The SWISS WORLD ATLAS is a widespread school atlas in Switzerland. It is characterised by versatile and high standard maps.


Editor-in-Chief Prof. Dr. Lorenz Hurni
Format 240 x 313 mm
Content 192 pages with maps as well as 48 pages with subject and name index
Prices Fr. 51.00 (school price)
Fr. 63.80 (retail price)
Ordering Lehrmittelverlag Z├╝rich

The SWISS WORLD ATLAS (SWA) published by the Schweizerischen Konferenz der kantonalen Erziehungsdirektoren (EDK) is available in three languages: German, French and Italian.


A variety of topographic and thematic maps along with special maps in various scales provides the basis for the exemplary treatment of various topics in the SWA. The major map types are overview, economic, relief, climate, population density and political maps. In addition to the map pages the SWA also contains a subject and name index. Arranged in a regional order, starting with Switzerland via Europe to the other continents ending with the global overview maps and the astronomical part, the Atlas provides topographically and thematically a comprehensive world overview.


The SWA has a nearly centenarian history. The EDK has already decided on a common Swiss school atlas at its founding meeting in the year 1898. The first German edition was released in 1910 (1912: French, 1915: Italian). Since then numerous enhancements and updates were realised. The most significant revisions were made in 1928, 1962, 1981, 1993 and 2002. Emerged from the SCHWEIZER MITTELSCHULATLAS the SWISS WORLD ATLAS was published for the first time under this title in 1981. The first completely digital created edition was published in 2002.


1910 1928 1962 1981 1993 2002

Sample maps


General map Economic map Relief map


Climate map Map showing popolation density Political map

The SWISS WORLD ATLAS interactive is the web-based complement to the traditional printed edition. A commentary provides teachers in-depth information about the map series and individual maps in the atlas.