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Country and Province list

Does anyone know where I can go to get the most up to date list of countries and provinces of the world.

These change all the time and I want my listing for my website to have the latest and greatest information.

I thought at one point Microsoft use to house this info is the msdn as a downloadable include file but I don't see it - also I went to the usps.com site and nothing and any serach I do - comes up with too hodge - podgy information - it's not all that current and/or missing countries  



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dylanoneAuthor Commented:
I saw this - however that just gives me the countries - I also need provinces!

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alskdj80Commented:
this is province list... dunno how reliable this site is though... looks kinda shabby to me, but maybe it might help you
http://www.travelgis.com/default.asp?framesrc=/cities/default.asp%3Fletter%3Dq
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dylanoneAuthor Commented:
Yeah - it does kinda look shabby I may use it if I get desperate - I really didn't think this one was going to be so hard - you'd think the united nations or even the ISO would have this listing - the county list I can find a dime a dozen - it's the provinces that's very hard to find
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alskdj80Commented:
yeah, im kinda surprised too... but with all the wars going on and countries/provinces splitting and shrinking, it becomes understandable why no one would want to spend their time fixing an updated province list (although we really do need one)
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seanpowellCommented:
Well. I've always just used World Atlas in the past...
http://worldatlas.com/nations.htm
http://worldatlas.com/dependtr.htm
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Marcus BointonCommented:
You're nearly there... What you're looking for is the ISO 3166-2 standards:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166

ISO 3166-1 covers countries, 3166-2 covers regions within countries.
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dylanoneAuthor Commented:
Thanks exactly what I needed - how can this site print this info when the iso site is charging about $150 for a access db of the same info?
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Marcus BointonCommented:
ISO are not charging for the data exactly - they are charging for the official standards document which happens to include the listing. Although there will be copyright protection of the the document itself, I suspect that the data is fully intended to be open.
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