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Political AtlasUser instructions and navigation


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The interactive surface allows individual visualisation and consultation of statistical data. The different tools and functions will be described later in detail. The numbering of the elements on the screen above refers to the different chapters.


1. Map

The different colour-coded themes are shown on the map against a neutral, grey background. The theme of the currently selected map is shown above the map in the title bar.

Data display

Data display By moving the mouse over the map an interactive data display is opened. The following information is displayed for each spatial element:

  • Name of the spatial unit as well as the FSO classification ID number (in brackets)
  • Statistical data for each spatial unit

The theme of the data is illustrated in the legend. A more detailed explanation can be found in the "explanations" function.


2. Navigation


Select: With the selection tool, data can be shown by moving the mouse over the map.


Zoom-in: With the zoom-in tool you can enlarge a map or a certain part of it. Once you have selected a tool, open a window for the area you are interested in with the mouse or click with the mouse on a chosen place on the map. Your selection will then be enlarged on the screen.



Zoom-out: With the zoom-out tool you can reduce the size of the map again thereby viewing a larger surface area. Once the tool has been activated, click with the mouse on a chosen part of the map to reduce it.



Move: With this tool you can select a part of the image and drag it in any direction without changing its size. Click on the screen and drag the area selected while pressing the mouse button.



Restore: By clicking on the "1:1 tool, the original image is restored and the map centred. The current map setting, e.g. the levels you have selected, remains.


Navigator window

The above functions can also be operated from the navigation window. Here you can also see the scale of the current enlargement as well as the degree of enlargement or reduction as a percentage.


3. Export


Print: This enables you to make an image file of the current map view with all function windows open or to print out a copy on your printer. Select "Acrobat PDF" as printer if you want to create a PDF file. In order to create the largest image possible, ensure that landscape format is selected in your print layout.

Alternatively you can create a screen shot by pressing Alt+Print Screen. The screen shot is then sent to your clipboard and can be moved to any Office or image editing program by pressing Ctrl+V.

For Macintosh systems a JPEG image of the map can be saved to the desktop with Apple+Shift+3. This can then be printed out or sent to an Office or image editing program.


Download documents

Download documents: Here you will find ready-made multimedia documents (tables, charts, image files) on the map theme. This function is only available for certain maps.


4. Function bar

Function bar

Using the upper menu bar you can open individual function windows to change the way the map is displayed. Windows are coloured bright orange when open and dark orange when closed. You can open or move windows according to your own preferences. You can move a window by clicking on it in the menu bar and dragging it with the mouse. Close a window using the close button in the upper right-hand corner.


5. Contents


The map themes are divided hierarchically into three or four levels. You can make your selection by opening a level and choosing an item from the list. From the first level onwards, you have to select settings at each level in order to create a precise map and to make changes to the display.


6. Further functions



Using the regionalisation window you can change the level of regionalisation for a selected theme, for example from cantons to municipalities. Please note that only one level of regionalisation is available for some themes and that this window is then inactive.




Customise your maps! By activating or deactivating the box in the map menu you can decide whether information on the surface area or symbols – or both – is visible. You can also switch on and off topographical elements such as rivers, lakes or cantonal borders.


Data view


The "data view" function opens a window with all data used in the map display. Highlight a line by moving the mouse over it. Sort data by clicking on a heading. By clicking again on the same line the data is re-sorted.




This window gives additional information about the map content.

Further information (when available) on the data set displayed can be found in a selection menu.


7. Legend


The Legend explains the map symbols by giving examples. Captions indicate the different themes when several data sets are used in a map. The unit of measurement of the data can be seen by the size of the symbol.

The total results of the map as well as additional explanations are shown in the legend.

Move the mouse over symbols or coloured boxes. The categories selected are highlighted interactively in the map.


8. Change of language

Change of language

A selection of languages is available on the right side of the top of the screen. Using this button you can switch at any time between the available languages.


9. Atlas title

Atlas title

The title of the atlas is shown in the middle of the top bar.


10. Links

Link to Swiss Statistics and atlas homepage

Link to Swiss Statistics

On the upper left side of the screen is a link to the Swiss Statistics website, the homepage of the Federal Statistical Office with many other statistics publications. One click opens a new window.

Atlas homepage

By clicking on "homepage" the first map is opened. It opens in the same window.


Link to federal administration

Link to federal administration

In the right upper corner is a link to the general information pages of the federal administration ( External website. Content opens in new window.). One click opens a new window.


11. Glossary, contact, imprint and copyright



The glossary contains general meta-information on the project, for example the levels of regionalisation used or on particularities of certain projects.




Using the contact button, send your remarks or questions to the Stat@tlas team.


Imprint and copyright

Imprint and copyright

A click on the copyright symbol opens a window with information on imprint, copyright and legal matters. Copyright can be selected from the list beneath the window title.

Copyright is also in the footer bottom left.

Specific sources for the maps are shown on the far right of the same line.


Imprint and copyright

For further use of any information in the atlas, please take note of the legal notices given as well as the copyright of the Federal Statistical Office as representative for the Swiss Confederation for this product.


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