RSS Advisory Board

RSS Language Codes

Archivist's Note: This documentation applies to RSS 2.0.

RSS supports multiple languages through the language element, which contains a short code that identifies that the natural language employed in the channel.

The code must be one of the identifiers on this page or a language code permitted by the World Wide Web Consortium for use in HTML. The U.S. Library of Congress publishes the current list of ISO 639 language codes adopted by HTML.

RSS-Specific Language Codes

The following table contains the language codes explicitly delineated for RSS. They apply to all of the RSS specifications on this site with one exception: the original RSS 0.91 release by Netscape did not include the codes for Estonian ("et") or Hawaiian ("haw").

LanguageIdentifier
Afrikaansaf
Albaniansq
Basqueeu
Belarusianbe
Bulgarianbg
Catalanca
Chinese (Simplified)zh-cn
Chinese (Traditional)zh-tw
Croatianhr
Czechcs
Danishda
Dutchnl
Dutch (Belgium)nl-be
Dutch (Netherlands)nl-nl
Englishen
English (Australia)en-au
English (Belize)en-bz
English (Canada)en-ca
English (Ireland)en-ie
English (Jamaica)en-jm
English (New Zealand)en-nz
English (Phillipines)en-ph
English (South Africa)en-za
English (Trinidad)en-tt
English (United Kingdom)en-gb
English (United States)en-us
English (Zimbabwe)en-zw
Estonian et
Faeroesefo
Finnishfi
Frenchfr
French (Belgium)fr-be
French (Canada)fr-ca
French (France)fr-fr
French (Luxembourg)fr-lu
French (Monaco)fr-mc
French (Switzerland)fr-ch
Galiciangl
Gaelicgd
Germande
German (Austria)de-at
German (Germany)de-de
German (Liechtenstein)de-li
German (Luxembourg)de-lu
German (Switzerland)de-ch
Greekel
Hawaiianhaw
Hungarianhu
Icelandicis
Indonesianin
Irishga
Italianit
Italian (Italy)it-it
Italian (Switzerland)it-ch
Japaneseja
Koreanko
Macedonianmk
Norwegianno
Polishpl
Portuguesept
Portuguese (Brazil)pt-br
Portuguese (Portugal)pt-pt
Romanianro
Romanian (Moldova)ro-mo
Romanian (Romania)ro-ro
Russianru
Russian (Moldova)ru-mo
Russian (Russia)ru-ru
Serbiansr
Slovaksk
Sloveniansl
Spanishes
Spanish (Argentina)es-ar
Spanish (Bolivia)es-bo
Spanish (Chile)es-cl
Spanish (Colombia)es-co
Spanish (Costa Rica)es-cr
Spanish (Dominican Republic)es-do
Spanish (Ecuador)es-ec
Spanish (El Salvador)es-sv
Spanish (Guatemala)es-gt
Spanish (Honduras)es-hn
Spanish (Mexico)es-mx
Spanish (Nicaragua)es-ni
Spanish (Panama)es-pa
Spanish (Paraguay)es-py
Spanish (Peru)es-pe
Spanish (Puerto Rico)es-pr
Spanish (Spain)es-es
Spanish (Uruguay)es-uy
Spanish (Venezuela)es-ve
Swedishsv
Swedish (Finland)sv-fi
Swedish (Sweden)sv-se
Turkishtr
Ukranianuk

This document is authored by the RSS Advisory Board and is offered under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike license, based on an original document published by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School authored by Dave Winer.