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CultureInfo.GetCultureInfo Method (String, String)

Retrieves a cached, read-only instance of a culture. Parameters specify a culture that is initialized with the TextInfo and CompareInfo objects specified by another culture.

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

public static CultureInfo GetCultureInfo(
	string name,
	string altName


Type: System.String

The name of a culture. name is not case-sensitive.

Type: System.String

The name of a culture that supplies the TextInfo and CompareInfo objects used to initialize name. altName is not case-sensitive.

Return Value

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


name or altName is null.


name or altName 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 CultureInfo object. It offers better performance than a corresponding call to a CultureInfo constructor. The method is used to create a culture similar to that specified by the name parameter, but with different sorting and casing rules.

If name or altName is the name of the current culture, the returned objects do not reflect any user overrides. If name is String.Empty, the method returns the invariant culture. This is equivalent to retrieving the value of the InvariantCulture property. If altName is String.Empty, the method uses the writing system and comparison rules specified by the invariant culture.

Notes to Callers

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1
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