I have got GPS coordinates collected from a number of farms in my country (Malawi). But when I plot these GPS coordinates on a vector layer (my country map) using QGIS, the points are falling outside the country. Actually the points fall in Indian Ocean.

The coordinates were collected in decimal degrees. I tried to change them from decimal degrees to UTM still it did not work. The CRS in a GPS gadget was WGS84 same was used in QGIS. Pleases help?

These are some of the coordinates:

  1. S 15.04074, E 34.71926, 1037 m
  2. S 15.05633, E 34.71407, 1053 m
  3. S 15.03052, E 34.70221, 1165 m
  4. S 15.03939, E 34.69643, 1334 m
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    Please edit your question and provide a sample coordinate pair, if possible.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 23:02
  • I have added the coordinates to my question. If possible Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 21:35

2 Answers 2


I did some reformating to your data:

N, E, height
-15.04074, 34.71926, 1037
-15.05633, 34.71407, 1053
-15.03052, 34.70221, 1165
-15.03939, 34.69643, 1334

and it loads perfectly as delimited text inside Malawi:

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Note that QGIS always wants coordinates in East - North order, unless you specfiy it in the header. Southern and western coordinates require a negative sign.

  • Perfect, you are a genious. it has worked. Thakn you Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 7:43

as Mkennedy says, show us an example of the points.

it sounds like you may have a different CRS that what is acceptable in GIS. I have had similar problems whereby i was given a mix of long lat coords and others. Some were expressed as degrees minutes seconds, some as degrees and decimal minutes.

My solution was to covert the points using a formula within Excel and saving as a CSV file.

  • Okay. What is the acceptable CRS in GIS that I should use. In your solution you converted the points to what format? Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 21:44

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