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Flag Country Capital IVR Code Notes Date of Admission to United Nations Date of Admission to the European Union
  A          
  Aden Aden ADN became Yemen (People’s Democratic Republic of) in 1967    
““ Afghanistan Kabul AFG   19/11/1946  
  Åland Islands Mariehamn AX      
““ Albania Tirane AL   14/12/1955  
  Alderney St. Anne GBA      
““ Algeria Algiers DZ   08/10/1962  
““ Andorra Andorra la Vella AND   28/07/1993  
““ Angola Luanda AN   01/12/1976  
  Anguilla The Valley AXA British Overseas Territory    
  Antarctica N/A ARK      
““ Antigua and Barbuda Saint John’s AG   11/11/1981  
““ Argentina Buenos Aires RA   24/10/1945  
““ Armenia Yerevan AM part of the Soviet Union until 1991 02/03/1992  
  Aruba Oranjestad ARU      
  Ascension Georgetown   part of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha since 2009    
““ Australia Canberra AUS   01/11/1945  
““ Austria Vienna A   14/12/1955 01/01/1995
““ Azerbaijan Baku AZ part of the Soviet Union until 1991 02/03/1992  
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““ Bahamas Nassau BS   18/09/1973  
““ Bahrain Manama BRN   21/09/1971  
““ Bangladesh Dhaka BD   17/09/1974  
““ Barbados Bridgetown BDS   09/12/1966  
  Bechuanaland Protectorate Mafeking BP became Botswana in 1966    
““ Belarus Minsk BY part of the Soviet Union until 1991 24/10/1945  
““ Belgium Brussels B   27/12/1945 01/01/1958 (Founder)
““ Belize Belmopan BZ formerly British Honduras until 1981 25/09/1981  
““ Benin Porto-Novo DY   20/09/1960  
  Bermuda Hamilton   British Overseas Territory    
““ Bhutan Thimphu BHT   21/09/1971  
““ Bolivia (Plurinational State of) La Paz (administrative); Sucre (judicial) BOL   14/11/1945  
““ Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo BIH part of Yugoslavia until 1992 22/05/1992  
““ Botswana Gaborone BW formerly Bechuanaland Protectorate until 1966 17/10/1966  
““ Brazil Brasilia BR   24/10/1945  
  British Antarctic Territory Rothera (base)   British Overseas Territory: includes Graham Land, South Orkney Islands and South Shetland Islands    
  British Indian Ocean Territory Diego Garcia (base)   British Overseas Territory    
  British Honduras Belize Town until 1971, thereafter Belmopan BH became Belize in 1981    
  British Virgin Islands Road Town BVI British Overseas Territory    
““ Brunei Darussalam Bandar Seri Begawan BRU aka Brunei 21/09/1984  
““ Bulgaria Sofia BG   14/12/1955 01/01/2007
““ Burkina Faso Ouagadougou BF formerly Upper Volta 20/09/1960  
  Burma Rangoon BUR IVR code BA until 1956; became Myanmar in 1989    
  Burundi Bujumbura RU   18/09/1962  
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““ Cambodia Phnom Penh K   14/12/1955  
““ Cameroon Yaounde CAM   20/09/1960  
““ Canada Ottawa CDN   09/11/1945  
““ Cape Verde Praia CV   16/09/1975  
  Cayman Islands George Town   British Overseas Territory    
““ Central African Republic Bangui RCA   20/09/1960  
““ Chad N’Djamena TCH IVR code TD also used 20/09/1960  
““ Chile Santiago RCH   24/10/1945  
““ China Beijing CN aka People’s Republic of China 24/10/1945  
  China (Republic of)     see Taiwan    
““ Colombia Bogota CO   05/11/1945  
““ Comoros Moroni COM   12/11/1975  
““ Congo Brazzaville RCB   20/09/1960  
  Congo (Democratic Republic of the)     see Democratic Republic of the Congo    
““ Costa Rica San Jose CR   02/11/1945  
““ Côte D’Ivoire Yamoussoukro (official); Abidjan (de facto) CI aka Ivory Coast 20/09/1960  
““ Croatia Zagreb HR part of Yugoslavia until 1992 22/05/1992 01/07/2013
““ Cuba Havana CU   24/10/1945  
““ Cyprus Nicosia CY   20/09/1960 01/05/2004
““ Czech Republic Prague CZ part of Czechoslovakia until 1992 19/01/1993 01/05/2004
