Wbquery is a Python project for querying the World Bank data API. Data are returned as either pandas Series or DataFrames. There is probably some bit rot in this project. Get in touch with me, if you're interested in pushing this forward.
This is an implementation of the iso3166 standard for country names. It provides a convenient way to look up a country's name as well as their numeric, alpha-2, and alpha-3 codes. I make some but not much effort to keep this up to date.