php countries array to dropdown form element

here we generate a form dropdown from a php countries array

using the country code as the name of the form option

HTML

<!-- the result -->
<h2>The HTML Result</h2>
<select name="countries"><option name="AF">Afghanistan</option><option name="AX">Aland Islands</option><option name="AL">Albania</option><option name="DZ">Algeria</option><option name="AS">American Samoa</option><option name="AD">Andorra</option><option name="AO">Angola</option><option name="AI">Anguilla</option><option name="AQ">Antarctica</option><option name="AG">Antigua And Barbuda</option><option name="AR">Argentina</option><option name="AM">Armenia</option><option name="AW">Aruba</option><option name="AU">Australia</option><option name="AT">Austria</option><option name="AZ">Azerbaijan</option><option name="BS">Bahamas</option><option name="BH">Bahrain</option><option name="BD">Bangladesh</option><option name="BB">Barbados</option><option name="BY">Belarus</option><option name="BE">Belgium</option><option name="BZ">Belize</option><option name="BJ">Benin</option><option name="BM">Bermuda</option><option name="BT">Bhutan</option><option name="BO">Bolivia</option><option name="BA">Bosnia And Herzegovina</option><option name="BW">Botswana</option><option name="BV">Bouvet Island</option><option name="BR">Brazil</option><option name="IO">British Indian Ocean Territory</option><option name="BN">Brunei Darussalam</option><option name="BG">Bulgaria</option><option name="BF">Burkina Faso</option><option name="BI">Burundi</option><option name="KH">Cambodia</option><option name="CM">Cameroon</option><option name="CA">Canada</option><option name="CV">Cape Verde</option><option name="KY">Cayman Islands</option><option name="CF">Central African Republic</option><option name="TD">Chad</option><option name="CL">Chile</option><option name="CN">China</option><option name="CX">Christmas Island</option><option name="CC">Cocos (Keeling) Islands</option><option name="CO">Colombia</option><option name="KM">Comoros</option><option name="CG">Congo</option><option name="CD">Congo, Democratic Republic</option><option name="CK">Cook Islands</option><option name="CR">Costa Rica</option><option name="CI">Cote D'Ivoire</option><option name="HR">Croatia</option><option name="CU">Cuba</option><option name="CY">Cyprus</option><option name="CZ">Czech Republic</option><option name="DK">Denmark</option><option name="DJ">Djibouti</option><option name="DM">Dominica</option><option name="DO">Dominican Republic</option><option name="EC">Ecuador</option><option name="EG">Egypt</option><option name="SV">El Salvador</option><option name="GQ">Equatorial Guinea</option><option name="ER">Eritrea</option><option name="EE">Estonia</option><option name="ET">Ethiopia</option><option name="FK">Falkland Islands (Malvinas)</option><option name="FO">Faroe Islands</option><option name="FJ">Fiji</option><option name="FI">Finland</option><option name="FR">France</option><option name="GF">French Guiana</option><option name="PF">French Polynesia</option><option name="TF">French Southern Territories</option><option name="GA">Gabon</option><option name="GM">Gambia</option><option name="GE">Georgia</option><option name="DE">Germany</option><option name="GH">Ghana</option><option name="GI">Gibraltar</option><option name="GR">Greece</option><option name="GL">Greenland</option><option name="GD">Grenada</option><option name="GP">Guadeloupe</option><option name="GU">Guam</option><option name="GT">Guatemala</option><option name="GG">Guernsey</option><option name="GN">Guinea</option><option name="GW">Guinea-Bissau</option><option name="GY">Guyana</option><option name="HT">Haiti</option><option name="HM">Heard Island &amp; Mcdonald Islands</option><option name="VA">Holy See (Vatican City State)</option><option name="HN">Honduras</option><option name="HK">Hong Kong</option><option name="HU">Hungary</option><option name="IS">Iceland</option><option name="IN">India</option><option name="ID">Indonesia</option><option name="IR">Iran, Islamic Republic Of</option><option name="IQ">Iraq</option><option name="IE">Ireland</option><option name="IM">Isle Of Man</option><option name="IL">Israel</option><option name="IT">Italy</option><option name="JM">Jamaica</option><option name="JP">Japan</option><option name="JE">Jersey</option><option name="JO">Jordan</option><option name="KZ">Kazakhstan</option><option name="KE">Kenya</option><option name="KI">Kiribati</option><option name="KR">Korea</option><option name="KW">Kuwait</option><option name="KG">Kyrgyzstan</option><option name="LA">Lao People's Democratic Republic</option><option name="LV">Latvia</option><option name="LB">Lebanon</option><option