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seinecle Jun 04, 2015 11:23 PM
Shapefile of NUTS with strange coordinates?
I read the shapefile from here and I get coordinates which are not regular longitude and latitude values.
Any help on how to deal with these unusual values? Thanks!

NB: The file I am using: nutsv9_leac.zip from http://www.eea.europa.eu/[…]/administrative-land-accounting-units
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EEA Jun 09, 2015 01:14 PM
Dear seinecle,
Thank you for your post regarding the coordinates of the NUTS shapefile, which you have downloaded from http://www.eea.europa.eu/[…]/administrative-land-accounting-units.
In general, the coordinate reference system (CRS) is ETRS89-LAEA Europe, also known in the EPSG Geodetic Parameter Dataset under the identifier: EPSG:3035. The Geodetic Datum is the European Terrestrial Reference System 1989 (EPSG:6258). The Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area (LAEA) projection is centred at 10°E, 52°N. Coordinates are based on a false Easting of 4321000 meters, and a false Northing of 3210000 meters.

To display the coordinates in units which fit your needs, you need to change the type of the units to be displayed in the “properties” settings of the viewer of respective GIS software you are using. For example in ArcGIS, you can change the units used for displaying the coordinates by right-clicking "layers" in the table of contents and selecting "properties". On the general tab, under "units", you can select the type of coordinates you would like to use.

Best regards