How Do You Say GIS in Different Languages? GIS Around the World

Filed in GIS Learning by on March 30, 2013


The use of GIS around the world continues to grow.   Daratech, a GIS research firm, found that the GIS industry grew worldwide 10.3% in 2010 to US$4.4 billion with a forecast of an additional 8.3% growth to almost US$5 billion  in 2011. According to a report on the GIS market from Global Industry Analysts, Inc (GIA), the GIS industry is expected to growth to a worldwide to US$10.6 Billion by 2015.

Esri, a GIS software maker, hosts one of the largest geographic information conferences in the world.  At last year’s 2012 International User Conference held in San Diego, over 15,000 attendees from 130 countries attended.

Given the prolific use of GIS around the world, how many different languages is the term geographic information systems translated into?  Listed here is a growing list of the term geographic information systems (GIS) in different languages.

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GIS in Different Languages

Language Name for Geographic Information Systems Abbreviation
Albanian Sisteme Gjeografike të Informacionit

نظم المعلومات الجغرافية

Armenian Աշխարհագրական տեղեկատվական համակարգ ԱՏՀ
Azerbaijan Coğrafi informasiya sistemi CIS
Balarusian Геаінфармацыйныя сістэмы ГІС
Basque Geografia-informazioko sistemen GIS
Bosnian Geografski informacioni sistem GIS
Bulgarian Географска информационна система ГИС
Catalan Sistema d’informació geogràfica SIG
Chinese 地理信息系统
Croatian Geografski informacijski sustav GIS
Czech Geografický informační systém GIS
Danish Geografisk informationssystem GIS
Dutch Geografisch informatiesysteem GIS
Eesti Geoinfosüsteem GIS
English Geographic Information System GIS
English (Canada) Geomatics
Esperanto Geografia informa sistemo GIS

سامانه اطلاعات جغرافیایی

Finnish Paikkatietojärjestelmä
French Système d’information géographique SIG
Galician Sistema de información xeográfica SIX
Georgia გეოინფორმაციული სისტემა
German Geoinformationssystem GIS
Greek Σύστημα Γεωγραφικών Πληροφοριών ΣΓΠ

מערכת מידע גאוגרפית

Hindi भूगोलीय सूचना प्रणाली भूसूप्रण
Hungarian Földrajzi információs rendszer
Indonesian Sistem informasi geografis SIG
Icelandic Landfræðilegt upplýsingakerfi
Italian Sistema informativo territoriale SIT
Japanese 地理情報システム
Klingon pu’jIn De’ patmey (map information system) or Quv De’ pojwI’ (coordinates data analyzer)
Korean 지리 정보 시스템 줄여서
Latvian Ģeogrāfiskā informācijas sistēma GIS
Lithuanian Geografinė informacinė sistema GIS
Macedonian Географски информационен систем ГИС
Malayalam ഭൂവിവരവ്യവസ്ഥ
Norwegian (Bokmål) geografiske informasjonssystemer GIS
Norwegian (Nynorsk) geografiske informasjonssystem GIS
Polish System Informacji Geograficznej
Portuguese Sistema de informação geográfica SIG
Romanian Sistem Informatic Geografic SIG
Russian Географическая информационная система ГИС
Serbian Географски информациони систем ГИС
Serbo-Croatian Geografski informacijski sistem GIS
Sinhala භූගෝලීය තොරතුරු පද්ධති
Slovak Geografický informačný systém GIS
Slovene Geografski informacijski sistem GIS
Sorani Kurdish

سیستەمی زانیاریی جوگرافیایی

Spanish Sistemas de Información Geográfica SIG
Swedish Geografiskt informationssystem GIS
Tamil புவியியல் தகவல் முறைமை
Thai ระบบสารสนเทศภูมิศาสตร์
Turkish Coğrafi bilgi sistemi CBS
Ukranian Геоінформаційна система ГІС
Uzbekistan Geografik axborot tizimi GAT
Vietnamese Hệ thống Thông tin Địa lý


Map created by Esri showing where attendees at its 2011 International User Conference originated from around the world.

Map created by Esri showing where attendees at its 2011 International User Conference originated from around the world.


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  1. Jose Ignacio says:

    The first time the term was used “Sistemas de Informacion Geografica” (Geographic Information Systems) in a text in Spanish:

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