Country of birth

Mnemonic reference (code): COBPUK

Definition: This question records each person's country of birth. A different order is used for the tick box responses for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Where there is no applicable tick-box, the respondent is asked to write-in the present name of their country of birth. The variable is coded using the ONS Geography Classification of Countries (OGCC) (a coding system used in some other ONS outputs).

Applicability: All people, UK

Classification:​

The most detailed classification used in standard output is:

EUROPE

United Kingdom:

  • Scotland
  • England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales
  • UK part not specified

Republic of Ireland

Ireland part not specified

Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Other Western Europe

EU countries:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Other EU

Non EU countries in Western Europe

Eastern Europe:

  • Poland
  • Other Eastern Europe

AFRICA

North Africa

Central and Western Africa:

  • Nigeria
  • Other Central and Western Africa

South and Eastern Africa:

  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Other South and Eastern Africa

ASIA

Middle East:

  • Cyprus
  • Iran
  • Other Middle East

Far East:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Malaysia 
  • Singapore
  • Other Far East

South Asia:

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Other South Asia

NORTH AMERICA

Canada

Caribbean & West Indies:

  • Jamaica
  • Other Caribbean & West Indies

USA

Other North America

SOUTH AMERICA

OCEANIA

Australia

New Zealand

Other Oceania

OTHER

The following list gives the countries available for commissioned output.

(nos) stands for 'not otherwise specified'.

Code

Name

EUROPE

​179

United Kingdom: Scotland

​064

United Kingdom: England

​152

United Kingdom: Northern Ireland

​220

​United Kingdom: Wales

​078, 213

United Kingdom: UK part not specified

​097

Republic of Ireland

​930

Ireland part not specified

003, 044, 083, 083A, 083B, 083C, 103, 177, 128

Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Other Western Europe

​EU Countries

012

Austria

019

Belgium

057

Denmark

​070

Finland

071

France

075

Germany

079, 079A, 079B, 079C

Greece

099, 099A

Italy

120

Luxembourg

144

Netherlands

164, 164A

Portugal

190, 190C

Spain
195

Sweden

Non EU countries in Western Europe

​005

Andorra
077

Gibraltar

092

Iceland

118

Liechtenstein

127

Malta and Gozo

135

Monaco

153

Norway

175

San Marino

196

Switzerland

927

Europe (nos)

Eastern Europe

002

Albania

​018

Belarus

025, 088

Bosnia and Herzegovina

032

Bulgaria

048

Commonwealth of (Russian) Independent States (nos)

053

Croatia

056, 227

Czech Republic

066

Estonia

091

Hungary

113

Latvia

​119

Lithuania

121

Macedonia

​138

Montenegro

134

Moldova

163

Poland

168

Romania

169

Russia

181,181A

Serbia

185

Slovakia

186

Slovenia

206

Turkey

231

Ukraine

228

Union of Soviet Socialist States (nos)

223

Yugoslavia (nos)

AFRICA

North Africa

004

Algeria
190A, 190B, 190D

Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla

039

Cape Verde

062

Egypt

117

Libya

130

Mauritania

139

Morocco

192

Sudan

205

Tunisia

921

North Africa (nos)

Central and Western Africa

021

Benin

​033

Burkina Faso

037

Cameroon

​042

Central African Republic

043

Chad

050

Congo

065

Equatorial Guinea

072

Gabon

073

Gambia

076

​Ghana

084

Guinea

085

Guinea – Bissau

100

Ivory Coast

116

Liberia

126

Mali

149

Niger

150

Nigeria

176

Sao Tome and Principe

180

Senegal

183

Sierra Leone

202

Togo

224, 006A

Democratic Republic of Congo

922, 939

West Africa (nos) and Africa (nos)

