There are 195 countries in the world and asking your user to select the one they are in from a dropdown can be a pain - especially if they’re on a mobile device. Save them the bother by using a GeoIP service and preselecting their current country based on their IP address. In the unlikely event that the user wants to select a different country they can change it.
ProTip: You should also add
autocomplete="country-name" to the select to take advantage of address autocomplete if the country is different.
This is a simple auto-select country from a dropdown using the free GEOIP DB service and jQuery
Geoip-db service: https://geoip-db.com/
Countries list from: https://github.com/mledoze/countries
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