Mapping the world in 16 maps

Travel June 26, 2014

Maps can change your perspective on life. Here are some maps that may just give you a new view of the world:

Who can speak the most foreign languages?

Well done Luxembourg!

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_386_en.pdf

Ginger hair frequency

Image: James McInerny

Beer map of Europe

Via imgur

World flight traffic

Most common European surnames

From imgur

Most widely-spoken second language by country

Belgium and Switzerland are multilingual countries. French is the number one “second” language in Belgium because a small majority of the population speak Flemish as a first language (this data comes from the Eurobarometer report). Switzerland publishes data about languages spoken at home and at work, but no definitive stats about second language learning nationwide.

Sources:

http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_386_en.pdf
http://www.coe.int/t/DG4/linguistic/Source/Country_Report_Norway_EN.pdf
http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/istrazivanje-tri-posto-visokoobrazovanih-ne-zna-niti-jedan-strani-jezik-hrvati-uglavnom-znaju-engleski/545687.aspx
http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/themen/01/05/blank/key/sprachen.html

Annual hours of sunshine

Found on imgur

Writing systems of the world

 Original (larger) at Wikipedia

Lightning map of the world

Found at imgur

South-up world

Via Flickr

Density of metal bands by country

Most popular sports

Found at imgur

Where does it rain the most?

Source: http://chartsbin.com/view/1425

The British Empire in 1897 (the pink countries)

Found here

World map adjusted for population

Larger version here

Who’s having the most babies?

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_fertility_rate

By Christian Boveda

What do you think?