International Boundaries

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Updated: Monday, 12 September 2022

Very high resolution boundaries combining coastline data with U.S. Department of State Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) for international boundaries and United Nations Statistics Division M49 for attributes. See GitHub for technical information on how this layer is made.

International boundaries are built using either OpenStreetMap or U.S. Geological Survey coastlines. Within each set, ADM0 layers comes in several versions to represent different world views of disputed areas. Starting with the "All" version, areas are dissolved together based on varying international recognition. The following preset world views are available for download:

  • International: A balanced world view for use by international non-governmental organizations. Disputed areas follow recommended representation used by the UN Clear Map. UN agencies should use official layers at the UN Geospatial Hub.
  • All: A conservative world view that dissagregates all disputed areas. Useful if applying individual customization outside the presets generated here.
  • United States: World view of the United States as represented in the original Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) layer.
  • Land: Only shorline data, recommended for using with point and line layers above for cartographic applications.

OpenStreetMap (ODbL)

Default version, preferred for making web maps as it aligns with other OpenStreetMap derived basemaps and data.

Coastline data: Land polygons (download)

Attribution: FieldMaps, U.S. Department of State, OpenStreetMap

License: Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL)

Conditions: Derived work must include attributions, be offered under the same license, and keep open access to the data

World ViewPolygonsLinesPoints
Internationalgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsx
Allgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsx
USAgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsx
Landgpkg | shp

U.S. Geological Survey (Public Domain)

Specialty version, uses sources where intellectual property and related rights in the data are absent. Use of Natural Earth is limited to Antartica and Caspian Sea only, as these areas aren't covered by USGS coastline data.

Coastline data: Global Islands Database (download)

Attribution: FieldMaps, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Geological Survey, Natural Earth

License: Public Domain

Conditions: None

World ViewPolygonsLinesPoints
Internationalgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsx
Allgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsx
USAgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsxgpkg | shp | xlsx
Landgpkg | shp

Download metadata tables as: json | csv | xlsx