This is a stunningly short but insightful article. As usual, a picture says more than 100 words.

HIV prevalence

Rather than defining each country by size, these computer-generated modified maps – or cartograms – redraw the globe with each country’s size proportionate to its strengths, or weaknesses, in a whole series of categories.

For instance, when it comes to military spending, the U.S. appears bloated, but Africa is huge when HIV prevalence is mapped.

The map shown here is HIV prevalence, but there are other maps in the article showing:

  • Alcohol Consumption
  • House Prices
  • Military Spending
  • War and death
  • Toy Imports and Exports
  • Wealth of Nations (in 1500 and 2002)

I will post more about political/technical aspects of (world) maps in a while.

Added:  Here is the source website of those maps. Already 366 maps there.