The map above shows how the African continent was divided in 1914 just before the outbreak of World War I. By this time, European powers controlled 90% of the continent with only Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and Liberia retaining independence.
The map above shows which countries drive on the wrong side of the road. Those marked in red drive on the right and those in blue drive on the left. Your opinion about which is the correct side to drive on, likely depends on where you live.
The incredibly detailed map of the world’s religions above, was created by reddit user scolbert08. To see the full resolution version just click on it.
It shows what the biggest religion is by census area in each country, along with its level of support. For example, in large parts of British Columbia the most common answer on the census is no religion, but the intensity of that feeling varies widely.
The map above shows the flag of the country people who move abroad are most likely to move to. So for example, Australians are most likely to move to the United Kingdom (and vice versa), Canadians are most likely to move to the United States, Mainland Chinese to Hong Kong, etc.
The map above shows the 99 countries American passport holders can travel to visa-free. What this means in practice is that you don’t need prior permission to enter any of the countries listed. However, be aware that virtually all countries impose time limits on how long Americans can stay, generally anywhere between 14 and 90 days.
While the map above is now a few years out of date (data from 2006) it shows the amount of light pollution around the world. Not surprisingly, densely populated areas tend to have far more light pollution than sparsely populated ones.
Moreover, wealthy areas tend to have more than poorer ones, which can be clearly seen in some of the more detailed maps below.
News this week that Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand and one look at the map above will show you why.