[OT] Europe vs. European Union (was: Re: Unicode Emoji 5.0 characters now final)

Manuel Strehl boldewyn at gmail.com
Fri Mar 31 02:10:08 CDT 2017

Maybe I'm missing context, but what is the specific problem of those lists

The EU and Europe _are_ two different things. The United States of America
similarly do not include the whole of America, despite the name.

And Norway and Switzerland and some others (incl. soon England) might not
be too happy with either institution to make a forced move to unify those


2017-03-30 23:39 GMT+02:00 Doug Ewell <doug at ewellic.org>:

> The UN "M49 Standard" (that's how they're styling it now; I guess we
> should stop writing "M.49") assigns a code element for each "country or
> area" and groups these into "geographical regions."
> To find the "countries or areas" included within code element 150 for
> "Europe," simply visit https://unstats.un.org/unsd/methodology/m49/ ,
> select Geographic Regions from the menu at the left, and expand the
> entries for Europe and its four subregions. The lists are available in
> six languages, including French.
> To find the countries that make up the European Union at any given
> moment, visit http://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/countries_fr (or
> similar for other EU languages). As is well known, this list has changed
> in the past and will change in the future.
> The point is that UNSD's definition of Europe and the roster of the
> European Union are different lists, and no attempt is made by either
> organization to make these lists identical or to explain or justify
> differences.
> --
> Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US | ewellic.org
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