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40 Maps That Show How The World Works

Recently, a collection of quirky maps made the rounds online. The Washington Post followed with its own collection and a different perspective.

As we’ve mentioned time and time again, there are a lot of creative ways to share information through mapmaking. Recently, a collection of quirky maps made the rounds online. The Washington Post‘s Worldviews section, which had an original map included in this collection, followed suit with its own assemblage, adding a more informed perspective to the discussion.

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While the former mainly stuck to fun facts, (such as every country England has ever invaded) and satire (for instance, the world according to Americans), the Worldviews’ 40 maps tend to be more useful for understanding the current state of the world (for example, the best and worst countries in which to be a mother.) Taken together, the two sets of maps offer up a surplus of perspective on the relative merits and follies of each corner of the world.

Have a look through some of our favorites in the slides above.

About the author

Joe Berkowitz is a writer and staff editor at Fast Company. His next book, Away with Words, is available June 13th from Harper Perennial.

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