Nordpil provides services in custom map design, cartography, charts, diagrams and other visual communication and geographic information systems (GIS). Services include training. Specialties include managing environmental databases and working with scientific information and transforming it into easily accessible knowledge, presented in an attractive way.

Company details

c/o Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B , Stockholm , SE10691 Sweden
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Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Communications / Telecom / Datacom
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
less than 1,000,000 €

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Nordpil, founded in 2008, is a Swedish-registered geographic services consultancy specializing in custom map design, including cartography, geographic information systems (GIS) and the visual communication of scientific information and data through illustrations, charts and diagrams.

It is a constant challenge to explain complex scientific and environmental issues, especially when illustrating relationships of space and time. Creating graphics that break through the noise and communicate the issues easily to viewers is difficult, even though our tools are very powerful. At Nordpil, we specialize in providing clear, powerful and attractive maps, charts and other graphics for print and the web. To help communicators, scientists and analysts improve their visual communication skills, we offer education and training packages.

We have prepared geographic data and visual material that has been published in National Geographic, Nature and major newspapers. Reports from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), World Resources Institute (WRI), the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and others have featured graphics prepared by Hugo Ahlenius, who also acted as graphics editor on some of these flagship reports. See the portfolio pages for examples. The illustrations address themes such as climate change, sustainable development, economics, poverty, the environment and many more.

Nordpil was founded by Hugo Ahlenius in November 2008 to explore freelancing and consulting within the fields of geography and visual communication. Experiences, skills and portfolio have been acquired through a previous position at an office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Norway - UNEP/GRID-Arendal, and through studies at Uppsala University, Sweden and the University of Washington, USA.

Nordpil means north arrow in Sweden, the map detail used to display the north direction in maps. In older maps this is often incorporated in a compass rose.

Employment and Internships
There are currently no open positions, nor any opportunities in the near future.

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Legal information
Nordpil is registered as an Enskild näringsverksamhet in accordance with Swedish regulations. For tax- and value added tax (VAT/MOMS) purposes, including EU VAT regulations, Nordpil is registered with Swedish F-skatt. Tax registration number: SE740102511401. Bitcoin is also accepted for payment, in addition to major currencies.