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Simplified OpenStreetMap boundaries download

The files provided here may be freely used by anyone under a Creative Commons license. Producing them takes a lot of time and resources. If you find this data useful please consider supporting my work using the following link:

Here you can download simplified administrative boundaries from OpenStreetMap for use in map rendering. A sample rendering of these can be found on

These packages contain shapefiles in web mercator (EPSG:3857) projection intended for use in web maps at zoom levels 2-8. They have been produced exclusively from OpenStreetMap data. The maritime boundaries are only included where they are necessary to indicate what country a certain island belongs to.

national boundaries for zoom level 4 admin_level 2 and 4 boundaries for zoom level 6
admin_level 2 boundaries for z=4 admin_level 2+4 boundaries for z=6

The exact degree of simplification used for showing boundaries depends on the style of a map so you might need to use these files with an offset in zoom levels.

These files are made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license. Data source is © OpenStreetMap contributors. Some might wonder why these are not licensed under ODBL like the original OSM data - this is because the simplified boundaries are a rendering of the data and it is neither intended nor possible to extract the actual boundary data from it. Therefore it is a produced work in terms of the ODBL.

Current version from December 13, 2014: Using OSM data from 2014-12-05, files in subdirectory 'osm' within zip, date included in readme.

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