The service offers you an access to the topographic maps, aerial images and background maps produced by the National Land Survey of Finland. You can search for maps from the whole of Finland by place names and coordinates, among others. More exact scales also show property boundaries and property identifiers.
MapSite is intended for private persons. It’s accessible to all and free of charge. The use of the service doesn’t require registration.
Through the service you can order various printed map products. Besides topographic and basic maps, you can order map printouts. You can choose the area you want to print out as well as the size and scale of it.
You can download topographic maps and aerial photographs in digital format from the NLS File service of open data.
Contents of the service
This service contains up-to-date maps, aerial photos and property boundaries covering all of Finland. You can view several map layers on top of each other and by adjusting the transparency of the layers create a customised map view.
Map data on the MapSite
On the MapSite, you can have a look at the National Land Survey's maps, aerial photos and property location data.
Topographic maps and basic maps are datasets depicting the terrain of all of Finland.
Background maps use light colours, and they show less data than, for example, topographic maps. The address numbers shown on the background maps are obtained from the Population Information System maintained by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.
This product is particularly intended for people with limited vision, but it also works as a background and guide map. In comparison with the Basic map, the Plain map has less information and fewer colours. The information that is shown has also been emphasised and contrast increased to make map features more easily distinguishable.
Aerial image data is based on aerial photographs taken during data collection for mapping. This data is only available at the most precise scales.
Hillshade or shaded relief raster images are greyscale images showing the elevation of the terrain.
Property identifiers and Property boundaries
Property identifiers and boundaries are based on the Cadastre. The property division is approximate. The exact areal dimensions of a property is shown in the cadastral survey documents and the terrain. This data is only available at the most precise scales.
Address search is based on the road name data in the Topographic database. The search also finds addresses with no buildings. Addresses are address points that have been calculated from the road name data. The location of an address point does not necessarily match the address of a building.
The feature name search is based on the National Land Survey's place name register containing all geographic names on the basic map. There are approx. 800,000 names in the dataset.
Tips for using the MapSite
Using the map
Search for a feature by place name, address or property identifier
You can add the asterisk (*) to the beginning, middle or end of your search word. The search also displays the number of features found (at most 500).
Use the name or address search to identify a property identifier, for example. Once you have found the correct place, select property identifiers under map layers.
Search for a feature by property identifier to identify the location of a specific property.
The property identifier can consist of numbers separated by dashes or zeros, e.g. 12-34-5-678 or 01203400050678.
Print the map view by clicking the printer icon in the top right corner. If a notification is shown at the top of the map view, you can close the notification by clicking X to view the printer icon. You can also enlarge the map to the full screen size by minimising the menus on the right and left by clicking the < > icons.
Add a marker on the map
Select the marking tool in the left-hand side menu.
Enter a heading and write a detailed description.
You can share the marker as a link by email or on social media.
Measure the distance or area
You can find the measuring tools in the left-hand side menu.
Click to set the starting point and measure the distance or area. Stop measuring by double-clicking. Modify your measurement by dragging the line.
You can print a map view in which the area is indicated as an attachment to a deed of sale for a parcel, for example.
Show the nearest address
Start by clicking the icon in the left-hand menu. Next, click the location whose nearest address you want to see on the map.
You can see the nearest address, municipality and the location’s coordinates.
This function also shows the address of roadside locations without any buildings.
Enter and convert coordinates
In the MapSite, geographic coordinates are shown in three different formats:
d° m' s,sss'', 2. d° m,mmmm', 3. d,ddddddd°.
Open the ‘Enter and convert coordinates’ function by clicking the XY icon on the right-hand side of the map view. The function shows the TM35 map sheet number for the point on the map.
Type coordinates in their designated fields. Click the ‘Add marker’ button to show the coordinates on the map.
In geographic coordinates, the degree symbol (°) can be replaced by the letter ‘d’.
Select the coordinate system in the drop-down menu. The coordinates will be converted in the fields based on the coordinate system selected.
This function also shows the coordinates recommended to be used in emergency calls.
Did you notice an error on the map?
Report any error you have noticed or give other feedback on the MapSite. Open the feedback form by clicking the right-hand side menu.
Printed maps and map printouts
In the MapSite, you can also buy maps. To order and buy maps, open ‘Buy maps’ in the right-hand side menu.
You can choose from printed maps or make your own map printouts.
If you want a printed map, you can choose from basic maps (1:25,000/20,000) and topographic maps (1:50,000).