  Czechoslovakia Prague CS divided into Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1992    
  D        top  
““ Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Pyongyang KP aka North Korea 17/09/1991  
““ Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa CGO formerly Zaire until 1997 20/09/1960  
““ Denmark Copenhagen DK   24/10/1945 01/01/1973
““ Djibouti Djibouti DJI   20/09/1977  
““ Dominica Roseau WD Windward Islands 18/12/1978  
““ Dominican Republic Santo Domingo DOM   24/10/1945  
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  East Germany East Berlin DDR aka German Democratic Republic; became part of Germany in 1991    
  East Timor     see Timor-Leste    
““ Ecuador Quito EC   21/12/1945  
““ Egypt Cairo ET   24/10/1945  
  Éire     the official name of the Republic of Ireland from 1937 to 1949    
““ El Salvador San Salvador ES   24/10/1945  
  England London   abbreviation: ENG; part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland    
““ Equatorial Guinea Malabo GQ   12/11/1968  
““ Eritrea Asmara ER   28/05/1993  
““ Estonia Tallinn EST IVR code EW until 1993; part of the Soviet Union until 1991 17/09/1991 01/05/2004
““ Ethiopia Addis Ababa ETH   13/11/1945  
  F        top  
  Falkland Islands Stanley   British Overseas Territory    
  Faroe Islands Tórshavn FO self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark    
““ Fiji Suva FJI   13/10/1970  
““ Finland Helsinki FIN IVR code SF until 1993 14/12/1955 01/01/1995
““ France Paris F   24/10/1945 01/01/1958 (Founder)
  French Guiana Cayenne   French Overseas Territory    
  French Polynesia Papeete   French Overseas Territory    
  French Togoland Lomé TG became Togo in 1960    
  G        top  
““ Gabon Libreville G   20/09/1960  
““ Gambia Banjul WAG   21/09/1965  
““ Georgia Tbilisi GE part of the Soviet Union until 1991 31/07/1992  
  German Democratic Republic     see East Germany    
““ Germany Berlin D East Germany and West Germany until 1990 18/09/1973 01/01/1958 (Founder, as West Germany)
  Germany (Federal Republic of)     see West Germany    
““ Ghana Accra GH   08/03/1957  
  Gibraltar Gibraltar GBZ British Overseas Territory    
  Great Britain London   abbreviation: GB; part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland    
““ Greece Athens GR   25/10/1945 01/01/1981
  Greenland Nuuk (Godthåb) KN autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark
IVR code GRO once used
   
““ Grenada Saint George’s WG Windward Islands 17/09/1974  
  Guadeloupe Basse-Terre   French Overseas Territory    
““ Guatemala Guatemala City GCA   21/11/1945  
  Guernsey St Peter Port GBG      
““ Guinea Conakry RG   12/12/1958  
““ Guinea Bissau Bissau RGB formerly Portuguese Guinea until 1974 17/09/1974  
““ Guyana Georgetown GUY   20/09/1966  
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““ Haiti Port-au-Prince RH   24/10/1945  
  Holland     see Netherlands    
““ Honduras Tegucigalpa HN   17/12/1945  
  Hong Kong Hong Kong HK      
““ Hungary Budapest H   14/12/1955 01/05/2004
  I        top  
““ Iceland Reykjavik IS   19/11/1946  
““ India New Delhi IND   30/10/1945  
““ Indonesia Jakarta RI   28/09/1950  
““ Iran (Islamic Republic of) Tehran IR   24/10/1945  
““ Iraq Baghdad IRQ   21/12/1945  
““ Ireland Dublin IRL   14/12/1955 01/01/1973
  Isle of Man Douglas GBM      
““ Israel Jerusalem* IL   11/05/1949  
““ Italy Rome I   14/12/1955 01/01/1958 (Founder)
  Ivory Coast     see Côte D’Ivoire    
  J        top  
““ Jamaica Kingston JA   18/09/1962  
““ Japan Tokyo J   18/12/1956  
  Jersey Saint Helier GBJ      
““ Jordan Amman HKJ   14/12/1955  
  K        top  
““ Kazakhstan Astana KZ part of the Soviet Union until 1991 02/03/1992  
““ Kenya Nairobi EAK   16/12/1963  
““ Kiribati Tarawa Atoll KIR   14/09/1999  
