Orthophoto View Service

This service provides access to orthophotos (scale correct aerial photographs) in four levels of detail in colour (RGB) and in one level in infra-red (IR). The service meets the requirements of the EU INSPIRE Directive. The product name in Swedish is Ortofoto Visning.

Brief information

The production year for each orthophoto is shown in its own metadata layers. For orthophotos from 2010 and onwards, seamlines and aerial photo acquisition times for the used aerial photographs are also shown in separate metadata layers.


Resolution 0,16/0,25 m/pixel - The largest urban areas and more densely built-up areas in southern Sweden and along the east coast of northern Sweden in colour (RGB).

Resolution 0,4/0,5 m/pixel - Nationwide in colour (RGB).

Resolution 0,5 m/pixel - Nationwide in infra-red (IR).

Maintenance and update frequency

The service is continuously updated with new orthophotos as they are produced.

Download shape files

If more accurate information regarding the acquisition times for aerial photographs are needed, information files in shape format, containing exposure points for the aerial photographs, can be downloaded and matched against the orthophotos.

Here you can find the latest information regarding the outcome of the orthophoto production.

In GeoLex (opens in new window), you will find information regarding metadata for aerial photographs and orthophotos.

Read more about orthophoto

Product information regarding Orthophoto.


Our geodata services are normally available 24/7 and we provide support during working hours.
Read more about availability to geodata services (in Swedish).

Services that comply with the Inspire requirements can be viewed free of charge at Geodata portal. There you can find more detailed information about the services. On the Inspire website (opens in new window), you can find the Implementing rules that form the basis of our Inspire services.

Our geodata services (APIs) require that you have an application or software capable of managing the services. To view real property information or maps directly in your browser, you can use Lantmäteriet's e-services.

Order product

You can order geodata products directly from us or from one of our resellers. The resellers can also help you with customization and processing of the products.

Order from Lantmäteriet

If you want to order directly from us at Lantmäteriet you should use the Order form.

If you want to use our spatial data services in your business, you first need to sign a license for use. Submit a request in the Order Form.

Order from resellers

Do you want help with customizing and processing our products and services? Then you should contact one of our resellers.

Copyright and publication

In some cases you need permit to distribute geographic information. Read more on the page Copyright and publication of Lantmäteriet's geographical information.


Different versions of the services may overlap each other, so pay attention to which version you are using. Version history describes the changes that occurred at each update.

Version history

Version and date

Changes compared with previous version

Version 1.6


Available in verification environment from:


Available in production environment from:


  • The version is supplemented with layers with the new resolutions 0,16 metres and 0,4 metres. All the layers get changed layer names.
    The change means that a new access point needs to be used.



Discontinued 2019-12-03 

  • Adaptation of texts for metadata and aerial photograph seam lines, with respect to scale and area.

Version 1.5


Available in production environment from:


 Discontinued 2019-07-09 

  • GIF format has expired.
  • Three layers renamed

Version 1.4.1


Discontinued 2018-09-05


Available in production environment from:



This version meets the requirements of the EU directive Inspire and contains the same nine layers (with the same layer names) as in the previous version 1.4 as well as all six layers (with the same layer names) from the previous service Orthophoto Viewing Inspire.


Thus, some of the layers point to the same data sets. The service is therefore backwards compatible with both the previous version 1.4 of Orthophoto Viewing and with Orthophoto Viewing Inspire. The information is also available in several more reference systems, including Google Mercator.

Version 1.4


Discontinued 2017-09-05



Technical framework and standard for display services

Our map and image display services are based on the standardized call interfaces Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) developed by OGC, The Open Geospatial Consortium (new window). WMS is also an ISO standard (ISO 19128).

The services are of the nature 'question-answer', where the consumer (user's system) sends a service call over the Internet and receives a map image in a standard image format or in a vector format for certain types of services.

The characteristics of the map image are defined by the call parameters, such as information type, geographical spread, reference system, image format and image size.

There are many client applications for display services or components for integration into own system available. In addition to commercial products, there are a number of established products based on open source code, such as QGIS (new window).

At OSGeo, The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (new window) you can read more about software in the field of geodata that are based on open source code.

If you want deeper technical information about our display services, read the technical description on each product page.

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