Yanko Tsvetkov (previously here) is far from being a professional cartographer, but he has quit a thing for maps. The Bulgarian-born graphic artist, who now resides in Spain, is acutely aware of both the serious inter-cultural debates and disputes gripping the world, and the ridiculous stereotypes we all hold against each other. His desire to reconcile the two culminated in the Atlas of Prejudice, a project which sees him drawing maps that combine history with hearsay in the most hilarious fashion.

One of the many chapters of this alternative atlas, entitled Tearing Europe Apart, examines the many cultural divides that seem to govern the continent. If you can swallow your pride and have a laugh at yourself (as well as your neighbors), scroll down to see which side of the dotted line your country falls on, and let us know in the comments if you agree with the author.

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John L
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4 years ago

Potatoes are an underground crop and can take colder weather. Tomatoes depend on warmer weather.

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Sophie G
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4 years ago

it's colder up here, we need some fat on our bones ;p

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John L
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4 years ago

Alcoholic beverages come from crops that grow in that part of Europe: grapes in the south; barley in the middle, and potatoes in the north. It all depends on availability. ;D

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Sill Marien
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4 years ago

you slice Poland in half which is kinda awesome cause it puts me in brown-ish part and I could not fix my own sink to save my life, nor would my brother I think ;)

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John L
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4 years ago

Well, Duuuuuuuh

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Benj
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4 years ago

NORWAY, depressed?! Uh, I beg to differ - it was recently stated to be one of the happiest countries in the world. This one is way off.

Inga Auðbjörg
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4 years ago

That the overall population is happy and to have the highest rate of depression doesn't necessarily counteract each other. Iceland is the happiest country in the world and one of the most depressed as well...

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Sophie G
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4 years ago

take ur vit D supplements ppl

Yvo Nne
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4 years ago

Depression depends on nationality? I learnt something new today.

John L
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4 years ago

No Yvon. Its Climate that works on people. The sunnier and warmer things are, the happier we tend to be. Nationality has little to do with this. Would you rather live in good weather or bad weather?

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cornelis van der hoek
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4 years ago

that the Dutch be melancholic, wish we were - haha. The Dutch are considered one of happiest of the world, for sure in Europe ... So define melancholic 👀

Kwj
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4 years ago

Denmark has been stated to be the happiest country in the World numerous times, so this one is way off ;) - Best regards from the Dane :D

Ryan Rogers
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4 years ago

Amen.

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Karen Rowland
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4 years ago

just about spot on, I'd say....

Manuela Simon
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4 years ago

And Germans are not melancholic, but often depressed, because "we have it so difficult"blabla. But I believe it is easy to become depressed in the area where there is no sun in the winter

Katarzyna Kaminska Pilch
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4 years ago

NORWAY IS SAD

Cookie
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4 years ago

No sun.

Mel Moore
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1 year ago

Is that why all the Nordic countries consistently appear on the 'happiest country' index?!

Su Burbio
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2 years ago

I lived in Norway a couple of seasons and it seems to me that Norwegians are reserved but not depressed and they do enjoy life doing a lot of outdoor stuff. I love Norwegian outdoor life (i used to, now I cannot go back anymore:( ). They have good income to make a living and lots of space. I would rather be Norwegian than Portuguese (which low salaries, unemployment, crisis, lack of native nature, lack of public natural space, horrible hot summers)....

Isog Sargent
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3 years ago

So not true, the Scandinavian countries are among the happiest in the world. Finland regularly tops the list of happiest countries.

Soile Niittymäki
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4 years ago

Finland tops the list of happiest countries in the world, so who says we are depressed?

Giorgio Giannakaris
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4 years ago

You don't know what depression is until you visit the Greece of the financial crisis. Not the tourist places where everyone has a fake smile, but the real Greece where people have to live with 500€ while the cost of living is similar to the UK.

Fred Borloo
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4 years ago

Total Bullshit. I loved Norway. Probably the happiest people on earth!

Andrei Dima
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4 years ago

So true

Ryan Rogers
Community Member
4 years ago

The Nordic countries date usually ranked as the happiest places in earth. Economic stability and a tight knit community with shared ethics play a larger role in happiness levels than climate does.

Dan Persson
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4 years ago

Portugal should be Depressed

Pattie Kelly
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4 years ago

OK YA I"D say Depressed Europe?

João Mamede
Community Member
4 years ago

Wrong, Portuguese are not Euphoric, we are either melancholic or Depressed, fix that.

Giuliano Ribeiro
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4 years ago

Portugal Euphoric? Are you kidding?

Blue Cicada
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4 years ago

In the US, we see a strong correlation between cultural origin and depression, leading to multiple studies of the genetic components of depression.

Blue Cicada
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4 years ago

In the US the wealthy or retired often "head South" for the cold months.

Alicja Maciejewska
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4 years ago

In Poland we are not melancholic. Usually we're just pissed off.

Karolína T.
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4 years ago

Czechs are melancholic? No, we are upset :-)

Shinomi Chan
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4 years ago

Finland depressed.. hahah.. where's the lie?

Agnes Jekyll
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4 years ago

Does this have something to do with sunlight?

J Perry
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4 years ago

It's to do with the sun and temperature... 😟

Limin Huang
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4 years ago

Scandinavia is not depressed!

The Cappy
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4 years ago

Once again, having recently been in Greece, with its crushing debt and its strikes and demonstrations... you've got some ridiculous ideas about the place. Was this done by a school kid who's never been to Europe?

Josiane Dazin
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4 years ago

That's my tought too

Tom Simmons
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4 years ago

I call BS

ViolinLover
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4 years ago

https://www.google.no/amp/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN16R0BH

Fred Borloo
Community Member
4 years ago

Absolute BS. People in the south pretend to be happy. People up north understand happy.

Glenys Vargas de Sorrentino
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4 years ago

I find happier people in the north due to them being able to live their lives in peace without worrying about what people think, about money nor about getting a job. People in the south may be more vivacious and loud but there's a lot of anger there as well as loads of depression.

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Liam. Just Liam.
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4 years ago

WHAT?!?! DID HE JUST SAY THAT THE IRISH ARE QUIET?!?!

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John L
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4 years ago

Most of the "Poor" countries are former Communist countries. Communism is guaranteed to create poverty.

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Kati
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4 years ago

Poland is Catholic.

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Paul Jones
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4 years ago

Ireland atheist?

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Blue Cicada
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4 years ago

Folks! Taste is soooo subjective! What might be delicious to you is gaggingly disgusting to me, and vice versa!

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Karolína T.
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4 years ago

Hahaha true.

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Pernille Dyre
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4 years ago

In what terms?

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KK
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4 years ago

This is really random.

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