Kitts and Nevis
LCA Saint Lucia
LKA Sri Lanka
MMR Burma
MNP Northern Mariana Islands
PRK Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of
PYF French Polynesia
SLV El Salvador
TCD Chad
TLS East Timor
VCT Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
WSM Samoa
ZAF South Africa (Zuid Afrika)

CODES FOR AMERICAN STATES

To avoid potential confusion with 2-character ISO Country Codes these codes should always be followed by “USA”:

NAME OF STATE CODE USA
Alabama AL USA
Alaska AK USA
Arizona AZ USA
Arkansas AR USA
California CA USA
Colorado CO USA
Connecticut CT USA
Delaware DE USA
District of Columbia DC USA
Florida FL USA
Georgia GA USA
Hawaii HI USA
Idaho ID USA
Illinois IL USA
Indiana IN USA
Iowa IA USA
Kansas KS USA
Kentucky KY USA
Louisiana LA USA
Maine ME USA
Maryland MD USA
Massachusetts MA USA
Michigan MI USA
Minnesota MN USA
Mississippi MS USA
Missouri MO USA
Montana MT USA
Nebraska NE USA
Nevada NV USA
New Hampshire NH USA
New Jersey NJ USA
New Mexico NM USA
New York NY USA
North Carolina NC USA
North Dakota ND USA
Ohio OH USA
Oklahoma OK USA
Oregon OR USA
Pennsylvania PA USA
(Puerto Rico) PR USA
Rhode Island RI USA
South Carolina SC USA
South Dakota SD USA
Tennessee TN USA
Texas TX USA
Utah UT USA
Vermont VT USA
Virginia VA USA
(Virgin Islands) VI USA
Washington WA USA
West Virginia WV USA
Wisconsin WI USA
Wyoming WY USA

CODES FOR CANADIAN PROVINCES

To avoid potential confusion with 2-character ISO Country Codesthese codes should always be followed by “CAN”:

NAME OF PROVINCE CODE CAN
Alberta AB CAN
British Columbia BC CAN
Labrador(now part of Newfoundland and Labrador) LB CAN
Manitoba MB CAN
New Brunswick NB CAN
Newfoundland(now part of Newfoundland and Labrador) NF CAN
Newfoundland and Labrador NL CAN
Northwest Territories NT CAN
Nova Scotia NS CAN
Nunavut NU CAN
Ontario ON CAN
Prince Edward Island PE CAN
Quebec QC CAN
Saskatchewan SK CAN
Yukon YT CAN

CODES FOR AUSTRALIANSTATES AND TERRITORIES

To avoid potential confusion with either the 3-character ISOCodes for Countries or the 2-character ISO Country Codes, these codes should always be followed by “AUS”:

NAME OF STATE OR TERRITORY CODE AUS
Australian Antarctic Territory ANT AUS
Australian Capital Territory ACT AUS
New South Wales NSW AUS
Northern Territory NT AUS
Queensland QLD AUS
South Australia SA AUS
Tasmania TAS AUS
Victoria VIC AUS
Western Australia WA AUS