‘XK’ country code for Kosovo

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‘.

11 thoughts on “‘XK’ country code for Kosovo

    • 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.

  1. Kosovo code will never be RS – Serbia.
    Currently it is XK code as temporary one and will come to place soon.
    This is only one of the dues toward Kosovo and Albanians in general to come to place.
    We have a list of dues to return the oldest nation in Balkans to belonging place.

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