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Wrong coloring in map: "Svalbard and Jan Mayen" is an own geocaching.com country

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I recently discovered, that the world map in the statistics is coloring Svalbard and Jan Mayen in green, if the cacher has found caches in Norway, but not in Svalbard and Jan Mayen itself.

On geocaching.com, Svalbard and Jan Mayen is (together) an own country, e.g. visible here https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC586A7_svalbard-kirke "In Svalbard and Jan Mayen"

The map therefore has a bug and Svalbard and Jan Mayen should be white if the cacher hasn't found a cache there.
asked Apr 4, 2016 in Bug reports by FerrariGirlNr1 (470 points)

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Indeed, it appears this has to be corrected. The reason is that these islands have a special status according to the Svalbard Treaty dating from 1920: they do belong to Norway in a political sense (Norwegian law applies) but are considered a neutral territory including the demilitarisation of the archipelago. This applies to all islands, whatever size, between 74 and 81 deg north and between 10 and 35 deg East. The contract also ensures equal economical rights to all participants in that treaty.
answered Apr 18, 2016 by Domino_67 (6,410 points)
That is politically correct, but since it is an own country at geocaching.com I would expect that it is only colored in green if you've found a cache in that country. It is also listed sepeately below the world map, see here https://project-gc.com/ProfileStats/FerrariGirlNr1#Maps ("Weltkarte", first map on top).
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I noticed this as well today, and as it hasn't been adressed, I figured I would bump this tread, rather than creating a new one.
answered Nov 10, 2016 by StadsAlv (10,020 points)
Good idea, but I think you have to up-vote my question, too ;-)
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