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Gingers, St Patrick and bar fighters – tongue in cheek map stereotypes the Irish and our European neighbours


SLOVAKIAN artist and writer Martin Vargic has made his name with his intricate comedic maps of the world. 

In his Map of Stereotypes he pokes fun at all of Europe – including Ireland which he brands as divided into a few distinct sections – from the Giant’s Causeway to the birthplace of Titanic.

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The middle of the country is full of ‘Gingers’, with St Patrick, ‘grimy leprechauns’ and ‘bar fighters’ also getting a mention.

The English are stereotyped as having a stiff upper lip, eating fish and chips and being the home of Downton Abbey. 

The 2015 edition of the Map of Stereotypes, is described as “the first of its kind on such a scale” and depicts the world from a more “comedic point of view, showcasing the most prevalent western stereotypes about other countries and regions all over the world.”

The map was partially inspired by Yanko Tsvetkov’s award winning Atlas of Prejudice.

The full map is available in Vargic’s book Miscellany of Curious Maps. 

Vargic has also created detailed maps of the internet, a world map according to ISIS and a Map of Literature

Click below to view more maps or visit the website here


Katy Harrington

Katy Harrington is Digital and Features Editor at The Irish Post. Follow her on Twitter @tweetkatyh

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