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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 This means that they can only be utilized for private, personal use, and may not be published without the creator’s approval.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.


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 World Factbook

Static maps of continents and regions

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

ThoughtCo. - Geography, World Atlas

Links to various map sources

WWW Virtual Library

Extensive map links collection

Map History

Links to historical maps

Harvard Geospatial Library

Interactive map service with downloadable GIS data


Interactive map service down to street level with possibility to export map images

OpenStreetMap Browser

Offers different display properties of Open Streetmap


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


Collection of generalized overview maps

Demis World Map

Simple interactive map service. World atlases


Simple static maps


Simple static maps with basic facts

GIS Geography World map

World atlases

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


Provincial, Swedish and relief maps with information about Sweden’s national parks


City maps for Sweden’s main cities and road maps for all provinces.


Swedish historical maps

Sveriges geologiska undersökning

Swedish geological maps. Map viewer and map generator


Links to various maps of the Nordic area

Statistiska centralbyrån

Maps and geodata from Statistics Sweden


Interactive environmental map data portal at Naturvårdsverket

Skyddad natur

Interactive map data portal of protected areas at Naturvårdsverket


Interactive map service Water Information System, Sweden


Climate data and maps for Sweden


Swedish archeological sites and monuments


Swedish historical maps


Historical maps scanned by Stockholm university

Swedish interactive map service down to street level


Swedish interactive map service down to street level


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.


Climate data and maps for Sweden

ESRI Downloadable Data

Arcdata online.

Natural Earth


USGS - Earth Explorer

DEMs, Land cover etc

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