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Each map is worth a thousand pictures

The Data Atlas of the World specialises in simple yet revealing maps of the world.

Image courtesy of Carrie Osgood / Data Atlas of the World

Cartogram of population sizes per country.

Key Takeaways
  • Few simple things are as expressive as a well-crafted cartogram.
  • The Data Atlas of the World provides a simple overview of complex data.
  • Based on neutral datasets, this growing collection offers context without bias.

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. And a map? If it’s a good one: at least a thousand pictures. Few simple things are as immediately expressive as a well-crafted cartogram – a map adapted to demonstrate the range of a certain dataset.

For some good examples, head over to the Data Atlas of the World, a growing collection of world maps, each revealing at a single glance the state of the planet, for such aspects as the population density, the distribution of religion, the level of corruption, variations in life expectancy and GDP, and many other parameters.

Here are a few examples:

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