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Swiss Map Vector 1000

“Swiss Map Vector 1000” is the Swiss national 1:1,000,000 scale map in vector format. It provides a clear depiction of the main traffic axes, residential areas, bodies of water, summits and borders.

Swiss Map Vector 1000

Swiss national vector map 1:1,000,000

Vector data comes from the digital cartographic model, which is also used for the derivation of printed maps, and the “Swiss Map Raster”. Contents are structured according to subject matter and can be edited by class or by object. Terrain is depicted using raster data. Relief and hypsometric depictions are available. Switzerland and neighbouring countries are shown from Lyon to Salzburg and from Strasbourg to Genoa.


  • For the development of information systems and use in GIS applications with major demands on cartographic representation and possible personalisation
  • As a basis for personalised publications and illustrations in the media
  • As a basis for subsequent cartographic developments

Data formats

“Swiss Map Vector” is available in “File Geodatabase” (Version GDB) and “Shape” (Version SHP) formats. Ideally, it is recommended that the “GDB” version be used in ”ArcMap” (ESRI, from version 10.2.2). For the “SHP” version, there are support files and instructions for depiction similar to national maps in the following programmes: “ArcMap” (ESRI, from version 10.2.2); “Q-GIS” (from version 2.8.1 Vienna); “OCAD” (from version 11.5.9).

Vector PDF
As an alternative to the GIS formats, the SMV data are also available in a vector PDF. The map elements are separated according to layers and can be individualised in a graphics programme if required.

Terms of use

Additional information

Federal Office of Topography swisstopo Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern
+41 58 469 01 11


Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern


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