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CultureInfo.GetCultureInfo Method (String)

Retrieves a cached, read-only instance of a culture by using the specified culture name.

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

public static CultureInfo GetCultureInfo(
	string name


Type: System.String
The name of a culture. name is not case-sensitive.

Return Value

Type: System.Globalization.CultureInfo
A read-only instance of the specified culture.


name is null.


name specifies a culture that is not supported.

For a list of predefined culture names, see the National Language Support (NLS) API Reference at the Go Global Developer Center.

The GetCultureInfo method obtains a cached, read-only culture object. It offers better performance than a corresponding call to the CultureInfo.CultureInfo(String) constructor.

If name is the name of the current culture, the returned CultureInfo object does not reflect any user overrides. This makes the method suitable for server applications or tools that do not have a real user account on the system and that need to load multiple cultures efficiently.

If name is String.Empty, the method returns the invariant culture. This is equivalent to retrieving the value of the InvariantCulture property.

Notes to Callers

The .NET Framework version 3.5 and earlier versions throw an ArgumentException if name is not a valid culture name. Starting with the .NET Framework version 4, this method throws a CultureNotFoundException.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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