How do I get the city and country names from the output of FindGeoLocation[] {lat, long} ?


3 Answers 3


One way is to do this:

nc = Nearest[
  CityData[#, "Coordinates"] -> # & /@ 
     CityData[{All, "United Kingdom"}]];

Then use this as:


{{"London", "GreaterLondon", "UnitedKingdom"}}

  • $\begingroup$ (I'm in the UK - your mileage might vary... :)) $\endgroup$
    – cormullion
    Jun 17, 2013 at 21:17

The fastest is probably with the use of the GeoNames API*:

loc = FindGeoLocation[]
i = Import[
"http://api.geonames.org/findNearby?lat=" <> ToString[loc[[1]]] <> 
"&lng=" <> ToString[loc[[2]]] <> "&username=demo", "XML"];
name = Cases[i[[2, 3, 1, 3]], XMLElement["name", _, x_] -> x]

*Idea from this post.

EDIT: another option is the use of WolframAlpha plugin in mathematica:

WolframAlpha["near cities"]
(* or *)
= near cities

wolframalpha output


Starting from Mathematica version 10.0 there is GeoIdentify function

GeoIdentify["Country", GeoPosition[{-11.00505177, -76.41350033}]]

Which results in

{Entity["Country", "Peru"]}
  • $\begingroup$ Of course you don't want to simply reproduce the Wolfram documentation, but it's worth pointing out that the first argument to GeoIdentify can be any one of a number of different kinds of entity, including "City". $\endgroup$ Oct 21, 2022 at 10:25

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