Map internationalization

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View the map in Irish (parks in Baile Átha Cliath being shown on OpenIrishMap

Map internationalization is all about showing maps with place names written in a particular language.

We have translated name tags in the database to support this kind of rendering. See Translation#OpenStreetMap map data and Multilingual names.

Existing maps and current work

Multilingual maps Wikipedia project is project kicking off in 2012 to set up rendering infrastructure for Wikipedia (Demo website: There was an experimental rendering (toolserver is no longer active, replaced by wmflabs) set up for each Wikipedia language (by ISO language code) at the Wikimedia Toolserver.

Beside this, there are some maps for special languages in specific areas:

Serving worldwide alternate tile layers requires a lot of resources, but there are some providers:

  • mapcreator by is able to display names of places and streets in many different lingual combinations (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Turkish).

Early work

The Frisian language map was probably the first example of OpenStreetMap Map Internationalization (2008) but seems to be broken now. See User:Lambertus#Frisian language map (Fryske kaart)

For his GSoC project Arindam Ghosh mainly worked on Website Internationalization Ideas 2008, but had some other thoughts on map Internationalization. See Talk:GSoC Applications 2008#I18n of OSM pages and map tiles

User:Mikel experimented with rendering place names in arabic

See also