Data are fetched from multiple sources:
Official formal and short names (in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian) are from United Nations Protocol and Liaison Service
Customary English short names are from Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) Project.
Note: CLDR shorter names "ZZ-alt-short" are used when available
ISO 3166 official short names (in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian) are from United Nations Department of Ecoonomic and Social Affairs Statistics Division
ISO 4217 currency codes are from currency-iso.org
Many other country codes are from statoids.com
Special thanks to Gwillim Law for his excellent statoids.com site (some of the field descriptions are excerpted from his site), which is more up-to-date than most similar resources and is much easier to scrape than multiple Wikipedia pages.
Capital cities, languages, continents, TLDs, and geonameid are from geonames.org
EDGAR codes are from sec.gov
This package includes Python scripts to fetch current country information from various data sources and output CSV of combined country code information.
CSV output is provided via the
csvcut utilities from csvkit
NOTE/TODO: currently, preparation requires manual process to download and rename 6 CSV files from https://unstats.un.org/unsd/methodology/m49/overview/
pip install -r scripts/requirements.pip
Run GNU Make to generate data file:
This material is licensed by its maintainers under the Public Domain Dedication and License.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that this material is ultimately sourced from ISO and other standards bodies and their rights and licensing policies are somewhat unclear. As this is a short, simple database of facts there is a strong argument that no rights can subsist in this collection. However, ISO state on their site:
ISO makes the list of alpha-2 country codes available for internal use and non-commercial purposes free of charge.
This carries the implication (though not spelled out) that other uses are not permitted and that, therefore, there may be rights preventing further general use and reuse.
If you intended to use these data in a public or commercial product, please check the original sources for any specific restrictions.