Jan 29, 2019

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

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If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.

Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out ChartsBin.com. There were also fantastic posts on Business Insider and Bored Panda earlier this year that are worth checking out. Enjoy!


1. Where Google Street View is Available

Map by Google



2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System



3. The Only 22 Countries in the World Britain Has Not Invaded (not shown: Sao Tome and Principe)



4. Map of ‘Pangea’ with Current International Borders

Map by eatrio.net via Reddit


Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. It began to break apart around 200 million years ago. The single global ocean which surrounded Pangaea is accordingly named Panthalassa.


5. McDonald’s Across the World



6. Paid Maternal Leave Around the World




7. The Most Common Surnames in Europe by Country



8. Worldwide Driving Orientation by Country



9. Map of Time Zones in Antarctica



10. Global Internet Usage Based on Time of Day

Map by Carna Botnet via Reddit



11. The World’s Busiest Air Routes in 2012




12. Visualizing Global Population Density



13. Flag Map of the World



14. Map of Alcohol Consumption Around the World




15. Map of Alcoholic Drink Popularity by Country




16. Map of Rivers in the Contiguous United States



17. US Map of the Highest Paid Public Employees by State



18. World Map of Earthquakes Since 1898



19. Map of Where 29,000 Rubber Duckies Made Landfall After Falling off a Cargo Ship in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean



20. Map of Countries with the Most Violations of Bribery




21. World Map of Vegetation on Earth




22. Average Age of First Sexual Intercourse by Country



23. If the World’s Population Lived in One City



24. The Number of Researchers per Million Inhabitants
Around the World



25. Worldwide Map of Oil Import And Export Flows



26. The 7000 Rivers that Feed into the Mississippi River



27. World Map of the Different Writing Systems



28. Worldwide Annual Coffee Consumption Per Capita



29. The Economic Center of Gravity Since 1 AD




30. The World Divided Into 7 Regions,
Each with a Population of 1 Billion



31. Earth’s Population by Latitude and Longitude


Photograph by mrgeng on Reddit



32. Map of Contiguous United States
Overlaid on the Moon



33. Frequency of Lightning Strikes Throughout the World




34. Overall Water Risk Around the World



35. The Most Dangerous Areas in the World
To Ship Due to Pirates



36. Area Codes in Which Ludacris Claims to Have H*es
(song reference)



37. Where 2% of Australia’s Population Lives



38. The Longest Straight Line You Can Sail on Earth
(Pakistan to Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia – 20000 miles)



39. Map of Europe Showing Literal
Chinese Translations for Country Names



40. Reversed Map with Southern Hemisphere at Top of Map (because position of North is arbitrary)

Map via nnm.me



World Map Tattoo with Countries Visited Coloured




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