name="LS">Lesotho</option><option name="LR">Liberia</option><option name="LY">Libyan Arab Jamahiriya</option><option name="LI">Liechtenstein</option><option name="LT">Lithuania</option><option name="LU">Luxembourg</option><option name="MO">Macao</option><option name="MK">Macedonia</option><option name="MG">Madagascar</option><option name="MW">Malawi</option><option name="MY">Malaysia</option><option name="MV">Maldives</option><option name="ML">Mali</option><option name="MT">Malta</option><option name="MH">Marshall Islands</option><option name="MQ">Martinique</option><option name="MR">Mauritania</option><option name="MU">Mauritius</option><option name="YT">Mayotte</option><option name="MX">Mexico</option><option name="FM">Micronesia, Federated States Of</option><option name="MD">Moldova</option><option name="MC">Monaco</option><option name="MN">Mongolia</option><option name="ME">Montenegro</option><option name="MS">Montserrat</option><option name="MA">Morocco</option><option name="MZ">Mozambique</option><option name="MM">Myanmar</option><option name="NA">Namibia</option><option name="NR">Nauru</option><option name="NP">Nepal</option><option name="NL">Netherlands</option><option name="AN">Netherlands Antilles</option><option name="NC">New Caledonia</option><option name="NZ">New Zealand</option><option name="NI">Nicaragua</option><option name="NE">Niger</option><option name="NG">Nigeria</option><option name="NU">Niue</option><option name="NF">Norfolk Island</option><option name="MP">Northern Mariana Islands</option><option name="NO">Norway</option><option name="OM">Oman</option><option name="PK">Pakistan</option><option name="PW">Palau</option><option name="PS">Palestinian Territory, Occupied</option><option name="PA">Panama</option><option name="PG">Papua New Guinea</option><option name="PY">Paraguay</option><option name="PE">Peru</option><option name="PH">Philippines</option><option name="PN">Pitcairn</option><option name="PL">Poland</option><option name="PT">Portugal</option><option name="PR">Puerto Rico</option><option name="QA">Qatar</option><option name="RE">Reunion</option><option name="RO">Romania</option><option name="RU">Russian Federation</option><option name="RW">Rwanda</option><option name="BL">Saint Barthelemy</option><option name="SH">Saint Helena</option><option name="KN">Saint Kitts And Nevis</option><option name="LC">Saint Lucia</option><option name="MF">Saint Martin</option><option name="PM">Saint Pierre And Miquelon</option><option name="VC">Saint Vincent And Grenadines</option><option name="WS">Samoa</option><option name="SM">San Marino</option><option name="ST">Sao Tome And Principe</option><option name="SA">Saudi Arabia</option><option name="SN">Senegal</option><option name="RS">Serbia</option><option name="SC">Seychelles</option><option name="SL">Sierra Leone</option><option name="SG">Singapore</option><option name="SK">Slovakia</option><option name="SI">Slovenia</option><option name="SB">Solomon Islands</option><option name="SO">Somalia</option><option name="ZA">South Africa</option><option name="GS">South Georgia And Sandwich Isl.</option><option name="ES">Spain</option><option name="LK">Sri Lanka</option><option name="SD">Sudan</option><option name="SR">Suriname</option><option name="SJ">Svalbard And Jan Mayen</option><option name="SZ">Swaziland</option><option name="SE">Sweden</option><option name="CH">Switzerland</option><option name="SY">Syrian Arab Republic</option><option name="TW">Taiwan</option><option name="TJ">Tajikistan</option><option name="TZ">Tanzania</option><option name="TH">Thailand</option><option name="TL">Timor-Leste</option><option name="TG">Togo</option><option name="TK">Tokelau</option><option name="TO">Tonga</option><option name="TT">Trinidad And Tobago</option><option name="TN">Tunisia</option><option name="TR">Turkey</option><option name="TM">Turkmenistan</option><option name="TC">Turks And Caicos Islands</option><option name="TV">Tuvalu</option><option name="UG">Uganda</option><option name="UA">Ukraine</option><option name="AE">United Arab Emirates</option><option name="GB">United Kingdom</option><option name="US">United States</option><option name="UM">United States Outlying Islands</option><option name="UY">Uruguay</option><option name="UZ">Uzbekistan</option><option name="VU">Vanuatu</option><option name="VE">Venezuela</option><option name="VN">Viet Nam</option><option name="VG">Virgin Islands, British</option><option name="VI">Virgin Islands, U.S.</option><option name="WF">Wallis And Futuna</option><option name="EH">Western Sahara</option><option name="YE">Yemen</option><option name="ZM">Zambia</option><option name="ZW">Zimbabwe</option></select>