You can select the following content for your own map printout:
- printout size
- contents, e.g. show property identifiers and boundary markers, grid intersections
You can select weatherproof plastic, canvas or paper as your map printout’s material. The map printout is also available as a PDF file sent by email.
Printed maps and map printouts are delivered by post. For PDF printouts, a download link will be sent to you by email.
Opening and viewing PDF map printouts sent by email
Map printouts are delivered as a download link by email. Click the link and save the file on your computer. The download link is valid for 30 days after placing an order.
If you cannot open the link by clicking it, copy it and paste it in your browser’s address bar.
Next, open the PDF map printout using Adobe Reader. Click the eye icon in the left-hand menu of the program to select the information you want to be shown on the map.
MapSite is an information service maintained by the National Land Survey of Finland. It is available at asiointi.maanmittauslaitos.fi. On the MapSite you can, using various search options, browse topographic maps, aerial images and background maps provided by the National Land Survey. In addition, map functions are available for example for measuring distance and converting coordinates. You can order National Land Survey products via MapSite. MapSite is available to everyone free of charge. Using MapSite does not require registration.
1. Responsibility of the National Land Survey
MapSite and its contents are made available as is and as the user you are solely responsible for using it. The National Land Survey is not responsible for the contents, correctness, accuracy or reliability of the MapSite or the data it contains, nor for their suitability nor applicability to a certain usage.
The National Land Survey can take MapSite or a part of it out of use, for example for maintenance, updates, technical problems or any other reason. The National Land Survey can at any time modify MapSite or its contents, prevent access to it or close it down. As far as possible, the National Land Survey intends to inform users ahead of time of any modifications to MapSite or any downtime. Information will be published on the MapSite's website or in another appropriate manner. Any changes enter into force as soon as they have been implemented.
The National Land Survey is not liable for any direct or indirect damage caused by the use of MapSite or its contents, or the prevention of such use.
2. Responsibility of the user
The use of MapSite for other than customary purposes or with customary applications or equipment is prohibited. For example, the storage of large amounts of MapSite's contents with another application is prohibited, as is the use of MapSite in a way that interferes with its functioning. If MapSite is used in a way that interferes with its functioning, the user concerned can be prevented from using MapSite at all.
The user is responsible in full for any damage caused by the use of MapSite or its contents to the National Land Survey or a third party.
3. Immaterial rights
Rights related to MapSite, including copyrights and other immaterial rights, belong to the National Land Survey. As a MapSite user you do not have the right to make MapSite, a map available via MapSite or any other part of MapSite available to the public by distributing, presenting or displaying it in public, or to store or produce copies of it without prior permission from the National Land Survey.
In spite of the above statement, users have the right to use MapSite in conjunction with educational activities funded by the Government. In addition, users have the right to copy, store and print out individual maps for private use as intended in the Copyright Act (404/1961) and for a thesis or a final year project. As a user, you have the right to publish a link to the MapSite on your website's main page or a subpage. The name MapSite must be shown in conjunction with the link. Via the link, MapSite must open in an empty browser window without frames. Any other linking is prohibited.
As a user you can acquire the right to use the National Land Survey's open map data that is in use on the MapSite by downloading the data from the NLS Open data file download service. You can use the data from the file download service in accordance with the National Land Survey open data CC 4.0 licence. The terms of the license grant users the right to copy and publish maps that are included in the open map data in accordance with terms more precisely specified in the license.
4. Links to websites maintained by a third party
MapSite may contain links to websites maintained by a third party. The National Land Survey is not responsible for the contents of third-party websites, nor for ensuring that personal data on such websites is handled in accordance with the law.
5. Applicable law and the settlement of disputes
MapSite and its use are subject to Finnish legislation with the exception of regulations related to the selection of applicable legislation.
In case of a dispute between the National Land Survey and a user of MapSite, the intention is to primarily attempt to solve such disputes through negotiation between the parties. If such negotiation does not result in the settlement of the dispute, the first court instance to settle the dispute is the Helsinki District Court.
Soon you can also download open datasets from the MapSite
In February 2022, the BETA version of the new open data file download service will be published on the MapSite. During the BETA stage, the service will be tested and developed. At the first stage, laser scanning data 0.5 p, laser scanning data 2008–2019, elevation model 2 m, and the topographic database will be available in the service. Datasets will be added to the service gradually. The current open data file download service will operate alongside the new service until all datasets are available in the new service.
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