European Union, Europe
|latitude: 56.7, longitude: 15|
|Browse map of the European Union 56°42′00.00″ N, 15°00′00.00″ E|
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European Union is a supranational union in Europe at latitude 56°42′00.00″ North, longitude 15°00′00.00″ East.
Relations representing the European Union in OpenStreetMap
Because of its size, it would be cumbersome to represent the EU with ordinary boundary relations or even "French (nested) boundary relations" - which has been attempted in the past but ultimately given up. There are also unresolved border conflicts of and even between EU member states, further adding to the complexity of this approach.
Instead, the EU is nowadays essentially mapped as a collection of boundary relations of the member countries. However, beware that not all territory of the member states is territory of the EU. Hence the EU is not represented by one relation, but by multiple:
- Site relation (site=administrative, place=supranational_union), with boundary relations (boundary=administrative) as members that together form the territory of the EU. . The EU territory. Part of Member States.
- Group relation (group=administrative), with each individual Member State relation as one member. .
- Group relation (group=legal), with each individual region relation as one member. . Part of EU territory. Defined in Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
- Group relation (group=legal), with each individual country or territory relation as one member. . Part of Member States but not part of EU territory. Defined in Article 198 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.