Global Insight

The leading world map & global gazetteer

Global Insight can underpin location intelligence solutions requiring global search and geocoding capabilities plus essential base mapping. It is ideal for highlighting the location of a place against a simple but accurate political map of the world.

Global Insight

Global Insight offers 1:1,000,000 scale digital mapping for the entire world. With coverage divided by feature over a number of intermatching layers, it is an ideal data set for global location mapping.

The product provides up-to-date political entities, coastlines, international borders, first level administrative borders, some second level administrative borders, time zones (with DST/daylight saving periods for this/next year), points of interest and over 1.5 million named places with urban sprawls.

Comprehensive Places Gazetteer

Global Insight contains over 1.5 million named places.

In addition to local names, alternative forms are provided. These include English conventional name (e.g. Roma / Rome), foreign exonyms (including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Japanese [Kanji & Katakana], Arabic, Russian, simplified Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Greek & Turkish), second national language (e.g. Finnish: Helsinki / Swedish: Helsingfors), legacy names (e.g. Peking / Beijing) or long/short form (e.g. Kingston / Kingston-upon-Thames).

The comprehensive places gazetteer of Global Insight can provide a superior match rate for your global searches and geocoding.

Global Insight - Places Gazetteer
Google Earth featuring Global Insight

As featured in Google Earth
and Google Maps

The international/national boundaries and place names of Global Insight can be found within the ubiquitous Google Earth and Google Maps services. Through this long-standing integration, Global Insight has been seen by over one billion people, approximately one in seven of the world’s entire population.


New in Global Insight v2019.1

  • An increase to over 1.5 million named places
  • Political updates to over 40 countries
  • Updated 1st and 2nd level administrative boundaries
  • Continued hi-resolution border improvements
  • Time zones updated with DST for 2019/2020
  • New: IMO Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA) layer
  • Updated Earthquakes layer
  • Updated Exclusive Economic Zones layer
  • Updated monthly (2018) cloud cover raster layers
  • Cartographic styling improvements
New in latest version

Map Layers

Global Insight consists of the following intermatching map data layers. Additionally, the product contains Expo – a curated set of guest content from trusted partners and carefully selected third parties.

Standard Content

  • Political Land Masses
  • Coastlines
  • Political Reference
  • International Borders
  • 1st Level Administrative Reference
  • 1st Level Administrative Borders
  • 2nd Level Administrative Borders
  • Places (1.5m+)
  • Points of Interest (POI)
  • Urban Sprawls
  • Time Zones with DST
  • National Parks
  • Deserts
  • Sea Bathymetry
  • Ocean Features
  • Simple Grids
  • Military Grid (MGRS)
  • Multi-level Superfund Grids
  • UTM Zones
  • MARPOL 73/78, PSSA
  • Flag Images

Expo Content

  • Shaded Relief
  • Exclusive Economic Zones
  • Earthquakes
  • Tectonic Plates
  • Flight Routes (unmaintained)
  • NASA Blue Marble
  • NASA Black Marble
  • Monthly Cloud Cover (2018)
  • Earth Gravitational Model (EGM2008) grid/raster

Looking for a global map data product with roads, railways, drainage (rivers & lakes), airport and ports? Check out Global Insight Plus


There are an unlimited number of uses for Global Insight. Potential applications include:

  • General reference mapping
  • Global geocoding by place name
  • International strategic planning
  • Travel planning & transportation tracking
  • Telecommunications
  • Mining, oil & gas exploration
  • Place name overlay for satellite imagery
GIS Software
Orders, Formats & Delivery

Data Formats & Delivery

Global Insight is available in many popular GIS formats, including:

  • Esri Shapefile
  • Esri File GeoDatabase
  • MapInfo TAB (Extended)

All data products are delivered using our secure data delivery platform, Europa Data Vault.

Europa Data Vault

Flexible Licensing

Global Insight can be licensed for a single user, multiple users, server or corporate use. The product is provided subject to our standard End User Licence Agreement (EULA) for global data products. Additionally, attractive licensing terms are available to organisations who wish to integrate Global Insight into their own software products and services.

Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements and request pricing information.


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Global map data is a cornerstone in the history of Europa Technologies. Our market-leading data products are the choice of SMEs, prestigious Fortune Global 500 companies, governments and missions of the United Nations. As a result of a long-standing integration with Google Earth and Google Maps, our global data products have been seen by over one billion people, approximately one in seven of the world’s entire population.

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Free Data Life Support

All data products supplied by Europa Technologies include free, world-class, lifetime support.

Got a technical issue or licensing question? No problem – we’re just a call or an e-mail away.

Arrange your digital map licensing through us with the assurance of great value from your data investment.

Data Life Support

How can we help you?

If you have any questions about Global Insight (technical, licensing, pricing, etc.) or would like to arrange a free personalised demo at a time that suits you, please get in touch using the links above. Alternatively, contact one of our product specialists who will be happy to help you. You can also discover more by attending one of our regular webinars.

Our location intelligence products and services provide great opportunities for resellers, system integrators and data brokers. Contact us today about partnering with Europa Technologies and explore how we might benefit from working together.