40 Maps That Will Help You Understand Our World


This is another of my occasional pointers to stuff that's not purely about technology.  It is, though, a web site, so hopefully you'll allow me this indulgence!

I was recently made aware of a fascinating collection of 40 maps which are designed to give you a unique angle on understanding the world.  In the example below, for example, more people live in the circled area than in the places outside it.  As for other maps in the collection, they show things like the most common surname in each country, whether a country drives on the right or left, countries where Google Street View or MacDonalds is available, the profession of the highest-earning person in each US state, and so on. It really is worth a look.

You'll find the set at http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/maps-that-will-help-you-make-sense-of-the-world

Oh, and the highest earners?  Pretty much without exception, it's football coaches.  See, I did tell you that it'll make you see the world in a different way.



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Thank you for free apps...

If you really love maps and world statistics then look no further than gapminder.org
The ways you can manipulate the data on a map or graph is inspiring, and you can make some very interesting or downright odd comparisons

*thumbs up*

Thank you, rob! :-)

Well now, that was a really cool diversion! Thanks.

Fascinating stuff, thanks for posting.

The coffee map (No.28) surprised me a bit, and the Chinese names for countries (No.39) are entertaining. Can't make out what they call Slovenia though, I'll have to look that up.

No.1, Google Street View, is nonsense :-) Our town is well within the marked area and we definitely don't have it.

Thanks rob.... nice find !


Great site - thanks for passing on this tip.