New Countries: Curaçao, Sint Maarten and “Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba”

December 20, 2010

Three new countries came into being after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in October 2010. Curaçao and Sint Maarten became countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands whereas Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius became special municipalities of the Netherlands proper.  ISO assigned the code BQ to the three BES islands, which results in the following table:

ISO2 ISO3 ISO# FIPS CURR
Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba BQ BES 535 NL USD
Curaçao CW CUW 531 UC ANG/CMG
Sint Maarten SX SXM 534 NN ANG/CMG

The island of Saint Martin is divided into the French northern part (MF) and the Dutch southern part (SX). The French northern part seceded from Guadeloupe in 2007.

Note: The newly assigned ISO code ‘BQ’ may cause some issues as it was already in use in the past. Till 1979 it referred to the British Antarctic Territory (codes BQ, ATB) before it was merged with Antarctica (AQ).

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8 Responses to “New Countries: Curaçao, Sint Maarten and “Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba””


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  4. Hermel Says:

    is there a postal code being use for sint eustatius?

  5. FC Says:

    Are these three new countries recognized by the international communities, like UN? Why was there no publicity in this event? For example, take Republic of South Sudan which gained independence in July 9, 2011. The country is recognized within a short time.

  6. Denise Says:

    In my job I am trying my hardest to send a package to Sint Maarten, however, I need a city, a country code, and a region code. Not to mention a zip code in order for our SAP system to accept it.


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