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Belgium as an example?

It's misleading to use Belgium here as an example, since most, if not every other, bilingual countries don't generally write the names in all languages in their name tags. Alv 21:43, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Completely agree. It is a misleading example. --SomeoneElse (talk) 00:32, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

ISO 3166-1 definition

The ISO 3166-1 tends to define everything as a country. They have a technical limit of 676 countries witch allows them to define any disputed area as a country. They give autonomous areas their own country code (AX). Empty rocks gets an ISO-3166-1 code (BV). Even areas not disputed at all gets a country code (SJ). Can we use ISO-3166-1 as a definition of country? There are several other alternative definition of a country. For example UN members, or areas under one law/administration, or areas with a foreign secretary. --Gnonthgol 08:01, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

useful tags?

There's a list of "useful tags" which accompany the place=country tag. I would oppose to this statement, as I don't find them useful. "country_code_iso3166_1_alpha_2" <- that should be an understandable key? Why not "country_code" and write on the page that the country code should follow the iso3166-something standard? "geonames:id" - why should this be useful? Am I as mapper supposed to find the ID of that object in some geonames-database? capital_city - I'll grant you that, that's indeed a useful tag. I suggest that we drop all keys from that given list save "capital_city" and add a "country_code"-tag. -- Skunk 22:02, 17 October 2011 (BST)

country_code_iso3166_1_alpha_2 is marked as "questionable key (ending with a number)" in JOSM validator and apparently a proposal discouraging use of those and removal from the wiki (Proposed features/Remove suffixed name-tags from wiki) is approved. Shall we remove it from this section as well? --Hocu (talk) 10:30, 4 October 2020 (UTC)

If it's a problem with JOSM I'd report it there. That JOSM rule is a sensible one, but it may need an exception. I've always found the devs there very responsive. SomeoneElse (talk) 10:36, 4 October 2020 (UTC)

Still relevant?

Is this tag still relevant or should it only be used for countries that don't have a defined boundary? PeterIto 09:28, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

It is widely used. In fact every country has a place-node, as (hopefully) every city, town and village (and so on). The name of the country is printed at the location of the node, and here are most tags (population, translations, ...). You can add it the boundary-relation with the role 'label'. -- Skunk 20:03, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
The default Mapnik style is using the relation as of december 2014 --Jojo4u (talk) 15:52, 27 December 2014 (UTC)