I have been sent a spreadsheet with coordinates that are linked to Google Maps, for example: https://www.google.com/maps/place/53%C2%B018'27.0%22N+4%C2%B037'43.6%22W/@53.307487,-4.6309757,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m4!3m3!8m2!3d53.307487!4d-4.628787

When I have extracted the coordinates (53.307487, -4.628787 from the example above), saved them as a CSV, and added them to QGIS as a delimited text layer (over the OpenStreetMap) they appear somewhere off the east coast of Africa, and not in North Wales as they should!

I guess this is to do with the coordinate reference system I choose, but I do not know which is the correct one to use.

Can someone advise?


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Use EPSG:4326 for your CSV.

Remember to leave the OSM basemap at EPSG:3857.

QGIS will reproject them on the fly to your canvas CRS.

  • Great. Thank you
    – Alex Ross
    Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 20:45

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