Admin 0 – Countries
Countries distinguish between metropolitan (homeland) and independent and semi-independent portions of sovereign states. If you want to see the dependent overseas regions broken out (like in ISO codes, see France for example), use map units instead.
Each country is coded with a world region that roughly follows the United Nations setup.
Includes some thematic data from the United Nations, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and elsewhere.
Natural Earth Vector draws boundaries of countries according to defacto status. We show who actually controls the situation on the ground. Please feel free to mashup our disputed areas (link) theme to match your particular political outlook.