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Re: "UK" or "GB"

From: Thorvardur Kari Olafsson <thorvardur@stri.is>
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 1997 15:29:46 +0000
Message-Id: <aef818570902100433eb@[]>
To: Tom Garland SMI European Software Centre <tgarland@elc4.Ireland.Sun.COM>
Cc: www-international@www10.w3.org
At 14:35 7.1.1997, Tom Garland SMI European Software Centre
<tgarland@elc4.Irelan wrote:
>Hi folks,
>can anybody tell me what the current ISO 3166 alpha-2 country code is for
>the United Kingdom - "UK" or "GB"? My ISO3166:1993 spec tells me it is "GB".
The ISO code is definitely GB (like in GBP). This is unlikely to change.

Usually, Internet top-domains use the ISO country codes, but .uk is an
exception from this rule (as are all those 3-character top-domain names).

More on top-domain names:
I read in the latest ISO 3166 newsletter that some people are asking for
non-country based ISO codes to indicate new Internet top-domains, but
according to the current ISO standard, all country codes have to refer to a

Žorvaršur Kįri Ólafsson (this may get distorted by 7-bit systems)
Thorvardur Kari Olafsson (transcribed into the English alphabet)
Icelandic Council for Standardization          Stašlarįš Ķslands (STRĶ)
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