- List of NATO country codes
This is the list of NATO country codes. Up to and including the seventh edition of STANAG 1059, these were two-letter codes (digrams). The eighth edition, promulgated February 19, 2004, and effective April 1, 2004, replaced all codes with new ones based on the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 codes. Additional codes cover gaps in the ISO coverage, deal with the imaginary countries used for exercise purposes, and designate large geographical groupings and water bodies (ranging from oceans to rivers). It consists of two-letter codes for geographical entities, four-letter codes for subdivisions, and lists the ISO three-letter codes for reference. The digrams match the FIPS 10-4 codes with a few exceptions.
The ninth edition's ratification draft was published on July 6, 2005, with a reply deadline of October 6, 2005. It replaces all two- and four-letter codes with ISO or ISO-like three- and six-letter codes. It is intended as a transitional standard: once all NATO nations have updated their information systems, a tenth edition will be published.
For diplomatic reasons, Macedonia is designated as the « Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia » and receives a (temporary) code explicitly different from the ISO one.
Digram Trigram Entity Comment AA ABW Aruba AB ABB Asia 9th ed. adds the trigram AC ATG Antigua and Barbuda AF AFG Afghanistan AG DZA Algeria AJ AZE Azerbaijan AL ALB Albania AM ARM Armenia AN AND Andorra AO AGO Angola AR ARG Argentina AS AUS Australia AT ACI Ashmore and Cartier Islands Appears with 9th ed.; the entity is omitted from 8th ed. AU AUT Austria AV AIA Anguilla AY ATA Antarctica BA BHR Bahrain BB BRB Barbados BC BWA Botswana BD BMU Bermuda BE BEL Belgium BF BHS The Bahamas BG BGD Bangladesh BH BLZ Belize BK BIH Bosnia-Herzegovina BL BOL Bolivia BM MMR Myanmar BN BEN Benin BO BLR Belarus BP SLB Solomon Islands BR BRA Brazil BT BTN Bhutan BU BGR Bulgaria BV BVT Bouvet Island BX BRN Brunei BY BDI Burundi CA CAN Canada CB KHM Cambodia CD TCD Chad CE LKA Sri Lanka CF COG Republic of the Congo CD COD Democratic Republic of the Congo CH CHN People's Republic of China CI CHL Chile CJ CYM Cayman Islands CK CCK Cocos (Keeling) Islands CM CMR Cameroun CN COM Comoros CO COL Colombia CQ MNP Northern Mariana Islands Also listed under the subdivision code US-MP- CR CSI Coral Sea Islands Appears with 9th ed.; the entity is omitted from 8th ed. CS CRI Costa Rica CT CAF Central African Republic CU CUB Cuba CV CPV Cape Verde CW COK Cook Islands CY CYP Cyprus CZ CZE Czech Republic DA DNK Denmark DJ DJI Djibouti DO DMA Dominica DR DOM Dominican Republic EC ECU Ecuador EE EEE Europe 9th ed. adds the trigram EG EGY Egypt EI IRL Ireland EK GNQ Equatorial Guinea EN EST Estonia ER ERI Eritrea ES ESP Spain ET ETH Ethiopia FF FFF Africa 9th