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Published on 7 June 2022

Good planning is half the survey

Many activities are second nature to people nowadays, such as sending your location to friends quickly and easily from your smart phone, letting your satnav get you from A to B or recording your morning jogging route on your smart watch. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for national surveying. Just two sequences of numbers, known as coordinates, are all it takes to locate any point in Switzerland. To ensure that the coordinates of a given point can be identified accurately also in the future Switzerland conducts new surveys every six years.

Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

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3084 Wabern