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Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Mind-opening viz from Td Architects in Holland. I didn’t know about the Schengen ‘Wall’.

Td Architects have run a nice side-line in information visualizations for several years.

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  • http://przemelek.blogspot.com przemelek

    Nice, but this what is marked as future Schengen Borders is now current Schengen Border ;-)
    Here http://pl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Plik:SchengenAgreement_map_with_dates.svg&filetimestamp=20090222041810 is nice draw showing current “members of Schengen”

  • derek

    OMG, this is the worst designed site EVER!!!!!

  • Tom

    Nice indeed. But the UK and Ireland are not part of the Schengen Zone; something I curse every time I travel to “mainland” Europe.

  • Shane

    Interesting, but it’s important to realise that a lot of the countries in the “poor” world are rushing towards wealth too: much of eastern Europe and south east Asia, for example. This division isn’t at all static.

  • Tom

    This map must be using very old data. China is one of the worlds biggest economys. Are you sure on the data used??

  • http://twitter.com/kazo Kaspar K.

    The map is quite inaccurate. Poland, Switzerland and the Baltic States, for example, have all been Schengen countries for years.

  • ksn

    this is what we call misinformation :D

  • Ncpn

    “You forgot Poland” ;)

  • Samuel

    Well, Schengen border does exist, but I don’t think it can be compared to The Fence or Gaza Border. It is a heavily protected border, bordering the EU (except the British Isles) and some other countries. Its protection comes from the fact that, when somebody enters a Schengen-area country, he or she may freely go through any other one without futher controls. Thus, is a person is granted with permissions to enter a country, they automatically apply to the rest of Schengen-area. But this is far from being a Wall, even in a metaphorical sense.

  • Val

    this map forgets about the French DOM-TOM areas in Caribbean sea (Martinique/Guadeloupe) the Dutch Curacao, French Guiana (bordering Brazil and Suriname), Comoros and Reunion in East Africa, just as examples…

  • Anonymous

    Very good image, and very bad at the same time.Keep on the info-graphic-blogging! Often provides more food-for-thought than many words.Does this imply that we should be against secure borders?

  • http://www.zoombits.co.uk/christmas-gifts christmas presents

    Thanks for the very nice post. I think the collective data on whose this chart has been built are bit old. After all nice information .

  • Anthony

    I believe you misspelled “Northern” above Australia.

  • M

    It is somewhat true. The so-called ’48 countries’ (is 48 the right number? it’s definitely EEA + US + Canada + Australia + NZ + Japan + Sth K + Sing) can travel relatively fluidly across borders. As someone with a third-world passport who has widely travelled and lived in ‘the 48′ for the past 11 years, the visa application queue is infuriating if not expensive. (There is more in my bank account than in most people’s, and yet I still have to wait for 3 weeks to get a three-month visa… as opposed to those supposedly richer nationals who could fleece welfare systems and only have €100 in pocket to finance the trip.)

    But yes, visualisation well done!