  Korea     see Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Republic of Korea    
  Kosovo Pristina KOS part of Serbia until 1999; administered by UN 1999-2008    
““ Kuwait Kuwait City KWT   14/05/1963  
““ Kyrgyzstan Bishkek KS part of the Soviet Union until 1991 02/03/1992  
  L        top  
““ Lao People’s Democratic Republic Vientiane LAO aka Laos 14/12/1955  
““ Latvia Riga LV part of the Soviet Union until 1991 17/09/1991 01/05/2004
““ Lebanon Beirut RL   24/10/1945  
““ Lesotho Maseru LS   17/10/1966  
““ Liberia Monrovia LB   02/11/1945  
““ Libya Tripoli LAR formerly Libyan Arab Jamahiriya until 2011 14/12/1955  
  Libyan Arab Jamahiriya     became Libya in 2011    
““ Liechtenstein Vaduz FL IVR code sometimes FØ or Fø 18/09/1990  
““ Lithuania Vilnius LT part of the Soviet Union until 1991 17/09/1991 01/05/2004
““ Luxembourg Luxembourg L   24/10/1945 01/01/1958 (Founder)
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  Macau Macau MO      
  Macedonia     see The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia    
““ Madagascar Antananarivo RM   20/09/1960  
““ Malawi Lilongwe MW formerly Nyasaland until 1964 01/12/1964  
““ Malaysia Kuala Lumpur MAL   17/09/1957  
““ Maldives Male MV   21/09/1965  
““ Mali Bamako RMM   28/09/1960  
““ Malta Valletta M   01/12/1964 01/05/2004
““ Marshall Islands Majuro MH   17/09/1991  
  Martinique Fort-de-France   French Overseas Territory    
““ Mauritania Nouakchott RIM   27/10/1961  
““ Mauritius Port Louis MS   24/04/1968  
  Mayotte Mamoudzou   French Overseas Territory    
““ Mexico Mexico City MEX   07/11/1945  
““ Micronesia (Federated States of) Palikir FSM   17/09/1991  
  Moldova     see Republic of Moldova    
““ Monaco Monaco MC   28/05/1993  
““ Mongolia Ulaanbaatar MGL capital also spelt as Ulan Bator 27/10/1961  
““ Montenegro Podgorica MNE part of Serbia and Montenegro until 2006 28/06/2006  
  Montserrat Brades (de facto)   British Overseas Territory;
former capital Plymouth was abandoned due to volcanic eruption in 1995
   
““ Morocco Rabat MA   12/11/1956  
““ Mozambique Maputo MOC   16/09/1975  
““ Myanmar Rangoon (Yangon); Naypyidaw or Nay Pyi Taw (administrative) MYA formerly Burma until 1989 19/04/1948  
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““ Namibia Windhoek NAM formerly South-West Africa until 1990 23/04/1990  
““ Nauru no official capital; government offices in Yaren District NAU   14/09/1999  
““ Nepal Kathmandu NEP   14/12/1955  
““ Netherlands Amsterdam; The Hague (seat of government) NL   10/12/1945 01/01/1958 (Founder)
  Netherlands Antilles Willemstad NA      
  New Caledonia Nouméa NC French Overseas Territory    
““ New Zealand Wellington NZ   24/10/1945  
““ Nicaragua Managua NIC   24/10/1945  
““ Niger Niamey RN   20/09/1960  
““ Nigeria Abuja WAN IVR code NGR in Chambers 07/10/1960  
  North Korea     see Democratic People’s Republic of Korea    
  North Yemen     see Yemen Arab Republic    
  Northern Ireland Belfast   abbreviation: NI; part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland    
  Northern Rhodesia Lusaka RNR became Zambia in 1964    
““ Norway Oslo N   27/11/1945  
  Nyasaland Zomba   became Malawi in 1964 27/11/1945  
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““ Oman Muscat OM   07/10/1971  
  P        top  
““ Pakistan Islamabad PK   30/09/1947  
““ Palau Melekeok PAL   15/12/1994  
  Palestinian National Authority Ramallah and Gaza City (administrative); Jerusalem (claimed) PS      
““ Panama Panama City PA   13/11/1945  
  Panama Canal Zone     part of Panama since 1979    
““ Papua New Guinea Port Moresby PNG   10/10/1975  
““ Paraguay Asuncion PY   24/10/1945  
““ Peru Lima PE   31/10/1945  
““ Philippines Manila RP   24/10/1945  
  Pitcairn Islands Adamstown   British Overseas Territory    