PHP

$countries = array (
	'AF' => 'Afghanistan',
	'AX' => 'Aland Islands',
	'AL' => 'Albania',
	'DZ' => 'Algeria',
	'AS' => 'American Samoa',
	'AD' => 'Andorra',
	'AO' => 'Angola',
	'AI' => 'Anguilla',
	'AQ' => 'Antarctica',
	'AG' => 'Antigua And Barbuda',
	'AR' => 'Argentina',
	'AM' => 'Armenia',
	'AW' => 'Aruba',
	'AU' => 'Australia',
	'AT' => 'Austria',
	'AZ' => 'Azerbaijan',
	'BS' => 'Bahamas',
	'BH' => 'Bahrain',
	'BD' => 'Bangladesh',
	'BB' => 'Barbados',
	'BY' => 'Belarus',
	'BE' => 'Belgium',
	'BZ' => 'Belize',
	'BJ' => 'Benin',
	'BM' => 'Bermuda',
	'BT' => 'Bhutan',
	'BO' => 'Bolivia',
	'BA' => 'Bosnia And Herzegovina',
	'BW' => 'Botswana',
	'BV' => 'Bouvet Island',
	'BR' => 'Brazil',
	'IO' => 'British Indian Ocean Territory',
	'BN' => 'Brunei Darussalam',
	'BG' => 'Bulgaria',
	'BF' => 'Burkina Faso',
	'BI' => 'Burundi',
	'KH' => 'Cambodia',
	'CM' => 'Cameroon',
	'CA' => 'Canada',
	'CV' => 'Cape Verde',
	'KY' => 'Cayman Islands',
	'CF' => 'Central African Republic',
	'TD' => 'Chad',
	'CL' => 'Chile',
	'CN' => 'China',
	'CX' => 'Christmas Island',
	'CC' => 'Cocos (Keeling) Islands',
	'CO' => 'Colombia',
	'KM' => 'Comoros',
	'CG' => 'Congo',
	'CD' => 'Congo, Democratic Republic',
	'CK' => 'Cook Islands',
	'CR' => 'Costa Rica',
	'CI' => 'Cote D\'Ivoire',
	'HR' => 'Croatia',
	'CU' => 'Cuba',
	'CY' => 'Cyprus',
	'CZ' => 'Czech Republic',
	'DK' => 'Denmark',
	'DJ' => 'Djibouti',
	'DM' => 'Dominica',
	'DO' => 'Dominican Republic',
	'EC' => 'Ecuador',
	'EG' => 'Egypt',
	'SV' => 'El Salvador',
	'GQ' => 'Equatorial Guinea',
	'ER' => 'Eritrea',
	'EE' => 'Estonia',
	'ET' => 'Ethiopia',
	'FK' => 'Falkland Islands (Malvinas)',
	'FO' => 'Faroe Islands',
	'FJ' => 'Fiji',
	'FI' => 'Finland',
	'FR' => 'France',
	'GF' => 'French Guiana',
	'PF' => 'French Polynesia',
	'TF' => 'French Southern Territories',
	'GA' => 'Gabon',
	'GM' => 'Gambia',
	'GE' => 'Georgia',
	'DE' => 'Germany',
	'GH' => 'Ghana',
	'GI' => 'Gibraltar',
	'GR' => 'Greece',
	'GL' => 'Greenland',
	'GD' => 'Grenada',
	'GP' => 'Guadeloupe',
	'GU' => 'Guam',
	'GT' => 'Guatemala',
	'GG' => 'Guernsey',
	'GN' => 'Guinea',
	'GW' => 'Guinea-Bissau',
	'GY' => 'Guyana',
	'HT' => 'Haiti',
	'HM' => 'Heard Island & Mcdonald Islands',
	'VA' => 'Holy See (Vatican City State)',
	'HN' => 'Honduras',
	'HK' => 'Hong Kong',
	'HU' => 'Hungary',
	'IS' => 'Iceland',
	'IN' => 'India',
	'ID' => 'Indonesia',
	'IR' => 'Iran, Islamic Republic Of',
	'IQ' => 'Iraq',
	'IE' => 'Ireland',
	'IM' => 'Isle Of Man',
	'IL' => 'Israel',
	'IT' => 'Italy',
	'JM' => 'Jamaica',
	'JP' => 'Japan',
	'JE' => 'Jersey',
	'JO' => 'Jordan',
	'KZ' => 'Kazakhstan',
	'KE' => 'Kenya',
	'KI' => 'Kiribati',
	'KR' => 'Korea',
	'KW' => 'Kuwait',
	'KG' => 'Kyrgyzstan',
	'LA' => 'Lao People\'s Democratic Republic',
	'LV' => 'Latvia',
	'LB' => 'Lebanon',
	'LS' => 'Lesotho',
	'LR' => 'Liberia',
	'LY' => 'Libyan Arab Jamahiriya',
	'LI' => 'Liechtenstein',
	'LT' => 'Lithuania',
	'LU' => 'Luxembourg',
	'MO' => 'Macao',
	'MK' => 'Macedonia',
	'MG' => 'Madagascar',
