I know there are two specs that essentially catalog the entire planet into the political region/subregions, with internationalization

  • ISO-3166-1 which has 2-letter, 3-letter, numeric, and country names.
  • ISO-3166-2 which has subdivision names and their abbreviations


  • Is there any open distribution of these? I know you can buy the spec, but I know you can also implement it into a product. Are there any products that leak the spec out? Are there any draft distributions of ISO-3166-[12] like there are with the SQL spec?
  • Is there anything that rivals these specs that is also internationalized that I can use in an open source product?

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