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Text List of All Countries in the World

May 29, 2007

Given the success of this simple list, I thought it would be good to see if it could be improved by opening it up to greater collaboration. Check out our blog post about Factual.

How hard would it be to simply have a text list of all countries in the world that you could use to just cut and paste for a drop-down list? I was just in the middle of creating a cck node for countries and wanted a quick list I could cut and paste from without having to muck about with doing search/replace work to get rid of the side data from Wikipedia or the UN's list of countries. I wanted a similar list for states & provinces in North America, so just added that.The Wikipedia list also has lists of the states lacking general international recognition, of which Taiwan & Palestine are likely the most hotly contested.

My friend Jason Ramsey pointed out on Facebook (when my rss feed migrated there) that there were some other options, looking at "the perl cpan module Geography::Country you will notice that they use the ISO 3166-1 list which I searched for and found this list. Then you can easily do a regex to strip off the country code. Or there is also this easy to use list tool. I took the output from this and formatted it nicely for use in CCK's select forms (one value per line - key|label.) & the survey module (A list of all options - delimited by semicolons & colons - 1:red;2:blue;3:green).

It is useful to have a drop-down that returns a country code so that this can be consistently stored with your client's address. If you do need support with user input forms, please feel contact us.

I've cleaned up one source of 195 countries and have it here for future reference:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua & Deps
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Rep
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Congo {Democratic Rep}
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland {Republic}
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea North
Korea South
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar, {Burma}
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome & Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe