Benjamin Esham

Emoji flags redux

Last summer I wrote an article about the way that the emoji for national flags are represented in Unicode. I lamented that, at least on OS X and iOS, “only ten countries’ flags are available: Japan, South Korea, Germany, China, the United States, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, and the United Kingdom.”

That has changed with iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, both released on April 8, 2015. The Apple Color Emoji font that comes bundled with these operating systems now includes 198 new flags, according to Emojipedia.

As I mentioned in the article last year, each flag is made up of two “regional indicator symbols”, each of which encodes one of the letters of the English alphabet; the ISO 3166-1 standard is used to map from two-letter codes to countries. I made this table showing all 676 possible two-letter codes and how the resulting emoji are rendered in your browser:

AA
🇦🇦
AB
🇦🇧
AC
🇦🇨
AD
🇦🇩
AE
🇦🇪
AF
🇦🇫
AG
🇦🇬
AH
🇦🇭
AI
🇦🇮
AJ
🇦🇯
AK
🇦🇰
AL
🇦🇱
AM
🇦🇲
AN
🇦🇳
AO
🇦🇴
AP
🇦🇵
AQ
🇦🇶
AR
🇦🇷
AS
🇦🇸
AT
🇦🇹
AU
🇦🇺
AV
🇦🇻
AW
🇦🇼
AX
🇦🇽
AY
🇦🇾
AZ
🇦🇿
BA
🇧🇦
BB
🇧🇧
BC
🇧🇨
BD
🇧🇩
BE
🇧🇪
BF
🇧🇫
BG
🇧🇬
BH
🇧🇭
BI
🇧🇮
BJ
🇧🇯
BK
🇧🇰
BL
🇧🇱
BM
🇧🇲
BN
🇧🇳
BO
🇧🇴
BP
🇧🇵
BQ
🇧🇶
BR
🇧🇷
BS
🇧🇸
BT
🇧🇹
BU
🇧🇺
BV
🇧🇻
BW
🇧🇼
BX
🇧🇽
BY
🇧🇾
BZ
🇧🇿
CA
🇨🇦
CB
🇨🇧
CC
🇨🇨
CD
🇨🇩
CE
🇨🇪
CF
🇨🇫
CG
🇨🇬
CH
🇨🇭
CI
🇨🇮
CJ
🇨🇯
CK
🇨🇰
CL
🇨🇱
CM
🇨🇲
CN
🇨🇳
CO
🇨🇴
CP
🇨🇵
CQ
🇨🇶
CR
🇨🇷
CS
🇨🇸
CT
🇨🇹
CU
🇨🇺
CV
🇨🇻
CW
🇨🇼
CX
🇨🇽
CY
🇨🇾
CZ
🇨🇿
DA
🇩🇦
DB
🇩🇧
DC
🇩🇨
DD
🇩🇩
DE
🇩🇪
DF
🇩🇫
DG
🇩🇬
DH
🇩🇭
DI
🇩🇮
DJ
🇩🇯
DK
🇩🇰
DL
🇩🇱
DM
🇩🇲
DN
🇩🇳
DO
🇩🇴
DP
🇩🇵
DQ
🇩🇶
DR
