The Guardian has published a downloadable spreadsheet of David Cameron’s 2010 international Christmas Card list, obtained via a Freedom of Information request. You can download it here.
The Christmas card which Cameron sent in 2010 was fronted by a photo of him, his wife and their new baby on the steps of Number Ten.
Much comment has been made of Cameron’s choice of Christmas card recipients. The Guardian observed:
Argentina and the Dominican Republic make the cut, but Peru and Venezuela do not. The prime minister of Malawi is on the list, but South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma is not.
France’s president and prime minister both appear, as do the heads of state and of government of Poland, India and South Korea. But only Dmitry Medvedev, as president of the Russian federation, makes the grade; prime minister Vladimir Putin is conspicuous by his absence.
I’ve taken the list and compared it to the ISO 3166 list of countries. By doing so, I have spotted some interesting omissions from the list.
So, Cameron sent Christmas cards to Australia and Canada. He sent cards to three leaders of Qatar and three leaders of the United Arab Emirates. But he didn’t send one to New Zealand. Dear old New Zealand!
He didn’t send one to Iceland, perhaps due to the debate with that country about banking.
But I notice he didn’t send one to Croatia or Switzerland.
His office say that the list reflected the contacts that Cameron had during the previous year.
Here’s the full list of countries which Cameron didn’t send a card to:
Cameron family Christmas Card 2010 photo credit: Some rights reserved by The Prime Minister’s Office
Antigua And Barbuda
Bosnia And Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
Central African Republic
Cocos (keeling) Islands
Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The
Falkland Islands (malvinas)
French Southern Territories
Heard Island And Mcdonald Islands
Iran, Islamic Republic Of
Isle Of Man
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Micronesia, Federated States Of
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts And Nevis
Saint Pierre And Miquelon
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
Sao Tome And Principe
South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
Svalbard And Jan Mayen
Syrian Arab Republic
Taiwan, Province Of China
Tanzania, United Republic Of
Turks And Caicos Islands
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.s.
Wallis And Futuna