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I want to display something on a world map. I have these shapefiles http://thematicmapping.org/downloads/world_borders.php I want my map to look something like this:

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or

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I am using QGis. Is that difficult to archive or do I 'simply' have to change the projection of the shapefile? I am lacking some theoretical knowledge and I do not know where to start searching...

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Since some of your desried projections may have problems with on-the-fly-reprojection, I suggest to create custom CRS for each projection, and save the shapefiles to that under a different name. Then create a new QGIS project, select the custom CRS as project CRS, and add the new shapefile layer.

Some CRS might fail if the north or south pole is included.

  • I wont be working on the projections. I just need them to create a map which I then want to print. No fancy operations needed... Creating a custom CSR makes me a little bit nervous. How would I do that? – Stophface Mar 19 '15 at 8:38
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    Eckert IV, Gall and Polyconic are already in QGIS. The first nameless example is World Mercator, and for Plate Caree you can take EPSG:4326. The second nameless, Goode Homolosine Interrupted, needs a custom CRS, see gis.stackexchange.com/questions/17263/… – AndreJ Mar 19 '15 at 8:42
  • The last missing could be Gall-Peters, or Equal Area Conical, with lat_ts at 45°. This needs a custom CRS, QGIS has only lat_ts at 30°. – AndreJ Mar 19 '15 at 8:51
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    Yes. Just try out the worldwide projections available in QGIS. – AndreJ Mar 19 '15 at 10:20
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    The North pole projections don't like Antarctica. You have to delete it before reprojecting. – AndreJ Mar 19 '15 at 11:04

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