Country names

Spellings of country names as recommended by the Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (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.

Please see also the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) list of approved British English language names and descriptive terms for countries.

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 6 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added updated versions of Country name documents.
  2. Updated the Country names list which is now provided in 2 formats PDF and XLS.
  3. First published.