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Release Notes (Website: region names) - July 2, 2018

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With today’s release, we are rolling out the remaining pieces of a project to update some of the region names in our database. This roll out may take multiple days to complete. You can find the full list of changes below.

  • The updates reflect changes that have happened in the world (e.g. regions in France).
  • Regional names are now more in line with what is currently accepted by the United Nations.
  • We use the Google API to pre-fill region fields on the geocache edit page, so cache owners do not have to manually choose the region where their cache coordinates are located. If a region name in our database is different from the region name in the Google API, the region pre-fill is not possible.


HQ’s Nicole (nykkole) and Alex (itscharttime) are watching the thread to answer questions whenever possible.


Any posts in this thread should relate to features in this release. Comments unrelated to the release may be removed. Please direct unrelated comments to other appropriate threads. Thanks!


Full list of changes

  • Updated country names:
    • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
    • Cabo Verde
    • Côte d'Ivoire
    • Curaçao
    • Czechia
    • French Southern and Antarctic Territories
    • Heard Island and McDonald Islands
    • Macao
    • Pitcairn
    • Réunion
    • Saint Barthélemy
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Martin
    • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Sark
    • Sint Maarten
    • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    • Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
    • Timor-Leste
    • Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Updated region names for Czechia:
    • Hlavní město Praha
    • Jihočeský kraj
    • Jihomoravský kraj
    • Karlovarský kraj
    • Kraj Vysočina
    • Královéhradecký kraj
    • Liberecký kraj
    • Moravskoslezský kraj
    • Olomoucký kraj
    • Pardubický kraj
    • Plzeňský kraj
    • Středočeský kraj
    • Ústecký kraj
    • Zlínský kraj
  • Updated region names for France:
    • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
    • Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
    • Centre-Val-de-Loire
    • Grand-Est
    • Hauts-de-France
    • Normandie
    • Nouvelle-Aquitaine
    • Occitanie
  • Updated region names for Switzerland:
    • Aargau
    • Appenzell Ausserrhoden
    • Appenzell Innerrhoden
    • Basel Landschaft
    • Basel Stadt
    • Bern
    • Fribourg
    • Genève
    • Glarus
    • Graubünden
    • Jura
    • Luzern
    • Neuchâtel
    • Nidwalden
    • Obwalden
    • Schaffhausen
    • Schwyz
    • Solothurn
    • St. Gallen
    • Thurgau
    • Ticino
    • Uri
    • Valais
    • Vaud
    • Zug
    • Zürich
  • Other updated region names:
    • North East England
    • North West England
    • Sejong
    • Trøndelag
    • Québec
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On 7/2/2018 at 7:53 PM, Viajero Perdido said:

Not "Macau"?

I think Macao is an older spelling. It's Macau on Wikipedia, and seemed to be the generally used name when I went there. (... went to Macau, that is, not to Wikipedia.)



In this case we went with the spelling on the official UN country list, which currently is "Macao".

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