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CultureInfo.InvariantCulture Property

Updated: March 2012

Gets the CultureInfo that is culture-independent (invariant).

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

public static CultureInfo InvariantCulture { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Globalization.CultureInfo
The CultureInfo that is culture-independent (invariant).

The invariant culture is culture-insensitive; it is associated with the English language but not with any country/region. You specify the invariant culture by name by using an empty string ("") in the call to a CultureInfo instantiation method. CultureInfo.InvariantCulture also retrieves an instance of the invariant culture. It can be used in almost any method in the Globalization namespace that requires a culture.

Unlike culture-sensitive data, which is subject to change by user customization or by updates to the .NET Framework or the operating system, invariant culture data is stable over time and cannot be customized by users. This makes the invariant culture particularly useful in formatting and parsing operations that persist formatted data, or in sorting and ordering operations that require that data be displayed in a fixed order.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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Reason

March 2012

Expanded the Remarks section.

Information enhancement.

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