World Boundaries Premium - global boundary data

World Boundary Premium provides comprehensive coverage of global administrative geographies combined with neighborhood, suburb, land use and postal geographies. Administrative boundaries from multiple sources for 244 countries are aggregated in a single product, with a single file and table structure for ease of integration.

Boundaries allow users to perform a host of geographic and analytic functions, such as visualizing and manipulating data for map representation or linking company data to accurately locate customers and constituents. They also support a host of forward and reverse geocoding functions, geo-tagging and geo-fencing.

The product contains two versions. The geo-tagged version provides all boundaries as one flat boundary file where each polygon represents a unique set of administrative values to the most granular level. The display version provides separate layers for each administrative level.


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  • Attach location to customer records. Geocode for both display purposes (such as social media check-in) and for location-based target marketing.
  • Identify when customers are. Create geofences for location-based messaging.
  • Enrich business data. Provide a link between different data assets. For example, connect postcode or municipality name to company assets to create thematic maps and visualise data in a new way.
  • Analyze various datasets. Measure and benchmark scenarios across different geographic areas. For example, explore how an environmental impact may change the risk of exposure, or how consumer expenditure in an area may affect the number of small office or home office businesses.



The product contains object layers and additional tables for:

  • Disputed territories
  • Land use
  • Postal codes

Levels for any given country can include:

  • Country
  • State or equivalent
  • Subdivision such as county, district or provinces
  • Towns/municipalities
  • Localities and urban areas
  • Neighborhoods


  • Administrative, locality and neighborhood boundary coverage: Captures the political/administrative hierarchy in the most consistent way possible to deliver a relevant place name for any location in the world
  • Display version: Contains all boundaries, fully intact and can be displayed as separate layers. This includes objects at each available admin level.  Where boundaries exist for multiple admin levels they may overlap.
  • Geo-tagged version: Presents data in a flattened version containing only the smallest (available) geometry for a location
  • Six data levels:Allows for six data levels to represent the regions and sub-regions that vary from country to country, and ensure the greatest possible consistency across the dataset
  • Disputed boundaries: Provides disputed borders as a separate layer to enable companies with international customers and interests to represent a diplomatically neutral portrayal of these areas
  • English names and alternate names: Includes both an English name and an alternate name with language code for that alternate name to support local audiences
  • Postal code table: References full or partial postal codes for nearly 40 individual countries
  • Land use table: Allows users to understand a customer’s location information in reference to familiar land-use areas such as airports, hospitals, schools, golf courses
  • Quarterly updates:Ensures the latest data and accounts for recent re-structuring of administrative boundaries and postal information around the world

Coverage details

  • Coverage:  244 Countries
  • Release Schedule: Quarterly
  • Unit of Sale: Global File