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Atlas of the Real World

UPDATE: Here is the home page for worldmapper, where you can find hundreds of these maps. Thanks to Brian

Eighteen very cool maps of the world not the way we normally perceive it from a new book Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman and Anna Barford called The Atlas of the Real World. It uses “software to depict the nations of the world, not by their physical size, but by their demographic importance on a range of subjects. Here, we select a series of travel- and news-related maps. Here are three of the more interesting ones”

The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live

International Immigrants: The size of each territory indicates the number of international immigrants living there. The United States receives the highest number of international immigrants, while Andorra has the highest proportion – four out of five people in Andorra are immigrants. The Philippines and Guyuna have the lowest proportion – just one in 500.

HIV prevalenceThe size of each territory shows the number of people aged 15 to 49 with HIV. The highest prevalence exists in Swaziland, where 38 per cent of 15 to 49-year-olds carry the virus. More than a fifth of people in Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia, within this age range, carry HIV.

Alcohol consumption

The size of each nation shows the total quantity of alcohol consumed. Per person, the world’s heaviest drinkers are Ugandans, followed by people in Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Ireland, Moldova and France.

  1. March 11, 2010 at 8:41 am

    This is very interesting, especially the alcohol consumption. I would not have thought this before reading this article. I’m going to have to check out this new book. Thanks for sharing.

    • March 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

      yeah, a number of these surprised me. thanks for dropping by

  2. March 11, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Cool, this is a really neat way of visually representing these things!

  3. March 11, 2010 at 9:45 am

    This is a clever way of looking at the world. I’d like to check out the new book too. Where can I find it? Thank you for sharing.

    • March 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      I guess you could do a search at Amazon. Click on the links for the maps–maybe the author provides a place to order.


  4. March 11, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Hi Ruach,
    I am pretty amazed too, it is interesting comparison because in nowadays these features are only relevant. There is no more issues about borders but it is interesting how different features change the world map. I am from Czech Republic and the case of alcohol is just making me smile. Though we are proud to be one of the biggest consumers of alcoholic beverages especially bear because we are the world best producers. And we have heavy tourism industry from GB, Germany, Holland and other surrounding countries especially because of our cheap alcohol 🙂 So thanks for sharing this maps. Cool features worth to learn more.


    • March 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Last night someone (from the U.S.) told me about being shocked when they went to the hospital in a European country and found that you could buy beer in vending machines. Never seen that in America
      Ziata–I hope you are the best producers of beer and not of bear!!

  5. destinationwashington
    March 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Very interesting thank you for sharing

  6. March 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    This is interesting research.

  7. March 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    HAha no wonder ireland is one of the big drinkers!

  8. March 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Cool post, very interesting

  9. March 11, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    yeah, a number of these surprised me. thanks for dropping by

    برامج جديده
    توبيكات جديده

  10. March 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I don’t know now but once it was told in hospitals in the UK that “Guiness (Irish dark beer) is good for you”. Is it relevant to Alcohol consumption? Ireland is listed above. There are many Irish people around the world but there are only 5 million in Ireland.

  11. March 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    How can Canada be so small on the immigration scale??

  12. March 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Very very interesting. I’m surprised why Lithuanian isn’t in the top of alcohol consumption. Haha. 😀

  13. March 11, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    This is a very neat post. Glad to have seen this.

  14. March 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Hi folks! Nice blog, huh? Keep going this way. Cheers!

  15. leavemehere
    March 12, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Where’s the one for most intelligence?

  16. March 12, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Amazing creativity

  17. Jeanne Kim
    March 12, 2010 at 6:30 am

    I never knew that the Korean Penninsula could be that big! Haha, lols! 🙂

  18. zegor
    March 12, 2010 at 8:58 am


  19. March 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

    It would be great to see a map of laziness! Which countries are the laziest? Does anybody have any idea how would world of laziness look like?

  20. geckograce
    March 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

    My geography class were all looking at these today, we found them really interesting. 🙂

  21. March 22, 2010 at 2:38 am

    nice information for alcohol consumed. I think ….Alcohol affects every organ in the body. It is a central nervous system depressant that is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream

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