““ Poland Warsaw PL   24/10/1945 01/05/2004
““ Portugal Lisbon P   14/12/1955 01/01/1986
  Portuguese Guinea Bissau GW became Guinea Bissau in 1974    
  Puerto Rico San Juan PR      
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““ Qatar Doha Q   21/09/1971  
  R        top  
““ Republic of Korea Seoul ROK aka South Korea 17/09/1991  
““ Republic of Moldova Chisinau MD part of the Soviet Union until 1991 02/03/1992  
  Réunion Saint-Denis   French Overseas Territory    
““ Romania Bucharest RO IVR code R until 1981 14/12/1955 01/01/2007
““ Russian Federation Moscow RUS aka Russia; part of the Soviet Union until 1991 24/10/1945  
““ Rwanda Kigali RWA   18/09/1962  
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  Saint Barthélemy Gustavia   French Overseas Territory    
  Saint Christopher and Nevis     see Saint Kitts and Nevis    
  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Jamestown   British Overseas Territory    
““ Saint Kitts and Nevis Basseterre KAN aka Saint Christopher and Nevis 23/09/1983  
““ Saint Lucia Castries WL Windward Islands 18/09/1979  
  Saint Martin Marigot   French Overseas Territory    
  Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint-Pierre   French Overseas Territory    
““ Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Kingstown WV Windward Islands 16/09/1980  
““ Samoa Apia WS formerly Western Samoa until 1997 15/12/1976  
““ San Marino San Marino RSM   02/03/1992  
  São Tomé     see São Tomé and Príncipe    
““ São Tomé and Príncipe Sao Tome STP   16/09/1975  
““ Saudi Arabia Riyadh KSA   24/10/1945  
  Scotland Edinburgh   abbreviation: SCO; part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland    
““ Senegal Dakar SN   28/09/1960  
““ Serbia Belgrade SRB part of Serbia and Montenegro until 2006 01/11/2000  
  Serbia and Montenegro Belgrade SCG part of Yugoslavia until 1992; divided into separate states in 2006    
““ Seychelles Victoria SY   21/09/1976  
““ Sierra Leone Freetown WAL   27/09/1961  
““ Singapore Singapore SGP   21/09/1965  
““ Slovakia Bratislava SK part of Czechoslovakia until 1992 19/01/1993 01/05/2004
““ Slovenia Ljubljana SLO part of Yugoslavia until 1992 22/05/1992 01/05/2004
““ Solomon Islands Honiara SOL   19/09/1978  
““ Somalia Mogadishu SO   20/09/1960  
““ South Africa Pretoria (administrative); Cape Town (legislative); Bloemfontein (judiciary) ZA aka Zuid-Afrika / Suid-Afrika 07/11/1945  
  South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands King Edward Point (Grytviken)   British Overseas Territory    
  South Korea     see Republic of Korea    
  South Sandwich Islands     see South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands    
““ South Sudan Jura   became an independent state on 9 July 2011; formerly part of Sudan 14/07/2011  
  South Yemen     see Yemen (People’s Democratic Republic of)    
  Southern Rhodesia Salisbury RSR unofficially Rhodesia from 1964-1980; became Zimbabwe in 1980    
  South-West Africa Windhoek SWA became Namibia in 1990    
  Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia Episkopi Cantonment   British Overseas Territory    
  Sovereign Military Order of Malta Magistral Palace, Rome SMOM      
  Soviet Union Moscow SU aka Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; dissolved in 1991    
““ Spain Madrid E   14/12/1955 01/01/1986
““ Sri Lanka Colombo; Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative) CL   14/12/1955  
““ Sudan Khartoum SUD see also South Sudan 12/11/1956  
““ Suriname Paramaribo SME   04/12/1975  
““ Swaziland Mbabane SD   24/09/1968  
““ Sweden Stockholm S   19/11/1946 01/01/1995
““ Switzerland Bern CH   10/09/2002  
““ Syrian Arab Republic Damascus SYR aka Syria 24/10/1945  
