I am using QGIS and those two datasets:

https://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/50m-cultural-vectors/50m-admin-0-countries-2/ https://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/50m-cultural-vectors/50m-populated-places/

To export as SVG I have tried this:

  • Create new vector layer, import the shapefile(s)
  • Create new print layout
    • Add map (in top toolbar)
    • Area-select the map area on the whole square
  • Export as SVG

I want to have the populated places be circles instead of paths. Currently they are paths when I export as this, even perfectly round paths but still.

enter image description here

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You could make a similar map with geopandas in Python, and then save it as an SVG file:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import geopandas

fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=(10, 15))

# paths to shape files
ne_50m_admin_0_countries_shape = ".\\50m\\ne_50m_admin_0_countries\\ne_50m_admin_0_countries.shp"
ne_50m_populated_places_shape = ".\\50m\\ne_50m_populated_places\\ne_50m_populated_places.shp"

# load shape files to geo data frames
countries_gdf = geopandas.read_file(ne_50m_admin_0_countries_shape)
places_gdf = geopandas.read_file(ne_50m_populated_places_shape)

# plot geo data frames on one map
countries_gdf.plot(facecolor='gold', edgecolor='black', ax=ax)
places_gdf.plot(facecolor='lightgreen', edgecolor='black', ax=ax)

# set map extent
ax.set_xlim(45, 105)
ax.set_ylim(-3, 35)

# save map as an .svg picture

The result will look like this:

enter image description here

Maybe this is not exactly what you are looking for, since you are using QGIS, but this seems to do what you need.

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