Free Geographical Database Of All Countries (Over 8 Million Places): GeoNames

GeoNames is a set of  free and downloadable geographical databases of all countries which includes over 8 million place names.

The data comes in tab-delimited + utf-8 formatted text files and can be downloaded as a whole or per country.

Besides the locations of the places/cities/countries, databases include supplementary data like capitals, statistics, timezones and more.

GeoNames data can also be reached from their free webservice which can return results in XML and JSON.


  1. Reply Jordan Walker March 25, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    Good information to have.

  2. Reply Team magpie March 26, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Useful data, thanks for sharing

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