Place name Direct

This service gives the possibility to search among the official settlement and nature names found in Lantmäteriet’s place name register and to display them in a map or orthophoto. The product name in Swedish is Ortnamn Direkt.

About this product

The place name information includes:

  • County code
  • Municipality code
  • Civil parish town code and civil parish town name
  • ID
  • Place name
  • Coordinate
  • Language
  • Name type

Statistics Sweden (Statistiskt centralbyrå, SCB) is responsible for listing geographical divisions and assigns codes for them. Here you can find counties and municipalities arranged by code number (new window)

Socken (Civil parish) and Stad (Town) are historical divisions that Lantmäteriet are responsible for. Read more about Socken och stad (new window)

The place name register is nationwide and currently contains around 980 000 place names. For locations in multilingual areas, two or three may occur.

The placename register is the standard for Sweden’s place names and contains the forms and spellings that have been officially established.

Maintenance and update frequency

The Place name register is continuously updated.


Our geodata services are normally available 24/7 and we provide support during working hours. Read more about availability to geodata 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 can overlap, so pay attention to which version you use. Version history describes the changes that occurred at each update.

Technical framework and standard for direct access services

Our direct access services are mainly based on standards from W3C (new window) and OGC, The Open Geospatial Consortium (new window).

The service interfaces are SOAP or REST based where object types are in many cases built using GML (Geography Markup Language) or JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) to describe its geographical properties.

The services are of the nature 'question-answer' where the consumer (user's system) sends a service call with search terms or selection parameters over the Internet and receives a list with one or more geographical objects in response.

To get there quickly start and test the services before they are integrated in your own system, a tool such as SOAP-UI or Postman can be used. SOAP UI (new window) and Postman (new window) are tools for testing SOAP- or REST-based Webservices.

Version History
Version and date Change since previous version

Version 2.1.0

New version
Available in Verification environment:

Available in Production environment:

Number of hits added to criteria search

Geometry search included in criteria search

Free text search expanded with the options Starting with, Exactly and Ending with

Free text search supplemented with search within county or municipality

Version 2.0.0

Discontinued 2021-06- 09


In the API portal you, as a user of Lantmäteriet's direct access services, you can among other things, manage access keys for the services you have access to.

As a logged in user, you can view and manage the services you have access to, create access keys, create access groups, and view usage statistics.

The API portal is available for both production environment and verification environment for our direct access services. You log into the respective environment's API Portal to manage services and permissions for that environment.

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