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Where's Sark?

Or: "why isn't Sark on any Country List on any internet resource?"

Because Sark is not on the international standard list (ISO 3166), Sark is excluded from the vast majority of country & territory lists you find on any website. It's worse than "Where's Wally?" - Sark is not just difficult to find, itt's impossible.

Why? Everyone uses ISO 3166. ISO establishes codes that represent the current names of countries, dependencies and other areas of particular geopolitical interest, on the basis of lists of country names obtained from the United Nations. The Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey and all BOTs (other than MoD bases) are on this list. Sark is not, despite being on the UNSD M49 list and in the UNTERM database.

ISO 3166 is the basis of most “drop down” country menus used on applications, websites, ecommerce and government information worldwide. Search engines confuse Sark’s location which puts further hurdles in the way of inbound tourism – a significant part of the island economy. The exclusion of Sark presents many challenges for people and businesses on the island as well as every transaction between the island and the outside world.

  • Customs
  • Shipping cost
  • Delivery option
  • Correct tax regime

According to these lists, the correct despatch and tax cannot be offered – and Sark itself does not seem to exist. This can’t be corrected until Sark is included in ISO 3166-1. Just some examples:

HMRC uses ISO Codes for Customs declarations, VAT and personal tax. Sark not being on the list means refunds can’t be correctly processed.

Ordering goods

Ebay listings can’t be properly located.

Many delivery tracking sites can’t track to/from Sark.

Even can't correctly record location at BSI

Or even register properly at ISO

 

 
Resources
This is available as a downloadable pdf which should be easily printable..