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Structure and Guidelines : Facts Table : Land Area : water %[edit]

I note that numerous country articles attempt to variously distinguish "water area" or "% water" as a component of country size. Is there an internationally accepted standard and methodology for doing so, and appropriate secondary sources demonstrating their use and findings? Currently, there is considerable inconsistency in the definition and use of this data category, and as a result editors are using inaccurate, partial, and non-comparable data, in country articles, geographic feature comparison lists, and country comparison articles. If there is no internationally accepted standard, methodology or sources, then I suggest removing "% water" from the structure and guidelines for facts tables, and removing the category from country articles and revising the various size comparison lists affected. Robert Brukner (talk) 06:59, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

There's no universal standard to calculate country size, but we do the best we can. In my view the % water helps clarify the total area given, by showing how much of that area is land. If there is no source that does it for a certain country, it shouldn't be included on that infobox. As for comparison lists, that is more difficult, but it would depend on how those comparison lists are sourced. If the area is taken from sources in a consistent fashion, then it seems sensible to not include % water if no similar source is used for water. If all values are from a variety of sources though, I don't see why % water couldn't be included where possible. CMD (talk) 07:32, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

Hong Kong - dependency or not in lists of GDP[edit]

There is a discussion (link) about how to treat Hong Kong in a list of GDPs. Such lists typically italicize dependencies and non-sovereign entities as well as not count them in the rankings. The question being raise is whether or not Hong Kong should be treated. Anyone know knows details on this issue or knows of past discussions would be very welcome in the discussion. Thank you. EvergreenFir (talk) Please {{re}} 05:51, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

national day in Infobox?[edit]

Didn't Template:Infobox country used to have a slot for a country's national day or holiday? —Steve Summit (talk) 17:58, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

Not sure, but I wouldn't add it now. Doesn't say much about the country. CMD (talk) 10:08, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

RM on anti-national sentiment[edit]

Hello, if you can please participate in this discussion on country-related articles. Thank you. Bataaf van Oranje (Prinsgezinde) (talk) 10:06, 17 June 2016 (UTC)

Smarter ISO 3166 handling[edit]

FYI: Pointer to relevant discussion elsewhere.

Please participate in discussion at Template talk:Infobox country#Smarter ISO 3166 handling.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  03:52, 25 June 2016 (UTC)