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Standard Country or Area Codes for Statistical Use

Standard country or area codes and geographical regions for statistical use

This site presents a list of the names of countries or areas in alphabetical order, three-digit numerical codes used for statistical processing purposes by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Secretariat and three-digit alphabetical codes assigned by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). 1/ The composition of geographical regions used by the Statistics Division in its publications and databases is also shown. In addition, the annex tables show recent changes in numerical codes.

This list of countries or areas includes those countries or areas for which statistical data are compiled by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Secretariat. The names of countries or areas refer to their short form used in day-to-day operations of the United Nations and not necessarily to their official name as used in formal documents. These names are based on Terminology Bulletin No. 347/Rev.1: Country Names.2/ The geographical regions and groupings of countries and areas included at this site are not comprehensive but only a selection which are or may be used in the compilation of statistics. In order to ensure consistency in statistics and for convenience, each country or area is shown in one region only. The macro geographical regions are arranged to the extent possible according to continents. Within these groupings more detailed component geographical regions are shown.

The materials presented here are excerpted from the United Nations publication, Standard Country or Area Codes for Statistical Use, Revision 4 (United Nations publication, Sales No. 98.XVII.9 in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic).

The designations employed and the presentation of material at this site do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

The assignment of countries or areas to specific groupings is for statistical convenience and does not imply any assumption regarding political or other affiliation of countries or territories by the United Nations.

The designations "developed" and developing" are intended for statistical convenience and do not necessarily express a judgement about the stage reached by a particular country or area in the development process.

Symbols of the United Nations documents are composed of capital letters combined with figures.
1/ International Standard ISO 3166-1, Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions--Part 1: Country codes, ISO 3166-1: 2006 (E/F), International Organization on Standardization (Geneva, 2006).

2/ A comparative listing in the six official languages of the United Nations, in English alphabetical order, is contained in Terminology Bulletin No. 347/Rev.1: Country Names (United Nations publication, Sales No. A/C/E/F/R/S.97.I.19), prepared by the Department of General Assembly Affairs and Conference Services of the United Nations Secretariat.

Countries or area codes in English alphabetical order
Geographical regions
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For further information contact:

Statistical Services Branch
Statistics Division
United Nations, Room DC2-1620
New York, NY 10017, USA

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