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  Taiwan Taipei RC aka Republic of China    
““ Tajikistan Dushanbe TJ part of the Soviet Union until 1991 02/03/1992  
  Tanganyika Dar es Salaam   became part of United Republic of Tanzania in 1964    
  Tanzania     see United Republic of Tanzania    
““ Thailand Bangkok T   16/12/1946  
““ The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Skopje MK part of Yugoslavia until 1992 08/04/1993  
““ Timor-Leste Dili TL aka East Timor 27/09/2002  
““ Togo Lomé RT aka Togolese Republic (République Togolaise); formerly French Togoland until 1960 20/09/1960  
  Togolese Republic     see Togo    
““ Tonga Nuku’alofa TO   14/09/1999  
  Transnistria Tiraspol PMR aka Trans-Dniester or Transdniestria (Pridnestrovie)    
““ Trinidad and Tobago Port-of-Spain TT   18/09/1962  
  Tristan da Cunha Edinburgh of the Seven Seas   part of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha since 2008    
““ Tunisia Tunis TN   12/11/1956  
““ Turkey Ankara TR   24/10/1945  
““ Turkmenistan Ashgabat TM part of the Soviet Union until 1991 02/03/1992  
  Turks and Caicos Islands Cockburn Town   British Overseas Territory    
““ Tuvalu Vaiaku village, Funafuti province TUV   05/09/2000  
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““ Uganda Kampala EAU   25/10/1962  
““ Ukraine Kyiv UA part of the Soviet Union until 1991 24/10/1945  
  Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Moscow SU abbreviation: USSR – see Soviet Union    
““ United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi UAE   09/12/1971  
““ United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland London GB abbreviation: UK 24/10/1945 01/01/1973

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““ United Republic of Tanzania Dar es Salaam; Dodoma (legislative) EAT   14/12/1961  
““ United States of America Washington D.C. USA abbreviation: USA 24/10/1945  
  Upper Volta Ouagadougou HV became Burkina Faso in 1984    
““ Uruguay Montevideo ROU abbreviation: URU 18/12/1945  
““ Uzbekistan Tashkent UZ part of the Soviet Union until 1991 02/03/1992  
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““ Vanuatu Port-Vila VU   15/09/1981  
  Vatican City Vatican City V Holy See    
““ Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) Caracas YV   15/11/1945  
““ Viet Nam Hanoi VN   20/09/1977  
  Virgin Islands     see British Virgin Islands    
  W        top  
  Wales Cardiff   abbreviation: CYM; part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland    
  Wallis and Futuna Mata-Utu   French Overseas Territory    
  West Germany Bonn D aka Federal Republic of Germany; became part of Germany in 1991    
  Western Sahara Laayoune WSA      
  Western Samoa     became Samoa in 1997    
  Y       top  
““ Yemen Sanaa YEM   30/09/1947  
  Yemen (People’s Democratic Republic of) Aden Y aka South Yemen; formerly Aden until 1967; became part of Yemen in 1990    
  Yemen Arab Republic Sanaa YAR aka North Yemen; became part of Yemen in 1990    
  Yugoslavia Belgrade YU IVR code Y until 1953; dissolved in 1992    
  Z        top  
  Zaire Kinshasa ZRE became Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997    
““ Zambia Lusaka Z formerly Northern Rhodesia until 1964 01/12/1964  
  Zanzibar Zanzibar City EAZ became part of United Republic of Tanzania in 1964    
““ Zimbabwe Harare ZW formerly Southern Rhodesia until 1980 25/08/1980  
 
“Republic of”,” Federation of” and similar prefixes are omitted from current members of the United Nations unless they appear as such on the United Nations website
 
The main source of the IVR data contained here is the UN document “Distinguishing signs used on vehicles in international traffic” – (as at 15 February 2007)
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