What's the Equivalent of OS Maps in 88 Other Countries?

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Most countries have a national mapping agency that is a government-owned organisation. It creates topographic maps and geographic information for a country. Some national mapping agencies also handle land registry matters.

Ordnance Survey 

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The Ordnance Survey of the United Kingdom was the first national mapping organisation; its origins date back to 1747 when the construction of a map of the Scottish Highlands was planned. This survey, at a scale of 1 inch to 1000 yards (1:36,000) was the starting point for the Principal Triangulation of Great Britain (1783-1853), and led to the creation of the Ordnance Survey. They started surveying the land as early as 1790 when the Board of Ordnance began a national military survey at one-inch-to-the-mile (1:63,360 scale). As other military problems gained precedence, a third of England and Wales was mapped over the next thirty years. 

Afghanistan Afghan Geodesy and Cartography Head Office
Albania State Authority for Geospatial Information (ASIG)
Algeria National Institute of Cartography and Teledetection
Argentina Instituto Geográfico Nacional
Armenia E-services platform of cadastre committee
Australia Geoscience Australia
Austria Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying
Azerbaijan State Committee on Property Issues
Bahamas Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre
Bahrain Central Informatics Organisation
Bangladesh Survey of Bangladesh
Barbados Lands & Surveys Department
Belarus State Committee on Property of the Republic of Belarus
Belgium National Geographical Institut (NGI)
Belize Lands and Surveys Department
Bénin Institut Géographique National du Bénin (IGN)
Bolivia Instituto Geográfico Militar
Bosnia & Herzegovina Republic Administration for Geodetic and Property Affairs
Botswana Department of Surveys and Mapping
Brazil Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE)
Brunei Survey Department
Bulgaria Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre Agency
Burkina Faso Institut Géographique du Burkina
Cambodia General Department of Cadastre and Geography
Canada Natural Resources Canada
Chile Instituto Geográfico Militar
China National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation
Colombia Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi (IGAC)
Costa Rica Instituto Geográfico Nacional
Croatia Državna geodetska uprava (DGU)
Cuba Instituto de Geografía Tropical
Cyprus Department of Lands and Surveys
Czech Republic Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping and Cadastre
Denmark Danish Geodata Agency
Dominican Republic Instituto Cartográfico Militar (ICM)
Ecuador Instituto Geográfico Militar (IGM)
Egypt Egyptian General Survey Authority (ESA)
El Salvador Instituto Geográfico y del Catastro Nacional (IGCN)
Estonia Estonian Land Board
Ethiopia Ethiopian Mapping Agency
Fiji Mapping and Land Information
Finland National Land Survey of Finland (NLS)
France National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information (IGN)
Germany Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy
Ghana Lands Commission
Great Britain Ordnance Survey
Greece Hellenic Military Geographical Service
Guatemala Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN)
Guyana Guyana Lands and Survey Commission
Hong Kong Survey and Mapping Office (SMO)
Honduras Dirección General de Catastro y Geografía (DGCG)
Hungary Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing
Iceland National Landsurvey of Iceland (NLIS)
India Survey of India
Indonesia Geospatial Information Agency
Iran National Cartographic Center
Ireland Ordnance Survey Ireland
Israel Survey of Isreal
Italy Istituto Geografico Militare
Jamaica National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD)
Japan Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI)
Jordan Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre (RJGC)
Kenya Survey of Kenya
Kosovo Kosovo Cadastral Agency
Laos National Geographic Department of Lao People's Democratic Republic
Latvia Latvian Geospatial Information Agency (LGIA)
Lebanon Directorate of Geographic Affairs
Lithuania National Land Service
Luxembourg Administration du Cadastre et de la Topographie
Macao Direcco dos Servicos de Cartografia e Cadastro
Madagascar National Geographical and Hidrographical Institute
Malaysia Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia
Maldives Maldives Land and Survey Authority
Mali Institut Géographique du Mali (IGM)
Malta Planning Authority
Mexico Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI)
Montenegro Uprava Za Nekretnine
Morocco Morocco Agence Nationale de la Conservation Foncière du Cadastre et de la Cartographie (ANCFCC)
Nepal Survey Department
Netherlands Kadaster
New Zealand Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)
Nicaragua Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (INETER)
Nigeria Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation (OSGOF)
Northern Ireland Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland
Norway Norwegian Mapping Authority
Oman The National Survey Authority (Oman)
Pakistan Survey of Pakistan
Panama Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Tommy Guardia"
Paraguay Dirección del Servicio Geográfico Militar (DISERGEMIL)
Peru Instituto Geográfico Nacional
Philippines National Mapping and Resource Information Authority
Poland Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography (GUGIK)
Portugal Sistema Nacional de Informação Geográfica
Puerto Rico Sistemas de Información Geográfica (GIS)
Qatar Qatari Center for Geographic Information Systems (QCGIS)
Republic of Korea National Geographic Information Institute
Romania Agentia Nationala de Cadastru si Publicitate Imobiliara
Russia Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr)
Saudi Arabia General Commission for Survey
Senegal Direction des Travaux Géographiques et Cartographiques
Serbia Republic Geodetic Authority
Singapore Singapore Land Authority
Slovakia Authority of Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre
Slovenia Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia
South Africa Chief Directorate: National Geo-spatial Information
Spain Instituto Geográfico Nacional
Sri Lanka Department of Survey
Sweden Lantmäteriet
Switzerland Swisstopo
Taiwan National Land Surveying and Mapping Center (NLSC)
Thailand Royal Thai Survey Department
Trinidad and Tobago Survey and Mapping Division
Tunisia Office de la Topographie et du Cadastre (OTC)
Turkey Harita Genel Müdürlüğü
Uganda Department of Surveys and Mapping
United States United States Geological Survey
Ukraine State Service of Ukraine for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre
Uruguay Servicio Geografico Militar
Venezuela Instituto Geográfico de Venezuela Simón Bolívar (IGVSB)
Vietnam Department of Survey and Mapping
Yemen Survey Authority