The SDMX technical standards are sufficiently generic to allow institutions to adopt and implement any specific representation. However, the use of common code lists would facilitate users to work even more efficiently as it eases the maintenance of, and reduces the need for, mapping systems and interfaces delivering data and metadata to users. Therefore, a choice over code lists has a great impact on the efficiency of data sharing.

For more general information about code lists, please refer to the “Introduction to the Content-oriented Guidelines”. For information about the construction of code lists, please refer to the “Guidelines for the Creation and Management of Cross-Domain Code Lists”. Both documents can be found under the “Guidelines” section of this site.


This section lists the cross-domain code lists that have been officially adopted so far by the SDMX Secretariat based on proposals from the Statistical Working Group (SWG). The files below are generally made available in MS-Word or MS-Excel formats. The code lists can also be downloaded in SDMX-ML format from the following address:

Currently available SDMX cross-domain code lists:

Further code lists, either shared code lists or domain-specific code lists, can be found in dedicated SDMX registries (e.g. EURO-SDMX Registry, etc.).


The SDMX cross-domain codelists and their related methodology are subject to the CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-Share-Alike) license. You are free to:

  • Share— copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt— remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

These are the terms of the license:

  • Attribution— You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • ShareAlike— If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • No additional restrictions— You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

The full license text is here.