I am looking for a shapefile of the rough outline of the UK to use as a basemap, where is the best place to source one? All the shapefiles I have found have been extremely detailed with internal boundaries etc.

  • @MAJ742 - small nuance here, OP wishes low resolution data
    – GISGe
    Feb 7, 2018 at 14:12
  • @GISGe - I spotted that, but the accepted answer to the question mentions the OSM data and that it is available in a variety of resolutions so figured that would probably still be sufficient.
    – MAJ742
    Feb 7, 2018 at 16:38

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On Eurostat's Geodata page you can download shapefiles of country boundaries (worldwide) for use at different scales (less detailed scale is 1:60 million).

There is a line and a polygon shapefile.


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