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Swiss Map Vector 500

“Swiss Map Vector 500” is the Swiss national 1:500,000 scale map in vector format. It includes the railway network, all highways, semi-highways, transit and link roads, a highly simplified depiction of residential areas and terrains and the names of principal objects.

Swiss Map Vector 500

Swiss national vector map 1:500,000

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. Raster data for relief and rock features complete the vector data. Switzerland and neighbouring countries are shown.


  • 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 (GDBP and GDB) and GeoPackage (GPKG). Ideally, it is recommended that the GDBP or GDB versions be used (ESRI ArcGISPro, from version 3.0 and ESRI ArcMap, from version 10.2.2). For the GeoPackage version, there are support files for depiction similar to national maps in QGIS.

Terms of use

Additional information


Specifications for free download

Format: File-Geodatabase (GDB and AGP), GeoPackage (GPKG)

Coordinate system: CH1903+/MN95

File sizes:

  • GDBP: ~ 220 MB (full dataset as .zip file)
  • GDB: ~ 218 MB (full dataset as .zip file)
  • GPKG: ~ 62 MB (full dataset as .zip file)

Product information


Swiss Map Vector 500 - Access to geodata

Edition: 2022


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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