New imagery basemap of Northern Europe with Landsat 8 data
Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic region mapped with up-to-date satellite imagery
PlanetObserver carries on with the production of new PlanetSAT Updates imagery basemap at 15m resolution, processed with Landsat 8 satellite imagery. Northern Europe is now available, including Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden), Finland, Estonia and Latvia. Let’s make a tour of this new cloudless basemap processed in natural colours.
Let’s explore Scandinavia!
While being the smallest Scandinavian country in terms of land area, Denmark has a biggest population than Norway. The population is distributed between the peninsula of Jutland and 72 inhabited islands amongst the 443 named islands of the country. The satellite imagery shows the geographical proximity between Denmark and Sweden. Both countries are separated by the Øresund, a strait that is 4 kilometers wide at its narrowest point.
The satellite imagery above shows the cities of Copenhagen (to the west, in Denmark) and Malmö (to the east, in Sweden) that face each other on either side of the Øresund strait. Since 2000, both cities have been connected by a combined road and rail bridge that has boosted the region’s economy.
While being the capital city of Norway, Oslo is still a city on a human scale with a population of 600,000. It is the third largest Scandinavian city, after Stockholm and Copenhagen. Gothenburg that lies on the east coast of Sweden holds the fourth position.
Nature is everywhere across Scandinavia. In the southern part of Sweden, Lake Vänern is the largest lake of the country and the third largest lake in Europe. Norway is renowned for its fjords that are located all along the coast. Oslo lies at the northernmost end of the Oslofjord. Western Norway is famous for its beautiful fjords, some of which have been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. Still in Norway but further up the northern coast lies Sjunkhatten National Park, a unique place for hiking and discover beautiful and rugged landscapes.
Focus on Finland
With more than 3,000 lakes and innumerable islands, amongst them the autonomous Åland archipelago, Finland is one of the largest country of the European Union. The capital city Helsinki is on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by more than 300 islands. Water lies everywhere! Further north on the northeastern coast of the Gulf of Bothnia that separates Sweden and Finland lies the city of Oulu. Covered by snow almost five months out of twelve, Oulu is the administrative, cultural and commercial center of northern and central Finland.
Estonia and Latvia, the farthest north Baltic countries
As the satellite image to the left shows, the Baltic countries and Finland are very close to each other. Tallinn, capital city of Estonia, is only 90 kilometers away from Helsinki by boat or as the crow flies! The city of Saint-Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, is situated at the easternmost point of the Gulf of Finland. To the northeast stretches Lake Ladoga, the largest lake entirely in Europe.
Riga, capital city of Latvia, lies further to the south on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Still in Latvia on the Baltic cost, but closer to the neighbour country Lithuania, discover the city of Liepāja whose long white-sand beaches are considered to be the most beautiful in Europe!
PlanetSAT Updates basemaps, ready-to-use in your solutions
Why should you take advantage of PlanetSAT Updates imagery basemaps? They are efficient basemap layers that offer a true and accurate representation of all land areas. Data are ready and easy to use in any GIS solution or visualization and simulation application.
The new PlanetSAT Updates basemap of Northern Europe follow on the mosaics of Western United States and Mexico that have been finalized lately. You’ll find on PlanetSAT Updates page the list of all regions available. More than 50% of the Earth is already covered!
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