Thursday, May 13, 2010

Europe in Detail, American (or Swedish?) Style

German Carto-fan, Rudolf, sent this funny map to me. It is an "American version of Europe in detail."


Click on image for readable version.

Poking fun at the average American's lack of geographic knowledge is fair game... In fact, I think this map has FAR MORE detail about Europe than the average American has ever really given any thought.

I pointed out the fact that there were no notes about Belgium and a few other countries on the map. He made up his own on the spot:
Belgium: Part of France and Netherlands, economy runs on "Manniken Pis" souvenirs.
Austria: Folk who like pronouncing A like in puking
Slovakia: sheep cheese and bacon for all meals
Malta: more churches than police
(Belgians, Austrians, Slovakians and Maltese, direct your complaints to Rudolf... Everyone else direct your complaints to ninsianna.com, where you can find this and other amusing "US View of the World" maps.)

UPDATE 5/14: I agree with the commenters below... this map has been mislabeled. I think it was probably created by a European, most likely a Swede.

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5 Comments:

At Thursday, May 13, 2010 , Blogger ke said...

Doesn't look like an *American's* idea of Europe - it's clearly written from a Swedish perspective.

 
At Friday, May 14, 2010 , Blogger Rangutan said...

Greece: "Breeding ground for our kids". Yes, needs funds, please send maintenance payments for all the new offspring!

 
At Friday, May 14, 2010 , Anonymous Deepo said...

Hockey? Americans don't care about hockey that much. And whoever wrote this map needs to learn how to conjugate "there" verbs and spell "there" words correctly. This is dumb.

 
At Friday, May 14, 2010 , Anonymous Phil Lacefield Jr. said...

Yeah, I've seen this one before, it was definitely written from a Swedish perspective and not American. Biggest clue: the map states Norwegians "speak Swedish with an accent", a true insult in the greatest Sweden/Norway tradition :-)

 
At Friday, May 14, 2010 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

This looks more like a Swe-- oh, never mind, you're on it.

 

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