	'MW' => 'Malawi',
	'MY' => 'Malaysia',
	'MV' => 'Maldives',
	'ML' => 'Mali',
	'MT' => 'Malta',
	'MH' => 'Marshall Islands',
	'MQ' => 'Martinique',
	'MR' => 'Mauritania',
	'MU' => 'Mauritius',
	'YT' => 'Mayotte',
	'MX' => 'Mexico',
	'FM' => 'Micronesia, Federated States Of',
	'MD' => 'Moldova',
	'MC' => 'Monaco',
	'MN' => 'Mongolia',
	'ME' => 'Montenegro',
	'MS' => 'Montserrat',
	'MA' => 'Morocco',
	'MZ' => 'Mozambique',
	'MM' => 'Myanmar',
	'NA' => 'Namibia',
	'NR' => 'Nauru',
	'NP' => 'Nepal',
	'NL' => 'Netherlands',
	'AN' => 'Netherlands Antilles',
	'NC' => 'New Caledonia',
	'NZ' => 'New Zealand',
	'NI' => 'Nicaragua',
	'NE' => 'Niger',
	'NG' => 'Nigeria',
	'NU' => 'Niue',
	'NF' => 'Norfolk Island',
	'MP' => 'Northern Mariana Islands',
	'NO' => 'Norway',
	'OM' => 'Oman',
	'PK' => 'Pakistan',
	'PW' => 'Palau',
	'PS' => 'Palestinian Territory, Occupied',
	'PA' => 'Panama',
	'PG' => 'Papua New Guinea',
	'PY' => 'Paraguay',
	'PE' => 'Peru',
	'PH' => 'Philippines',
	'PN' => 'Pitcairn',
	'PL' => 'Poland',
	'PT' => 'Portugal',
	'PR' => 'Puerto Rico',
	'QA' => 'Qatar',
	'RE' => 'Reunion',
	'RO' => 'Romania',
	'RU' => 'Russian Federation',
	'RW' => 'Rwanda',
	'BL' => 'Saint Barthelemy',
	'SH' => 'Saint Helena',
	'KN' => 'Saint Kitts And Nevis',
	'LC' => 'Saint Lucia',
	'MF' => 'Saint Martin',
	'PM' => 'Saint Pierre And Miquelon',
	'VC' => 'Saint Vincent And Grenadines',
	'WS' => 'Samoa',
	'SM' => 'San Marino',
	'ST' => 'Sao Tome And Principe',
	'SA' => 'Saudi Arabia',
	'SN' => 'Senegal',
	'RS' => 'Serbia',
	'SC' => 'Seychelles',
	'SL' => 'Sierra Leone',
	'SG' => 'Singapore',
	'SK' => 'Slovakia',
	'SI' => 'Slovenia',
	'SB' => 'Solomon Islands',
	'SO' => 'Somalia',
	'ZA' => 'South Africa',
	'GS' => 'South Georgia And Sandwich Isl.',
	'ES' => 'Spain',
	'LK' => 'Sri Lanka',
	'SD' => 'Sudan',
	'SR' => 'Suriname',
	'SJ' => 'Svalbard And Jan Mayen',
	'SZ' => 'Swaziland',
	'SE' => 'Sweden',
	'CH' => 'Switzerland',
	'SY' => 'Syrian Arab Republic',
	'TW' => 'Taiwan',
	'TJ' => 'Tajikistan',
	'TZ' => 'Tanzania',
	'TH' => 'Thailand',
	'TL' => 'Timor-Leste',
	'TG' => 'Togo',
	'TK' => 'Tokelau',
	'TO' => 'Tonga',
	'TT' => 'Trinidad And Tobago',
	'TN' => 'Tunisia',
	'TR' => 'Turkey',
	'TM' => 'Turkmenistan',
	'TC' => 'Turks And Caicos Islands',
	'TV' => 'Tuvalu',
	'UG' => 'Uganda',
	'UA' => 'Ukraine',
	'AE' => 'United Arab Emirates',
	'GB' => 'United Kingdom',
	'US' => 'United States',
	'UM' => 'United States Outlying Islands',
	'UY' => 'Uruguay',
	'UZ' => 'Uzbekistan',
	'VU' => 'Vanuatu',
	'VE' => 'Venezuela',
	'VN' => 'Viet Nam',
	'VG' => 'Virgin Islands, British',
	'VI' => 'Virgin Islands, U.S.',
	'WF' => 'Wallis And Futuna',
	'EH' => 'Western Sahara',
	'YE' => 'Yemen',
	'ZM' => 'Zambia',
	'ZW' => 'Zimbabwe',
);

$out = "";

$out .= "<select name='countries'>";

foreach ($countries as $ccode => $cname) {

  $out .= "<option name='$ccode'>";
  $out .= $cname;
  $out .= "</option>";

}

$out .= "</select>";

$template_result = $out;

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