I need the names of countries, country regions and cities of the world.

Where do I get that kind of information?


Try the data provided by Natural Earth at http://www.naturalearthdata.com/

Multiple datasets are provided including countries, states, populated places, urban areas etc

You can also download a database of over 8 million place names from http://www.geonames.org/ but that may be overkill for what you're looking for.

  • Natural Earth v2 has many hours of data cleanup improving the quality of the data throughout. Released August 2012 – Mapperz Aug 22 '12 at 13:12

Natural Earth Version 2 [Out this week 18th August 2012]

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Quick Start: http://kelsocartography.com/downloads/gis/2012/natural_earth/ne_2.0.0_rc2/natural_earth_2.0.0_rc2_vector/Natural_Earth_quick_start_2.0.0_rc2.zip

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Give it a try to the files hosted here:


The dataset is available in shapefile format:

TM_WORLD_BORDERS-0.3.zip (3,380 kB)



If you just want the names, try geonames.org


  • get you the countries. Drill down for cities, or download their datafiles for everything.

There is a countries, regions and cities database database dump hosted on Github. Might be useful for MySQL users


CIA WORLD FACTBOOK https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/ Its really good and i use it for any information i need. It gives you information about all the states.

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    I'm not seeing any gis-relevant data--shapefiles, kmls, etc. on this site. – MaryBeth Sep 13 '17 at 18:01
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    It doesn't has a complete information about region and cities. Also nothing about GIS components – aldo_tapia Sep 13 '17 at 18:40

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