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RequestBase.Culture Property

This documentation is no longer available on MSDN. It is available as a CHM or PDF download. For the newest Geocoding, Imagery, Routing and Traffic services, see the Bing Maps REST Services

A string specifying the culture in which to return results. Optional. The default value is "en-US". Set this property before making a service request.


public string Culture { set; get; }

Depending on the culture string specified, the following items will be returned in the language of the culture:

  • Geographic entities and place names returned from the Geocode Service.

  • Map labels on the images returned by the Imagery Service or Bing Maps tile servers.

  • Route directions text returned by the Route Service.

  • Place name search results returned by the Search Service. Business names are not localized.

Some cultures return business data through the Bing Maps SOAP Search Service. These cultures are Germany (de-DE), Canada (en-CA, fr-CA), the United Kingdom (en-GB), India (en-IN), The United States (en-US), France (fr-FR), and Italy (it-IT)

The following table lists the supported culture strings for each service. If you set the culture string to a valid culture not found in this table, the default culture ("en-US") is used. If you set the culture string to an invalid culture, a fault is returned.

Language - Country/Region Culture String Service Support

Czech - Czech Republic**

cs-CZ

Geocode Service, Route Service

Danish - Denmark**

da-DK

Geocode Service, Route Service

Dutch - Netherlands**

nl-NL

Geocode Service, Route Service

English - Australia

en-AU

Route Service, Search Service

English - Canada*

en-CA

Geocode Service, Route Service, Search Service

English - India***

en-IN

Search Service

English - United Kingdom**

en-GB

Geocode Service, Route Service, Search Service

English - United States

en-US

Geocode Service, Route Service, Search Service, Imagery Service

This is the default culture.

Finnish -Finland**

fi-FI

Geocode Service, Route Service

French - Canada*

fr-CA

Geocode Service, Route Service

French - France**

fr-FR

Geocode Service, Route Service, Search Service, Imagery Service

German - Germany**

de-DE

Geocode Service, Route Service, Search Service, Imagery Service

Italian - Italy**

it-IT

Geocode Service, Route Service, Imagery Service

Japanese - Japan

ja-JP

Geocode Service, Route Service, Search Service

Norwegian (Bokmal) - Norway**

nb-NO

Geocode Service, Route Service

Portuguese - Brazil**

Pt-BR

Geocode Service, Route Service

Portuguese - Portugal**

pt-PT

Geocode Service, Route Service

Spanish - Spain**

es-ES

Geocode Service, Route Service, Imagery Service

Spanish - United States*

es-US

Route Service

Swedish - Sweden**

sv-SE

Geocode Service, Route Service

* Support for this culture is limited to the United States and Canada.

** Support for this culture is limited to Europe.

*** Information about a fully supported set of web services for India users is found at http://dev.mapindia.live.com/sdk.

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