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Data supply: simple and direct

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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

  • access to the products of cadastral surveying 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 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)


Federal Roads Office (FEDRO)


Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)

  • Agricultural area boundaries
  • Klimaeignungskarte für die Landwirtschaft

Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

  • Natural areas, Swiss national park
  • Federal inventories


Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) (German)


Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE

  • 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)

  • 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

  • Maps ,e.g.
  • Landscape models
  • Height models
  • Air obstruction data
  • Geology, Geotechnology


Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss)

  • 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
  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) :

Art. 10 Principle 
Official geodata under federal legislation shall be accessible to the public and may be used by anyone, unless this is contrary to overriding public or private interests.

Art. 15 Fees

1 The Confederation and cantons may charge fees for the access to and use of official geodata.

Marketing model for the publication of Federal geodata


Über die Veröffentlichung von Geodaten und Geobasisdaten und den öffentlichen Zugang dazu bestimmen das Geoinformationsgesetz GeoIG und die zuständigen Stellen der Bundesverwaltung. Geodaten und Geobasisdaten werden unter folgenden Bedingungen im Internet direkt zugänglich gemacht:

  • 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) .
  •  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. c/o
Federal Office of Topography swisstopo
COGIS (Coordination, Geo-Information and Services)
Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern
0041 58 469 03 15
0041 58 469 04 59


Federal Office of Topography swisstopo
COGIS (Coordination, Geo-Information and Services)
Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern