Introduction

When asked to speak of cultures other than their own, many people will resort to stereotypes and very basic, general information that does not tell us much about what we wish to know. In truth, a country’s culture cannot be defined in mere words, no matter how lengthy the description. It can only be experienced through immersion, as it is incredibly complex, an assembly of thousands of specific details that form an immense picture, a kaleidoscope that cannot simply be looked at through a simple lense. Nevertheless, we have tried in our case study to breach the cultural barrier ever so slightly by choosing maps that could highlight different aspects of one or several countries’ culture and thus how the people live their life. Though some maps may appear to belong to the geo-political, sustainable or economic sphere, all of the information ends up focusing on an aspect of people’s lives. A carbon footprint map will, for example, tell us how much people are able to consume, or a map on the freedom of press will also tell us about people’s freedom of speech. Though it is evidently not enough to create a complete understanding of all of the world’s countries, we have tried to overlook one of globalization’s downsides: focusing on “famous” countries’ culture whilst overlooking others and thus being unable to look at the world as it is: both complex and immense.

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