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Posted 28 Mar 2011
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Load all the Country Names of the World in DropDown

, 29 Mar 2011
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This shows how to bind Country names in DropDownList & also it contains some advantages.


<html xmlns="">
<head   runat="server">
    <title>Bind Country names in Dropdownlist</title>
    <form id="form1"   runat="server">
        <asp:DropDownList ID="ddlLocation" runat="server">        

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Collections;
using System.Text;

public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page 
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        ddlLocation.DataSource = CountryList();
        ddlLocation.DataTextField = "Key";
        ddlLocation.DataValueField = "Value";

    public SortedList CountryList()
        SortedList slCountry = new SortedList();
        string Key = "";
        string Value = "";

        foreach (CultureInfo info in CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.SpecificCultures))
            RegionInfo info2 = new RegionInfo(info.LCID);
            if (!slCountry.Contains(info2.EnglishName))
                Value = info2.TwoLetterISORegionName;
                Key = info2.EnglishName;
                slCountry.Add(Key, Value);
        return slCountry;


  • Here, Country names are loading from code behind so we can apply some filter/restriction for the items list here.(Example: Loading European countries, Loading Country names starts with 'A', etc.,)
  • Here TwoLetterISORegionName is used to DataValueField for DropDownList but we can use other things such as ThreeLetterISORegionName, NativeName, ISOCurrencySymbol, GeoId, CurrencySymbol, etc., from RegionInfo class
  • We can sort the Key field because SortedList was used here


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 best solution so far Pin
janwel26-May-11 21:12
groupjanwel26-May-11 21:12 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 good Pin
CS201130-Mar-11 5:32
memberCS201130-Mar-11 5:32 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 This probably would be the best solu... Pin
DrABELL29-Mar-11 9:05
memberDrABELL29-Mar-11 9:05 
GeneralRe: Yes it was me who reported that, a few countries were missin... Pin
Tarun.K.S1-Apr-11 7:50
memberTarun.K.S1-Apr-11 7:50 
GeneralBut not all countries are getting displayed. Pin
Tarun.K.S29-Mar-11 4:03
memberTarun.K.S29-Mar-11 4:03 
GeneralRe: I just noticed that...I'll update the code Tarun. Thanks. Pin
thatraja29-Mar-11 17:53
mvpthatraja29-Mar-11 17:53 
GeneralRe: But not all countries are getting displayed. Pin
Member 966201012-Dec-12 23:55
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