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UN / LOCODE ( English United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations "of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Transport Area Code") is a code for geographic locations, that of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) is developed and updated.


In over 42,000 entries, place names of places with importance for business and traffic , in particular places with seaports , airports (in this case the abbreviation is usually identical to the IATA code ), train stations , junctions for highways and border crossings , in 249 countries and assigned to specially classified territories.

UN / LOCODEs typically consist of five letters. The first two letters are the country code according to ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 . The place within the country is usually indicated by three more letters, if the possible combinations are not sufficient, digits can also be used.

UN / LOCODE also defines a spelling of the place name in Latin script and predominantly national language, as well as a spelling that does not require diacritics (e.g. German umlauts ).


LOCODE country place with diacritics
AT VIE AustriaAustria Austria Vienna
BE BRU BelgiumBelgium Belgium Brussels Brussels
CH BRN SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Bern
DE BER GermanyGermany Germany Berlin
LI VDZ LiechtensteinLiechtenstein Liechtenstein Vaduz
LU LUX LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg
NL AMS NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Amsterdam
SE BAS SwedenSweden Sweden Bastad Båstad
SE GOT SwedenSweden Sweden Goteborg Gothenburg
US NYC United StatesUnited States United States New York City

A list of the country codes can be found in the ISO 3166-1 coding list .


UN / LOCODE is spreading more and more.


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) recommended the use of UN / LOCODE within the automatic identification system AIS in 2005 . In the meantime, the LOCODE is partly used worldwide in AIS traffic to describe the place of departure and the destination of a ship without confusion.

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Individual evidence

  1. Secretariat Note to the users of UN / LOCODE 2006-2 ( English , pdf) United Nations Economic Commission for Europe . April 30, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2009: "[...] two columns are provided for place names, one reflecting national name versions, with diacritic signs, and one in which diacritic signs have been removed from the names."
  2. Guidance on the use of the UN / LOCODE in the destination field in AIS messages ( English , pdf) International Maritime Organization . December 15, 2004. Retrieved June 25, 2009: "The Maritime Safety Committee, [...] encouraged the use of the UN / LOCODE."