World Map: Road Kills across the Globe

Deaths caused by road accidents has already reached 1.24 million per year across the globe, and it will triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030, and road accidents will become the fifth leading cause of death in the developing countries, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent Global Burden of Disease study. Here is an interactive world map that annotating roads kill percentage in each country, and detailed statistic chart can be seen when mouseover the regions, and full story can be seen when mouse click the markers.


Here are some highlights from the report and the map:

  • New York City, U.S., has made great strides in reducing traffic fatalities with its streets among the safest in the road.
  • Sweden is the industrialized country with the lowest roads kill.
  • Dramatically increased numbers of new drivers and vehicles on the road is the main course for the high road fatalities rate in Russia.
  • In Egypt, people died in road traffic crashes every year exceed the toll of those who died in the revolution.
  • In Liberia, 66% road fatalities were among pedestrians, which was the worst record among African countries.
  • The Dominican Republic is the most dangerous place to drive in the Americas, with nearly 42 fatalities per 100,000 in population.
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran has the worst driving record in the Middle East, with 34 deaths per 100,000 in population.
  • In the past, people in Nigeria can buy a driving license even you have not taken driving lessons and passed a test, so it is not surprising with the high roads kill percentage.
  • Philippines has just passed a new drunk driving law earlier in 2013, but fails to establish a legal blood alcohol content level for intoxication, and let’s see if roads kill can be reduced.


By the way, we find this world map very informative, which is not complicated to create.  First, you can easily find a world map template with all regions on the website, and then add mouseover information box, which text content, table and images, and external links can be inserted, to related regions. Finally, you can create heat map with map legend to indicate the road kills percentage in various countries.

Here is a video tutorial about creating heat map, and you can also create an informative world map that similar to the above one in few steps:

Video Tutorial: Create a World Map with Regions Abbreviation Added

There are over 150 regions in a world map template that it takes and wastes time for annotating the regions by manually adding labels. Now, you can annotate the regions ab adding regions abbreviation, and edit the settings in the editor without complicated steps.
Check out the video tutorial below for details:

Global Flood Damage by 2050











Issues about climate changes, e.g. global warming & rising sea level, are always hot topics among us in these years. A world map about damages caused by flooding and rising sea level by 2050 has been created for warning us.

In the bubble chart map, it highlight several coastal cities about the estimate cost that taxpayers have to pay for cleaning up the casualties caused by flooding. This map is created based on the analysis from Stephane Hallegatte, an economist in World Bank, and his coauthors, and he mentioned that the figure was just the bare minimum. Detailed comment from Stephane can be found by clicking the above map image.

Recently, we have received inquiries about creating world map with pie chart / bubble chart per country. It is possible to create bubble chart in a world map using map maker for data analysis:

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Maps: Locations of U.S. Embassies And Consulates Closes

Last Sunday, the U.S. announced it would keep 15 embassies and consulates closing in the coming weeks, and would shut down another 4 embassies in Africa. Since the issue of global travel alert from the State Department last Friday, 21 diplomatic missions has been closed because of the potential al-Qaeda terrorist plot.

A custom Google Map has been created for displaying locations of 19 embassies and consulates are going to close this week, and you can click on the pins for details:

Some sayings that the locations of closed embassies reveal possible clues for targeted attack locations. The Washington Post has also created a Heat Map for showcasing the relationship between population distribution of Muslim and locations of closed embassies.

How do you think? Do you think the locations of closed embassies related to “Muslim World”? Do you think it can hint you the targeted locations?

Clickable Bubble Chart: China Global Investment

Nowadays, it is not surprised that China has expanded it’s investment all around the world, especially in the U.S. A clickable world map has been created by The Heritage Foundation for displaying China global investment to various countries from 2005 to the first half of 2013.

The report is presented in bubble chart style that larger bubble scale represents larger investment. You can click / select a country to see the investment details according to sectors and the investment trend all through the years.

According to the report, it seems that China have invested over €50 billion in projects abroad, and we can see rising trend in Africa and South America regions.

Possible Routes that Edward Snowden Would Take

After leaving Hong Kong, where did Edward Snowden go? There is speculation that he is somewhere in Moscow,  but it seemed that he did not take the flight to Moscow. Here is an interactive World Map that examines the potential routes Snowden would take after leaving Hong Kong, where conceivably willing to shield him from U.S, by using the data from Check the possible routes that he might take and see if you agree with it or not:

Video Tutorial: Create Interactive HTML5 Bubble Chart Map

Bubble chart is used for presenting data in a visually appealing way that you can easily compare the value of each data by looking at the size of the bubbles. Bubble chart combines with interactive map can visualize geographical data, and provide quick comparison of quantities and frequencies between regions or states.

For understanding more how the bubble chart can be used, you may take the following maps as reference:

Interactive US Map: 2013 Interactive Singles Map

Bubble Chart – Worldwide GDP Data (2012)

Here is a video tutorial about creating Bubble Chart in the HTML5 interactive map:

Interactive Map: World Acceptance towards Homosexual

As the issue of same-sex marriage becomes a hot topic recently in several countries, for example in the United States, a new Pew Research Center survey finds huge variance by counties question of whether homosexuality should be accepted or rejected by society. An interactive heat map has been created by iMapBuilder to showcase the result.

The survey that conducted in 39 countries reflects broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, Europe, and much of Latin America. According to statistics, there are obvious increasing people in South Korea, the United States and Canada accept the homosexual with 10% growth since 2007. The survey also claims that religions and age generation are factors towards the acceptance.

Check the following heat map to see which regions have higher acceptance towards homosexual, and you can find more details by watching the embedded videos and news in the infobox.

Related news: Same-sex Couples in New Jersey
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Interactive Google Map: Protests in Turkey

Last week (May 28, 2013) there was a protest in Istanbul about against the development of a park, and it develops as a giant one for against the Turkish government as a result. An interactive Google Map has been created for pinpointing the locations where the protests have been taken place.

The simple but informative interactive map was created according to review of several media reports, and you can click on the markers and link to the original source for the details. This map has not pinpointed all locations, but is it believed that the full list would be released in the near future.


[UPDATED] Interactive Heat Map: H7N9 in China


We have updated the HTML5 Heat Map for the H7N9 situation in China lately. From the heat map, regions that are seriously hit by the disease are highlighted. You can mouseover the regions to get the details.

The map will be updated regularly to showcase the latest situation, and the Custom H7N9 Google Map with the detailed information will be released next week.