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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, http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/Glossary:European_Union_(EU), 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. "http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codeList/CountryCode/SE", "SE" or in some other way?

Helen