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Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for delivery and use of published products, geodata and aerial images.

These terms and conditions apply to the purchase and use of swisstopo products. 

Our products vary in terms of how they are delivered and used. They are divided into three categories:

  • Published products are usually printed maps, books, publications, etc. They are distinguished by the fact that they are mass-produced and kept in stock. They are usually delivered by post.
  • Geodata consist of spatially oriented data. swisstopo geodata are essentially digital national maps, aerial images, landscape and height models and geological maps. In order to use swisstopo geodata, an agreement ist reqired. Three different licence types can be selected in the swisstopo onlineshop: private licence, school licence and commercial licence. Specific terms of use apply to free geodata. The terms of use for the different licence types can be found on the page Geodata. Geodata are delivered by download or on data storage medium.
  • Geoservices allow to access geodata via Internet. swisstopo provides a WMS geoservice in the swisstopo onlineshop. The general operating conditions and the terms of use are described on the page Geoservices.

Swiss state schools, federal and cantonal research institutes, youth organisations and tax-exempt non-profit organisations can obtain maps and geodata at a reduced price, provided that they use them for teaching map-reading or for internal use or research purposes only.

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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