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Function supported_countries

Example:
supported_countries("IBAN AND some_BICs AND (account_validated OR bankcode_validated)", "DE", "benutzername", "passwort") returns, in German ("DE"), a list of countries which are supported by the SOAP interface such that IBANs can be calculated, BICs (possible more than one BIC candidate) are returned for those bank codes for which a BIC is defined, and the domestic account number or the bank code are validated (or both).

Purpose: Informs which countries are currently supported by the SOAP interface, and what their names are in a given language. You may specify what conditions must be met for a country to be considered "supported".

Input Parameters:

  • supported_condition: xsd:string
    Your definition of "supported", that is, a condition which countries must meet to be listed. You may use the following keywords, and you can combine them with parentheses, AND, and OR:

    • IBAN: IBANs can be calculatede for this country.
    • unique_BIC: returns a unique BIC for any bank code for which a BIC is defined.
    • some_BICs: returns one or more BIC candidates for any bank code for which a BIC is defined. If more than one BIC candidate is returned, you need to find out yourself which one to use. However, the most likely one will be listed first. Countries which fulfil not just the condition some_BICs but even the condition unique_BIC are considered to also fulfil some_BICs.
    • name_based_BICs: like for "some_BICs", none, one, or several BIC codes could be returned. However, unlike "some_BICs", these BIC candidates are not taken directly from a directory that maps bank codes to BICs, but they have been determined by joining two directories based on the bank names. This makes the BIC information slightly less reliable. Countries which fulfil "some_BICs" are also considered to fulfil "name_based_BICs". That is, if you require that at least "name_based_BICs" is fulfilled, you will not exclude the better-supported countries fulfilling "some_BICs" or "unique_BIC".
    • account_validated: for all domestic account numbers which contain a check sum, this check sum is validated.
    • bankcode_validated: the bank code is validated by looking it up in a directory of bank codes.

    If you leave the parameter "supported_condition" empty, the default condition "IBAN AND some_BICs AND (account_validated OR bankcode_validated)" is used.

  • language: xsd:string
    The two-letter country code for the desired language (for the list of country names); instead of the two-letter code, you may also use a number from this list:

    • English = 0 or EN
    • German = 1 or DE
    • Dutch = 3 or NL
    • Polish = 4 or PL
    • French = 5 or FR
    • Spanish = 6 or ES
    • Italian = 7 or IT
    • Turkish = 8 or TR
    • Croatian = 9 or HR
    • Serbian = 10 or RS

  • user: xsd:string
    The user name with which you log in to iban-bic.com.
  • password: xsd:string
    Your password.

 

Output Fields:

tns:CountryResStruct with the following fields:

  • result: 'OK' or an error message.
  • supported_countries: List of 2-letter country codes for all supported countries.
  • country_names: List of the supported countries' names (in the specified language).
  • balance: Your account balance (number of remaining transactions).

This function in action

Our CMS composes the following table by using several calls of the function "supported_countries". Therefore, we don't have to manually adjust the table; it always keeps up to date automatically whenever the SOAP interface starts supporting another country.

Country domestic account number validation? bank code validation? BICs available?
Albania no yes yes¹
Andorra no yes yes¹
Austria yes yes yes¹
Belarus no yes yes¹
Belgium yes yes yes¹
Bosnia and Herzegovina yes yes yes¹
Bulgaria no yes yes¹
Croatia yes yes yes¹
Czech Republic yes yes yes¹
Denmark no yes yes¹
Estonia yes yes yes¹
Finland yes yes yes¹
France yes yes yes¹
Georgia no yes yes¹
Germany yes yes yes¹
Hungary yes yes yes¹
Ireland yes yes yes³
Israel no yes yes¹
Italy yes yes yes³
Jordan no yes yes¹
Kazakhstan no yes yes¹
Kosovo yes yes yes¹
Latvia no yes yes¹
Liechtenstein yes yes yes¹
Lithuania no yes yes¹
Luxembourg no yes yes¹
Malta no yes yes¹
Moldova no yes yes¹
Monaco yes yes yes¹
Netherlands yes no yes
Norway yes yes yes¹
Poland no yes yes²
Portugal yes yes yes³
Romania no yes yes¹
San Marino yes yes yes³
Serbia yes yes yes¹
Slovakia yes yes yes¹
Slovenia yes yes yes¹
Spain yes yes yes¹
Sweden yes yes yes¹
Switzerland yes yes yes¹
Turkey no yes yes¹
United Arab Emirates no yes yes¹
United Kingdom yes yes yes¹

¹ These BICs are regularly copied from an official directory (usually from the national bank). If a BIC is defined for some bank code, we will return this one unique BIC.

² These BICs are also regularly copied from an official directory. However, there are bank codes for which more than one BIC is defined. In such a case, we return all possible BIC candidates, so you might have to figure out which one is the correct one.

³ These BICs are regularly updated by combining two official directories, one with BICs and bank names, and another one with bank names and bank codes. We join these directories based on the bank names. Some occasional errors might occur as a result due to naming inconsistencies. Also, the BICs are not always unique, and you might need to determine which one out of several candidates is correct.

Whenever we return several BIC candidates, we always first return short ones (with 8 instead of 11 significant digits). Usually these shorter BICs are good candidates.