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See below for the spellings of country names, as recommended by PCGN. This list reflects current British usage. Countries are arranged alphabetically under their common names.  The official state title, (ie. the form used in formal, legal or diplomatic contexts),  where different, is shown underneath and reflects the name used by the State itself. It is translated into English where necessary.

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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth publishes a list of country names and UK Overseas Territories in its Geographical Names and Information leaflet.  To download this list in .pdf format, please click here .

For country names as used by the United Nations, search the United Nations
Multilingual Terminology Database.

Download PCGN's list of dependent territories, United Kingdom Overseas Territories and other entities here (pdf 149KB)

For a list of country codes published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), please click here.


List of country names as of 15 February 2013.

Laos
Lao People's Democratic Republic

Latvia
Republic of Latvia

Lebanon
Lebanese Republic

Lesotho
Kingdom of Lesotho

Liberia
Republic of Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein
Principality of Liechtenstein

Lithuania
Republic of Lithuania

Luxembourg
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia.  This is the name used by the state itself and is used by the UK for all bilateral purposes.  The name used by the UK when formally establishing diplomatic relations was "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", and this is used in multilateral contexts. The designation used by the United Nations to refer to Macedonia is "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", listed under "T" alphabetically.

Madagascar
Republic of Madagascar

Malawi
Republic of Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives
Republic of Maldives

Mali
Republic of Mali

Malta
Republic of Malta

Marshall Islands
Republic of the Marshall Islands

Mauritania
Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Mauritius
Republic of Mauritius

Mexico
United Mexican States

Micronesia
Federated States of Micronesia

Moldova
Republic of Moldova

Monaco
Principality of Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco
Kingdom of Morocco

Mozambique
Republic of Mozambique

Namibia
Republic of Namibia

Nauru
Republic of Nauru

Nepal
Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Netherlands
Kingdom of the Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua
Republic of Nicaragua

Niger
Republic of Niger

Nigeria
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Norway
Kingdom of Norway

Oman
Sultanate of Oman

Pakistan
Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Palau
Republic of Palau

Panama
Republic of Panama

Papua New Guinea
Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Paraguay
Republic of Paraguay

Peru
Republic of Peru

Philippines
Republic of the Philippines

Poland
Republic of Poland

Portugal
Portuguese Republic

Qatar
State of Qatar

Romania

Russia
Russian Federation

Rwanda
Republic of Rwanda

St Kitts and Nevis
Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis

St Lucia
Saint Lucia

St Vincent
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)
Independent State of Samoa

San Marino
Republic of San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe
Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Senegal
Republic of Senegal

Serbia
Republic of Serbia

Seychelles
Republic of Seychelles

Sierra Leone
Republic of Sierra Leone

Singapore
Republic of Singapore

Slovakia
Slovak Republic

Slovenia
Republic of Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia
Federal Republic of Somalia

South Africa
Republic of South Africa

South Sudan
Republic of South Sudan

Spain
Kingdom of Spain

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Sudan
Republic of the Sudan

Suriname
Republic of Suriname

Swaziland
Kingdom of Swaziland

Sweden
Kingdom of Sweden

Switzerland
Swiss Confederation

Syria
Syrian Arab Republic

Tajikistan
Republic of Tajikistan

Tanzania
United Republic of Tanzania

Thailand
Kingdom of Thailand

Togo
Togolese Republic

Tonga
Kingdom of Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia
Tunisian Republic

Turkey
Republic of Turkey

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Uganda
Republic of Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United States
United States of America

Uruguay
Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Uzbekistan
Republic of Uzbekistan

Vanuatu
Republic of Vanuatu

Vatican City

Venezuela
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Vietnam
Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Yemen
Republic of Yemen

Zambia
Republic of Zambia

Zimbabwe
Republic of Zimbabwe

 

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Afghanistan
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Albania
Republic of Albania

Algeria
People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

Andorra
Principality of Andorra

Angola
Republic of Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina
Argentine Republic

Armenia
Republic of Armenia

Australia
Commonwealth of Australia

Austria
Republic of Austria

Azerbaijan
Republic of Azerbaijan

Bahamas, The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Bahrain
Kingdom of Bahrain

Bangladesh
People's Republic of Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus
Republic of Belarus

Belgium
Kingdom of Belgium

Belize

Benin
Republic of Benin

Bhutan
Kingdom of Bhutan

Bolivia
Plurinational State of Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana
Republic of Botswana

Brazil
Federative Republic of Brazil

Brunei
Brunei Darussalam

Bulgaria
Republic of Bulgaria

Burkina (formerly Upper Volta)
Burkina Faso

Burma
Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Burundi
Republic of Burundi

Cambodia (formerly Kampuchea)
Kingdom of Cambodia

Cameroon
Republic of Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde
Republic of Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad
Republic of Chad

Chile
Republic of Chile

China
People's Republic of China

Colombia
Republic of Colombia

Comoros
Union of the Comoros

Congo (formerly Congo Brazzaville or French Congo)
Republic of the Congo

Congo (Democratic Republic) (formerly Zaire or Congo Kinshasa or Belgian Congo)
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Costa Rica
Republic of Costa Rica

Croatia
Republic of Croatia

Cuba
Republic of Cuba

Cyprus
Republic of Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark
Kingdom of Denmark

Djibouti
Republic of Djibouti

Dominica
Commonwealth of Dominica

Dominican Republic

East Timor
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Ecuador
Republic of Ecuador

Egypt
Arab Republic of Egypt

El Salvador
Republic of El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea
Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea
State of Eritrea

Estonia
Republic of Estonia

Ethiopia
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Fiji
Republic of Fiji

Finland
Republic of Finland

France
French Republic

Gabon
Gabonese Republic

Gambia, The
Republic of The Gambia

Georgia

Germany
Federal Republic of Germany

Ghana
Republic of Ghana

Greece
Hellenic Republic

Grenada

Guatemala
Republic of Guatemala

Guinea
Republic of Guinea

Guinea-Bissau
Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Guyana
Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Haiti
Republic of Haiti

Honduras
Republic of Honduras

Hungary

Iceland
Republic of Iceland

India
Republic of India

Indonesia
Republic of Indonesia

Iran
Islamic Republic of Iran

Iraq
Republic of Iraq

Ireland

Israel
State of Israel

Italy
Italian Republic

Ivory Coast
Republic of Cote d'Ivoire

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Kazakhstan
Republic of Kazakhstan

Kenya
Republic of Kenya

Kiribati
Republic of Kiribati

Korea (North)
Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Korea (South)
Republic of Korea

Kosovo
Republic of Kosovo

Kuwait
State of Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz Republic
 


  

Last modified June 2013