International SEO Tool: Table of Language & Country Names Codes

September 4, 2016

International SEO  Tool

Table of Language & Country Names Codes

When naming your sub-directory for a specific language and region, use this individual language special name codes to tell the search engines what language and country denomination you are targeting.

Example:  A website’s in which its main language is in English and located in the USA. Then the special language-country code is en-us. In USA normally websites are simply http://example.com, but if you were in Australia trying to target USA, then you will use your website  http://example.com/en-us

Note: Do not confuse the special language-country code with the Country-code top-level domain names (ccTLDs) like .com .es .fr etc. That is for domain names like Google.es (for Spain) or Google.com.mx (for Mexico) Google.fr (for France). This table is to be used only if you are creating sub-directories within your own domain and not an entirely new domain for x country. Neither confuses this with hreflang tags which use similar denomination ISO 639-1 format for language, and ISO 3166-1 Alpha 2 format for countries and regions. For languages with scripts like Chinese or Russia use language script variations using ISO 15924— supported by Google.

Why these language-country codes are important to use on your sub-domain/directory when specifying a language and country? Because not all of the codes are intuitive. For example, the code for the UK is “gb” not “uk.”

Language, Country & Region Denominations for Sub-directories

Language Culture Name

Display Name

af-ZA

Afrikaans – South Africa

sq-AL

Albanian – Albania

ar-DZ

Arabic – Algeria

ar-BH

Arabic – Bahrain

ar-EG

Arabic – Egypt

ar-IQ

Arabic – Iraq

ar-JO

Arabic – Jordan

ar-KW

Arabic – Kuwait

ar-LB

Arabic – Lebanon

ar-LY

Arabic – Libya

ar-MA

Arabic – Morocco

ar-OM

Arabic – Oman

ar-QA

Arabic – Qatar

ar-SA

Arabic – Saudi Arabia

ar-SY

Arabic – Syria

ar-TN

Arabic – Tunisia

ar-AE

Arabic – United Arab Emirates

ar-YE

Arabic – Yemen

hy-AM

Armenian – Armenia

Cy-az-AZ

Azeri (Cyrillic) – Azerbaijan

Lt-az-AZ

Azeri (Latin) – Azerbaijan

eu-ES

Basque – Basque

be-BY

Belarusian – Belarus

bg-BG

Bulgarian – Bulgaria

ca-ES

Catalan – Catalan

zh-CN

Chinese – China

zh-HK

Chinese – Hong Kong SAR

zh-MO

Chinese – Macau SAR

zh-SG

Chinese – Singapore

zh-TW

Chinese – Taiwan

zh-CHS

Chinese (Simplified)

zh-CHT

Chinese (Traditional)

hr-HR

Croatian – Croatia

cs-CZ

Czech – Czech Republic

da-DK

Danish – Denmark

div-MV

Dhivehi – Maldives

nl-BE

Dutch – Belgium

nl-NL

Dutch – The Netherlands

en-AU

English – Australia

en-BZ

English – Belize

en-CA

English – Canada

en-CB

English – Caribbean

en-IE

English – Ireland

en-JM

English – Jamaica

en-NZ

English – New Zealand

en-PH

English – Philippines

en-ZA

English – South Africa

en-TT

English – Trinidad and Tobago

en-GB

English – United Kingdom

en-US

English – United States

en-ZW

English – Zimbabwe

et-EE

Estonian – Estonia

fo-FO

Faroese – Faroe Islands

fa-IR

Farsi – Iran

fi-FI

Finnish – Finland

fr-BE

French – Belgium

fr-CA

French – Canada

fr-FR

French – France

fr-LU

French – Luxembourg

fr-MC

French – Monaco

fr-CH

French – Switzerland

gl-ES

Galician – Galician

ka-GE

Georgian – Georgia

de-AT

German – Austria

de-DE

German – Germany

de-LI

German – Liechtenstein

de-LU

German – Luxembourg

de-CH

German – Switzerland

el-GR

Greek – Greece

gu-IN

Gujarati – India

he-IL

Hebrew – Israel

hi-IN

Hindi – India

hu-HU

Hungarian – Hungary

is-IS

Icelandic – Iceland

id-ID

Indonesian – Indonesia

it-IT

Italian – Italy

it-CH

Italian – Switzerland

ja-JP

Japanese – Japan

kn-IN

Kannada – India

kk-KZ

Kazakh – Kazakhstan

kok-IN

Konkani – India

ko-KR

Korean – Korea

ky-KZ

Kyrgyz – Kazakhstan

lv-LV

Latvian – Latvia

lt-LT

Lithuanian – Lithuania

mk-MK

Macedonian (FYROM)

ms-BN

Malay – Brunei

ms-MY

Malay – Malaysia

mr-IN

Marathi – India

mn-MN

Mongolian – Mongolia

nb-NO

Norwegian (Bokmål) – Norway

nn-NO

Norwegian (Nynorsk) – Norway

pl-PL

Polish – Poland

pt-BR

Portuguese – Brazil

pt-PT

Portuguese – Portugal

pa-IN

Punjabi – India

ro-RO

Romanian – Romania

ru-RU

Russian – Russia

sa-IN

Sanskrit – India

Cy-sr-SP

Serbian (Cyrillic) – Serbia

Lt-sr-SP

Serbian (Latin) – Serbia

sk-SK

Slovak – Slovakia

sl-SI

Slovenian – Slovenia

es-AR

Spanish – Argentina

es-BO

Spanish – Bolivia

es-CL

Spanish – Chile

es-CO

Spanish – Colombia

es-CR

Spanish – Costa Rica

es-DO

Spanish – Dominican Republic

es-EC

Spanish – Ecuador

es-SV

Spanish – El Salvador

es-GT

Spanish – Guatemala

es-HN

Spanish – Honduras

es-MX

Spanish – Mexico

es-NI

Spanish – Nicaragua

es-PA

Spanish – Panama

es-PY

Spanish – Paraguay

es-PE

Spanish – Peru

es-PR

Spanish – Puerto Rico

es-ES

Spanish – Spain

es-UY

Spanish – Uruguay

es-VE

Spanish – Venezuela

sw-KE

Swahili – Kenya

sv-FI

Swedish – Finland

sv-SE

Swedish – Sweden

syr-SY

Syriac – Syria

ta-IN

Tamil – India

tt-RU

Tatar – Russia

te-IN

Telugu – India

th-TH

Thai – Thailand

tr-TR

Turkish – Turkey

uk-UA

Ukrainian – Ukraine

ur-PK

Urdu – Pakistan

Cy-uz-UZ

Uzbek (Cyrillic) – Uzbekistan

Lt-uz-UZ

Uzbek (Latin) – Uzbekistan

vi-VN

Vietnamese – Vietnam

 

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