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CultureInfo.IsNeutralCulture Property

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

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

public virtual bool IsNeutralCulture { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the current CultureInfo represents a neutral culture; otherwise, false.

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 System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCultureInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Lists the cultures that use the Chinese language and determines if each is a neutral culture. 
      foreach ( CultureInfo ci in CultureInfo.GetCultures( CultureTypes.AllCultures ) )  {
         if ( ci.TwoLetterISOLanguageName == "zh" )  {
            Console.Write( "{0,-6} {1,-40}", ci.Name, ci.EnglishName );
            if ( ci.IsNeutralCulture )  {
               Console.WriteLine( ": neutral" );
            else  {
               Console.WriteLine( ": specific" );



This code produces the following output.

zh-CHS Chinese (Simplified)                    : neutral
zh-TW  Chinese (Taiwan)                        : specific
zh-CN  Chinese (People's Republic of China)    : specific
zh-HK  Chinese (Hong Kong S.A.R.)              : specific
zh-SG  Chinese (Singapore)                     : specific
zh-MO  Chinese (Macao S.A.R.)                  : specific
zh-CHT Chinese (Traditional)                   : neutral


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