We all know what a map of the world looks like. How would it be if we rearranged it according to culture so that similar countries were placed next to each other? Based upon findings from the Word Values Survey, a map was constructed that plotted two cultural values and allowed the countries to be viewed in terms of cultural proximity rather than geographic proximity. As a British national who is keen on exploring the world, I can see the value of such a ‘map.’ Take a look at the findings to see which places would offer you the least culture shock in the world.
Image source: The World Value Survey Cultural Map 2005-2008. Source: Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel, “Changing Mass Priorities: The Link Between Modernization and Democracy.” Perspectives on Politics June 2010 (vol 8, No. 2) page 554. http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/wvs/articles/folder_published/article_base_54
Wow, I stared at this for a while. Very cool diagram!