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European Geographical Names - Database with over 45,000 entries for 17 European countries

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Geographical names are proper names used to describe populated places and physical features. This new type of database offers an up-to-date resource for researching geographical names across 17 European countries. With more than 45,000 entries classified in a consistent manner, you have easy access to information like spelling, pronunciation, geographical coordinates and the category of the geographical feature.

The entries compiled fully comply with the recommendations of the United Nations on the standardization of geographical names. Within the language field, historical information and name forms (e.g., German, historical or German, Bulgarian transliterated) are present for some entries. The pronunciation symbols are in accordance with the International Phonetic Association (IPA).

It includes the following European countries:

  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia and Montenegro
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Each entry contains the following fields of information:

  • geographical name    
  • endonymic name form  
  • pronunciation (in IPA phonetics) 
  • country in which the name is endonym 
  • language of the name form 
  • category of the geographical feature according to the Geoname Gazetteer ™
  • description of the category 
  • geographical coordinates 
  • name variations (including the Cyrillic form)
  • description of the geographical feature

The following categories are used:

  • current administrative areas, 
  • landforms (e.g., types of terrain, national parks and reserves, plateaus, low-lands, peninsulas, islands and capes), 
  • relief forms and 
  • bodies of water (flowing and still).

Search Results
Search results are displayed in a clear table format, enabling you to quickly find your search term. For more precise results, filter and sorting tools as well as a two-step detail search are available.

Prof. Dr. Marlies Schulz and Dipl. stud. Kai Apel from the Department of Geography at the Humboldt University of Berlin developed this database in collaboration with MHSG. They were supported by the following authors: Dr. sc. phil Sibylle Zikmund, Michael Rießler, Gisela Utermark, Martina Merklinger, Mirza Pinjo, Kristina Kotchewa, Dr. phil. Hans Zikmund, Erich Roth, Juraj Solçany, Margrit Ferch, Prof. Dr. Jurij Kusmenko, Prof. Dr. habil. Johannes Klare, Dr. phil. Aribert Schlegelmilch, Michael Mazéas, Claude Béal, Pierre Carreau, Josep Térmens Sausó, Álvaro Roldán Ruiz.

We offer both a CD-ROM version (the single license is available in our shop) as well as an Intranet version (multiple license). If you are interested in the multiple license, please contact us.

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