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Conditions for Geodata

By mail

Data are normally delivered by post on a USB stick. For data sets greater than 30 GB, the data medium is defined upon consultation with the licensee. Term of delivery: 1 up to 2 weeks

Special delivery times for aerial photograph data

The photo library is only staffed for one day per week. It is therefore likely to take longer to respond to enquiries or to supply quotes and orders.


Some products are available for downloading. Conditions: payment by credit card, data sets < 2 GB.
Term of delivery: 2 Hours, during the opening hours of the office guaranteed 

For orders which require a signed contract the download will be available once the signed contract has been returned.
For school licences, entitlement has to be verified before the download can be released.


The granted licence entitles the licensee to obtain updated federal geodata by subscription, as long as the data concerned are available. Information about the frequency of product updates is available on the corresponding pages on the Internet. The minimum duration of a subscription is 3 years. Unless they have been terminated, subscriptions will be automatically renewed for one year.

Payment in Switzerland

By credit card (Master Card or VISA), PostFinance Card or invoice (payable within 30 days).

Payment from abroad

By credit card (Master Card or VISA) or prepayment. For subscriptions, the fees for the full duration of the initial subscription period (3 years) are charged immediately.

Conditions of use

Use of federal geodata is governed by corresponding licences. The data remain the property of the Federal Office of Topography.

When ordering, you have to select a licence type. By accepting the terms and conditions of the swisstopo onlineshop, you accept the conditions of use for the licence type you have selected. 

For orders with a value of more than 1,000 Swiss francs per product, an agreement will be sent by post, which has to be signed and returned to the Federal Office of Topography.

When ordering subscriptions, an agreement always has to be signed.

Purchase obligations

All orders are binding.

After data have been ordered, it is still possible for the ordering party to cancel, but a fee will be charged that reflects the effective processing costs.

Special conditions 

Swiss state Schools and federal and cantonal research institutes can order geodata at a reduced price. While ordering, please select the option "School licence". The delivery and billing addresses for your order must be addresses of a school or research institute. Likewise, when placing your order, please confirm that your purchase and subsequent use of the data are for teaching or research purposes only.

Unfortunately, swisstopo cannot currently offer any online geodata ordering facility for tax-exempt organisations, as the tax exemption must be confirmed in writing. Therefore please send your order by e-mail to  

Place of jurisdiction

Place of jurisdiction is Berne.

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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