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Re: Maps request: EU-27 countries (spmap, shp2dta)

From   François Briatte <>
Subject   Re: Maps request: EU-27 countries (spmap, shp2dta)
Date   Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:32:42 +0100

Dear all,

As a brief follow-up, I have found a way to use the shapefiles
mentioned below with R, in a way that produces exactly the kind of map
I was aiming at producing. Problem solved, then.

Best regards,


On 7 November 2010 18:07, François Briatte <> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I have been experimenting with spmap and shp2dta in order to produce
> simple maps showing the incidence rates of a few diseases in the
> EU-27. The best shapefile I could find is provided by the European
> Commission in partnership EuroGeographics and is located at this URL:
> This shapefile, however, contains additional information about
> overseas territories that I do not need; as a result, my maps are not
> ideally drawn, with thick country borders and with the actual European
> continent showing as a very small map in the top-right corner of the
> maps.
> My request is thus, is anyone on Statalist aware of better shapefiles
> for the EU-27? Or perhaps can I 'crop' the map nicely with spmap? As
> an example of the kind of map I am trying to produce, here is a link
> to a map by the European Cancer Observatory:
> Thanks in advance for you help,
> François

François Briatte

PhD candidate
Institute of Political Studies, University of Grenoble, France

Assistant Lecturer
Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Lille, France

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