The United States of Europe – is this Utopia or a vision? How does the enlargement or the detachment affect the European Union statistically? So here is the opportunity to build your own confederation of European states and to compare it with the actual European Union, the United States of America or China using basic statistical key data. Select or deselect countries by clicking on them and get the bar charts showing the parameter values of your virtual Europe compared to those of the EU, China and the US.
Thinking about Europe, everyone has a specific picture in mind that depicts the composition or the extent of the continent’s body and quite often these pictures differ vastly. Some simply signify the European Union as Europe. However, if the question concerning the continent’s highest Mountain is raised – is it Mont Blanc in the Alps or Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains – the geographical assignment begins to differ. It seems to be a question of cultural and social conventions how the borders of Europe are constructed.
In 1871 the unification of the numerous German states forming the „German Reich concluded the nation-building phase of the 19th century. It formed a picture of Europe, predominant until the end of the First World War. Depicting exact borders and their changes is one possible method of visualising the evolution of modern Europe.
[pvis src=“http://europe-in-maps.eu/map_area.js“ img=“/images/fail.png“]Countries by territory[/pvis] By creating thematic maps, distorted spatial relationships are generally avoided. However, in some cases, e.g. when handling large amounts of data or to avoid distraction by detailed spatial features, mapmakers intentionally distort the space based on attribute values. The resulting cartograms, often referred to as value-by-area maps, anamorphated images or […]