Re: .lv? (was: RE: mathematics)
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, December 9, 2000, 22:28|
On Sat, 9 Dec 2000, And Rosta wrote:
> What's "lv"? Latvia?
> I ask because it is, of course, Livagia
> in the world in which Livagia exists. I don't know what Latvia
> is. Hmm. If "lt" is (I guess) Lithuania,
> then that only really
> leaves "lv" for Latvia, so Livagia would have to be "li" or
"li" = Liechtenstein, so "lg" = Livagia, I think.
> unless Latvia were "la" or Lithuania were "li" or "ln".
"la" = Laos; "ln" is unused, but there's no "n" in the native name
(Lietuva), so that seems not useful. In general the native name forms
the basis for the abbreviation, thus "de" = Germany, "ch" = Switzerland
> Who was it that decided these 2-letter country codes?
The International Organization for Standards (ISO).
> Is there
> a list of them somewhere?
> Were they first established before
> the break-up of the Soviet Union (which would mean that
> Livagia would have been assigned "lv" before Latvia became
Yes. But some countries, notably including the U.S., never
recognized the incorporation of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia
into the U.S.S.R. in 1940. Since Taiwan has a country code
despite the fact that no country recognizes it as a country,
it's not improbable that lv, lt, and ee were pre-assigned
*there* (though not so *here*, I think).
(I am, as it happens, part Estonian.)
Note that Belarus and Ukraine were U.N. members almost from the
beginning; this was supposed to be a Russian counterpart to
the presence of Commonwealth countries ("if the Ukraine is
part of the U.S.S.R., then Australia is part of the British
John Cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
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