how to address a country?
In American usage, we generally use the gender-neutral "it" to refer to countries.
Rahul suggests "she" and that brings up an interesting cultural point. In some cultures/languages, the homeland is viewed as masculine, while in others it is viewed as feminine. For instance, Germans refer to their home as the "Fatherland" while to Russians, it is the "Motherland".
Because English does not use masculine and feminine noun and verb forms, we tend to adopt the neutral for all. Unless you know, for sure, which gender is preferred by a country's residents, it is best to remain neutral. Otherwise, you may inadvertantly insult those residents.
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