This world map reveals what each country is best known for

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Singapore is best known for having the healthiest people in the world while Malaysia is famous for producing rubber gloves.

With diabetes and cancer factoring as top killers in the city state, this little tidbit seems fraudulent.

Agree or disagree, the folks at Information is Beautiful have compiled over five years of data to narrow down what each country is best known for.

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Their sources include the CIA, World Bank, The Economist, BBC, Reuters and Forbes among many others.

These materials are then consolidated into nine categories, namely commodity; psychology; ecology; gastronomy; economy; nicety; humanity; technology; and of course nasty.

Hondurus is literally blacklisted as the country known for murder. The data is sourced from a Huffington Post article which reported that the country had a homicide rate of 90.4 per 100,000 people in 2012. These murders are attributed to gang violence and drug cartels.

Other countries in the nasty list include Georgia, which is known for homophobes, and China, for jailed journalists.

Meanwhile, Spain is known for LGBT tolerance while Tanzania has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. A United Nations report revealed that 88.1 per cent of women in the country are in the labour force.

The site is managed by David McCandless, a London-based author, who now works as an independent data journalist and information designer. McCandles has since published his infographics and other designs in a book.

McCandles had previously produced an earlier version in 2010, and comparisons with the current infographic reveals rather interesting changes.

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Libya used to be known for tanks, but has now taken on a reputation for having the most number of fat kids in the world. Meanwhile, India has toppled Ecuador as the largest producer for bananas. Ecuador is now marked as the country with the most biodiversity per square km.

Needless to say, data is constantly changing with volatile political climates and a fluctuating economy. This map may not be the most accurate representation of the world, but it offers some helpful insight.

debwong@sph.com.sg

 

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