I have installed the following two packages:


I have found code online to create a world map (see below).

How do I zoom the plot on a country level?

For example, Denmark.

  borders("world", colour="gray50", fill="gray50")

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If we look at ?borders and, for more into, ?map, we see that we may use the regions argument:

ggplot() + borders(regions = "Denmark", colour = "gray50", fill = "gray50") 

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    Also, a very beautiful package for maps is leaflet: i.e l <- leaflet() %>% setView(lat = 50.85045, lng = 4.34878, zoom=5) %>% addTiles(group="OSM")
    – JonnyCrunch
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 12:35
  • @Julius Vainora: Thanks. Can I add layers to this plot? For example if I find a data set with "state boundries"?
    – David
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 12:40
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    @David, yes, layers can be added, for instance + geom_point(data = data.frame(x = 12, y = 56), aes(x = x, y = y)) adds a point.
    – Julius Vainora
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 12:42
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    When using maps, you might want to add coord_cartesian(), so that the scale of the x and the y axes match.
    – JAD
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 21:44

Get the bounds of Denmark in lat-long and use coord_fixed:

ggplot() + borders("world", colour="gray50", fill="gray50") + coord_fixed(xlim=c(7, 12), ylim=c(52, 58))

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You can get the bounds from the map package:

> map("world", "Denmark", plot=FALSE)$range
[1]  8.121484 15.137110 54.628857 57.736916

And you might want to expand these a bit for nicer spacing and more context.

  • @ when I run map("world","Denmark",plot=FALSE)$range I get NULL?
    – David
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 12:42
  • Odd. Does map("world","Denmark") produce a map of Denmark? What about "France" or "Belgium"? Is it using local country names ("Danmark")? Does map("world") draw a map? Does map("world",plot=FALSE)$names return a vector of country/region names? If those don't work, then that's very odd and you should ask a new Q or report a bug...
    – Spacedman
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 12:59
  • @ Spacedan: None of them work either NULL or error. But I can create the plots in the answers...
    – David
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 13:04
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    Start a new clean R session, do library(maps), then try? Maybe you've got something masking the maps::map function. Probably purrr::map? Don't use library(tidyverse).
    – Spacedman
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 13:05
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    @ Spacedman: I think it is okay if I use maps::map. Maybe it thought the map function from the purrr package...
    – David
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 13:05

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