UN GeoRegion Codes

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The United Nations Statistics Division provides recognized names and codings for the World's countries, areas and regions that have many research applications. A text version of this classification scheme is provided in UN-GeoRegions.txt. For users' convenience these names and codings have been organised into two text files: UN-GeoRegionCodes.txt and UN-GeoMaMiCodes.txt.

UN Recognised Countries

The United Nations recognizes 237 countries (or did when this data was retrieved in 2007), ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. A complete list is available in UN-GeoRegionCodes.txt.

UN Minor GeoRegions

The United Nations aggregates countries into 22 (Minor) GeoRegions, based largely on world geography. The UN Minor GeoRegions are:

  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Africa
  • Eastern Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Melanesia
  • Micronesia
  • Middle Africa
  • Northern Africa
  • Northern America
  • Northern Europe
  • Polynesia
  • South America
  • South-Eastern Asia
  • Southern Africa
  • Southern Asia
  • Southern Europe
  • Western Africa
  • Western Asia
  • Western Europe

UN Minor GeoRegions Map - (C)wikicommons

UN Major GeoRegions

The UN Major GeoRegions are the five major continents:

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Oceania

This fits well with the six content version (excluding Antartica) of the standard continent definitions, with Australasia being named Oceania.