|The Treasury has announced that the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in Geneva has agreed for the first time, to include the Isle of Man in its main data base of distinct geopolitical entities.|
The database concerned is the so-called ISO 3166-1 country list, which is considered the definitive list used by numerous countries, organisations and companies when deciding to differentiate and recognise geopolitical entities.
Perhaps the most immediate and important significance of being included on the list, is that companies selling on the internet use the ISO country list as the list of where people can select as their country of residence. Previously Isle of Man residents have had to choose “United Kingdom” which is neither geographically nor politically correct. Although it will take a little time for software upgrades and new programmes to pick up on the latest ISO list, it should eventually allow Isle of Man residents to choose “Isle of Man”.
Treasury Minister, Allan Bell, said, “I am delighted that the Island’s case has been recognised by ISO and that we will now be on a level playing field with other countries on the internet and elsewhere.”