ISO 639

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The subvariant used by OLPC is ISO 639-1 (See List of ISO 639-1 codes).

639-1 639-2 639-3 Language Native name Comments
am amh amh Amharic W አማርኛ Ethiopia
ar ara ara + 30 Arabic W العربية Standard Arabic is [arb]—Libya
en eng eng English W English Nigeria, Rwanda & USA
af afr afr Afrikaans W Afrikaans South Africa, Namibia
es spa spa Spanish W español; castellano Argentina, Perú & Uruguay
fa per/fas prs Dari (Persian) W دری, Dari only has 639-3 code—Afghanistan
fr fre/fra fra French W français; langue française Haiti & Rwanda
ha hau hau Hausa W هَوُسَ Nigeria
ht hat hat Haitian Creole W Kreyòl ayisyen Haiti
ig ibo ibo Igbo W Igbo Nigeria
kh khm khm + 1 Khmer W ភាសាខ្មែរ Cambodia
mn mon mon+2 Mongolian W Монгол Mongolia
ne nep nep Nepali W नेपाली Nepal
ps pus pus + 3 Pashto W پښتو Afghanistan
pt por por Portuguese W Português Brasil
ro rum/ron ron Romanian W română Romania
ru rus rus Russian W русский язык Russia
rw kin kin Kinyarwanda W Kinyarwanda Rwanda
th tha tha Thai W ไทย Thailand
ur urd urd Urdu W اردو Pakistan
yo yor yor Yoruba W Yorùbá Nigeria
Most relevant ISO 639-1 codes for the current green countries:
Argentina, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Thailand, United States, Uruguay
and other G1G1 targets: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, Mongolia,

ISO 639 variations

ISO-639 is a standard for specifying languages by the use of a code. Several formats exist:

  • ISO 639-1—2002 Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 1: Alpha-2 code List of ISO 639-1 codes
  • ISO 639-2—1998 Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 2: Alpha-3 code List of ISO 639-2 codes
  • ISO 639-3—2007 Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 3: Alpha-3 code for comprehensive coverage of languages List of ISO 639-3 codes
  • ISO/CD 639-4—2007? Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 4: Implementation guidelines and general principles for language coding
  • ISO/DIS 639-5—2007? Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 5: Alpha-3 code for language families and groups
  • ISO/CD 639-6—2007? Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 6: Alpha-4 representation for comprehensive coverage of language variation
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