In the introductory post of this series I showed how to plot empty maps in R.

Today I'll begin to show how to add data to R maps. The topic of this post is the **visualization of data points on a map**.

This post is a brief follow-up to a question that appeared some time ago on the “The R Project for Statistical Computing” LinkedIn group, which I’m reporting here:

## How can I draw a map of MODERN Europe?

Hi, I'm trying to draw a map of modern Europe but I've found only maps of twenty years ago, with Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia still united!!!

Does anyone know where I can get a more recent map to be employed with packages such as 'sp' or 'maps'?

Thank you very much!

Two different solutions to the above question will be provided here, using two different R packages.