The designers of a new ‘social atlas of Europe’ hope it will help Europeans to view their continent as their homeland.
The maps below look at Europe in a different way to usual cartography – they are part of a collection of ‘social maps’ of Europe being launched at the Royal Geographical Society on Wednesday 27 August.
The creators of the maps ask a simple question:
“Should we conceive of Europe as a collection of individual states or as a group of distinct cities and regions which are part of a larger whole?”
Their new ‘social atlas of Europe’ provides a novel way of illustrating the key social and geographic features across European countries. The map’s designers argue that by viewing Europe in this way it becomes apparent that most of the real social divides across the continent are within states rather than between them.
The geographers for these maps – Greek, German and English - hope they will help Europeans to look at their continent as one place, their homeland, instead of thinking so much of their nation-state. The authors commented today:
“Our work shows just how different the separate countries, regions and great cities of this continent are, but also how often they are – in so many parts – so similar. Indeed, looking at the maps in this atlas you may begin to believe that you are looking at the cartography of a single large group of people of a country called Europe.”
It was on 19 September 1946 that Winston Churchill stated: “we must re-create the European family in a regional structure, called, it may be, the United States of Europe”. Would it be too idealistic to believe that Churchill’s vision could be in sight?
Europe based on population showing each nation’s association with the EU:
Europe based on population and representation of topography:
Europe based on population and GDP per inhabitant:
Europe at night based on population:
— Jon Danzig (@Jon_Danzig) August 13, 2014
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Other articles by Jon Danzig:
- Winston Churchill: A founder of the European Union
- The Free Movement of People – It works both ways
- The value of being Citizens of Europe