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CultureInfo.GetCultureInfo Method (String)

Retrieves a cached, read-only instance of a culture 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.

Return Value

Type: System.Globalization.CultureInfo
A read-only CultureInfo object.


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 more quickly than a new culture object is created with a CultureInfo constructor. Your application should clear the cache with the ClearCachedData method.

The GetCultureInfo method is typically used by tools that need to efficiently load resources or create multiple instances of a culture.

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0