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Data supply: simple and direct

The geodata available from the Federal Administration can be obtained directly from the relevant Federal Office. Metadata can be obtained free of charge from geocat, Switzerland’s geographical metadata catalogue. Geodata can be downloaded free of charge subject to certain restrictions. Please observe all the relevant conditions of use.

Supply options

Geodata can be obtained directly via the websites listed here:

Cadastral Surveying External website. Content opens in new window.

  • access to the products of cadastral surveying


geocat.ch External website. Content opens in new window.  is the geographical metadata catalogue for Switzerland. Metadata can be accessed here free of charge. Metadata is an essential component of any geodata infrastructure. Federal Offices, Cantons, municipalities and private firms record the metadata about their own geographical data-sets in geocat.ch. geocat.ch is the ideal starting point for searches for special geodata such as aerial photographs, protected heritage sites, natural hazards, earthquakes, etc., etc.

Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) External website. Content opens in new window.

 

Federal Roads Office (FEDRO)


Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) External website. Content opens in new window.

  • Agricultural area boundaries
  • Klimaeignungskarte für die Landwirtschaft

Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) External website. Content opens in new window.

  • Natural areas, Swiss national park
  • Federal inventories

 

Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) External website. Content opens in new window.

 

Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE External website. Content opens in new window.

  • Nuclear power plants
  • "Deep geological repository" sectoral plan
  • "Electricity transmission lines" sectoral plan
  • Overview of hydropower plants
  • Overview plan of electrical installations
  • Scope of application of the ordinance on the compensation of losses in hydropower use (VAEW)
  • Layout plans for electric cable systems

 

Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO) External website. Content opens in new window.

  • Land use and land cover (area statistics), land suitability
  • Census data covering population, households, housing and buildings
  • Business statistics covering information on workplaces and employees 
  • Generalised municipal boundaries 
  • District boundaries in large cities 
  • Terrain data at 100 m resolution

Federal Office for Topography swisstopo External website. Content opens in new window.

Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss) External website. Content opens in new window.

  • Climatic and meteorological data products 

What is the cost of geodata?

  1. Metadata (including information on availability of data, formats, conditions of use, etc.) is publicly available, free of charge, at www.geocat.ch External website. Content opens in new window..
  2. Geodata can be downloaded free of charge subject to certain restrictions. Please observe the individual supplier’s conditions of use.
  3. The following regulations govern basic geodata under Federal law according to GeoIV Annex 1 (Art. 1 Para. 2) External website. Content opens in new window. :

Art. 10 Grundsatz External website. Content opens in new window.
Geobasisdaten des Bundesrechts sind öffentlich zugänglich und können von jeder Person genutzt werden, sofern keine überwiegenden öffentlichen oder privaten Interessen entgegenstehen.

Art. 15 Gebühren External website. Content opens in new window.
1 Bund und Kantone können für den Zugang zu Geobasisdaten und deren Nutzung Gebühren erheben.

 

Marketing model for the publication of Federal geodata

The Geoinformation Act and the competent bodies within the Federal Administration lay down the rules governing publication of and public access to geodata and basic geodata. Geodata and basic geodata have been made directly accessible on the Internet, subject to the following conditions:

  • The published and freely available geodata should meet a large part of the need for geographical information, rapidly and at moderate cost. Basic geodata is accessible in accordance with the Geoinformation Ordinance GeoIV Annex 1 (Art. 1 Para. 2) External website. Content opens in new window. .
  • Geodata is available in a limited range of standard formats and as far as possible covers the whole of Switzerland.  
  • To optimise the volumes of data and its compatibility with different software, geodata may if necessary be broken down into a range of different specifications and/or include different levels of content. This also allows different prices to be charged.
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