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Chemical element symbols that are also ISO 3166 country code abbreviations

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11th Nov 2015 | 11:08

Ag Silver	Antigua and Barbuda
Al Aluminum	Albania
Am Americium	Armenia
Ar Argon	Argentina
As Arsenic	American Samoa
At Astatine	Austria
Au Gold		Australia
Ba Barium	Bosnia and Herzegovina
Be Beryllium	Belgium
Bh Bohrium	Bahrain
Bi Bismuth	Burundi
Br Bromine	Brazil
Ca Calcium	Canada
Cd Cadmium	Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cf Californium	Central African Republic
Cl Chlorine	Chile
Cm Curium	Cameroon
Cn Copernicium	China
Co Cobalt	Colombia
Cr Chromium	Costa Rica
Cs Cesium	Serbia and Montenegro
Cu Copper	Cuba
Er Erbium	Eritrea
Es Einsteinium	Spain
Eu Europium	Europe
Fm Fermium	Federated States of Micronesia
Fr Francium	France
Ga Gallium	Gabon
Gd Gadolinium	Grenada
Ge Germanium	Georgia
In Indium	India
Ir Iridium	Iran
Kr Krypton	South Korea
La Lanthanum	Laos
Li Lithium	Liechtenstein
Lr Lawrencium	Liberia
Lu Lutetium	Luxembourg
Lv Livermorium	Latvia
Md Mendelevium	Moldova
Mg Magnesium	Madagascar
Mn Manganese	Mongolia
Mo Molybdenum	Macau
Mt Meitnerium	Malta
Na Sodium	Namibia
Ne Neon		Niger
Ni Nickel	Nicaragua
No Nobelium	Norway
Np Neptunium	Nepal
Os Osmium	Oman
Pa Protactinium	Panama
Pm Promethium	Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Pr Praseodymium	Puerto Rico
Pt Platinum	Portugal
Re Rhenium	Reunion
Ru Ruthenium	Russia
Sb Antimony	Solomon Islands
Sc Scandium	Seychelles
Se Selenium	Sweden
Sg Seaborgium	Singapore
Si Silicon	Slovenia
Sm Samarium	San Marino
Sn Tin		Senegal
Sr Strontium	Suriname
Tc Technetium	Turks and Caicos Islands
Th Thorium	Thailand
Tm Thulium	Turkmenistan
Elemental domain names that exist:
Silver.Ag
Beryllium.Be
Calcium.Ca
Cobalt.Co
Francium.Fr
Gallium.Ga
Indium.In
Krypton.Kr
Lanthanum.La
Lithium.Li
Mendelevium.Md
Platinum.Pt
Rhenium.Re
Ruthenium.Ru
Selenium.Se
Silicon.Si
Oh, let's do US states as well:
Al Aluminum     Alabama
Ar Argon        Arkansas
Ca Calcium      California
Co Cobalt       Colorado
Fl Flerovium    Florida
Ga Gallium      Georgia
In Indium       Indiana
La Lanthanum    Louisiana
Md Mendelevium  Maryland
Mn Manganese    Minnesota
Mo Molybdenum   Missouri
Mt Meitnerium   Montana
Nd Neodymium    North Dakota
Ne Neon         Nebraska
Pa Protactinium Pennsylvania
Sc Scandium     South Carolina

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Comments {17}

cartesiandaemon

from: cartesiandaemon
date: 11th Nov 2015 11:16 (UTC)

Oh cool, I'm sure that's useful for SOMETHING.

I guess, if the two-letter codes were assigned randomly, you'd expect 33?

It might be more useful if there were a .um :)

Edited at 2015-11-11 11:18 am (UTC)

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Simon Tatham

from: simont
date: 11th Nov 2015 11:31 (UTC)

It looks as if europium and francium are the only two things in that list which are not coincidences, in the sense that those elements are the only ones actually named after the geographical entity with which they share a 2LA.

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Sion

from: sion_a
date: 11th Nov 2015 11:51 (UTC)

Conversely, Argentina is named after an element but does not share its 2LA.

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Виктор "Витус" Вагнер

from: vitus_wagner
date: 11th Nov 2015 12:18 (UTC)

Ruthenium and Indium also.

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Tony Finch

from: fanf
date: 11th Nov 2015 12:22 (UTC)

Ruthenium yes, but Indium is named after the colour indigo, not the country India :-)

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from: fluffymormegil
date: 12th Nov 2015 09:56 (UTC)

Counterpoint: The dye indigo is, itself, named after India.

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Simon Tatham

from: simont
date: 11th Nov 2015 12:23 (UTC)

I see fanf has got here already with the indium pedantry (which I did check). But good catch on ruthenium – I completely missed that one even as a possible!

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Виктор "Витус" Вагнер

from: vitus_wagner
date: 11th Nov 2015 12:35 (UTC)

Unfortunately, small Swedish village Ytterby doesn't have two-letter abbreviation.

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Simon Tatham

from: simont
date: 11th Nov 2015 14:27 (UTC)

Now you mention it, since they're supposed to be country codes, I think Europe has cheated somehow!

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Tony Finch

from: fanf
date: 11th Nov 2015 14:57 (UTC)

ISO 3166 has some very strange items in it.

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Jos Dingjan

from: happydisciple
date: 11th Nov 2015 12:29 (UTC)

Somebody's registered Na.Cl, but He.Ne is still free.

For a recent project He.Cd, Hg.Cd & PtCrNe.Ar would've been of interest.

Edited at 2015-11-11 12:33 pm (UTC)

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Bridget

from: bugshaw
date: 11th Nov 2015 12:45 (UTC)

NeAt :-)

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OMGyes

from: anonymous
date: 11th Nov 2015 19:38 (UTC)

Big smiles for this one, given my distant background in chemistry and my current life in the DNS.

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Nicholas

from: nwhyte
date: 11th Nov 2015 20:19 (UTC)

Gosh, flerovium was new to me - when I was a lad I think it went up to lawrencium and stopped!

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Tony Finch

from: fanf
date: 11th Nov 2015 20:30 (UTC)

I initially misread it as Flevoium and wondered if there was some nuclear chemistry lab in Lelystad or somewhere close :-)

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date: 12th Nov 2015 07:00 (UTC)

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What no Texinium ?

from: anonymous
date: 12th Nov 2015 18:46 (UTC)


Or Houstonium, Dallinium, SanTonium ?

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