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Your Daily Read: 38 Maps That Explain The World

The more we know, the less we learn

Must read. Your world, in 38 simple maps.


We spent a long time looking at these 38 Maps compiled for, and will probably go back to them again and again in the months to come.

We live in times where there is a lot of information, and very few answers, and these maps add to both sides of the scale substantially . There’s happy news here, and sad, and downright depressing.

We’d especially recommend you look at:

Map 8: a pictorial description of the gas pipelines connecting Russia with the rest of Europe and (perhaps) explaining why its ascension of Ukraine is being tolerated by the rest of the world.

Map 28: That shows the differences in Maternity Leave across the globe (and no surprise that the Nordic countries and the Balkan do so much better on this metric than India or even the productivity focused United States of America.)

UnImmunised Children Map

Map 30: Which shows the number of unimmunized children by country, and of the long road ahead on this metric for India. If there is one cause you should support on World Charity Day this Monday it is to ensure more children are immunised in your neighbourhood.


Map 35: Compiled by the Rice Institute on Open Defecation in India. This one compelled us to research further and we found out (thanks to their excellent blog), that the numbers have actually increased between 2001 and 2011!!!!

Also, when someone, particularly in the government says to you that look, open defecation is on the decline in India and we are working hard, tell them that no, open defecation per square kilometer is what matters, and it’s increasing in India.

Map 36:  A pictorial description of the World’s Alcohol Consumption, adding credence to the Russians-and-their-vodka stereotype.

So go ahead, take a look and spend some time learning about the way the world evolves (and collapses under its own weight.). Happy week-night reading!

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