From: John Cowan (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Mar 27 2003 - 12:16:17 EST
> Given the not-complete stability of ISO 3166, some might be motivated
> toward an alternative for other reasons.
The numeric codes are not managed by the RA but by the UN Statistics Division,
are freely available for any use, and are rock-stable. I recommend them.
There are also a set of non-overlapping numeric codes for the major
transnational regions of the world, also assigned by the UNSD.
See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49alpha.htm for countries
and http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49regin.htm for regions.
But for long-term stability, nothing beats "Roma", which has designated
the same city for the last 2756 years.
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