This article describes the Norwegian Mapping Authority’s free products, i.e. data, services and maps that have been released for free use for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. Here is a guide to the Norwegian Mapping Authority’s free products.

License for our free products

The Norwegian Mapping Authority’s free products are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

This means the name of the Norwegian Mapping Authority will appear in all contexts, where the products or extracts of these are used, be it applications, web solutions, printed products, illustrations or others in the following way: ©Kartverket. It should also be linked to our websites where this is possible.

Some of the products are protected by copyrights, some have database protection, and some have expired.
As stated in CC BY, these only include protected products, and the requirement of source reference is therefore only applicable if the product is protected, or if the name must be mentioned for other reasons (generally accepted business practice).

For products with database protection, e.g. Sentralt stedsnavnregister (SSR - the Central
Register of Place Name), use of the entire product, or essential parts of it must be marked with the correct source reference. This does not apply to the use of single parts of information. In the case of systematic use of single parts of information, the source must be stated by e.g.: “all place names are obtained from SSR ©Kartverket”, and a link to www.kartverket.no.

Liability

The Norwegian Mapping Authority’s free products are distributed as is. The Norwegian Mapping Authority is not liable for claims arising out of the use of the maps. Users are advised to use due diligence and consideration for equipment and terrain.

Users must be aware that maps are not always consistent with the terrain, and any use must occur with due caution and consideration to equipment and physical conditions.

Moreover, unless otherwise stated, the rules pursuant to the Norwegian Spatial Data Act (geodataloven) with accompanying guidelines apply.

Screenshot of map

You can freely use the screenshot of maps from most of the norgeskart.no in exchange for crediting © Kartverket or ©kartverket/norgeskart.no. But if you zoom in far enough, you'll get to maps for which the Norwegian Mapping Authority does not have rights or all rights on its own. In order to use these, you must obtain permission from the licensees of the Geovekst cooperation or municipalities located outside Geovekst (Oslo, Bærum, Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim). For assistance, please send an email to the Norwegian Mapping Authority (post@kartverket.no) with the appropriate section, location and a description of what you want to use it for. In general, you will receive permission to use this for free if it is for non-commercial use and is credited as indicated to you.

The picture below shows approximately how far you can zoom in before you have to obtain permission. Map section on the left you can use freely, while on the right you must obtain permission to use. You can also check the zoom level of the URL in your browser. Somewhere in the URL, it says "zoom=" followed by a number from 1-20. Zoom levels 12-20 require permission. See overview of the zoom level here (scroll to "Oversikt over zoomnivåer og tilhørende målestokk").

ZOOM LEVELS: The map section on the left (zoom level 11) may be used freely, while the map section on the right (zoom level 13) is not free.

Screenshot of aerial photos

Aerial photos on norgeskart.no and norgeibilder.no are licensed products, and permission must be obtained from the licensees of the Geovekst cooperation or the municipalities outside (Oslo, Bærum, Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim). For assistance, please send an email to the Norwegian Mapping Authority (post@kartverket.no) with the appropriate section, location and project name/year, as well as a description of what you want to use it for. In general, you will be allowed to use this for free if it is for non-commercial use, with a reference to the source as indicated to you.

APIs/ services

Some of the Norwegian Mapping Authority’s APIs/services are subject to technical limitations. These will be stated for each service.

WMS and cache services display at a certain zoom level (level 12-20 - see zoom level overview here - scroll to "Oversikt over zoomnivåer og tilhørende målestokk") data obtained from the Geovekst cooperation for which the Norwegian Mapping Authority does not have rights or all rights on its own. This data can be used by people in various positions on the same premises as for other data. However, special permission must be obtained from the licensees if they are to be copied or used in other ways. For assistance, please send an email to the Norwegian Mapping Authority (post@kartverket.no).

APIs/hosts with external sources

Some of the Norwegian Mapping Authority’s APIs/services contain data from external sources and therefore have additional licenses. The Norwegian Mapping Authority is not liable for the accuracy and quality of external data sources. The user is responsible for following the licenses associated with external data.

WMS services
ServiceLicense for external data
wms.dybderelieffpolar_v02 GEBCO
wms.europa VMAP0
wms.gebco_skyggerelieff GEBCO

 

Cache services
ServicesLicense for external data
Europa VMAP0
EGK (Europa grunnkart) EEA
GEBCO
Barents_watch GEBCO
VMAP0

Historical maps

For historical maps the following details must be included in reproductions:

  • Place of original map (Kartverket/Norwegian Mapping Authority)
  • Map name/number
  • Name of cartographer
  • Year

Example of crediting: Kartverket (Norwegian Mapping Authority): Rectangle measurement: 1:50 000, 19A-1, Ltn. C. Lund, 1847.

CC BY does not apply to the products which are public domain. Historical maps older than 100 years are considered public domain. We still request that the users make the appropriate credit out of respect for the makers of these creations.