ed. adds the trigram FG GUF French Guiana 9th ed. lists it under France as FR-973 FI FIN Finland FJ FJI Fiji FK FLK Falkland Islands FM FSM Federated States of Micronesia FO FRO Faroe Islands FP PYF French Polynesia 9th ed. lists it under France as FR-PYF FR FRA France FS ATF French Southern Territories 9th ed. lists it under France as FR-FST FY FYR Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Temporary code; the ISO 3166 code is MKD GA GMB The Gambia GB GAB Gabon GC n/a East Germany Obsolete 1990 GE DEU Germany GG GEO Georgia GH GHA Ghana GI GIB Gibraltar GJ GRD Grenada GL GRL Greenland GP GLP Guadeloupe 9th ed. lists it under France as FR-971 GQ GUM Guam Also listed under the subdivision code US-GU- GR GRC Greece GT GTM Guatemala GV GIN Guinea GY GUY Guyana HA HTI Haiti HK HKG Hong Kong Also listed under the provincial code CN-91- HM HMD Heard and McDonald Islands HO HND Honduras HQ HQI Howland Island Appears with 9th ed.; also listed under IQ HR HRV Croatia HU HUN Hungary IC ISL Iceland ID IDN Indonesia IN IND India IO IOT British Indian Ocean Territory IQ UMI U.S. Minor Outlying Islands Baker, Howland, Jarvis, Johnston, Kingman Reef,
Midway, Navassa, Palmyra, and Wake Islands
Also listed under the subdivision code US-UM-
IR IRN Iran IS ISR Israel IT ITA Italy IV CIV Côte d'Ivoire IZ IRQ Iraq JA JPN Japan JM JAM Jamaica JN JNM Jan Mayen Island Appears with 9th ed.; also listed under SV;
Also listed under the subdivision code NO-22-
JO JOR Jordan JQ JQA Johnston Atoll Appears with 9th ed.; also listed under IQ KE KEN Kenya KG KGZ Kyrgyzstan KN PRK Democratic People's Republic of Korea KR KIR Kiribati KS KOR Republic of Korea KT CXR Christmas Island KU KWT Kuwait KZ KAZ Kazakhstan LA LAO Laos LE LBN Lebanon LG LVA Latvia LH LTU Lithuania LI LBR Liberia LO SVK Slovakia LS LIE Liechtenstein LT LSO Lesotho LU LUX Luxembourg LY LBY Libya MA MDG Madagascar MB MTQ Martinique 9th ed. lists it under France as FR-972 MC MAC Macau MD MDA Republic of Moldova ME MNE Montenegro Since 8th ed. MG MNG Mongolia MH MSR Montserrat MI MWI Malawi ML MLI Mali MN MCO Monaco MO MAR Morocco MP MUS Mauritius MR MRT Mauritania MT MLT Malta MU OMN Oman MV MDV The Maldives MX MEX Mexico MY MYS Malaysia MZ MOZ Mozambique NA ANT Netherlands Antilles NC NCL New Caledonia 9th ed. lists it under France as FR-NCL NE NIU Niue NF NFK Norfolk Island NG NER Niger NH VUT Vanuatu NI NGA Nigeria NL NLD Netherlands NN NNN North America 9th ed. adds the trigram NO NOR Norway NP NPL Nepal NR NRU Nauru NS SUR Suriname NT NTT NATO countries 9th ed. adds the trigram NU NIC Nicaragua NZ NZL New Zealand PA PRY Paraguay PC PCN Pitcairn Islands PE PER Peru PF PFI Paracel Islands Appears with 9th ed.; the entity is omitted from 8th ed. PK PAK Pakistan PL POL Poland PM PAN Panama PO PRT Portugal PP PNG Papua New Guinea PS PLW Palau In 9th ed., the digram is also assigned to Palestine PS PSE Occupied Palestinian Territory Temporary code; 8th ed. has no digram for Palestine
