LSIB 2017: Large Scale International Boundary Polygons, Simplified

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The United States Office of the Geographer provides the Large Scale International Boundary (LSIB) dataset. The detailed version (2013) is derived from two other datasets: a LSIB line vector file and the World Vector Shorelines (WVS) from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The interior boundaries reflect U.S. government policies on boundaries, boundary disputes, and sovereignty. The exterior boundaries are derived from the WVS; however, the WVS coastline data is outdated and generally shifted from between several hundred meters to over a kilometer. Each feature is the polygonal area enclosed by interior boundaries and exterior coastlines where applicable, and many countries consist of multiple features, one per disjoint region.

Compared with the detailed LSIB, in this simplified dataset some disjointed regions of each country have been reduced to a single feature. Furthermore, it excludes medium and smaller islands. The resulting simplified boundary lines are rarely shifted by more than 100 meters from the detailed LSIB lines. Each of the 312 features is a part of the geometry of one of the 284 countries described in this dataset.

Table Schema

Table Schema

Name Type Description
abbreviati STRING

Country abbreviation

country_co STRING

Two-letter FIPS country code

country_na STRING

US-recognized country name

wld_rgn STRING

Continental region, e.g. South America

Terms of Use

Terms of Use

There are no restrictions on use of this US public domain data.

Explore with Earth Engine

Code Editor (JavaScript)

var dataset = ee.FeatureCollection('USDOS/LSIB_SIMPLE/2017');
var styleParams = {
  fillColor: 'b5ffb4',
  color: '00909F',
  width: 3,
var countries =;
Map.setCenter(16.35, 48.83, 4);
Map.addLayer(countries, {}, 'USDOS/LSIB_SIMPLE/2017', true, 0.8);

Visualize as a FeatureView

A FeatureView is a view-only, accelerated representation of a FeatureCollection. For more details, visit the FeatureView documentation.

Code Editor (JavaScript)

var fvLayer = ui.Map.FeatureViewLayer('USDOS/LSIB_SIMPLE/2017_FeatureView');

var visParams = {
  color: '00909F',
  fillColor: 'b5ffb4',
  width: 3,
  opacity: 1


Map.setCenter(16.35, 48.83, 4);