List Of All Countries In The World In Alphabetical Order In PHP Array Format

I was working on a project recently that involved me creating a drop-down list of all the countries in the world. Since we use PHP, this needed to be put into an array that I then could loop through and assign to option values in a select form element. Whilst doing serious internet research (aka Googling…), I couldn’t really find a list that didn’t need some sort of manipulation to put into the format that I needed.

So I did it all by hand…bleh!

Regardless though, I shouldn’t ever have to do this again because the list is right here and will remain here for my own reference (and anybody else’s that needs this).

List Of All Countries In The World (Alphabetical Order in a simple PHP array)


array(
'Afghanistan', 'Akrotiri', 'Albania', 'Algeria', 'American Samoa', 'Andorra', 'Anguilla', 'Antarctica', 'Antigua and Barbuda', 'Argentina', 'Armenia', 'Aruba', 'Ashmore and Cartier Islands', 'Australia', 'Austria', 'Azerbaijan', 'Bahamas', 'Bahrain', 'Bangladesh', 'Barbados', 'Bassas de India', 'Belarus', 'Belgium', 'Belize', 'Benin', 'Bermuda', 'Bhutan', 'Bolivia', 'Bosnia and Herzegovina', 'Botswanna', 'Bouvet Island', 'Brazil', 'British Indian Ocean Territory', 'British Virgin Islands', 'Brunei', 'Bulgaria', 'Burkina Faso', 'Burma', 'Burundi', 'Cambodia', 'Cameroon', 'Canada', 'Cape Verde', 'Cayman Islands', 'Central African Republic', 'Chad', 'Chile', 'China', 'Christmas Island', 'Clipperton Island', 'Cocoas (Keeling) Islands', 'Colombia', 'Comoros', 'Congo (Democratic Republic)', 'Congo (Republic)', 'Cook Islands', 'Coral Sea Islands', 'Costa Rica', 'Cote d'lvoire', 'Croatia', 'Cuba', 'Cyprus', 'Czech Republic', 'Denmark', 'Dhekelia', 'Djibouti', 'Dominica', 'Dominican Republic', 'Ecuador', 'Egypt', 'El Salvador', 'Equatorial Guinea', 'Eritrea', 'Estonia', 'Ethiopia', 'Europa Island', 'Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)', 'Faroe Islands', 'Fiji', 'Finland', 'France', 'French Guinea', 'French Polynesia', 'French Southern and Antarctic Lands', 'Gabon', 'Gambia', 'Gaza Strip', 'Georgia', 'Germany', 'Ghana', 'Gibraltar', 'Glorioso Islands', 'Greece', 'Greenland', 'Grenada', 'Guadeloupe', 'Guam', 'Guatemala', 'Guernsey', 'Guinea', 'Guinea-Bissau', 'Guyana', 'Haiti', 'Heard Island and McDonald Islands', 'Holy See (Vatican City)', 'Honduras', 'Hong Kong', 'Hungary', 'Iceland', 'India', 'Indonesia', 'Iran', 'Iraq', 'Ireland', 'Isle of Man', 'Israel', 'Italy', 'Jamaica', 'Jan Mayen', 'Japan', 'Jersey', 'Jordan', 'Juan de Nova Island', 'Kazakhstan', 'Kenya', 'Kiribati', 'Korea (North)', 'Korea (South)', 'Kuwait', 'Kyrgyzstan', 'Laos', 'Latvia', 'Lebanon', 'Lesotho', 'Liberia', 'Libya', 'Liechtenstein', 'Lithuania', 'Luxembourg', 'Macau', 'Macedonia', 'Madagascar', 'Malawi', 'Malaysia', 'Maldives', 'Mali', 'Malta', 'Marshall Islands', 'Martinique', 'Mauritania', 'Mauritius', 'Mayotte', 'Mexico', 'Micronesia (Federated States)', 'Moldova', 'Monaco', 'Mongolia', 'Montserrat', 'Morocco', 'Mozambique', 'Namibia', 'Nauru', 'Navassa Island', 'Nepal', 'Netherlands', 'Netherlands Antilles', 'New Caledonia', 'New Zealand', 'Nicaragua', 'Niger', 'Nigeria', 'Niue', 'Norfolk Island', 'Northern Mariana Islands', 'Norway', 'Oman', 'Pakistan', 'Palau', 'Panama', 'Papua New Guinea', 'Paracel Islands', 'Paraguay', 'Peru', 'Philippines', 'Pitcairn Islands', 'Poland', 'Portugal', 'Puerto Rico', 'Qatar', 'Reunion', 'Romania', 'Russia', 'Rwanda', 'Saint Helena', 'Saint Kitts and Nevis', 'Saint Lucia', 'Saint Pierre and Miquelon', 'Saint Vincent and the Grenadines', 'Samoa', 'San Marino', 'Sao Tome and Principe', 'Saudi Arabia', 'Senegal', 'Serbia and Montenegro', 'Seychelles', 'Sierra Leone', 'Singapore', 'Slovakia', 'Slovenia', 'Solomon Islands', 'Somalia', 'South Africa', 'South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands', 'Spain', 'Spratly Islands', 'Sri Lanka', 'Sudan', 'Suriname', 'Svalbard', 'Swaziland', 'Sweden', 'Switzerland', 'Syria', 'Taiwan', 'Tajikistan', 'Tanzania', 'Thailand', 'Timor-Leste', 'Togo', 'Tokelau', 'Tonga', 'Trinidad and Tobago', 'Tromelin Island', 'Tunisia', 'Turkey', 'Turkmenistan', 'Turks and Caicos Islands', 'Tuvalu', 'Uganda', 'Ukraine', 'United Arab Emirates', 'United Kingdom', 'United States', 'Uruguay', 'Uzbekistan', 'Vanuatu', 'Venezuela', 'Vietnam', 'Virgin Islands', 'Wake Island', 'Wallis and Futuna', 'West Bank', 'Western Sahara', 'Yemen', 'Zambia', 'Zimbabwe'
);

* Note: This list is current as of July 16, 2012.

Welp. That’s it! Hope you enjoy it. I might make more examples using ISO2, ISO3, country code’s, etc. in the future, but for right now this is all I need.

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Article written by Mike Smith

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Mike is the Electronic Media Director and Site Administrator for Frontera Marketing Group. Since building his first website in 1996 using animated GIFs of flaming skulls on GeoCities, he's graduated to advanced HTML5/CSS3 techniques and is well versed in front-end design and back-end development with PHP/MySQL. When not building websites, Mike likes spending time with his family, playing video games, writing articles about technology, photography, and building custom computers.

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