GNIS (Geographic Names Information System)
Authoritative database of U.S. place names approved by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.
GEOnet Names Server (GNS)
Standard spellings of all foreign place names, sanctioned by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names. Click on SEARCH to enter a placename.
CIA World Factbook
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Background Notes (U.S. Dept. of State)
Includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations.