EAN (European Article Number) Barcode

Published: 17th January 2009
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EAN stands for European Article Number, a popular code standard similar to the Universal Product Code number (UPC) used in America, but popularly adopted because of its derived symbolism, also adopted by the Japanese Article Number code (JAN).



EAN, JAN, UPC, ITF AND RSS numbers are called Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN) and are used for barcodes used to identify retail items and goods.



EAN-8 and EAN-13 are the most commonly used EAN symbologies, but EAN codes incorporate two or three digits in the begin of the barcode sequence that represent the origin country or special items in accordance with this chart:



00 to 130 United States and Canada

200 to 290 In-store numbers

300 to 370 France

380 Bulgaria

383 Slovenia

385 Croatia

387 Bosnia-Herzegovina

400 to 440 Germany

450 to 459 Japan

460 to 469 Russian Federation

471 Taiwan

474 Estonia

475 Latvia

477 Lithuania

479 Sri Lanka

480 Philippines

482 Ukraine

484 Moldova

485 Armenia

486 Georgia

487 Kazakhstan

489 Hong Kong

490 to 491 Japan

500 to 509 United Kingdom

520 Greece

528 Lebanon

529 Cyprus

531 Macedonia

535 Malta

539 Ireland

540 to 549 Belgium & Luxembourg

560 Portugal

569 Iceland

570 to 579 Denmark

590 Poland

594 Rumania

599 Hungary

600 to 601 South Africa

609 Mauritius

611 Morocco

613 Algeria

619 Tunisia

622 Egypt

626 Iran

640 to 649 Finland

690 to 692 China

700 to 709 Norway

729 Israel

730 to 739 Sweden

740 to 745 Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

746 Republica Dominica

750 Mexico

759 Venezuela

760 to 769 Swiss

770 Colombia

773 Uruguay

775 Peru

777 Bolivia

779 Argentina

780 Chile

784 Paraguay

786 Ecuador

789 Brazil

800 to 830 Italy

840 to 849 Spain

850 Cuba

858 Slovakia

859 Czech Republic

860 Yugoslavia

869 Turkey

870 to 879 the Netherlands

880 South Korea

885 Thailand

888 Singapore

890 India

893 Vietnam

899 Indonesia

900 to 919 Austria

930 to 939 Australia

940 to 949 New Zealand

955 Malaysia

977 Periodicals

978 and 979 Books

980 Refund receipts

990 to 999 Coupons



EAN and derived codes are useful to mark items, which manufacture patent, or trademark belongs to the vendor. They are also widely used in the editorial world for marking books and other printed intellectual content, often combined with ISBN numbers. While there are five different versions of UPC numbers, EAN has only two versions, but different Supplementals to match the different barcode making criteria.



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