The COUNTRIES table stores a record for each country recognized
by the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO 3166).
The key field is the 2-letter COUNTRY.CODE assigned by ISO in
its standard 3166. There
are also fields for the 3-letter ISO code, the ISO number for
the country, a short name, the
official name, the capital, the region to which the country belongs,
the latitude, longitude, the
country's international telephone code, and its unit of currency.
Data in this table are supplied as part of GEIRS and should
not be edited by the user.