Back in December we reported that Google was overhauling Map Maker to, well, make mapping easier. And a couple of weeks back, in conjunction with some pretty awesome announcements regarding 3D maps and offline mode for mobile, the Internet giant announced that it would be rolling Map Maker out to ten more countries in the coming weeks.

Well, it has announced today that 8 of those countries now have access to Google’s personalized map-creating platform.

Google Map Maker lets users “improve the map of places that matter to you”, letting them update the actual map as seen by millions of users on Google Map. And now Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland have been added to its roster of countries. Though still no sign of Australia and New Zealand, which were among the ‘coming soon’ countries announced by Google a couple of weeks back.

“With every region that joins Google Map Maker, we are coming one step closer to building a comprehensive world map,” writes Nilesh Tathawadekar, a Google Software Engineer. “Whether you’re adding the cycling routes through Amsterdam or adding the best hiking trails and fishing holes of the Geirangerfjord, each update you make helps to capture the unique spirit of your country for everyone to see.”

Following its launch in South Africa and Egypt earlier this month, and now 8 more countries today, Google Map Maker is live in more than 190 countries and territories.

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