There’s another great post on the excellent blog Strange Maps focusing on this fascinating “cartogram of regional political mentalities in Switzerland.” Here’s how to read it:
A cartogram being a map morphed by non-geographic data, there is very little left of Switzerland’s familiar shape to recognise here. The confederation’s centuries-old cartographic persona is transformed by two axes, from liberal to conservative (north-south) and from left-wing to right-wing (east-west). The colours denote the country’s main language areas: German (green), French (red) and Italian (yellow)*. Higher altitude lines correspond with higher population density…
The French-Swiss area generally is more liberal and left-wing than the rest of Switzerland, but with significant internal diversity. The municipality of Collonge-Bellerive is among the most liberal in Switzerland, but is rather more right-wing than Geneva (marked in German as Genf) and Lausanne, the largest cities of la Suisse romande (French-Switzerland). And Delémont apparently is the hotbed par excellence of socialist agitation in Switzerland. Italian-Switzerland is equally left-wing, but not quite so liberal as the French-Swiss.
I’m hoping that one of the many talented and quantitatively-minded Lebanese graphic designers (which is, let’s face it, just a euphemism for “Lebanese person under age 40″) reading this blog tries their hand at coming up with a cartogram of regional political mentalities in Lebanon.
In other news, read Ben Gilbert’s excellent piece on the renovation of Beirut’s synogogue, and Sami Moubayed breaks some news on the likely makeup of the next cabinet (a 15-10-5 format, as forecasted here a couple of weeks ago) with Ziad Baroud remaining as Interior Minister (although this is not final… Aoun reportedly wants either the Interior or Finance portfolio for the FPM, and I just can’t see Hariri giving up the latter).