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is it possible to place a label automatically outside its polygon?

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Yes. In Layer properties, you can use Labels -> Placement -> Using perimeter. You can choose Position as 'Below line' and adjust the Distance to achieve something like below.labels outside polygon

  • perimeter is not necessarily outside the polygon. – AndreJ Mar 9 '15 at 9:42
  • Modified answer to show specific options that may help. – spatialthoughts Mar 9 '15 at 9:54

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