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The SAP System offers over forty standard country versions, each of which is designed to allow you to run your business operations in a particular country.


This documentation concerns the standard country versions only, which are wholly part of the standard system. Nonstandard country versions, on the other hand, are provided by SAP's subsidiaries and partners in the form of modifications and add-ons, and may not necessarily be compatible with other add-on solutions. For more information, see the SAP Service Marketplace under the quick link globalization


Country versions do not constitute separate application components. Instead, the country-specific functions are contained in the various SAP System application components. This means that the Financial Accounting (FI) component, for example, does not just contain generic FI functions, but country-specific functions as well.

Since all of the country-specific functions are supplied as part of the standard SAP System, all of the standard country versions are mutually compatible. This means, for example, that you can use the country versions for Brazil, China, and Turkey on a single physical system.


Each country version consists of the generic SAP System functions, country-specific functions, and a country template. These are described in more detail in the following.

Generic Functions

Every country version is based on the generic functions, that is, those functions that are shared by the vast majority of countries, such as General Ledger (FI-GL) or Plant Maintenance (PM). These functions are documented in the rest of the SAP Library.

Country-Specific Functions

In addition to the generic functions, country versions also include country-specific functions. These are functions that are only used in a particular country and cover needs arising from local legislation or business practices. They include:

Some generic functions are heavily localized, for example, Structure linkTravel Expenses (FI-TV-COS), which is available as a generic version and in a number of different country versions, and Structure linkPayroll (PY). The standard SAP System also includes numerous value-added tax reports that cover the needs of different countries.

Other generic functions may only have to be localized for fewer countries, for example, the vendor payment history report, which is available in a generic form and as a Singaporean version.

An example of this is manufacturing cost sheet, as used in South Korea.

Country Template

Each country version also comes with a country template, which you can use to set up organizational units for use in that country.


Which country versions you use does not have any bearing on which languages you operate the SAP System in. For more information about which languages are available and which you can combine on a single physical system, see Structure linkLanguage Transport (BC-CTS-LAN).

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