🇩🇷
DS
🇩🇸
DT
🇩🇹
DU
🇩🇺
DV
🇩🇻
DW
🇩🇼
DX
🇩🇽
DY
🇩🇾
DZ
🇩🇿
EA
🇪🇦
EB
🇪🇧
EC
🇪🇨
ED
🇪🇩
EE
🇪🇪
EF
🇪🇫
EG
🇪🇬
EH
🇪🇭
EI
🇪🇮
EJ
🇪🇯
EK
🇪🇰
EL
🇪🇱
EM
🇪🇲
EN
🇪🇳
EO
🇪🇴
EP
🇪🇵
EQ
🇪🇶
ER
🇪🇷
ES
🇪🇸
ET
🇪🇹
EU
🇪🇺
EV
🇪🇻
EW
🇪🇼
EX
🇪🇽
EY
🇪🇾
EZ
🇪🇿
FA
🇫🇦
FB
🇫🇧
FC
🇫🇨
FD
🇫🇩
FE
🇫🇪
FF
🇫🇫
FG
🇫🇬
FH
🇫🇭
FI
🇫🇮
FJ
🇫🇯
FK
🇫🇰
FL
🇫🇱
FM
🇫🇲
FN
🇫🇳
FO
🇫🇴
FP
🇫🇵
FQ
🇫🇶
FR
🇫🇷
FS
🇫🇸
FT
🇫🇹
FU
🇫🇺
FV
🇫🇻
FW
🇫🇼
FX
🇫🇽
FY
🇫🇾
FZ
🇫🇿
GA
🇬🇦
GB
🇬🇧
GC
🇬🇨
GD
🇬🇩
GE
🇬🇪
GF
🇬🇫
GG
🇬🇬
GH
🇬🇭
GI
🇬🇮
GJ
🇬🇯
GK
🇬🇰
GL
🇬🇱
GM
🇬🇲
GN
🇬🇳
GO
🇬🇴
GP
🇬🇵
GQ
🇬🇶
GR
🇬🇷
GS
🇬🇸
GT
🇬🇹
GU
🇬🇺
GV
🇬🇻
GW
🇬🇼
GX
🇬🇽
GY
🇬🇾
GZ
🇬🇿
HA
🇭🇦
HB
🇭🇧
HC
🇭🇨
HD
🇭🇩
HE
🇭🇪
HF
🇭🇫
HG
🇭🇬
HH
🇭🇭
HI
🇭🇮
HJ
🇭🇯
HK
🇭🇰
HL
🇭🇱
HM
🇭🇲
HN
🇭🇳
HO
🇭🇴
HP
🇭🇵
HQ
🇭🇶
HR
🇭🇷
HS
🇭🇸
HT
🇭🇹
HU
🇭🇺
HV
🇭🇻
HW
🇭🇼
HX
🇭🇽
HY
🇭🇾
HZ
🇭🇿
IA
🇮🇦
IB
🇮🇧
IC
🇮🇨
ID
🇮🇩
IE
🇮🇪
IF
🇮🇫
IG
🇮🇬
IH
🇮🇭
II
🇮🇮
IJ
🇮🇯
IK
🇮🇰
IL
🇮🇱
IM
🇮🇲
IN
🇮🇳
IO
🇮🇴
IP
🇮🇵
IQ
🇮🇶
IR
🇮🇷
IS
🇮🇸
IT
🇮🇹
IU
🇮🇺
IV
🇮🇻
IW
🇮🇼
IX
🇮🇽
IY
🇮🇾
IZ
🇮🇿
JA
🇯🇦
JB
🇯🇧
JC
🇯🇨
JD
🇯🇩
JE
🇯🇪
JF
🇯🇫
JG
🇯🇬
JH
🇯🇭
JI
🇯🇮
JJ
🇯🇯
JK
🇯🇰
JL
🇯🇱
JM
🇯🇲
JN
🇯🇳
JO
🇯🇴
JP
🇯🇵
JQ
🇯🇶
JR
🇯🇷
JS
🇯🇸
JT
🇯🇹
JU
🇯🇺
JV
🇯🇻
JW
🇯🇼
JX
🇯🇽
JY
🇯🇾
JZ
🇯🇿
KA
🇰🇦
KB
🇰🇧
KC
🇰🇨
KD
🇰🇩
KE
🇰🇪
KF
🇰🇫
KG
🇰🇬
KH
🇰🇭
KI
🇰🇮
KJ
🇰🇯
KK
🇰🇰
KL
🇰🇱
KM
🇰🇲
KN
🇰🇳
KO
🇰🇴
KP
🇰🇵
KQ
🇰🇶
KR
🇰🇷
KS
🇰🇸
KT
🇰🇹
KU
🇰🇺
KV
🇰🇻
KW
🇰🇼
KX
🇰🇽
KY
🇰🇾
KZ
🇰🇿
LA
🇱🇦
LB
🇱🇧
LC
🇱🇨
LD
🇱🇩
LE
🇱🇪
LF
🇱🇫
LG
🇱🇬
LH
🇱🇭
LI
🇱🇮
LJ
🇱🇯
LK
🇱🇰
LL
🇱🇱
LM
🇱🇲
LN
🇱🇳
LO
🇱🇴
LP
🇱🇵
LQ
🇱🇶
LR
🇱🇷
LS
🇱🇸
LT
🇱🇹
LU
🇱🇺
LV
🇱🇻
LW
🇱🇼
LX
🇱🇽
LY
🇱🇾
LZ
🇱🇿
MA
🇲🇦
MB
🇲🇧
MC
🇲🇨
MD
🇲🇩
ME
🇲🇪
MF
🇲🇫
MG
🇲🇬
MH
🇲🇭
MI
🇲🇮
MJ
🇲🇯
MK
🇲🇰
ML
🇲🇱
MM
🇲🇲
MN
🇲🇳
MO
🇲🇴
MP
🇲🇵
MQ
🇲🇶
MR
🇲🇷
MS
🇲🇸
MT
🇲🇹
MU
🇲🇺
MV
🇲🇻
MW
🇲🇼
MX
🇲🇽
MY
🇲🇾
MZ
🇲🇿
NA
🇳🇦
NB
🇳🇧
NC
🇳🇨
ND
🇳🇩
NE
🇳🇪
NF
🇳🇫
NG
🇳🇬
NH
🇳🇭
NI
🇳🇮
NJ
🇳🇯
NK
🇳🇰
NL
🇳🇱
NM
🇳🇲
