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”
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.
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.