40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and info graphics 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


Map via Wikimedia Commons

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


Map by Stuart Laycock (via The Telegraph)

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


Map by Business Management EU

6. Paid Maternal Leave Around the World


Map by The New York Times

7. The Most Common Surnames in Europe by Country


Map by Teepr on Reddit

8. Worldwide Driving Orientation by Country


Map by ChartsBin.com

9. Map of Time Zones in Antarctica


Map by Phoenix B 1of3

10. Global Internet Usage Based on Time of Day


Map by Carna Botnet via Reddit

11. The World’s Busiest Air Routes in 2012


Map by Vizual Statistix

12. Visualizing Global Population Density


Map by valeriepieris on Reddit

13. Flag Map of the World


Map by andrewfahmy on Reddit

14. Map of Alcohol Consumption Around the World


Map by World Health Organization

15. Map of Alcoholic Drink Popularity by Country


Map by World Health Organization

16. Map of Rivers in the Contiguous United States


Map by Nelson Minar

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


Map by Deadspin.com

18. World Map of Earthquakes Since 1898


Map by John M Nelson

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


Map via prometheus08 on Reddit

20. Map of Countries with the Most Violations of Bribery


Map by James Mintz Group

21. World Map of Vegetation on Earth



22. Average Age of First Sexual Intercourse by Country


Map by ChartsBin.com

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


Maps by Tim De Chant @ persquaremile.com

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


Map by ChartsBin.com

25. Worldwide Map of Oil Import And Export Flows


Map by BP via Business Insider

26. The 7000 Rivers that Feed into the Mississippi River


Map via Gradeskee on Reddit

27. World Map of the Different Writing Systems


Map by Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) on Wikimedia Commons

28. Worldwide Annual Coffee Consumption Per Capita


Map by ChartsBin.com

29. The Economic Center of Gravity Since 1 AD


Map by McKinsey&Company

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


Map by delugetheory on Reddit

31. Earth’s Population by Latitude and Longitude


Photograph by mrgeng on Reddit

32. Map of Contiguous United States
Overlaid on the Moon


Map by boredboarder8 on Reddit

33. Frequency of Lightning Strikes Throughout the World


Map by Citynoise on Wikimedia Commons

34. Overall Water Risk Around the World


Map by World Resources Institute

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


Map by Control Risks

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


Map via asonjones on Reddit

37. Where 2% of Australia’s Population Lives


Map by e8odie on Reddit

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


Map by kepleronlyknows on Reddit

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


Map by haohaoreport.com

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


Map via OutrageousAnimals on Reddit

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bringdata 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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