How Do You Find International Bank Swift Codes?


Quick Answer

Many websites freely provide SWIFT codes for banks around the world, including TheSwiftCodes.com and Swift-Code.com. Typically the sites provide codes for both active and passive participants in the SWIFT network.

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To find the SWIFT code on TheSwiftCodes.com or Swift-Code.com, click on the tab listing the first letter of the bank's country, then click on the country name. All banks in the country are listed alphabetically along with the city and SWIFT code.

SWIFT codes are registered by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication headquartered in La Hulpe, Belgium. Over 40,000 active participants use live codes and are actively connected to the SWIFT network. There are over 50,000 additional codes for passive participants that process SWIFT transactions manually.

A SWIFT code is a standardized Bank Identifier Code that uniquely identifies a bank. Each code consists of either 8 or 11 alphanumeric characters. The first six characters are letters only, with the first four letters designating the bank code and the next two the country code. The following two characters may consist of letters and numbers and indicate the location code. If the bank is not the primary branch, the code consists of an additional three letters and characters designating the branch code.

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