Immigration Visualized, 100 years later

largest-immigrant-population_0Thanks to Mental Floss for this great graphic of immigration changes from 1910-2010 (click on the image for a more readable illustration). One thing I learned is that Canadians really seem to like cold weather.  I thought maybe they would migrate predominantly to the US South or perhaps Hawaii, but why would they choose those beautiful, sunny places when they could go to Montana and North Dakota instead?

It’s also amazing to see how varied immigration was in 1910 (what was up with Nevada and the Italians?) and how dominant Mexican immigration is 100 years later.

What we have here is a failure to communicate

Robin just posted an interesting map of who trades with who, showing that China was the #1 trade partner of a number of African countries. Now here’s me posting a map of “the language of business” across African countries.



You can clearly see the colonial legacies, but what’s interesting to me is imagining how business must be conducted in those nations.

For example, in Angola, the language of business is Portuguese, but the #1 trade partner is China. How does that work exactly? Interpreters? Portuguese  fluent Chinese traders? Chinese fluent Angolan importers? 

My best guesses are (A) No Angolan participation in the “trade” it’s Chinese firms all the way down, or (B) the language map is kind of BS and everyone speaks English when doing international trade.

Perhaps someone with actual knowledge of the Angolan import market could weigh in? 


Fun with Maps, Part III

I’m a sucker for cool maps that help us visualize data that is otherwise hard to fully comprehend. Here is a great illustration of just how large India’s population is by comparing each state with a similarly populated country.  I’d love to see one for China!  Click the pic for a more populous image:



And as a special Friday bonus, here’s fun with flags, part I:

h/t to @viewfromthecave