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

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Map by Google

2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System

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

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4. Map of ‘Pangea’ with Current International Borders

map-of-pangea-with-current-internatoinal-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

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6. Paid Maternal Leave Around the World

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7. The Most Common Surnames in Europe by Country

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8. Worldwide Driving Orientation by Country

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9. Map of Time Zones in Antarctica

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10. Global Internet Usage Based on Time of Day

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Map by Carna Botnet via Reddit

11. The World’s Busiest Air Routes in 2012

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12. Visualizing Global Population Density

there-are-more-people-living-inside-this-circle-than-outside-of-it

13. Flag Map of the World

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14. Map of Alcohol Consumption Around the World

map-of-alocohol-consumption-around-the-world

15. Map of Alcoholic Drink Popularity by Country

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16. Map of Rivers in the Contiguous United States

map-of-united-states-rivers

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

highest-paid-US-public-employees-by-state

18. World Map of Earthquakes Since 1898

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

where-rubber-ducks-made-landfall-after-being-dumped-in-pacific-ocean

20. Map of Countries with the Most Violations of Bribery

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21. World Map of Vegetation on Earth

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Map by NASA/NOAA

22. Average Age of First Sexual Intercourse by Country

Average_Age_at_first_sex_by_Country-(1)

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

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

Number_of_Researchers_per_million_inhabitants_by_Country

25. Worldwide Map of Oil Import And Export Flows

worldwide-oil-import-and-export-flows

26. The 7000 Rivers that Feed into the Mississippi River

map-of-rivers-that-feed-into-the-mississippi-river

27. World Map of the Different Writing Systems

map-of-the-writing-systems-of-the-world

28. Worldwide Annual Coffee Consumption Per Capita

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29. The Economic Center of Gravity Since 1 AD

evolution-of-the-earth's-economic-center-of-gravity

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

population-of-the-world-split-into-equal-sections-of-one-billion

31. Earth’s Population by Latitude and Longitude

the-worlds-population-by-latitue-and-longitude

Photograph by mrgeng on Reddit

32. Map of Contiguous United States
Overlaid on the Moon

map-of-united-states-overlaid-on-the-moon

33. Frequency of Lightning Strikes Throughout the World

frequency-of-lightning-strikes-in-the-world

34. Overall Water Risk Around the World

drought-risk-its-not-just-isolated-around-the-equator

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

riskiest-areas-to-ship-where-the-pirates-rule-the-seas

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

area-codes-in-which-ludracris-claims-to-have-hoes

37. Where 2% of Australia’s Population Lives

where-2-percent-of-australia-lives

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

the-longest-straight-line-you-can-sail-in-the-world

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

literal-map-of-europe-by-chinese-name

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

map-of-world-upside-down-south-pole-on-top

Map via nnm.me

*Bonus*
World Map Tattoo with Countries Visited Coloured

tattoo-of-world-with-countries-visited-colored-in

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.

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  1. ravenmaven December 25, 2013 at 7:16 am - Reply

    The U.S. should hang its head in shame on # 6. Shows the priorties of this country.
    But they always have money for perpetual, illegal wars around the globe. A bunch
    of evil psychotics running the place…more of our “exceptionalism??”

    • usef December 25, 2013 at 7:52 am - Reply

      It’s called Socialism(Govt tending to the needs of it’s population). We have this fleeting thing called freedom which none of the other countries have. But Obama is working to end that.

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