Since it opened in June 2008, Google Map Maker has served as a platform for individuals to share more about their part of the world. This has significantly enhanced access to mapping data of historically under-mapped regions of the world. We're now excited to add 17 new countries and territories that are now ready to graduate from Google Map Maker to Google Maps, bringing our total to 160 regions:

Brunei, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Kiribati, Kuwait, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Syria, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen

Here are a few “before and after” snapshots highlighting some of the valuable contributions created by our mapping community:

Damascus, Syria:

Panama City, Panama:

A big thanks to all of the wonderful Map Maker contributors. This wouldn’t be possible without you. We hope more of you will join us in mapping your world. Here’s the complete list of Map Maker countries now on Google Maps.