For country identification, meteoblue use the ISO 3166 coding of the ISO (International organisation for Standardisation). This is an internationally accepted convention for country definitions, which is continuously updated.
ISO 3166 defines the codes for the representation of country names, territories or areas of geographical interest, together with their subdivisions, namely:
- Country name;
- Country code (2 digits);
- Country code (3 digits);
- Country code status.
These codes are used to assign and retrieve information from locations and places.
Country information is used, among others, for:
Administrative boundaries can change over time, and be classified in more or less details between countries. Please consider our Location policies.
meteoblue usually operates under the following principles:
- international standards: this is the top priority, if agreed standards exist;
- "on the ground" principle: If a name or area is used locally, then that is the preferred name or area to use, since local orienteering usually on locally available data.
- "best-of-knows" principle: if we do not clearly know which standard to apply, we choose the one best known to us.
- alternative sources: where we do not maintain own databases or a navigation system that does not use the same names as those that are signposted is just clearly impractical. This is recorded as a “name” in our database and is the one generally used on our main example map.
None of the information which we show implies any political, ethnic or religious nor a commercial statement. We simply try to facilitate the use of weather information through use of geolocation tools.
We recognise that different national, ethnic, culture or language groups may utilise different names, area and symbol definitions. We try to accommodate your needs by providing the opportunity and encouraging you to send us feedback .