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INSPIRE CountryCode code list

The INSPIRE CountryCode code list does not contain any value, instead it refers to an external link,, where you can search for the country codes. What is the reasoning behind this?

This solution makes it impossible to import the code list into a software and use values from the code list there. For example, in Humboldt HALE it is possible to import code lists, and the only code list we found a problem with is CountryCode.

Another question is how to reference to the code list in the resulting INSPIRE GML-file, e.g. "", "SE" or in some other way?