NN
🇳🇳
NO
🇳🇴
NP
🇳🇵
NQ
🇳🇶
NR
🇳🇷
NS
🇳🇸
NT
🇳🇹
NU
🇳🇺
NV
🇳🇻
NW
🇳🇼
NX
🇳🇽
NY
🇳🇾
NZ
🇳🇿
OA
🇴🇦
OB
🇴🇧
OC
🇴🇨
OD
🇴🇩
OE
🇴🇪
OF
🇴🇫
OG
🇴🇬
OH
🇴🇭
OI
🇴🇮
OJ
🇴🇯
OK
🇴🇰
OL
🇴🇱
OM
🇴🇲
ON
🇴🇳
OO
🇴🇴
OP
🇴🇵
OQ
🇴🇶
OR
🇴🇷
OS
🇴🇸
OT
🇴🇹
OU
🇴🇺
OV
🇴🇻
OW
🇴🇼
OX
🇴🇽
OY
🇴🇾
OZ
🇴🇿
PA
🇵🇦
PB
🇵🇧
PC
🇵🇨
PD
🇵🇩
PE
🇵🇪
PF
🇵🇫
PG
🇵🇬
PH
🇵🇭
PI
🇵🇮
PJ
🇵🇯
PK
🇵🇰
PL
🇵🇱
PM
🇵🇲
PN
🇵🇳
PO
🇵🇴
PP
🇵🇵
PQ
🇵🇶
PR
🇵🇷
PS
🇵🇸
PT
🇵🇹
PU
🇵🇺
PV
🇵🇻
PW
🇵🇼
PX
🇵🇽
PY
🇵🇾
PZ
🇵🇿
QA
🇶🇦
QB
🇶🇧
QC
🇶🇨
QD
🇶🇩
QE
🇶🇪
QF
🇶🇫
QG
🇶🇬
QH
🇶🇭
QI
🇶🇮
QJ
🇶🇯
QK
🇶🇰
QL
🇶🇱
QM
🇶🇲
QN
🇶🇳
QO
🇶🇴
QP
🇶🇵
QQ
🇶🇶
QR
🇶🇷
QS
🇶🇸
QT
🇶🇹
QU
🇶🇺
QV
🇶🇻
QW
🇶🇼
QX
🇶🇽
QY
🇶🇾
QZ
🇶🇿
RA
🇷🇦
RB
🇷🇧
RC
🇷🇨
RD
🇷🇩
RE
🇷🇪
RF
🇷🇫
RG
🇷🇬
RH
🇷🇭
RI
🇷🇮
RJ
🇷🇯
RK
🇷🇰
RL
🇷🇱
RM
🇷🇲
RN
🇷🇳
RO
🇷🇴
RP
🇷🇵
RQ
🇷🇶
RR
🇷🇷
RS
🇷🇸
RT
🇷🇹
RU
🇷🇺
RV
🇷🇻
RW
🇷🇼
RX
🇷🇽
RY
🇷🇾
RZ
🇷🇿
SA
🇸🇦
SB
🇸🇧
SC
🇸🇨
SD
🇸🇩
SE
🇸🇪
SF
🇸🇫
SG
🇸🇬
SH
🇸🇭
SI
🇸🇮
SJ
🇸🇯
SK
🇸🇰
SL
🇸🇱
SM
🇸🇲
SN
🇸🇳
SO
🇸🇴
SP
🇸🇵
SQ
🇸🇶
SR
🇸🇷
SS
🇸🇸
ST
🇸🇹
SU
🇸🇺
SV
🇸🇻
SW
🇸🇼
SX
🇸🇽
SY
🇸🇾
SZ
🇸🇿
TA
🇹🇦
TB
🇹🇧
TC
🇹🇨
TD
🇹🇩
TE
🇹🇪
TF
🇹🇫
TG
🇹🇬
TH
🇹🇭
TI
🇹🇮
TJ
🇹🇯
TK
🇹🇰
TL
🇹🇱
TM
🇹🇲
TN
🇹🇳
TO
🇹🇴
TP
🇹🇵
TQ
🇹🇶
TR
🇹🇷
TS
🇹🇸
TT
🇹🇹
TU
🇹🇺
TV
🇹🇻
TW
🇹🇼
TX
🇹🇽
TY
🇹🇾
TZ
🇹🇿
UA
🇺🇦
UB
🇺🇧
UC
🇺🇨
UD
🇺🇩
UE
🇺🇪
UF
🇺🇫
UG
🇺🇬
UH
🇺🇭
UI
🇺🇮
UJ
🇺🇯
UK
🇺🇰
UL
🇺🇱
UM
🇺🇲
UN
🇺🇳
UO
🇺🇴
UP
🇺🇵
UQ
🇺🇶
UR
🇺🇷
US
🇺🇸
UT
🇺🇹
UU
🇺🇺
UV
🇺🇻
UW
🇺🇼
UX
🇺🇽
UY
🇺🇾
UZ
🇺🇿
VA
🇻🇦
VB
🇻🇧
VC
🇻🇨
VD
🇻🇩
VE
🇻🇪
VF
🇻🇫
VG
🇻🇬
VH
🇻🇭
VI
🇻🇮
VJ
🇻🇯
VK
🇻🇰
VL
🇻🇱
VM
🇻🇲
VN
🇻🇳
VO
🇻🇴
VP
🇻🇵
VQ
🇻🇶
VR
🇻🇷
VS
🇻🇸
VT
🇻🇹
VU
🇻🇺
VV
🇻🇻
VW
🇻🇼
VX
🇻🇽
VY
🇻🇾
VZ
🇻🇿
WA
🇼🇦
WB
🇼🇧
WC
🇼🇨
WD
🇼🇩
WE
🇼🇪
WF
🇼🇫
WG
🇼🇬
WH
🇼🇭
WI
🇼🇮
WJ
🇼🇯
WK
🇼🇰
WL
🇼🇱
WM
🇼🇲
WN
🇼🇳
WO
🇼🇴
WP
🇼🇵
WQ
🇼🇶
WR
🇼🇷
WS
🇼🇸
WT
🇼🇹
WU
🇼🇺
WV
🇼🇻
WW
🇼🇼
WX
🇼🇽
WY
🇼🇾
WZ
🇼🇿
XA
🇽🇦
XB
🇽🇧
XC
🇽🇨
XD
🇽🇩
XE
🇽🇪
XF
🇽🇫
XG
🇽🇬
XH
🇽🇭
