What Do Saudi Arabia and Tennessee Have in Common?

Over at the very, very compelling Strange Maps site (warning: do not click unless you have an hour to kill) is a map of the U.S. with each state renamed for a country with a similar GDP.

In case you’re wondering where the really big countries are, here’s another map, in which Japan gobbles up our entire midsection and New England, while China has to settle for the West Coast.

(Hat tip: Marginal Revolution)


metin

Turkey and Israel as neighbors. Better for both of them. And far better than their existing neighbors. But as a Californian, I do have a problem with California being renamed France. Now we have to learn another language to communicate with one another?

frankenduf

a new way of expressing that portions of america resemble the third world!?

egretman

Alabama = Iran. They will love that!

prosa

New York = Brazil is rather fitting. I have read that Brazil has a very big gap between rich and poor, and that seems to describe New York (NYC in particular) quite well.

hyrumberg

This map gives me an idea. If the individual states are comparable to those countries then maybe each state should have a vote in the UN. Just to even us out with the rest of the world.

msp

Very nice.

Maybe this will catch on and several Southern states will change their mottos to "Thank God for Chile."

chinalawblog

That is a great site. I like how Washington (where I live) is the same as Turkey, where I once lived.

mconfoy

You need to be real careful with this data. GDP per capita is a more interesting statistic, but neither truly tell you how well off a place is. I can guarantee that life in Illinois is better than Mexico, a third world country.

Tija

As a brazilain, I am quite happy for being far from Venezuela (though a bit afraid of Russia).

egretman

I can guarantee that life in Illinois is better than Mexico, a third world country.

There are places in Mexico that Illinois would and should roll over and grovel for. Mexico is a beautiful country with some of the most gentle, respectable, smart people in the world. Illinois is lucky if it has one tenth of the gumption and family values that Mexico has.

And Illinoisians (Illinoids?) should get down on their hands and knees and pray to their collective gods that they don't have Mexico's national guvment which is the most pathetic self-serving corrupt organization in the world.

King Rat

I'm not sure that's the best comparison of GDPs. The numbers used appear to be based on the official exchange rates, rather than on purchasing power parity.

pedrohcgs

Hey,
Leonardo and Davi made the same thing using a Brazilian map.

It´s so awful.
The link is this: http://lmonasterio.blogspot.com/2007/06/estados-brasileiros-renomeados-por.html

Thanks

yahelc

Personally, I love that Iran and Switzerland are bordering eachother. That has some potential for some great wars.

Elurgecoego

Nice site. I think you should add little more description in your post, anyway I liked it. Thanks

metin

Turkey and Israel as neighbors. Better for both of them. And far better than their existing neighbors. But as a Californian, I do have a problem with California being renamed France. Now we have to learn another language to communicate with one another?

frankenduf

a new way of expressing that portions of america resemble the third world!?

egretman

Alabama = Iran. They will love that!

prosa

New York = Brazil is rather fitting. I have read that Brazil has a very big gap between rich and poor, and that seems to describe New York (NYC in particular) quite well.

hyrumberg

This map gives me an idea. If the individual states are comparable to those countries then maybe each state should have a vote in the UN. Just to even us out with the rest of the world.

msp

Very nice.

Maybe this will catch on and several Southern states will change their mottos to "Thank God for Chile."