I am data scientist not experienced in GIS and need to do some simple map plotting of the Netherlands. Using Geopandas everything works out nice and dandy for my purposes however I am stuck on 1 aspect:

The map I drew has the following CRS:

map_df__.crs {'init': 'epsg:28992'} (this is what NL looks like to de dutch native)

plain image of the Netherlands

I want to plot a couple of points of which I get the lon/lat coordinates from Google Maps.

Muddling my way to understand projections on the fly I got to this code:


Which gives this map: (Red dot: Amsterdam is an example)

squased map

To a Dutch person this map looks a bit squashed. I am guessing because because of the projection.

How do I plot a lon/lat point (without manual conversion) on an XY map i.e. how can make the squashed map look like the 'stretched' version?

The suggested espg: map_df.to_crs(epsg=3857).plot(edgecolor='black'), gives:

suggested eps 3857

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    I am not sure I understand the question, but a popular projection is Web Mercator. Try EPSG:3857 to see if that looks more of what you'd expect. Apr 25, 2019 at 17:42
  • Web Mercator is highly distorted as far north as the Netherlands.
    – Vince
    Apr 25, 2019 at 17:44
  • It appears the part you are missing is the need to reproject your decimal degrees point into your preferred coordinate reference for mapping. Yes, a Plate Carrée of geographic 4289 will look squashed, because it's Plate Carrée. In order for your point to align with any other coordsys, it must be projected into that coordsys.
    – Vince
    Apr 25, 2019 at 19:04
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    Please make sure Gerardus Mercator's birthplace is properly projected. Apr 25, 2019 at 19:34
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    I would put your point in a geodataframe and use the reprojection support built into GeoPandas
    – Paul H
    Apr 26, 2019 at 13:53

2 Answers 2


I would put your point in a geodataframe and use the reprojection support built into geopandas.

That looks like this:

from matplotlib import pyplot
from shapely.geometry import Point
import geopandas

final_crs = {'init': 'epsg:28992'}
NL = (

# note: always give `Point` x and then the y coord
amsterdamish = Point((4.9, 52.4))
gdf_am = geopandas.GeoSeries([amsterdamish], crs={'init': 'epsg:4326'})

fig, ax = pyplot.subplots(figsize=(6.5, 6.5))
NL.plot(ax=ax, facecolor='none', edgecolor='0.35')

And I get:

enter image description here

NB: my NL dataset is weird, but it came from here: https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data/eea-reference-grids-2/gis-files/netherlands-shapefile


I don't speak pandas, but:

map_df__.crs {'init': 'epsg:28992'}

likely tells it to map a dataframe, using the CRS (coordinate reference system) of a certain number (28992); which I looked up here: https://spatialreference.org/ref/epsg/28992/

Looking at your code, I do not see anything which adds a dot to the map.

EPSG stands for European Petroleum Survey Group. They publish a database of coordinate system information plus some very good related documents on map projections and datums.

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