ISO 3166-2:BY

ISO 3166-2:BY is the entry for Belarus 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 Belarus, ISO 3166-2 codes are defined for 6 oblasts and 1 city. The city Minsk is the capital of the country and has special status equal to the oblasts.

Each code consists of two parts, separated by a hyphen. The first part is BY, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code of Belarus. The second part is two letters.

Current codesEdit

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

ISO 639-1 codes are used to represent subdivision names in the following administrative languages:

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Code Subdivision name (be)
(BGN/PCGN 1979)
Subdivision name (be)
(UN X/6 2012)
Subdivision name (ru)
(BGN/PCGN 1947)
Subdivision name (ru)
(GOST 1983 = UN V/18 1987)
Subdivision name (en)
[note 1]
Subdivision category
BY-BR Brestskaya voblasts' Bresckaja voblasć Brestskaya oblast' Brestskaja oblast' Brest Region oblast
BY-HO Homyel'skaya voblasts' Homieĺskaja voblasć Gomel'skaya oblast' Gomel'skaja oblast' Gomel Region oblast
BY-HR Hrodzyenskaya voblasts' Hrodzienskaja voblasć Grodnenskaya oblast' Grodnenskaja oblast' Grodno Region oblast
BY-MA Mahilyowskaya voblasts' Mahilioŭskaja voblasć Mogilevskaya oblast' Mogilevskaja oblast' Mogilev Region oblast
BY-MI Minskaya voblasts' Minskaja voblasć Minskaya oblast' Minskaja oblast' Minsk Region oblast
BY-VI Vitsyebskaya voblasts' Viciebskaja voblasć Vitebskaya oblast' Vitebskaja oblast' Vitebsk Region oblast
BY-HM Horad Minsk Horad Minsk Gorod Minsk Gorod Minsk City of Minsk city
  1. ^ For reference only, English name not included in the ISO 3166-2 standard.


The following changes to the entry have been announced 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-1 2000-06-21 Correction of spelling mistakes and language code elements
Newsletter II-2 2010-06-30 Update of the administrative structure and of the list source Subdivisions added:
BY-HM Horad Minsk
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2015-11-27 Change romanization system from "GOST 1983" to "Belarusian Lacinka" of bel; change romanization system of BY-HM* of bel and rus
2018-11-26 Correction of the romanization system label
2020-11-24 Correction of spelling for BY-HR of BGN/PCGN 1979

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