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Place Names & Place Codes
United Nations list of countries and areas for statistical purposes ("M49 standard"): http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49alpha.htm .
The International Organization for Standardization displays 248 official short names for countries, and short identification codes for each country .
The World Gazetteer by Stefan Helders is a rich source of information on places and geographical data.
Maps of Net is a huge aggregation site for maps of the world, with comprehensive destination gazetteer.
The AuthaGraph world map shows the true areas of ocean and land in a rectangular layout.