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Geographical names index

Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) current list of approved British English-language names for countries and territories.

Documents

Country names

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United Kingdom Overseas Territory names

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Detail

These are the current British English-language names and descriptive terms for countries and territories, as well as their citizens. These names are approved by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The information in the list of country names comes from FCO’s country register. The country register also contains historical names for countries.

In both lists, ‘country’ is the 2-letter ISO 3166-1 code for the country.

The ‘name’ is FCO’s approved name for the country. This should always be used to describe the country.

The citizen names in the lists aren’t the legal names for the citizen. They don’t relate to the citizen’s ethnicity.

Read the notes if you need any more information about the country and territory names in these lists.