|place = island|
|Any piece of land that is completely surrounded by water and isolated from other significant landmasses.|
|Used on these elements|
|Tools for this tag|
An island is any piece of land that is completely surrounded by water and isolated from other significant landmasses.
How to map
Island in the sea
Island in waterway or lake
Island within lakes or rivers should be mapped using multipolygon relations. The way for the island should be given the role inner, while the way for lake or river should have the role outer.
A small island ( ), with maximum area of 1 km², and only a few buildings (or none), located near a bigger island or the mainland, is drawn like a big island, but tagged with place=islet instead of place=island. Example:
if an island is in the middle of the sea and far away of other islands, it may be tagged as "island". Example:
Group of islands
If you place an island on dry land, do not expect water to automatically appear around the island.
You need to map water area.
Adding this tag to an island will place an italicized label on it.
The openstreetmap.org Standard layer uses a different method to render coastlines. It takes up to a day before changes to the coastline are seen in the tiles. For more details, see Coastline.