 # How to find Country Code and phone number mismatch?

• I am trying to match a phone number(~4500 phone numbers) to a list of country codes in excel to know the country. the problem is that I want to match the first x characters of the phone number to the country code (where x is the length of the country code in the list) as not all the country codes have the same length (Example. US:1 UK: 44 Jordan:962, UAE:971).

Phone Numbers Column looks as below:
447789205094
919445356808
97156613071

Country Code sheet contains in two columns
[TABLE="class: text_table"]

[tr]

[td]

1

[/td]

[td]

USA

[/td]

[/tr]

[tr]

[td]

44

[/td]

[td]

UK

[/td]

[/tr]

[tr]

[td]

91

[/td]

[td]

India

[/td]

[/tr]

[tr]

[td][/td]

[td][/td]

[/tr]

[tr]

[td]

971

[/td]

[td]

UAE

[/td]

[/tr]

[tr]

[td]

973

[/td]

[td]

Bahrain

[/td]

[/tr]

[/TABLE]

I need to mark each number with the country name.
Then, check this country name with country mentioned in address field.

• Hey,

I think you might run into some problems here because some country codes have the same beginnings but different lengths, like The Dominican Republic's country codes are +1809, +1829, and +1849 - this could lead to a confusion with the US. Even worse there are countries that share one country code, e.g. USA & Canada both use +1, while Russia & Kazakhstan use +7

If you have a finite amount of countries that could work. you could use vlookup in a (slightly) tedious nested formula.

Code
``=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(NUMBERVALUE(LEFT(A1,4)),CountryCodes!A:B,2,0),IFERROR(VLOOKUP(NUMBERVALUE(LEFT(A1,3)),CountryCodes!A:B,2,0),IFERROR(VLOOKUP(NUMBERVALUE(LEFT(A1,2)),CountryCodes!A:B,2,0),IFERROR(VLOOKUP(NUMBERVALUE(LEFT(A1,1)),CountryCodes!A:B,2,0),"No Match"))))``

This formula assumes the telephone number to be in cell A1, the Formula could be in B1. The CountryCodes Sheet has the numbers in colum A and country names in Column B.

It basically tries to match the leftmost 4 characters, then 3, then 2, then 1, but it will ignore 5 digit country codes, because I'm not sure how much overlap CountryCode & Local Code can have.

Though I kinda would think of making a UDF if you understand VBA, could make the formula easier.

Edit: I want mention that I found that formula on another board after a google search. just modified it slightly to explain it easier.

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