ISO 3166-2:FR is the entry for France in ISO 3166-2, part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which defines codes for the names of the principal subdivisions (e.g., provinces or states) of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1.
Currently for France, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for the following subdivisions:
- Metropolitan France (two levels):
- 22 metropolitan regions (still as they were before 1 January 2016, when metropolitan regions merged to a new total of 13 regions, still not encoded by ISO 3166-2)
- 96 metropolitan departments (still as they were before 1 January 2015 when one department was split in two parts, one of them being a metropole and not a department: the two new entities are still not encoded in ISO 3166-2)
- Overseas France: 5 overseas departments, 1 dependency, and 7 overseas territorial collectivities
Each code consists of two parts, separated by a hyphen. The first part is FR, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of France. The second part is either of the following:
- one letter (A–V): metropolitan regions
- two digits, or a digit followed by a letter: metropolitan departments
- two letters: overseas departments, dependency, and overseas territorial collectivities
- 01–89 except 20: departments created before the 20th century, assigned in alphabetical order (prefixes in the form of "Bas-" and "Haute-" are ignored), except Paris and Yvelines, which replaced the former departments Seine and Seine-et-Oise respectively after the reorganization of the Paris region in 1968
- 90: Territoire de Belfort, which was given department status in 1922
- 91–95: departments created after the reorganization of the Paris region in 1968
- 2A and 2B: Corse-du-Sud and Haute-Corse, which were created after the division of Corsica in 1975, whose INSEE code was 20
The codes for the overseas departments, dependency, and overseas territorial collectivities use their ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 codes.
Subdivision names are listed as in the ISO 3166-2 standard published by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA).
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|Code||Subdivision name (fr)||Subdivision name (en)
|FR-F||Centre||Centre-Val de Loire|
|FR-R||23x15px Pays de la Loire||Pays de la Loire|
|FR-U||Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur||Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur|
- For reference only, English name not included in the ISO 3166-2 standard.
Dependency and overseas territorial collectivities
|Code||Subdivision name||Subdivision category|
|FR-NC||Nouvelle-Calédonie||overseas territorial collectivity|
|FR-PF||Polynésie française||overseas territorial collectivity|
|FR-BL||Saint-Barthélemy||overseas territorial collectivity|
|FR-MF||Saint-Martin||overseas territorial collectivity|
|FR-PM||Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon||overseas territorial collectivity|
|FR-TF||Terres australes françaises||overseas territorial collectivity|
|FR-WF||Wallis-et-Futuna||overseas territorial collectivity|
Subdivisions included in ISO 3166-1
Besides being included as subdivisions of France in ISO 3166-2, the overseas departments and overseas territorial collectivities are also officially assigned their own country codes in ISO 3166-1.
|Code||Subdivision name||Alpha-2 code||ISO 3166-2 codes|
|FR-BL||Saint Barthélemy [Saint-Barthélemy]||BL||ISO 3166-2:BL|
|FR-GF||French Guiana [Guyane française]||GF||ISO 3166-2:GF|
|FR-MF||Saint Martin [Saint-Martin]||MF||ISO 3166-2:MF|
|FR-NC||New Caledonia [Nouvelle-Calédonie]||NC||ISO 3166-2:NC|
|FR-PF||French Polynesia [Polynésie française]||PF||ISO 3166-2:PF|
|FR-PM||Saint Pierre and Miquelon [Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon]||PM||ISO 3166-2:PM|
|FR-TF||French Southern Territories [Terres australes françaises]||TF||ISO 3166-2:TF|
|FR-WF||Wallis and Futuna [Wallis-et-Futuna]||WF||ISO 3166-2:WF|
Metropolitan France (the part of France located in Europe) was previously officially assigned its own set of country codes in ISO 3166-1, with alpha-2 code FX, before it was deleted from ISO 3166-1. The code is now exceptionally reserved on the request of France.
The following changes to the entry have been announced in newsletters by the ISO 3166/MA since the first publication of ISO 3166-2 in 1998:
|Newsletter||Date issued||Description of change in newsletter||Code/Subdivision change|
|Newsletter I-2||2002-05-21||Correction of the Metropolitan region code in FR-79|
|Newsletter I-9||2007-11-28||Addition of administrative subdivisions and of their code elements||Subdivisions added:
|Addition of the country code prefix as the first code element, alphabetical re-ordering|
|NL II-2 correction for ultramarine administrative organisation change and alphabetical re-ordering.||Status change:
FR-YT Mayotte overseas territorial collectivity → overseas department
FR-69code in ISO 316-2 still covers the department of Rhône as it was before 1 January 2015 when it was split in two parts, one of which is no longer a department but a métropole with specific status. Still, the Métropole de Lyon and the new department of Rhône are administratively managed by the French state as a single circonscription départementale (departmental constituency) that keeps the old department code.
- New Caledonia is not an overseas territorial collectivy (as incorrectly listed by ISO 3166-2), but a sui generis collectivity with its distinctive chapter in the French constitution.
- The overseas territorial collectivy of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (Terres australes et antarctiques françaises in French) is also administratively covering (as one of its districts) the Adely Land claimed by France in the Antarctic, but it is also part of the Antartic and normally not covered by the ISO 3166-1
TFcode or ISO 3166-2
FR-TFcode, but by the ISO 3166-1
AQcode. The French Southern Lands (Terres australes françaises in French) are referring to only 3 of the 5 districts in the overseas territorial collectivity, excluding the claimed district in the Antarctic and the district of Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean (Îles Éparses de l'Océan Indien). Some applications used by other countries than France or international organizations may or may not include the two contested districts, but most of them include the Scattered Islands, including the ISO 3166 standard itself.