Implement Globalization in VB.NET using CultureInfo class

Waqas Anwar
06 April 2008

CultureInfo class provides culture-specific information in .NET applications. This information includes language, sublanguage, country or region, day names, month names, calendar etc. It also provides culture specific conversions of numbers, currencies, dates or strings. In the following tutorial, I will show you how you can retrieve this information from different cultures available in .NET Framework.

To use CultureInfo class you need to import System.Globalization namespace which contains many classes used in the following code such as RegionInfo, DateTimeFormatInfo or NumberFormatInfo.

Globalization using CultureInfo class

Following code is loading all specific cultures available in .NET Framework in the listbox.

Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
    ' Load All Specific Cultures
    Dim allCultures As CultureInfo() = CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.SpecificCultures)
    For Each culture As CultureInfo In allCultures
End Sub

When user select any culture from the listbox following code retrieve that culture, set current application and user interface culture and then display culture specific information on different labels.

Private Sub listBox1_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
        Dim allCultures As CultureInfo() = CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.SpecificCultures)
        Dim index As Integer = listBox1.SelectedIndex
        Dim c As CultureInfo = DirectCast(allCultures.GetValue(index), CultureInfo)
        ' Set Current Application and User Interface Culture
        System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = c
        System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture = c
        label1.Text = "Application Culture Name: " + c.Name
        label2.Text = "Application Culture Native Name: " + c.NativeName
        label3.Text = "Application Culture English Name: " + c.EnglishName
        label4.Text = "Application Culture Neutral Name: " + c.TwoLetterISOLanguageName
        label5.Text = "Application Culture Language Name: " + c.ThreeLetterISOLanguageName
        label6.Text = "Application Culture Windows Name: " + c.ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName
        ' RegionInfo Object
        Dim r As New RegionInfo(c.Name)
        label7.Text = "Region English Name: " + r.CurrencyEnglishName
        label8.Text = "Currency Symbol: " + r.CurrencySymbol
        label9.Text = "Region English Name: " + r.EnglishName
        ' DateTimeFormatInfo Object is used
        ' to get DayNames and MonthNames
        Dim days As String() = c.DateTimeFormat.DayNames
        For Each day As String In days
        Dim months As String() = c.DateTimeFormat.MonthNames
        For Each month As String In months
        ' Formatting Currency and Numbers
        label10.Text = "Full Date Time Pattern: " + c.DateTimeFormat.FullDateTimePattern
        label11.Text = "Formatted Date: " + DateTime.Now.ToString("d", c.DateTimeFormat)
        label12.Text = "Formatted Number: " + 65000.ToString("C", c.NumberFormat)
    Catch ex As Exception
    End Try
End Sub