‘XK’ country code for Kosovo

March 8, 2010

Some of you have already noticed that we are now using ”XK‘  as temporary country code for Kosovo. While the US standards body ‘FIPS’  has found it worthwhile to assign a country code to Kosovo (KV), the International Organization for Standardization, ISO, has yet to assign a code to the former Serbian province. The ISO country code standard 3166 has a couple of unused codes that can be used for user specific elements: “If users need code elements to represent country names not included in this part of ISO 3166, the series of letters AA, QM to QZ, XA to XZ, and ZZ, and the series AAA to AAZ, QMA to QZZ, XAA to XZZ, and ZZA to ZZZ respectively and the series of numbers 900 to 999 are available.

The European Commission and many other organisations (Deutsche Bundesbank, Switzerland) are using ‘XK‘ as a temporary country code for Kosovo till ISO officially assigns a code.

GeoNames will switch to the official ISO code as soon as it has been released. In the meantime we will use ‘XK‘.

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8 Responses to “‘XK’ country code for Kosovo”

  1. Zsuzsanna Toth Says:

    If there has been any change since March 8 2010 ?
    (for the code of Kosovo)


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  3. You can remain within the standard and still have distinct code for Kosovo by using ISO 3166-2 code RS-KM.

  4. taxonomy! Says:

    RS stands for Republica Serbska! It has nothing to do with Kosovo.

    Country code for kosovo is KS.

  5. Visi Says:

    Country code for Kosovo is alpha-2 code: KS , alpha-3 code: RKS

    • marc Says:

      What makes you believe this? I don’t find any news about Kosovo on the ISO website and as it stands now Kosovo does not yet have an ISO country code.

  6. itsallaboutthedata Says:

    Is there any link of reference that can be posted to validate the comments above of KS and RKS? I can’t find those anywhere on ISO nor on europa.eu…

    European Commission states on their metadata repository that there is no code and to temporarily use “OP”. (2010-01-01: As the ISO codes doesn’t exist yet, please use the OP code)

    http://publications.europa.eu/mdr/resource/authority/country/html/countries-eng.html


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