Anyone know of a good reference (either pay or open-web) that details recommended country projections?


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Try the EPSG Geodetic Parameter Dataset which is more up-to-date and where epsg.io got its information.

Admittedly, it doesn't always have projected coordinate reference systems that are suitable for an entire country--but only because no one's told us what is used for a map of the entire country!

Spatial Reference allows user-contributions so might have more information.

Disclosure: I'm on the subcommittee that maintains it.

  • Is there a way to import projection info from either site into ArcGIS projection.
    – Jeff
    Oct 14, 2014 at 23:22
  • If the definition isn't already in your ArcGIS installation, you could ask here (or GeoNet) if a later release has it, and if so, what's the WKT. Otherwise, define it in ArcMap and add it to your Favorites for later use.
    – mkennedy
    Oct 15, 2014 at 0:14

There is also a source called Coordinate Reference Systems (CRS) of European Countries
URL: http://www.crs-geo.eu/crs-national.htm

It contains

  • descriptions of Coordinate Reference Systems
  • transformation parameters to pan-European CRS ETRS89, EVRF2000 and EVRF2007
  • verification data for transformation
  • online-transformation of single points for position and height from national CRS of a country to pan-European CRS ETRS89, EVRF2000 and EVRF2007 for test and verification purposes

To get the information select a country in the list or click on the corresponding red dot in the map



Try epsg.io. You can type in the name of a country or even search by CRS. And it is free! Type in the country or region you need a projection for and it will return the recommended coordinate system.


Try http://projectionwizard.org/ which will allow you to define your area of interest and the distortion property you wish to conserve. It will then give you a suggestion of suitable projections. You can copy the prog.4 text or if you are an arcMap user, you can pick similar projections, then edit pre-defined coordinate systems to change the standard parallels and center of origins to approximate the recommendation.

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