I want to plot data from a project on a world map using choropleths. The data is at country level, and I am using ArcMap 10.2.

I had started by adding World countries (generalized) from ArcGIS Online, which essentially freezes the entire tool making unusable.

How can I import that dataset locally?

Can you point me to some tutorial/resource to draw a nice-looking world map with ArcMap?

  • first tip is make sure to use the correct projection for the world, something like Eckert IV or the like. – ed.hank Sep 23 '15 at 19:39
  • I am using Winkel Tripel. – Mulone Sep 23 '15 at 20:35
  • Thats a good choice =) – ed.hank Sep 23 '15 at 20:44

Global Administrative Areas free download, in pretty high detail. The single layer download sounds like what you are looking for.

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