NaturalEarth provide L-0 (countries) and L-1 (sub-division) shapefiles, but no L-2 (sub-sub-division) shapefiles.

GADM.org provides L0 to L-5 data, and have a pretty good coverage for L-2 (sub-sub-division) shapefiles.

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but it is forbidden for commercial use.

Where do I find administrative L-2 polygons with near similar world coverage under open license ?


A German user has set up a vizualisation and export service of the boundaries inside the OpenStreetmap project:


Clicking on the country's node on the left will open the sublevels.

Note that OSM counts the levels a bit different: OSM-level 2 is GADM-level 0

OSM data can be used commercially, as long as you mention where the data is from.

  • I noticed for the different naming conventions. The key is to get suitable and clean data, so your answer does help :) – Hugolpz Aug 7 '14 at 13:04
  • I worry however that OSM data will be more instable than GADM. – Hugolpz Aug 7 '14 at 13:19
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    You get what you paid for ... – AndreJ Aug 7 '14 at 13:20

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