9th ed. also assigns PS to Palau
PU GNB Guinea-Bissau QA QAT Qatar RE REU Réunion 9th ed. lists it under France as FR-974 RM MHL Marshall Islands 8th ed. omits the trigram (mistakenly?) RO ROU Romania RP PHL Philippines RQ PRI Puerto Rico Also listed under the subdivision code US-PR- RS SRB Serbia 8th ed. RU RUS Russia Original code RS is not to be used 8th ed. Now assigned to Serbia. RW RWA Rwanda SA SAU Saudi Arabia SB SPM Saint Pierre and Miquelon 9th ed. lists it under France as FR-975
and assigns SB to "Serbia and Montenegro"
SC KNA Saint Kitts and Nevis SE SYC Seychelles SF ZAF South Africa SG SEN Senegal SH SHN Saint Helena SI SVN Slovenia SJ SJM Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands Also listed under the subdivision code NO-21- SL SLE Sierra Leone SM SMR San Marino SN SGP Singapore SO SOM Somalia SR SRR South America 9th ed. adds the trigram SS ASM American Samoa Also listed under the subdivision code US-AS- SS WSM Samoa Some sources (other than the STANAGs
themselves) claim the digram was WS
ST LCA Saint Lucia SU SDN Sudan SV SLV El Salvador SW SWE Sweden SX SGS South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands SY SYR Syria SZ CHE Switzerland TC ARE United Arab Emirates TD TTO Trinidad and Tobago TH THA Thailand TI TJK Tajikistan TK TCA Turks and Caicos Islands TL TKL Tokelau TM TLS Timor-Leste TN TON Tonga TO TGO Togo TP STP São Tomé and Príncipe TS TUN Tunisia TU TUR Turkey TV TUV Tuvalu TW TWN Republic of China (Taiwan) Also listed under the provincial code CN-71- TX TKM Turkmenistan TZ TZN Tanzania UG UGA Uganda UK GBR United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) UP UKR Ukraine UR n/a Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Obsolete 1992 US USA United States UU UUU Oceania 9th ed. adds the trigram UV BFA Burkina Faso UY URY Uruguay UZ UZB Uzbekistan VC VCT Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VE VEN Venezuela VI VIR U.S. Virgin Islands 8th ed. lists "VI or VS";
Also listed under the subdivision code US-VI-
VM VNM Vietnam VS VGB British Virgin Islands 8th ed. lists "VI or VS" VT VAT Vatican City (Holy See) WA NAM Namibia WF WLF Wallis and Futuna Islands 9th ed. lists it under France as FR-WLF WI ESH Western Sahara WZ SWZ Swaziland XB XXB "Brownland" 9th ed. adds the trigram XE XXE SHAPE (ACO Command) 9th ed. adds the trigram XG XXG "Greyland" 9th ed. adds the trigram XI XXI "Indigoland" 9th ed. adds the trigram XL XXL "Limeland" 9th ed. adds the trigram XM XXM NATO  XN XXN NATO "Blue" Command 9th ed. adds the trigram XP XXP "Purpleland" 9th ed. adds the trigram XR XXR "Redland" 9th ed. adds the trigram XS XXS SACLANT (HQ SACT Command) 9th ed. adds the trigram YT - Mayotte Former NATO code ME is not to be used since 8th ed.;
