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Europe According to Stereotype

A London-based graphic designer has created a series of maps depicting Europe according to the national stereotypes in the minds of various peoples. Yanko Tsvetkov, a Bulgarian living in Great Britain, created the first one in 2009 in the midst of the energy dispute between Russia and the Ukraine. Russia was labelled “Paranoid Oil Empire”, the Ukraine “Gas Stealers”, and the E.U. as “Union of Subsidized Farmers”. Switzerland was simply “Bank”.

“I created the first one in 2009 because at that time there was an energy crisis in Europe,” Mr. Tsvetkov said. “I just created it to amuse my friends but when I put it up on my website so many people liked it that I decided to really focus on the project of mapping the stereotypes based on different places in Europe. I was surprised by the reaction because I never really expected it to take off like this.”

Europe according to the French.

Europe according to the Germans.

Europe according to the Italians.

Europe according to the British.

Europe according to the Americans.

This post was published on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 11:24 am. It has been categorised under Featured France Germany Great Britain World and been tagged under , .
Comments
  1. jenny
    21 September 2010
    11:05 pm

    Hahah…these are awesome.

    Could you provide link to larger size of these map? It’s hard to read the smaller text

  2. 22 September 2010
    8:38 am

    I simply love these maps. Soooooo accurate and amusing.

  3. Vozho
    22 September 2010
    10:30 am

    Yea,bigger maps required…

  4. Andrew Cusack
    22 September 2010
    10:33 am

    Click the link at the beginning of the article.

  5. Uncle B
    22 September 2010
    1:41 pm

    Great maps! Click to expand possible? Makes European History plausible! Do more!

  6. 22 September 2010
    3:19 pm

    Funny….

    ….and close to the truth too.

  7. Noah
    22 September 2010
    11:37 pm

    This was probably made by a British person, Americans would never refer to Britain as ‘Mummy’, we’d label it as ‘Minion’ probably XP.

  8. Simon
    23 September 2010
    4:30 am

    @Noah – The text before the images explains who and why; saves having to assume.

  9. wolf pack
    23 September 2010
    9:12 am

    Noah

    Not minion, we would say “Pudle”

    Wolf Pack

  10. 23 September 2010
    1:27 pm

    Briliant. when are you doing the America´s?

  11. 23 September 2010
    3:36 pm

    Thanks for the feature!

  12. 23 September 2010
    10:43 pm

    Absolutely hilarious! :D

  13. Vessela
    24 September 2010
    5:36 am

    Great maps!unbelievable

  14. 24 September 2010
    6:30 am

    These are incredibly funny! He’s managed to put his finger on the different perspectives and stereotypes so cleverly.

  15. marko
    24 September 2010
    1:01 pm

    excellent!

  16. 24 September 2010
    5:47 pm

    This is pretty epic, especially the American one

  17. 24 September 2010
    10:06 pm

    Wow, that’s priceless.

  18. Jim
    25 September 2010
    5:06 am

    Great job! As an American, I love the accuracy with America’s map. Well done.

  19. 25 September 2010
    7:50 am

    :))…great ideea!

  20. Russian
    25 September 2010
    1:07 pm

    It’s really funny. It would be great to see a map from russian’s point of view, and I could help a bit with it :)

  21. Mikael
    26 September 2010
    6:17 am

    How do the Swedish see the European map?

  22. peter
    26 September 2010
    6:25 am

    ha ha – stolen from: ‘the spiting image book’

  23. throbo
    26 September 2010
    6:46 am

    great work. I agree it would be great if map was bigger and changle Britian to “bad teeth”.

  24. 26 September 2010
    8:41 am

    We have no comment because our glorious Republiek van Limburg is not even listed on any of these maps!

    Harrumph!

    Dave
    Rumunj

  25. Aare
    26 September 2010
    3:31 pm

    One map was missing – Europe according to Estonians. A bit more humorous, but also accurate :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUgqXGu_gTQ

  26. K. Dontoh
    27 September 2010
    4:29 pm

    For some reason, I’m imagining the Ethiopian prime minster waving the “How Italy sees Europe” map in front of the UN and claiming Naples.

    Positively hilarious, but are there bigger versions?

  27. Alma Hromic
    29 September 2010
    1:04 pm

    Too close to the bone, people. Too close. On most of those maps that=which-used-to-be-Yugoslavia is counted as “uncharted”. NONE of the people “credited” with those maps know anything about the region at all, not even enough to make a joke about it – and yet they all united to destroy it. The joke in the American map is that it was retro-fitted to rationalise to themselves the reasons behind their having led the destruction. This HURTS, people. I didn’t think it was possible for it still to hurt but it hurts.

    It’s only funny when you haven’t lost it all.

  28. An italian
    30 September 2010
    8:25 am

    Ahahah! Sad but true!
    An italian

  29. An American
    30 September 2010
    8:57 pm

    Very good, although you’re giving us too much credit thinking that Americans will associate Brazil with Portugal. If anything most would probably think its colonial history originates in Spain.

  30. Travis
    2 October 2010
    10:32 am

    It would be great if you did one for Russia. The UK could be ‘Berezhovsky Hiding Here Somewhere’ and Bulgaria could be ’16th Soviet Republic’.

  31. Jose
    2 October 2010
    4:32 pm

    I would refer to the Balkans as more of a war zone in the eyes of Europeans than as uncharted. There are a lot of European military, EU, OSCE, NGO etc personnel still there.

  32. 1 December 2010
    11:16 am

    Simply amazing!

  33. Emre
    6 December 2010
    8:33 am
  34. 27 January 2011
    9:51 am

    hey! And where are “Europe according to the Spaniards”.

    It’d be the funniest one, believe me.

    Hello world, we exist.

    And, of curse… We aren’t mexicans! ;P

  35. Laura
    27 January 2011
    8:42 pm

    Cool maps!!!

    I’m surprised Romania is actually marked on most of the maps, unlike most of the Balkans…

  36. 8 March 2011
    5:00 am

    This is fantastic… Perfect for describing to my mates why we are NOT part of Europe lol… Made me laugh :)

  37. n.
    8 March 2011
    2:35 pm

    I love being uncharted =)

  38. Rick
    12 May 2011
    8:47 pm

    The American map is great… but shouldn’t much of France be a nude beach?

  39. Frederic
    30 June 2011
    5:39 pm

    I like how Danes are vikings in all of the maps.

  40. Rita
    11 October 2011
    11:05 am

    i am surprised, that according to US, the whole Europe is not marked as – Not America

  41. Siamcatx
    21 November 2011
    1:30 pm

    Nice work-very detailed about Europe. Would be nice to see detailed maps of Asian attitudes- like how the Koreans view Japan or Taiwanese view China…or Indians view Pakistan or Australia/Britain/Americans…

    Very entertaining. Hope there’s more to look forward to in future

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