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I would like to create a map in QGIS comparing the relative size and latitudes of Japan to the US. There are a few websites like mapfrappe which allow this using Google Maps, but I would like to be able to have more control over the map settings, projections etc. I like the idea of country comparisons, but I really don't like their execution. My goal is to give a frame of reference for possibly unfamiliar locations. If I discuss Hokkaido, it might be hard to visualize how far north it is, or how large it is. I could provide coordinates and area measurements, but if a large number of areas are discussed, people can start to drown in numbers, where a map or image can quickly provide easy to compare references.

I created an example using the Natural Earth coastline shapefile as a base and dragging the DIV GIS japan admin shapefile over to the east coast of the US (super crappy, but provides a quick visualization). I am not worried about area distortions because I don't want to change any latitude values, but I do want the latitude coordinates to be accurate.bad USA Japan map

What would be a better way to go about this in QGIS?

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    Would using two maps on one composer page qualify as solution? – bugmenot123 Sep 27 '16 at 13:51
  • As long as the coordinates are accurate the methodology doesn't matter too much to me. Using the composer, how would you do it? I'm guessing one aspect would just be matching up the latitude lines? – Corey Sep 27 '16 at 14:25
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    In print composer, make two map frames and set them to the same scale. Turn on a lat/long grid on each map. Turn off the background of each map so the one in front doesn't cover the one in back. Then line them up how you like on the page, making sure the lat/long lines match up. – csk Sep 27 '16 at 21:15
  • @csk you should write this as an answer. It seems perfectly valid. – Victor Sep 28 '16 at 8:56
  • @csk That solution worked well enough for me. Thanks! – Corey Sep 28 '16 at 15:20
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In print composer, make two map frames and set them to the same scale. Turn on a lat/long grid on each map. Turn off the background of each map so the one in front doesn't cover the one in back. Then line them up how you like on the page, making sure the lat/long lines match up.

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