8th ed. omits the trigram (mistakenly?);
9th ed. lists it under France as FR-976
XW XXW "Whiteland" 9th ed. adds the trigram XY XXY "Yellowland" 9th ed. adds the trigram YE YEM Yemen YO n/a Yugoslavia Obsolete 1993 — SCG Serbia and Montenegro 9th ed. lists SB for the digram, which
8th ed. assigns to Saint Pierre and Miquelon
YU YUG Yugoslavia (Federal Republic of) Temporary code; Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Vojvodina ZA ZMB Zambia ZI ZWE Zimbabwe Water Bodies (9th edition) Digram Trigram Entity Comment 1A- 1A North Atlantic Ocean 1B- 1B Bay of Biscay 1C- 1C Bristol Channel 1D- 1D Denmark Strait 1E- 1E English Channel 1F- 1F Bay of Fundy 1G- 1G Gulf of Guinea 1H- 1H Hudson Bay 1I- 1I Lake Volta 1J- 1J Panama Canal 1K- 1K Inner Seas Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland, a.k.a. Inner Scottish Sea, including the Minch, the Sea of the Hebrides, and stretching to Ireland 1L- 1L Labrador Sea 1M- 1M Gulf of Mexico 1N- 1N North Sea 1O- 1O Niger River 1P- 1P Baffin Bay 1Q- 1Q St. George's Channel 1R- 1R Irish Sea 1S- 1S Skagerrak 1T- 1T Gulf of St. Lawrence 1U- 1U Hudson Strait 1V- 1V Davis Strait 1W- 1W Magdalena River 1X- 1X Caribbean Sea 1Y- 1Y Gulf of Cadiz 1Z- 1Z Cantabrian Sea 2A- 2A South Atlantic Ocean 2B- 2B Amazon River 2C- 2C Congo River 2D- 2D Drake Passage 2E- 2E Gulf of Campecha Gulf of Campeche (typo) 2F- 2F Gulf of Fonseca 2G- 2G Lake Granada Lake Nicaragua 2H- 2H Gulf of Honduras 2I- 2I Río de la Plata Bay 2J- 2J Gulf of San Gorge Golfo San Jorge (typo) 2K- 2K Sargasso Sea 2L- 2L Magellan Strait 2M- 2M Gulf of San Matias San Matias Gulf 2P- 2P Putymayo River Putumayo River (typo) 2Q- 2Q Orinoco River 2R- 2R Río de la Plata 2S- 2S Scotia Sea 2W- 2W Weddell Sea 2X- 2X La Pérouse Strait 2Y- 2Y Salomon Sea Solomon Sea (typo) 2Z- 2Z Yucátan Sea 31- 31 Tonle Sap 32- 32 Song Hua Giang Bassac (Hua Giang) River 33- 33 Chhâk Kâmpóng Saôm Kompong Som Bay, Cambodia† 34- 34 Chhâk Veal Renh Veal Renh Bay, Cambodia† 35- 35 Chhâk Kaôh Kŏng Kaôh Kŏng Bay, Cambodia 36- 36 Huang Pu (Yellow River) 37- 37 Yangtze River 38- 38 Hang Chou Wan Kwang-Chou-Wan 39- 39 Sunda Strait 3A- 3A North Pacific 3B- 3B Sakhalinskiy Zaliv Sakhalin Gulf/Bay/Bight 3C- 3C Celebes Sea 3D- 3D Tatar Strait 3E- 3E East China Sea 3F- 3F Formosa Strait 3G- 3G Gulf of Tonkin 3H- 3H Halmahera Sea 3I- 3I Luzon Strait 3J- 3J Sea of Japan 3K- 3K Zaliv Shelikhova Shelikhova Gulf 3L- 3L Gulf of California 3M- 3M Molucca Sea 3N- 3N Inland Sea 3O- 3O Amur River 3P- 3P Philippine Sea 3Q- 3Q Sea of Okhotsk 3R- 3R Korea Bay 3S- 3S Sulu Sea 3T- 3T Gulf of Thailand 3U- 3U South China Sea 3V- 3V Teluk Tomini Gulf of Tomini 3W- 3W Mekong River 3X- 3X Bo Hai 3Y- 3Y Yellow Sea 3Z- 3Z Singapore Strait 4A- 4A South Pacific Ocean 4B- 4B Banda Sea 4C- 4C