Decimal separator (edit)
The character used as the thousands separator.
In the United States, this character is a comma (,). In Germany, it is a period (.). Thus one thousand and twenty-five is displayed as 1,025 in the United States and 1.025 in Germany. In Sweden, the thousands separator is a space.
The character used as the decimal separator.
In the United States, this character is a period (.). In Germany, it is a comma (,). Thus one thousand twenty-five and seven tenths is displayed as 1,025.7 in the United States and 1.025,7 in Germany.
The user can define preferred number-formatting parameters by making selections from the Numbers tab of the Customize Regional Options property sheet, within the Regional And Language Options property sheet. (See Figure 1 below.)
|Style||Countries and Regions|
|1,234,567.89||Canada (English-speaking; unofficial), China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and other Commonwealth states, United States.|
|1234567.89||SI style (English version), Australia, Canada (English-speaking), China, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland (officially encouraged for currency numbers only), United Kingdom.|
|1234567,89||SI style (French version), Albania, Belgium (French), Bulgaria, Canada (French-speaking), Croatia the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Kosovo, Latin Europe, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland (officially encouraged, except currency numbers), Ukraine, Vietnam (in education).|
|1,234,567·89||Ireland, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom (older, typically hand written; in education)|
|1,234.567,89||Croatia (alternative to spaces; commas and periods alternate with powers of 1,000)|
|1.234.567,89||Argentina, Austria, Belgium (Dutch), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia (informal), Denmark, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam.|
|12,34,567.89||Bangladesh, India (see Indian Numbering System).|
|1'234'567.89||Switzerland (computing), Liechtenstein.|
|1.234.567'89||Spain (handwriting, used until 1980's, inadvisable use according to the RAE).|
|123,4567.89||China (based on powers of 10 000—see Chinese numerals, also 1234567.89).|