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Division into administrative areas (vector)

Division into administrative areas (vector) is a dataset depicting the municipalities, regions, Regional State Administrative Agencies, and the national border of Finland.

The Division into administrative areas products in vector format contain the number codes of the municipalities, the names of the municipalities in both Finnish and Swedish as well as municipal boundaries and municipal geographical areas. In addition, the products include the corresponding information about the regions, the Regional State Administrative Agencies, and the nation as well as a specification of the municipality's area into land and water area. The municipality's area is not included in the XML/GLM format.

The dataset Municipal Division is produced in scales 1:10,000, 1:100,000, 1:250,000, 1:1,000,000 and 1:4,500,000. The data included in the dataset in scale 1:10,000 are taken from the Cadastre. Regarding other scales, municipal boundaries have been generalised to suit the scale in question.

The product is a part of the open data of the National Land Survey.

Purpose:

Divisions into administrative areas can be used as a background material, in different kinds of analyses and as a starting material for map products.

Geographic location
Entire Finland
Reference system
ETRS89 / TM35FIN(E,N) (EPSG:3067)
Scale
10000
100000
250000
1000000
4500000
Pixel size
1 m
8 m
32 m
128 m
512 m
Spatial representation
Vector
Spatial representation info
Full surface graph
Data content

Divison into administrative aras (vector) is a dataset depicting the municipalities, regions, Regional State Administrative Agencies, and the national border of Finland. The product is available in the following scales: 1:10,000, 1:100,000, 1:250,000, 1:1,000,000, 1:4,500,000.

The information product specifications for the Division into administrative areas products in vector format (in Finnish): http://xml.nls.fi/Kuntajako/Asiakasdokumentaatio/Tietotuoteselosteet/

The scheme document (XML/GML, in Finnish/English): http://xml.nls.fi/Kuntajako/Asiakasdokumentaatio/Skeemakuvaus/NLSF_AU_schema_documentation_4.0.html.

Maintenance

The new Division into administrative areas (vector) products are made at the beginning of the calendar year in January following the update of the municipal division dataset.

The product is available from the NLS Open data file download service according to the above-described updating rhythm.

Lineage

Division into administrative areas (formerly Municipal Division) is a dataset produced by the National Land Survey depicting the divisions based on municipalities, regions, Regional State Administrative Agencies, and the national border in all of Finland.

The Municipal Division dataset, which has been taken from the Cadastre, has been used for making the ungeneralised product Division into administrative areas (vector) 1:10,000. Products in smaller scales are made by generalising:

Product 1:100,000 is generalised from the 1:10,000 dataset

Product 1:250,000 is generalised from the 1:100,000 dataset

Product 1:1,000,000 is generalised from the 1:250,000 dataset

Product 1:4,500,000 is generalised from the 1:1,000,000 dataset

The products that have been derived from these datasets in XML/GLM format correspond to the scheme of the INSPIRE administrative units.

The real estate boundary data of the Cadastre that are kept up to date continuously serve as the source dataset for municipal boundaries. The data concerning changes in municipal boundaries are transferred to the municipal boundaries dataset at the beginning of each year.

The Division into administrative areas products include municipal enclaves if they are suitable for the scale of the product. The municipal division areas of the products contain information on whether the area in question is a main area or an enclave. Based on this information, the enclaves can be removed.

The Division into administrative areas (vector) dataset does not contain shorelines; they have to be acquired from some other dataset that has the corresponding scale.

Division into administrative areas (vector) products (formerly Municipal Division) have been produced in the XML/GML format since 2012, other formats have been introduced later. The most recent product is available from the File service of open data. Older versions can be purchased separately.

Responsible party

National Land Survey of Finland

Conditions applying to access and use
Mention the name of the Licensor (the National Land Survey of Finland), the name of the dataset(s) and the time when the National Land Survey has delivered the dataset(s) (e.g.: contains data from the National Land Survey of Finland Topographic Database 06/2014).
Distribution format
XML/GML
ESRI Shapefile
Mapinfo MIF/MID
PNG
Distribution channels
Not based on a decree