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CultureInfo.GetCultures Method

Gets the list of supported cultures filtered by the specified CultureTypes parameter.

Namespace:  System.Globalization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

Public Shared Function GetCultures ( _
	types As CultureTypes _
) As CultureInfo()


Type: System.Globalization.CultureTypes

A bitwise combination of the enumeration values that filter the cultures to retrieve.

Return Value

Type: System.Globalization.CultureInfo()
An array that contains the cultures specified by the types parameter. The array of cultures is unsorted.


types specifies an invalid combination of CultureTypes values.

The GetCultures method is most commonly called with the types parameter set to the following values:

The following code example displays several properties of the neutral cultures.


The example displays the zh-CHS and zh-CHT cultures with the 0x0004 and 0x7C04 culture identifiers, respectively. However, your Windows Vista applications should use the zh-Hans name instead of zh-CHS and the zh-Hant name instead of zh-CHT. The zh-Hans and zh-Hant names represent the current standard, and should be used unless you have a reason for using the older names.

Imports System
Imports System.Globalization

Module Module1

   Public Sub Main()

      ' Displays several properties of the neutral cultures.
      Console.WriteLine("CULTURE ISO ISO WIN DISPLAYNAME                              ENGLISHNAME")
      Dim ci As CultureInfo
      For Each ci In CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.NeutralCultures)
         Console.Write("{0,-7}", ci.Name)
         Console.Write(" {0,-3}", ci.TwoLetterISOLanguageName)
         Console.Write(" {0,-3}", ci.ThreeLetterISOLanguageName)
         Console.Write(" {0,-3}", ci.ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName)
         Console.Write(" {0,-40}", ci.DisplayName)
         Console.WriteLine(" {0,-40}", ci.EnglishName)
      Next ci

   End Sub 'Main 

'This code produces the following output.  This output has been cropped for brevity. 

'ar      ar  ara ARA Arabic                                   Arabic                                   
'bg      bg  bul BGR Bulgarian                                Bulgarian                                
'ca      ca  cat CAT Catalan                                  Catalan                                  
'zh-Hans zh  zho CHS Chinese (Simplified)                     Chinese (Simplified)                     
'cs      cs  ces CSY Czech                                    Czech                                    
'da      da  dan DAN Danish                                   Danish                                   
'de      de  deu DEU German                                   German                                   
'el      el  ell ELL Greek                                    Greek                                    
'en      en  eng ENU English                                  English                                  
'es      es  spa ESP Spanish                                  Spanish                                  
'fi      fi  fin FIN Finnish                                  Finnish                                  
'zh      zh  zho CHS Chinese                                  Chinese                                  
'zh-Hant zh  zho CHT Chinese (Traditional)                    Chinese (Traditional)                    
'zh-CHS  zh  zho CHS Chinese (Simplified) Legacy              Chinese (Simplified) Legacy              
'zh-CHT  zh  zho CHT Chinese (Traditional) Legacy             Chinese (Traditional) Legacy             

End Module

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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