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How the rest of the world sees... the rest of the world

And how Ireland sees Europe – some hilarious maps of how Europe is perceived by others in the world.

FRANCE SEES RUSSIA as ‘Napoleon’s Dream’ – and Belgium as ‘semi-France’. Germany, in turn, sees France as ‘Eiffelreich’ and Sweden as ‘IKEA’. Italy sees the lower half of itself as Ethiopia.

That’s all according to a collection of maps spreading like wildfire across the net, created by Bulgarian graphic designer Yanko Tsvetkov, showing maps of Europe laid out as various people from across the continent perceive them.

Tsvetkov, who lives in London, said he created his first map to amuse his local friends when Russia threatened to block off the gas supply to the rest of the continent – and, spurred on by the positive reception, created several more.

How the rest of the world sees... the rest of the world
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  • Europe According To... Europe

  • Europe According to the United States of America

  • Europe According to France

  • Europe According to Germany

  • Europe According to Italy

  • Europe According to Bulgaria

  • Europe According to Britain

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Inspired by the maps, Irish cartographer Richard Cantwell has created his own equivalent map of how Ireland sees the rest of the continent. Click the image for a high-resolution version.

Is there anything wrong with this map? Do we really still see Portugal as merely a golfing paradise? And isn't there more to Scotland than the Old Firm? Let us know your thoughts.

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