Why is Switzerland abbreviated as SUI??

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  1. TokyopunK

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    I was watching the Rogers Cup final and saw SUI as the abbreviation.
    I was just wondering if anyone knew where the U came from, as there is no U in Switzerland.
     
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  2. zhan

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    from my brief research :
    Swiss people speak French and German
    Switzerland in French - la Suisse
    Swiss man in French - Suisse
    Swiss woman in French - Suissesse

    So... SUI

    its like Spain abbrev. = ESP
    but english its Spain but in Spanish Spain = Espana
    so.. ESP samething, no?
     
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    YEAHH I got a compliment!!
    :mrgreen:
     
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  5. lorenza

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    dont get too used to it...
     
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  6. zhan

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    o really?
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    EspaƱa
     
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  9. nickybol

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    I didn`t think that! Why is The Netherlands abbreviated as NED? Why is Sweden abbreviated as SVE?
     
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    The "official" list of country codes is maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is controlled under ISO 3166 and can be either a 2 or 3 latin-character code. The ISO 3166-1 code for Sweden is SWE and The Netherlands is NLD. The NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) 3-alpha code for each country is the same, however, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) 3-alpha code for The Netherlands is NED (while the IOC 3-alpha code for Sweden is SWE).

    Confusing? Yup, hence the need for ISO.

    More info at:
    http://www.iso.org/iso/en/prods-services/iso3166ma/index.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country_code

    SVE comes from the first three alpha characters of the country name, as spelled in Swedish (Sverige). It would be less confusing if everyone uses ISO standards.

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    p.s. The ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 code, as well as the NATO three-letter code for Switzerland is CHE. The IOC code (as well as the ITU (International Telecomunication Union)) is SUI.
     
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  11. javier sergio

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    Sui= Suiza
    Esp=Espana
     
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  12. oscar_2424

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    so what's the difference between CHIle and CHIna
     
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    ISO = CHN
    IOC = CHN
    NATO = CHN
    ITU = CHN

    Chile
    ISO = CHL
    IOC = CHI
    NATO = CHL
    ITU = CHL
     
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    If you're driving around Europe, you'll often see cars with stickers indicating what country they're from. Spain has ESP, Great Britain has GB, Croatia has HR etc. You'll see cars from Switzerland with 'CH' on their stickers.
     
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  15. croatian sensation

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    btw. Sorry nickybol. I'm blind..didn't see it wasn't tokyopunk again but you.
     
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  16. nickybol

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    It was a retorical question.
     
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  17. Mr.Federer

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    Sweden=Sve=Sverige
     
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  18. Lleyton Hewitt

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    I was going to say that Suisse was swiss in french. I learn French in school and also Federer speaks French so it might be popular in switzerland
     
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  19. Docalex007

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    And just D for Germany. L for luxembourg.

    What I don't understand is that in the case of Germany. In the US they use the GER abbr.. Here in Germany we use the DEU abbr..

    But for Spain it stays their native ESP. Hmmm...
     
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