Iso 3166-2:nl

ISO 3166-2:NL is the entry for the codes for the names of the principal subdivisions (e.g., provinces or states) of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1.

Currently for the Netherlands, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for 12 provinces, 3 countries and 3 special municipalities, which all—together with the country of the Netherlands—make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Each code consists of two parts, separated by a hyphen. The first part is NL, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of the Netherlands. The second part either of the following:

  • two letters: provinces or countries
  • two letters and a digit: special municipalities


  • Current codes 1
    • Provinces 1.1
    • Countries and special municipalities 1.2
  • Changes 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Current codes

Subdivision names are listed as in the ISO 3166-2 standard published by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA).

ISO 639-1 codes are used to represent subdivision names in the following administrative languages:


Code Subdivision name
NL-FR (fy)

Countries and special municipalities

Besides being included as subdivisions of the Netherlands in ISO 3166-2, the countries and special municipalities are also officially assigned their own country codes in ISO 3166-1.

Code Subdivision name Subdivision category ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 alternative
ISO 3166-2
NL-AW country AW
NL-CW country CW
NL-SX country SX
NL-BQ1 special municipality BQ BQ-BO
NL-BQ2 special municipality BQ BQ-SA
NL-BQ3 special municipality BQ BQ-SE


The following changes to the entry have been announced in newsletters by the ISO 3166/MA since the first publication of ISO 3166-2 in 1998:

Newsletter Date issued Description of change in newsletter Code/Subdivision change
Newsletter II-3 2011-12-13
Update resulting from the addition of the administrative readjustment and source list update. Subdivisions added:
3 countries
3 special municipalities

See also


External links

  • ISO Online Browsing Platform: NL
  • Provinces of Netherlands,
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