40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World


If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.

Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out There were also fantastic posts on Business Insider and Bored Panda earlier this year that are worth checking out. Enjoy!


1. Where Google Street View is Available

Map by Google



2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System

Map via Wikimedia Commons



3. The Only 22 Countries in the World Britain Has Not Invaded (not shown: Sao Tome and Principe)

Map by Stuart Laycock (via The Telegraph)



4. Map of ‘Pangea’ with Current International Borders

Map by via Reddit


Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. It began to break apart around 200 million years ago. The single global ocean which surrounded Pangaea is accordingly named Panthalassa.


5. McDonald’s Across the World

Map by Business Management EU



6. Paid Maternal Leave Around the World


Map by The New York Times



7. The Most Common Surnames in Europe by Country

Map by Teepr on Reddit



8. Worldwide Driving Orientation by Country

Map by



9. Map of Time Zones in Antarctica

Map by Phoenix B 1of3



10. Global Internet Usage Based on Time of Day

Map by Carna Botnet via Reddit



11. The World’s Busiest Air Routes in 2012


Map by Vizual Statistix



12. Visualizing Global Population Density

Map by valeriepieris on Reddit



13. Flag Map of the World

Map by andrewfahmy on Reddit



14. Map of Alcohol Consumption Around the World


Map by World Health Organization



15. Map of Alcoholic Drink Popularity by Country


Map by World Health Organization



16. Map of Rivers in the Contiguous United States

Map by Nelson Minar



17. US Map of the Highest Paid Public Employees by State

Map by



18. World Map of Earthquakes Since 1898

Map by John M Nelson



19. Map of Where 29,000 Rubber Duckies Made Landfall After Falling off a Cargo Ship in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean

Map via prometheus08 on Reddit



20. Map of Countries with the Most Violations of Bribery


Map by James Mintz Group



21. World Map of Vegetation on Earth




22. Average Age of First Sexual Intercourse by Country

Map by



23. If the World’s Population Lived in One City

Maps by Tim De Chant @



24. The Number of Researchers per Million Inhabitants
Around the World

Map by



25. Worldwide Map of Oil Import And Export Flows

Map by BP via Business Insider



26. The 7000 Rivers that Feed into the Mississippi River

Map via Gradeskee on Reddit



27. World Map of the Different Writing Systems

Map by Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) on Wikimedia Commons



28. Worldwide Annual Coffee Consumption Per Capita

Map by



29. The Economic Center of Gravity Since 1 AD


Map by McKinsey&Company



30. The World Divided Into 7 Regions,
Each with a Population of 1 Billion

Map by delugetheory on Reddit



31. Earth’s Population by Latitude and Longitude


Photograph by mrgeng on Reddit



32. Map of Contiguous United States
Overlaid on the Moon

Map by boredboarder8 on Reddit



33. Frequency of Lightning Strikes Throughout the World


Map by Citynoise on Wikimedia Commons



34. Overall Water Risk Around the World

Map by World Resources Institute



35. The Most Dangerous Areas in the World
To Ship Due to Pirates

Map by Control Risks



36. Area Codes in Which Ludacris Claims to Have H*es
(song reference)

Map via asonjones on Reddit



37. Where 2% of Australia’s Population Lives

Map by e8odie on Reddit



38. The Longest Straight Line You Can Sail on Earth
(Pakistan to Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia – 20000 miles)

Map by kepleronlyknows on Reddit



39. Map of Europe Showing Literal
Chinese Translations for Country Names

Map by



40. Reversed Map with Southern Hemisphere at Top of Map (because position of North is arbitrary)

Map via



World Map Tattoo with Countries Visited Coloured

Map via OutrageousAnimals on Reddit




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