XI
🇽🇮
XJ
🇽🇯
XK
🇽🇰
XL
🇽🇱
XM
🇽🇲
XN
🇽🇳
XO
🇽🇴
XP
🇽🇵
XQ
🇽🇶
XR
🇽🇷
XS
🇽🇸
XT
🇽🇹
XU
🇽🇺
XV
🇽🇻
XW
🇽🇼
XX
🇽🇽
XY
🇽🇾
XZ
🇽🇿
YA
🇾🇦
YB
🇾🇧
YC
🇾🇨
YD
🇾🇩
YE
🇾🇪
YF
🇾🇫
YG
🇾🇬
YH
🇾🇭
YI
🇾🇮
YJ
🇾🇯
YK
🇾🇰
YL
🇾🇱
YM
🇾🇲
YN
🇾🇳
YO
🇾🇴
YP
🇾🇵
YQ
🇾🇶
YR
🇾🇷
YS
🇾🇸
YT
🇾🇹
YU
🇾🇺
YV
🇾🇻
YW
🇾🇼
YX
🇾🇽
YY
🇾🇾
YZ
🇾🇿
ZA
🇿🇦
ZB
🇿🇧
ZC
🇿🇨
ZD
🇿🇩
ZE
🇿🇪
ZF
🇿🇫
ZG
🇿🇬
ZH
🇿🇭
ZI
🇿🇮
ZJ
🇿🇯
ZK
🇿🇰
ZL
🇿🇱
ZM
🇿🇲
ZN
🇿🇳
ZO
🇿🇴
ZP
🇿🇵
ZQ
🇿🇶
ZR
🇿🇷
ZS
🇿🇸
ZT
🇿🇹
ZU
🇿🇺
ZV
🇿🇻
ZW
🇿🇼
ZX
🇿🇽
ZY
🇿🇾
ZZ
🇿🇿

The top item in each cell is a two-letter code; all 676 combinations of two letters are shown. Below that are those two letters expressed as Unicode regional indicator symbols. If the letters are one of the codes used in ISO 3166-1, you may see an emoji flag corresponding to that country. (This depends on your computer’s fonts’ emoji support.)

Codes in green cells have been “officially assigned” in ISO 3166-1; hover over the cell to see the full name of the country or other entity the code represents. (This aspect of the table is completely stolen from the “decoding table” section of the Wikipedia entry for ISO 3166-1 alpha-2. This table is released under the same license as the original Wikipedia version.)

Most of the green cells correspond to sovereign nations, and in the new versions of iOS and OS X most of the green cells have proper flag icons in them. (Some of the nations that didn’t make the cut for whatever reason were Chad, Monaco, the Holy See, and the Federated States of Micronesia.) It took Apple a while to flesh out their emoji flag list, but when they delivered they delivered big!