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I'm looking for an interactive map that shows ONLY administrative divisions of a country. I need to personalize it so when the user clicks a region, the map shows some information about it. If it comes in colors and animations, it would be better. Is there a way I can achieve this? I've seen around and I found very good maps but maybe they show additional geographic information that is really good but might not be relevant for my web application (PHP). One more thing: I'm avoiding the use of Flash and Java Applets. Thanks.

share|improve this question like this? – Mapperz Jan 16 '12 at 15:07
Good approach, but I need the internal division of a country. – Jorge Jan 16 '12 at 15:11
Would you be prepared to to build your own database for internal divisions? – Mapperz Jan 16 '12 at 15:19
I would, if there was no other way. – Jorge Jan 16 '12 at 15:22
have a look at - though some countries are limited but you download the data using the API – Mapperz Jan 16 '12 at 15:27
up vote 8 down vote accepted

If you don't mind creating your own application you could make use of the natural earth data ( The quality is excellent and breaks down to state-/province-level. Additionally, the data has a lot of attribute information.

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Do you know if this is different from the Global Admin Boundaries? – djq Jan 17 '12 at 18:14

The US Department of State’s Humanitarian Information Unit recently released a new data set, the Large Scale International Boundaries. Available at

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Can you just load the world data and then use this information to create a list of keywords from the attribute table ?

See if this is what you were looking for ?


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For the UK all administrative boundaries are available for free from Ordnance Survey.

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