After adding a vector layer of coordinates of settlements of a part of the world INTO QGIS 1.8, I wish to add a topographic or other nice looking, colored map. Trying plugins like maps from Google Earth changes the coordinate system into meters, This has the consequence that I cannot lable coordinates in degrees with a grid. Are there plugins of a world map that can be displayed in degrees in QGIS?
Natural Earth offers coastlines as well as degree grids for the whole globe:
These can be added even if the project CRS must be in metres, as the Openlayers plugin requires.