Map Monday: Random maps to provide some “different” perspectives on our world

These maps are taken from recent Bored Panda offerings, which always provide interesting and fun collections. Here are a few that caught my eye; you can check out the full collections at the links below. Enjoy.

The United States of America: Alaskan Perspective  MM-Alaska

Size comparison between Australia and the U.S.  MM-Australia

This is Pluto compared to Australia MM-PlutoAustralia

Passenger Railway Network 2020  MM-Railways

These two areas of Africa have roughly the same population  MM-Africa

Roads either side of the Finland-Russia border  MM-RussiaFinland

European countries with higher and lower income inequality than the U.S. MM-IncomeInequality

Countries with more sheep than people (plus Wales, which definitely deserves to be included)MM-Sheep

Difference between Russia’s unfriendly list last year and this year MM-RussiaUnfriendList

North Korean election results of 2019 (looks like a clear winner!)MM-NorthKorea

The usual time to eat dinner in Europe  MM-DinnerInEU

Traffic fatalities, EU vs U.S.(Is it because of lack of trains??!)MM-RoadDeaths

Did you find any surprises?!

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44 Responses to Map Monday: Random maps to provide some “different” perspectives on our world

  1. Love these! Fascinating comparisons. I was surprised to see Turkey has higher income inequality than the US. As for dinner hour, I am definitely an outlier here in Portugal with my 6PM mealtime.

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  2. Margaret says:

    Thanks Jane these maps are so interesting. Fatalities in USA on roads – WOW! You raise a good point regarding lack of trains.

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks, Margaret. Another interpretation seems to be lack of wearing seatbelts or obeying speed limits (and drinking-driving laws). Whatever the reason(s), it’s unsettling.


  3. Reblogged this on Musings and Wonderings and commented:
    Interesting perspectives on countries around the world.

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  4. Victoria says:

    Thank you, Jane! So many interesting nuggets…but I will confess to being mesmerized by ‘what time dinner is’. I knew about “late dinners” in some countries/locales but I didn’t realize there were so many – eating after 7…or later. My midwestern U.S. roots are showing. Dinner at 6…like it’s hard-wired into my DNA. 😉

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      LOL. It is interesting how we (and our bodies) become creatures of habit. I remember the first time we were in Spain a very long time ago and the restaurants didn’t OPEN until 9 pm. Yikes! Of course, everyone else was having a siesta while we were doing things and building up a 6 pm appetite. We did adjust. 😊

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  5. debscarey says:

    I’m not surprised to hear about the difference in US traffic fatalities and, while the lack of railways may add to it in some way, I suspect a significant factor is drinking and driving. As the road network is so large and there aren’t enough law enforcers to cover it, drivers don’t appear to be as worried about the regulations and being prosecuted, like we are in Europe, which makes for a lot of drivers over the limit on the roads. That’s based entirely on casual observation, not any actual research though.

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  6. Thanks, Jane – interesting, fascinating, disturbing … and my list could go on. As for the sheep map – they’ve obviously never been to Wales, as it should also be on the map. 🐑 🙂

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      You’re right, Francine, Wales should be included. Whoever produced the map must have been thinking of the UK as one country instead of a collection of countries. I’ll fix it. Thx!


  7. heimdalco says:

    So interesting. I like the times people eat dinner. My favorite, hands down, though, is the surprise reference to the comparison of sheep inhabitants to people. That made me laugh out loud & clap my hands because it was so unexpected in a totally random way. It made me think that we need more of that is these troubled & difficult times … a good ‘sheep laugh’ in a world gone crazy that could probably benefit from more sheep than people.

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  8. Belladonna says:

    I really like this type of post.

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  9. Wynne Leon says:

    Wow – these are all so interesting. The road deaths, the income inequality, the passenger railway networks (somehow I was surprised that Australia doesn’t have more but I’ve never been there so I don’t know why I thought they’d have more). All such interesting perspectives. Thank you, Jane!

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  10. Rose says:

    These were all interesting. I really like your Map Mondays. I always learn a new thing.

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  11. Lookoom says:

    The train network map is like a summary of my last years, so much easier in Europe than in North America.

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  12. Forestwood says:

    Absolutely fascinating. Finland and Russian road maps was interesting and I have always wondered why Norwegians want to eat dinner so early! And Spain so late. Perhaps due to the heat or lack thereof? The sheep map was not a surprise at all! With the size comparison between America and Australia, I can imagine how wealthy my country would have been if it was not filled with desert! We would have been a global force perhaps, not a minor player in the boondocks of the world.

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  13. I did find some surprises. The biggest one was how small Pluto is. I had no idea. Let’s hear it for maps.

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  14. Ding ding ding! That’s the award for finding most creative map — What time is dinner usually eaten? Or perhaps that’s just the dinner bell. But I thought that was great either way. 🙂 – Marty

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  15. Bernie says:

    I always enjoy these. This one was very informative with your choices. Love the sheep one of course as I’ve been to Wales, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia so I’ve seen the sheep!!

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  16. Bernie says:

    As to dinner time — first couple days in Portugal we wondered why the restaurants weren’t open at 6!

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  17. The maps are fascinating as always, Jane. Thanks for sharing the Bored Panda links.

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  18. Roy McCarthy says:

    They’re fun. Yes the time we were in Spain as a family there was only one place near us which opened for early evening dinner, I think only in pity for the Brits. The railway maps are staggering, especially as so many tracks in Europe became abandoned in the 1960s. And one of the iconic scenes of the winning of the USA West is of gangs laying down railroads and Casey Jones driving along them 🙂

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      Ah, yes, Casey Jones! The train was dealt a death blow in the U.S. way back in the 50s (and maybe earlier) when’s the feds subsidized the emerging auto industries by building all the new highways and supporting the oil companies.


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