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Geographical Data for Everyone

Note that pictures/maps found on the Internet are often copyright protected. This means that they can only be utilized for private, personal use, and may not be published without the creator’s approval. Some sources are allowed to be used for educational purposes and some for other non commercial usage. Check the Term of use at each data site!

The site list below is a mix of sites with everything from static map images to fully interactive map services. To use downloadable data you need some GIS or mapping software.

Click on the following links to go directly to the respective section:

· World & regional maps
· Swedish Maps
· Downloadable data


World & Regional Maps
University of Texas, Map Collection A map library with overview maps from global to national
Harvard Digital Map collection Numerous static digital maps
CIA regional maps Static maps of continents and regions
CIA Maps Static national maps
Cambridge library Map links collection
National Geographic maps Thematic maps and world atlases from interactive databases (e.g. climate, ecology and historical maps)
UN cartographic site Various general maps and further links
UNEP/GRID-Arendal Database Static and interacive thematic maps
Baltic Sea Region An atlas covering the Baltic sea region, with thematic maps of the surrounding countries. Interactive database
Vegetation and Plant Distribution Maps Collection of vegetation maps for all world countries. Mainly static maps, but also some dynamic ones
The Map Guide A comprehensive collection of links to different maps - Geography, World Atlas Links to various map sources
WWW Virtual Library Extensive map links collection
Map History Links to historical maps
The Prime Meridian Links to historical maps
Harvard Geospatial Library Interactive map service with downloadable GIS data
OpenStreetMap Interactive map service down to street level with possibility to export map images
OpenStreetMap Browser Offers different display properties of Open Streetmap
MapQuest Interactive map service down to street level
Nokia Maps Interactive map service down to street level
Bing maps Microsoft Interactive map service down to street level
Google Maps Interactive map service down to street level
D-maps Collection of generalized overview maps
Demis World Map Simple interactive map service. World atlases
Marriam Webster's Atlas Simple national and USA state maps with basic facts
FreeWorldMap Simple static maps
Worldatlas Simple static maps with basic facts


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Swedish Maps
Sveriges länskartor Static and interactive maps from the Swedish counties
Kartsök och ortnamn Searchable maps and database with more than 700 000 Swedish villages/cities
Sverigeguiden Provincial, Swedish and relief maps with information about Sweden’s national parks
Stadskartan City maps for Sweden’s main cities and road maps for all provinces.
Lantmäteriet Swedish historical maps
Sveriges geologiska undersökning Swedish geological maps. Map viewer and map generator
Norden Links to various maps of the Nordic area
Statistiska centralbyrån Maps and geodata from Statistics Sweden
Miljödataportalen Interactive environmental map data portal at Naturvårdsverket
Skyddad natur Interactive map data portal of protected areas at Naturvårdsverket
VISS Interactive map service Water Information System, Sweden
SMHI Climate data and maps for Sweden
Fornsök Swedish archeological sites and monuments
Riksarkivet Swedish historical maps
Kartskåpet Historical maps scanned by Stockholm university Swedish interactive map service down to street level
Eniro Swedish interactive map service down to street level


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Downloadable Data
GISdata från länsstyrelserna Downloadable GIS data from Sweden’s Country Boards of Administration. Mainly in SHP and MIF format.
GeoCommunity - GISDataDepot Large offer of free, downloadable data, with data for most countries. Data mostly available in the following formats: ARC/INFO E00, SHP, DLG, TIGER & DEM.
Land Info GIS & remote sensing data mostly for the USA, but also other countries.
SMHI Climate data and maps for Sweden
ESRI Downloadable Data Arcdata online.


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