Best and worst places to be born

Where people are the most and least welcoming to foreigners

Where people smoke the most (and least) cigarettes per person

Where the atheists live

Where people are the most and least racially tolerant

Gay rights around the world

The countries where people are the most and least emotional

40 Maps That Show How The World Works

Recently, a collection of quirky maps made the rounds online. The Washington Post followed with its own collection and a different perspective.

As we’ve mentioned time and time again, there are a lot of creative ways to share information through mapmaking. Recently, a collection of quirky maps made the rounds online. The Washington Post's Worldviews section, which had an original map included in this collection, followed suit with its own assemblage, adding a more informed perspective to the discussion.

Where people smoke the most (and least) cigarettes per person

While the former mainly stuck to fun facts, (such as every country England has ever invaded) and satire (for instance, the world according to Americans), the Worldviews’ 40 maps tend to be more useful for understanding the current state of the world (for example, the best and worst countries in which to be a mother.) Taken together, the two sets of maps offer up a surplus of perspective on the relative merits and follies of each corner of the world.

Have a look through some of our favorites in the slides above.

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  • Chris Kelly

    Americans are very welcoming. But clearly whoever made that map has never been through homeland security as a non American. Whole different story. Aside from that, these maps are silly. Live is going to suck if you are super poor no matter where you live. And 'better' is stupidly vague

  • CATmedia

    How can you possibly define the best and worst places to be born? Where is the scientific data to back up such arbitrary statements?

  • Eric Pomert

    Even way up in northern North America folks are very emotional?  There goes my theory that emotions melt with temperature....

  • Cedric Delangel

    France does not reveal data in the map of smokers, wonder why, since it is a country of smokers.
    Some areas in Mexico, in the map of gay rights, allows same sex marriages, and appears in grey.
    The map about countries where people is more or less emotional, says little and it is confusing.