Maps that will change the way you see the world

Maps that will change the way you see the world

Maps that will change the way you see the world
This map shows the world according to life expectancy. The results are depressingly unsurprising. Africa is the only continent that contains nations where the average life expectancy is below 60. And there are 28 of them. The lowest life expectancy of all is found in Sierra Leone, where it is a staggering 46. Japan is where residents live the longest – 84, on average, according to the World Health Organisation data, published this year. It is closely followed by six countries on 83 years: Andorra, Australia, Switzerland, Italy, Singapore and San Marino. 

This map shows those countries the Foreign Office believes is safe for British travellers to visit (in green), and those it doesn’t (red). The Foreign Office advises against travel to parts of those countries shown in yellow. 

This map shows where the Foreign Office believes a terrorist attack is most likely to occur. The threat is rated “high” in more than 30 countries, with summer holiday favourites such as Spain and France given the same rating as Libya, Pakistan and Somalia. Russia, Egypt, Tunisia, Myanmar, Kenya, the Philippines and Colombia, Turkey, Thailand, Australia and Belgium are also given the top rating, as well as much of the Middle East, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Afghanistan. ountries where the terror threat is low include Iceland, Bolivia, Ecuador, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Hungary, Vietnam and Japan.

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Those most – and least – crowded countries are shown here, based on the latest available figures from the UN Population Division. If you like solitude, avoid most of the Far East and Western Europe, and consider one of the 10 least crowded places…

This map reflects alcohol consumption per capita. Belarus is the most sozzled state, which a typical adult consuming 17.5 litres of pure alcohol a year – equivalent to 179 bottles of wine or 1,750 shots of vodka. It is followed by Moldova, Lithuania, Russia, Romania and Ukraine. Britain is 25th overall – we each consume 11.6 litres of pure alcohol a year, on average. 

And the most abstinent countries? Unsurprisingly, they are mostly Muslim states where the sale and consumption of alcohol is restricted. In Pakistan, Mauritania, Libya and Kuwait the average citizen drinks just 100ml of pure alcohol a year – the equivalent of a single bottle of wine.

The map below shows which countries have the most World Heritage Sites. Italy, China, Spain and France come out on top, possessing 51, 48, 44 and 41, respectively. Which will come as no suprise. France is the most popular country in the world , with Spain not far behind , China is the most populous, and Italy was the birthplace of the Renaissance. To see every World Heritage Site on one map, follow this link. 

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This map shows which nationalities are the most frequent fliers, according to 2014 data published by The World Bank. Unsuprisingly, given its size and wealth, the US is miles ahead of any other nation, with 9,553,214 departures from its airports last year. Next on the list is China with 3,356,756. 

The other countries in the top 10 for 2014 are Canada (1,290,420 flights), the UK (1,069,420), Brazil (937,437), Japan (927,437), Germany (913, 156), Russia (747,804), Turkey (723,207) and India (720,050). Of those countries that feature (there was no data for Norway, Uruguay and Sweden, among others), the lowest number of flights last year was in Chad, with just 75. 

This map shows which countries are most at risk from earthquakes, storms, floods or droughts, according to the 2015 World Risk Report, compiled by the United Nations University for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). The report also takes into account how well prepared each country is to deal with a disaster. Europe – with the exception of the Netherlands, Albania and Serbia – is largely free from risk, as is the US and Canada. Africa and the Pacific Rim countries are, unsurprisingly, where the danger is highest.

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