Forms for new UN M49 region code

Doug Ewell doug at
Mon Apr 3 19:41:01 CEST 2017

I wrote:

> Second, they are presenting code values less than 100 without leading
> zeros. For example, Albania is now 8 instead of 008, and Belgium is 56
> instead of 056. These will continue to be zero-padded for the
> Registry, as seen below.

In case this caused any confusion:

Region subtags in the Registry for individual countries are two letters,
unless there is a conflict in the use of ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code
elements, which has not occurred since the initial version of the

Neither "8" and "56" nor "008" and "056" are, or will be, valid region

Better examples would have been "South America is now 5 instead of 005,
and Eastern Asia is 30 instead of 030."
Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US |

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