Changes in the world of maps

We know people love our maps! With their bright colours and clear, easy to read designs, our wall maps look great on any walls. Did you know however, how many changes take place every day? We update our maps constantly to ensure the information on them is as up-to-date as the news!

There are various changes we feature on our maps including country borders changes, place name changes, capital city changes and the emergence of new states. We also make sure we have the most up-to-date country flags on our posters which contain them.

Mapping out changes in the world

In the last ten years there has been a large variety of changes affecting our world wall maps. The image below shows some of the changes that have occurred within the last ten years…

World Wall Map showing areas of change from the last decade

World Wall Map showing selection of changes in past ten years

1. Kosovo

2008 – Kosovo declares independence with only partial recognition

2. Serbia and Montenegro

2006 – Dissolution of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro into two separate states Serbia and Montenegro

3. India

2001 – The city of Calcutta is renamed Kolkata

4. Country Flags

Various country flags updated or added including Iraq, Kosovo, Rwanda, Venezuela and Saint Lucia

5. Myanmar

2005 -The capital of Myanmar is moved from Yangon (Rangoon) to Naypyidaw

6. East Timor

2002 – Independence of East Timor (Timor-Leste) from Indonesia

7. Palau

2006 – The capital of Palau is moved from Koror to Melekeok

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