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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,
Just so.
> then that only really > leaves "lv" for Latvia, so Livagia would have to be "li" or > "lg",
"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 (Confoederatio Helvetica).
> 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 > independent)?
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 Empire"). -- John Cowan One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore --Douglas Hofstadter