CultureInfo::IsNeutralCulture Property


Gets a value indicating whether the current CultureInfo represents a neutral culture.

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

property bool IsNeutralCulture {
	virtual bool get();

Property Value

Type: System::Boolean

true if the current CultureInfo represents a neutral culture; otherwise, false.

A neutral culture is a culture that is associated with a language but not with a country or region. It differs from a specific culture, which is a culture that is associated with both a language and a country or region. For example, fr is the name for the neutral French culture, while fr-FR is the name for the French culture in France.

If this property returns false, the culture is either a specific culture or the invariant culture.

The following code example determines which cultures using the Chinese language are neutral cultures.


The example displays the older zh-CHS and zh-CHT culture names 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.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Globalization;
int main()

   // Lists the cultures that use the Chinese language and determines if each is a neutral culture.
   System::Collections::IEnumerator^ enum0 = CultureInfo::GetCultures( CultureTypes::AllCultures )->GetEnumerator();
   while ( enum0->MoveNext() )
      CultureInfo^ ci = safe_cast<CultureInfo^>(enum0->Current);
      if ( ci->TwoLetterISOLanguageName->Equals( "zh" ) )
         Console::Write( "{0,-7} {1,-40}", ci->Name, ci->EnglishName );
         if ( ci->IsNeutralCulture )
            Console::WriteLine( ": neutral" );
            Console::WriteLine( ": specific" );

This code produces the following output.

zh-Hans Chinese (Simplified)                    : neutral
zh-TW   Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan)           : specific
zh-CN   Chinese (Simplified, PRC)               : specific
zh-HK   Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong S.A.R.) : specific
zh-SG   Chinese (Simplified, Singapore)         : specific
zh-MO   Chinese (Traditional, Macao S.A.R.)     : specific
zh      Chinese                                 : neutral
zh-Hant Chinese (Traditional)                   : neutral
zh-CHS  Chinese (Simplified) Legacy             : neutral
zh-CHT  Chinese (Traditional) Legacy            : neutral


Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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