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

philip chastney philip_chastney at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 31 03:24:01 CDT 2017

ahem -- as I expect you're well aware, it's the United Kingdon that's opting to quit the EU, and England is only a part of the United Kingdom

... and the United Kingdon, in turn, only covers part of the British Isles


On Fri, 31/3/17, Manuel Strehl <boldewyn at gmail.com> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [OT] Europe vs. European Union (was: Re: Unicode Emoji 5.0 characters now final)
 To: "Unicode Mailing List" <unicode at unicode.org>
 Date: Friday, 31 March, 2017, 7:10 AM
 I'm missing context, but what is the specific problem of
 those lists differing?
 EU and Europe _are_ two different things. The United States
 of America similarly do not include the whole of America,
 despite the name.
 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 lists.
 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
 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
 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
 Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US | ewellic.org

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