South and Eastern Africa

006

Angola

026

Botswana

035

Burundi

​049

Comoros

058

Djibouti

067

Ethiopia

106

Kenya

115

Lesotho

122

Madagascar

123

Malawi

131

Mauritius

140

Mozambique

141, 189E

Namibia

167

Reunion

170

Rwanda

172, 172A-G

St. Helena and Dependencies

182

Seychelles

188

Somalia

189, 189A, 189B, 189C

South Africa

194

Swaziland

200

Tanzania

210

Uganda

225

Zambia

226

Zimbabwe

229

Eritrea

920

East Africa (nos)

ASIA

Middle East

015

Bahrain

055

Cyprus

095

Iran

096

Iraq

098

Israel

104

Jordan

110

Kuwait

114

Lebanon

098A, 156

Occupied Territories (Gaza and West Bank)

154

Oman

166

Qatar

178

Saudi Arabia

197

Syrian Arab Republic

212, 212A-G

United Arab Emirates

222, 222A

Yemen

931

Middle East (nos)

Far East

031

Brunei

034

Myanmar

036

Cambodia

046, 046A, 164B

China

046B

Hong Kong

011C, 094, 094B

Indonesia

102

Japan

108

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

109

Korea, Republic of

112

Laos

124

Malaysia

136

Mongolia

161

Philippines

184

Singapore

198

Taiwan

201

Thailand

219

Vietnam

Asian countries in former USSR

Middle East

230

Armenia

013

Azerbaijan

074

Georgia

Far East

105

Kazakhstan

111

Kyrgyzstan

199

Tajikistan

207

Turkmenistan

216

Uzbekistan

South Asia

001

Afghanistan

016

Bangladesh

029

British Indian Ocean Territory

023

Bhutan

093, 093A

India

125

Maldives

143

Nepal

155

Pakistan

191

Sri Lanka

924

Asia (nos)

NORTH AMERICA

038, 071G

Canada

214

USA

West Indies

007

Anguilla

008, 008A, 008B

Antigua and Barbuda

014

Bahamas

017

Barbados

022

Bermuda

030

British Virgin Islands

041

Cayman Islands

059

Dominica

081

Grenada

071D

Guadeloupe

101

Jamaica

071E

Martinique

137

Montserrat

145, 145B, 145C

Netherland Antilles

171

St Christopher (St Kitts) – Nevis

173

St Lucia

174

St Vincent and the Grenadines

204

Trinidad and Tobago

208

Turks and Caicos Islands

214H

US Virgin Islands

937

West Indies (nos)

Caribbean

054

Cuba

060

Dominican Republic

087

Haiti

165

Puerto Rico

Other North America

020

Belize

052

Costa Rica

063

El Salvador

080

Greenland

082

Guatemala

089

Honduras

132

Mexico

148

Nicaragua

157, 157A

Panama

SOUTH AMERICA

009

Argentina

024

Bolivia

027

Brazil

045

Chile

047

Columbia

061

Ecuador

068, 068A, 068B

Falkland Islands

071A

French Guiana

086

Guyana

159

Paraguay

160

Peru

193

Suriname

215

Uruguay

218

Venezuela

934

South America (nos)

OCEANIA

011

Australia

040

Caroline Islands

051

Cook Islands

069

Fiji

107

Kiribati

129

Marshall Islands

133

Micronesia (The Federated States of)

142

Nauru

147

New Zealand

151

Niue

158

Papua New Guinea

162

Pitcairn Islands Group

187

Solomon Islands

203

Tonga

209

Tuvalu

217

Vanuatu

221

Western Samoa

009A, 011A, 011B, 011D-F, 028, 045A, 071B, 071C, 071F, 071H, 074F, 147A, 147B, 153A-C, 214A-G, 214J Other Oceania

OTHER

900

At sea

903

In the air

299

Elsewhere not stated

Output:

CAST07

S202, S206, S236

KS05

T16, T17, T27

Census Areas Statistics (CAS), Census Areas Statistics Theme (CAST), Key Statistics (KS) and Univariate (UV) tables are available for all census areas.

Standard (S) and Theme (T) tables are available at ST Ward/ST Postcode Sector and above.