Re: "Country possessions" (was: Re: TR35)

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sat May 08 2004 - 14:56:15 CDT

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    E. Keown <k underscore isoetc at yahoo dot com> wrote:

    >> For an authoritative list of "countries," the UN
    >> list is probably your best bet.
    > Is this list online? -- Elaine

    The ISO 3166-1 FAQ points to this page as the determining factor in
    whether a "country" gets its own ISO 3166-1 code.

    There are certainly some entities here (e.g. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin
    Islands, Svalbard and Jan Mayen) that are not independent in the same
    sense as the world's major countries. Finding the dividing line is not
    easy, and one good question to ask would be, "What do I intend to do
    with this information?"

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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