I have a continent shapefile containing the names of its different countries. Unfortunately, many of these countries have more than one entry (i.e. more than one row in the attribute table).

Therefore, when I am trying to add labels of the country names to the map, some of country names are printed out more than one time.

I read Getting list of distinct values from shapefile field using QGIS?, but was not able to apply it to my specific problem.

What can I do about this?

  • My first suggestion would be to remove the duplicate countries in your shapefile – Matt Jun 15 '16 at 9:33

I would do a dissolve on the shape file so that the shape file only contains a single entry based on country you can them label as required

  • No worries. Glad it helped – Leith Hawkins Jun 15 '16 at 10:31

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