Coral Sea 4D- 4D Amundsen Sea 4E- 4E Teluk Bone Gulf of Bone/Boni 4F- 4F Flores Sea 4G- 4G Bellingshausen Sea 4I- 4I Lake Titicaca 4J- 4J Java Sea 4K- 4K Bismarck Sea 4L- 4L Bali Sea 4M- 4M Makassar Strait 4N- 4N Napo River 4O- 4O Pacific Ocean 4P- 4P Gulf of Carpentaria 4Q- 4Q Ceram Sea 4R- 4R Ross Sea 4S- 4S Solomon Sea 4T- 4T Tasman Sea 4U- 4U Arafura Sea 4Z- 4Z Antarctic Ocean 5A- 5A Arctic Ocean 5B- 5B Barents Sea 5C- 5C Chukshi Sea Chukchi Sea 5D- 5D Bering Sea 5E- 5E Alaska/BC Coastal Waters 5F- 5F Gulf of Alaska 5G- 5G Greenland Sea 5K- 5K Kara Sea 5L- 5L Lincoln Sea 5N- 5N Norwegian Sea 5P- 5P Laptev Sea 5R- 5R Bering Strait 5S- 5S East Siberian Sea 5T- 5T Northwest Passage 5U- 5U Beaufort Sea 5W- 5W White Sea 5Y- 5Y Anadyrskiy Zaliv Anadyrskiy Gulf 62- 62 Strait of Hormuz 6A- 6A Indian Ocean 6B- 6B Bay of Bengal 6C- 6C Strait of Malacca 6D- 6D Gulf of Aden 6E- 6E Red Sea 6F- 6F Bass Strait 6G- 6G Great Australian Bight 6H- 6H Gulf of Mannar 6I- 6I Lake Malawi 6J- 6J Ussuri River 6K- 6K Zambezi River 6L- 6L Laccadive Sea 6M- 6M Gulf of Oman 6N- 6N Andaman Sea 6O- 6O Limpopo River 6P- 6P Persian Gulf 6Q- 6Q Gulf of Aqaba 6R- 6R Arabian Sea 6S- 6S Savu Sea 6T- 6T Timor Sea 6U- 6U Suez Canal 6V- 6V Lake Victoria 6W- 6W Gulf of Suez 6X- 6X Lake Nyasa 6Y- 6Y Lake Tanganyika 6Z- 6Z Mozambique Channel 7B- 7B Baltic Sea 7E- 7E German Bight 7F- 7F Gulf of Finland 7G- 7G Gdansk Bay 7H- 7H Gulf of Riga 7K- 7K Kattegat 7L- 7L Leba River 7M- 7M Baltic Approaches 7P- 7P Pomeranian Bay 7T- 7T Gulf of Bothnia 81- 81 Gulf of Sirte 82- 82 Naama Bay Sharm el-Sheikh's Naama Bay?? 83- 83 Gulf of Hammamet 84- 84 Gulf of Sollum Khalîg el Salûm 89- 89 Mediterranean Sea 8A- 8A Danube River 8B- 8B Black Sea 8C- 8C Caspian Sea 8D- 8D Adriatic Sea 8E- 8E Mediterranean, Eastern 8F- 8F Durrës Bay Bay of Durrës, Albania 8G- 8G Agean Sea Aegean Sea (typo) 8H- 8H Mediterranean, Central 8I- 8I Lake Tiberias 8J- 8J Balearic Sea 8K- 8K Kotor Bay 8L- 8L Ligurian Sea 8M- 8M Sea of Marmara 8N- 8N Ionian Sea 8O- 8O Lake Ohrid 8P- 8P Istanbul Strait Bosphorus 8Q- 8Q Lake Scutari 8R- 8R Aral Sea 8S- 8S Strait of Gibraltar 8T- 8T Tyrrhenian Sea 8U- 8U Çanakkale Strait Dardanelles 8V- 8V Vlorë Bay Bay of Vlorë, Albania 8W- 8W Mediterranean, Western 8X- 8X Gulf of Lion 8Y- 8Y Alboran Sea 8Z- 8Z Sea of Azov 9A- 9A Atlantic Ocean 9E- 9E Lake Erie 9H- 9H Lake Huron 9L- 9L St. Lawrence Seaway 9M- 9M Lake Michigan 9N- 9N Lake Ontario 9S- 9S Lake Superior 9W- 9W Lake Winnipeg 9Z- 9Z Great Lakes IW- IW International Waters
- NATO STANAG 1059 INT (Ed. 7, 2000) Distinguishing Letters for Geographical Entities for Use in NATO
- NATO STANAG 1059 INT (Ed. 8, 2003) Letter Codes for Geographical Entities
- NATO STANAG 1059 INT (Ed. 9 Ratification Draft, 2005) Codes for Geographical Entities
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