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Bind Countries to a DropDownList in ASP.NET

Posted By:Suthish Nair       Posted Date: August 29, 2010    Points: 25    Category: C#    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

How to get list of all countries and bind to a dropdown list in ASP.NET.

How to get list of all countries and bind to a dropdown list in ASP.NET

Create an ASP.NET application and add a DropDownList to the page something like this.

<asp:DropDownList ID="ddlCountry" runat="server">asp:DropDownList>


Now call this GetCountryList method on your page load that will bind and display countries in the DropDownList.


public List<string> GetCountryList()


      List<string> list = new List<string>();

      CultureInfo[] cultures =

                  CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.InstalledWin32Cultures |  

      foreach (CultureInfo info in cultures)


          RegionInfo info2 = new RegionInfo(info.LCID);

          if (!list.Contains(info2.EnglishName))





      return list;



ddlLocation.DataSource = GetCountryList();


ddlLocation.Items.Insert(0, "Select");

Note: Updated attachement contains code for orderby the list using LINQ.

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