The Principality of Andorra, with an area of only 468 km
and a population of 49,000 inhabitants, lies between Spain
and France. A fine selection of maps has been produced by
the Sección de Topografia I Cartografia (STC) under the
Ministeri d'Ordenament Territorial of the Andorran
Government (M.I. Consell General). This mapping began in 1969 with the initial aim of fulfilling the requirement
for large scale plans. Such plans now cover the settled
areas at scales of 1:500, 1:1,000 or 1:2,000. The 1:500
and 1:1,000 scale maps are available in digital format as
DGN and DXF files.
The first complete basic scale mapping was at 1:10,000, and
was made from a photogrammetric survey of 1972 and
published in 1976. This 19-sheet series is printed in four
colors with 10 m contours. The projection is a Lambert
conic conformal and the ellipsoid is Clarke, 1880. In
1997-98, the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya (ICC),
Barcelona, was commissioned by the Andorran Government
to produce a new digital topographic base map for the
Principality at 1:5,000 scale together with a set of 74
orthophotomaps at the same scale.
A single sheet covering Andorra at 1:50,000 scale was
published in 1977, and a second edition issued in 1987. The
map is printed in six colors with contours at 20 m intervals.
In 1989, a 1:25,000 scale topographic map, derived
from the 1:10,000 scale series was also published. This also has
20 m contours and shaded relief and shows mountain refuges
and long distance walking routes (GRs). There is also a
three-dimensional relief map of Andorra at 1:50,000 printed
in six colors.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Andorra exists at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (1 sheet, complete coverage, published in 1986);
1:500,000 (1 sheet, complete coverage, published in 1983); 1:200,000 (1 sheet, complete coverage, published in 1996) and 1:100,000 (2 sheets, complete coverage, published 1964-1980).
These products are available in print, digita raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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