Get CultureInfo object from country name or RegionInfo object

Given a specific country code, e.g. “CH”, how can I get a CultureInfo object? The specific country code is dynamic (changes at runtime).
I only have the country code, and i want to know if it is possible to create a CultureInfo object from just the country code. It doesn’t matter which exact culture I get (fr-CH/de-CH).

I’m trying do something like this:

CultureInfo c = CultureInfo.CreateSpecificCulture("CH");

Would it be possible to create a culture from a RegionInfo object?
Then it would look like this:
RegionInfo r= new RegionInfo("CH");
CultureInfo c = CultureInfo.CreateSpecificCulture(r);

Obviously the preceding examples don’t compile, they just give an idea of what I’m trying to achieve.


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Method 1

If you only have the country code, you could use something like this to get all culture infos associated with that country:

var cultureInfos = CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.AllCultures)
                              .Where(c => c.Name.EndsWith("-CH"));

EDIT: adding - before CH to prevent an edge case, as pointed out by @JeppeStigNielsen (see comments below).

Method 2

Are you trying to create a CultureInfo object ? like this:

CultureInfo c = new CultureInfo("de-CH"); //culture for  German (Switzerland)
CultureInfo c = new CultureInfo("fr-CH"); //culure for French (Switzerland)
CultureInfo c = new CultureInfo("it-CH"); //culture for Italian (Switzerland)

Maybe this link can be useful it show all Cultures.

Method 3

Of course this is an ugly thing to do because a country (including your example "CH" Switzerland) can have many languages.

Still, I will offer you two ugly methods. First one:

static IEnumerable<CultureInfo> FindCandidateCultures(RegionInfo region)
  return CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.SpecificCultures)
    .Where(x => (new RegionInfo(x.Name)).GeoId == region.GeoId);

When used on your particular example, new RegionInfo("CH"), it gives, on my version of the .NET Framework and my Windows version:
de-CH: German (Switzerland)
fr-CH: French (Switzerland)
gsw-CH: Alsatian (Switzerland)
it-CH: Italian (Switzerland)
rm-CH: Romansh (Switzerland)
wae-CH: Walser (Switzerland)

The second method I will offer you:

// ugly reflection, this can break any day!
static CultureInfo ConvertToCulture(RegionInfo region)
  var data = typeof(RegionInfo).GetField("m_cultureData", BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Instance)

  var name = (string)(data.GetType().GetProperty("SNAME", BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Instance)

  return CultureInfo.GetCultureInfo(name);

As is evident, it uses internal representations of mscorlib.dll, and we never know if it will break with future versions. But it does give you a way to pick a particular culture. On my machine, from new RegionInfo("CH"), you get it-CH: Italian (Switzerland).

All methods was sourced from or, is licensed under cc by-sa 2.5, cc by-sa 3.0 and cc by-sa 4.0

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