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swisstopo: facts and figures

Find out about swisstopo, its map production, number of employees and other facts and figures relating to its wide-ranging activities.

Employees swisstopo

Human resources

Distribution of human resources in 2020
Category Employees

Number of employees (not counting apprentices)


Number of full-time jobs


Number of part-time jobs (not counting apprentices, work-time percentage < 90%)

145 / 39.2%

Number of apprentices


Number of women (not counting apprentices)

107 / 28.9%

Number of employees whose mother-tongue is French or Italian (not counting apprentices)

76 / 20.5%

Key data

Main financial indicators in 2020
Type CHF

External federal revenue

10.2 Mn

Internal federal revenue

16.7 Mn 

Running costs and investment (operating expenses)

74.7 Mn

Internal federal accounting

8.8 Mn

Cost recovery level


Productive working hours


Production statistics


Geodata production and update in 2020
Product Activity
swissTLM3D (Topographic Landscape Model)
Update of 7'470 km2
Update of the entire data set. In addition mediatized updates 3x/year.
swissBUILDINGS3D 2.0
Record of all municipalities (12'300 km2)
update of 7'280 km2
Update of 15'322 km2
Aerial image strips
542 aerial image strips were taken of a total of 20'201 km
swissSURFACE3D 7906 km2 produced
Update of 7'470 km2
Update of the entire data set. In addition to a merger of communes
Update of the entire data set
Update of the entire perimeter CH and FL
Update of the entire perimeter CH and FL

Printed maps

Maps published in 2020
Product Sheets

National Map 1:25 000, 1:50 000, 1:100 000


Composite of the National Map 1:25 000, 1:50 000, 1:100 000


Hiking Map  1:33 333, 1:50 000


Snowshoe and Ski Tour Map 1:50 000


1 ICAO Map 1:500'000


1 Glider Chart 1:300'000


Products and distribution
Printed maps sold 405'000

Digital maps and interactive solutions

Development of mobile applications in 2020
Downloads of the swisstopo application (first publication July 2020) 750 000
Personalised paper maps, mySwissMap (new service since June 2020) 2705

Geodetic data

Status of the geodetic bases in 2020
Automatic GNSS Network of Switzerland (AGNES)
41 stations
International/European permanent stations (IGS/EPN)
126 stations
Further monitor stations 56 stations
Positioning service swipos-GIS/GEO
3413 licenses
Planimetric control points
1⁄5 of 223 main survey points of Switzerland is revised and local control of stability (area of Romandie)
Vertical control points
26.423 km of the precise levelling network newly measured (with a total altitude difference of 1792 m)

Geological products

Publications of the Swiss Geological Survey in 2020
Product Name

Geological Atlas of Switzerland 1:25 000, printed maps and pixel maps

Sissach-Rheinfelden (Nr. 161), Innertkirchen (Nr. 167), Hitzkirch (Nr. 168)

Explanatory Booklet Walensee (Nr. 106), Château-d’Oex (Nr. 144)

Vector data sets

GA25 –V (3 data sets), GeoCover V2 (update of all data)

Report of the Swiss Geological Survey

12: Ceneri-Basistunnel : Geologie, Geotechnik, Hydrogeologie und Bautechnik. Zusammenfassender Schlussbericht. 13 DE (only in PDF format): Rohstoffe zur Herstellung von Zement – Bedarf und Versorgungssituation in der Schweiz.

Cadastral surveying

Status of cadastral surveying as of 31 December 2020
Area status Portion of Switzerland's territory Modifications compared to 2019
Digital data available 85.6% +0.4%
Digital data in preparation 5.0% -0.2%
Only conventional data available 0.5% 0.0%
Not yet surveyed 5.6% -0.4%
Lakes 3.3% +0.2%

Geodata infrastructure

Geodata infrastructure statistics in 2020
Indicator Figure
Visits via the geoportal operated by swisstopo
226.3 million
Uptime (24/7)
2617 mega-pixels provided by the FSDI (Federal Spatial Data Infrastructure)  
Topics available in the Federal Geodata Infrastructure FGDI
1200 TB geodata delivered on the Internet via the infrastructure  
223 million search requests via the infrastructure  
3 million PDFs generated with map extracts via  
110 TB raw data obtained via  

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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