The description below is from the book DOS the
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Type: Internal (3.0 and later)
COUNTRY=country code,[code page][,][d:][filename]
Purpose: Used in the CONFIG.SYS file to tell DOS to use
text conventions during processing.
The COUNTRY command affects the following items: date and time formats,
thousands and decimal characters used in numbers, the location and symbol
for currency, upper-to lowercase conversions, and alphabetical sorting
The filename indicates a file that contains country-specific information
default file name is COUNTRY.SYS).
An application program must be written to support the international
DOS, otherwise the settings specified with the COUNTRY command will be
(refer to Appendix B for country-specific information).
countrycode - A three-digit number used to specify the country code you
to use. The countrycode numbers are generally based on the international
long-distance telephone codes. The default value is 001 for the United
codepage - Specifies the character set to be used for the specified
The default code page for the specified country will be used if no
To set the country to the United States using the default codepage using
COUNTRY.SYS file located in the DOS directory on drive C, enter