ISO 3166-2:KP

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ISO 3166-2:KP is the entry for North Korea (officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) 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 North Korea, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for 1 capital city, 1 special city, and 9 provinces. All of them are province-level subdivisions. The three special administrative regions, i.e., the Kaesong Industrial Region, the Mount Kumgang Tourist Region, and the Sinuiju Special Administrative Region, are not listed.

Each code consists of two parts, separated by a hyphen. The first part is KP, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of North Korea. The second part is two digits:

  • 01: capital city
  • 02–10: provinces
  • 13: special city

Current codes

Subdivision names are listed as in the ISO 3166-2 standard published by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA).

  • Subdivision name 1 — Romanization system: McCune-Reischauer 1939
  • Subdivision name 2 — Romanization system: KPS 11080:2002

Click on the button in the header to sort each column.

Code Subdivision name (en) Subdivision name 1 Subdivision name 2 Subdivision category
KP-01 Pyongyang P’yŏngyang Phyeongyang capital city
KP-13 Rason Nasŏn (Najin-Sŏnbong) Raseon special city
KP-02 South Pyongan P’yŏngan-namdo Phyeongannamto province
KP-03 North Pyongan P’yŏngan-bukto Phyeonganpukto province
KP-04 Chagang Chagang-do Jakangto province
KP-05 South Hwanghae Hwanghae-namdo Hwanghainamto province
KP-06 North Hwanghae Hwanghae-bukto Hwanghaipukto province
KP-07 Kangwon Kangwŏn-do Kangweonto province
KP-08 South Hamgyong Hamgyŏng-namdo Hamkyeongnamto province
KP-09 North Hamgyong Hamgyŏng-bukto Hamkyeongpukto province
KP-10 Ryanggang Yanggang-do Ryangkangto province


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. ISO stopped issuing newsletters in 2013.

Newsletter Date issued Description of change in newsletter Code/Subdivision change
Newsletter I-4 2002-12-10 Addition of one special city. Subdivision categories in header re-sorted Subdivisions added:
KP-NAJ Najin Sonbong-si
Newsletter I-6 2004-03-08 Spelling correction in header of list source
Newsletter II-1 2010-02-03
Administrative update, replacement of alphabetical characters with numeric characters in second code element Subdivisions deleted:
KP-KAE Kaesong-si
KP-NAM Nampo-si
format changed (see below)

The following changes to the entry are listed on ISO's online catalogue, the Online Browsing Platform:

Effective date of change Short description of change (en)
2014-12-18 Deletion of the space between "de" and the parenthesis in the short French name lower case.
2010-02-19 Administrative update, replacement of alphabetical characters with numeric characters in second code element

Codes changed in Newsletter II-1

Before After Subdivision name
KP-CHA KP-04 Chagang-do
KP-HAB KP-09 Hamgyongbuk-do
KP-HAN KP-08 Hamgyongnam-do
KP-HWB KP-06 Hwanghaebuk-do
KP-HWN KP-05 Hwanghaenam-do
KP-KAN KP-07 Kangwon-do
KP-PYB KP-03 Pyonganbuk-do
KP-PYN KP-02 Pyongannam-do
KP-YAN KP-10 Yanggang-do
KP-NAJ KP-13 Najin Sonbong-si
KP-PYO KP-01 Pyongyang-si

See also

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