Mapping Stereotypes: Yanko Tsvetkov Puts Our Stereotypes on Map [Gallery]

Bulgarian graphic designer and illustrator Yanko Tsvetkov has revealed seven maps of Europe reproducing what he saw as stereotypes that different nations have about European countries.

  • Where Yanko Tsvetkov Lives: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of 'Where I Live' stereotypes, for example, people consider most European countries are "Union of Subsidized Farmers," the Turkish "No Youtube Land," the Ukrainians "Gas Stealers" and the Russians "Paranoid Oil Empire." Picture: Yanko TsvetkovWhere Yanko Tsvetkov Lives: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of 'Where I Live' stereotypes, for example, people consider most European countries are "Union of Subsidized Farmers," the Turkish "No Youtube Land," the Ukrainians "Gas Stealers" and the Russians "Paranoid Oil Empire." Picture: Yanko Tsvetkov
  • Europe according to Gay Men: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of Gay Men stereotypes, for example, they consider the Germans are "Dungeon," the French "Twinkreich," the Spaniards "Bears" and the Italians "Straight Homos." Picture: Yanko TsvetkovEurope according to Gay Men: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of Gay Men stereotypes, for example, they consider the Germans are "Dungeon," the French "Twinkreich," the Spaniards "Bears" and the Italians "Straight Homos." Picture: Yanko Tsvetkov
  • Europe according to Britain: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of Britain stereotypes, for example, they consider the Irish "Rascals," the other European countries are "Evil Federated Empire Of Europe," the Ukrainians"What An Odd Country" and the Russian "Big Spenders." Picture: Yanko TsvetkovEurope according to Britain: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of Britain stereotypes, for example, they consider the Irish "Rascals," the other European countries are "Evil Federated Empire Of Europe," the Ukrainians"What An Odd Country" and the Russian "Big Spenders." Picture: Yanko Tsvetkov
  • Europe according to Bulgaria: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of Bulgarian stereotypes, for example, they consider the Germans are "Bundesrepublik Volkswagen," the French "Cheese and Other Perfumes," the Spaniards "Our Workplace" and the Italians "Spaghettia." Picture: Yanko TsvetkovEurope according to Bulgaria: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of Bulgarian stereotypes, for example, they consider the Germans are "Bundesrepublik Volkswagen," the French "Cheese and Other Perfumes," the Spaniards "Our Workplace" and the Italians "Spaghettia." Picture: Yanko Tsvetkov
  • Europe according to Italy: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of Italian stereotypes, for example, they consider the Germans are "Clock Addicts," the French "Bruni Empire," the Spaniards "Italian Dialects" and the South of their country "Ethiopia." Picture: Yanko TsvetkovEurope according to Italy: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of Italian stereotypes, for example, they consider the Germans are "Clock Addicts," the French "Bruni Empire," the Spaniards "Italian Dialects" and the South of their country "Ethiopia." Picture: Yanko Tsvetkov
  • Europe according to Germany: Tsvetkov created his first map to amuse his friends during the gas row between the Ukraine and Russia last year. So many people enjoyed his map that he "decided to really focus on the project of mapping the stereotypes based on different places in Europe," he explains. "I was surprised by the reaction." Picture: Yanko TsvetkovEurope according to Germany: Tsvetkov created his first map to amuse his friends during the gas row between the Ukraine and Russia last year. So many people enjoyed his map that he "decided to really focus on the project of mapping the stereotypes based on different places in Europe," he explains. "I was surprised by the reaction." Picture: Yanko Tsvetkov
  • Europe according to France: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of French stereotypes, for example, they consider Germans "our best friends" and the Poles "plumbers." Tsvetkov's site, Mapping Stereotypes, has been viewed by a half billion fans. Picture: Yanko TsvetkovEurope according to France: In Yanko Tsvetkov's map of French stereotypes, for example, they consider Germans "our best friends" and the Poles "plumbers." Tsvetkov's site, Mapping Stereotypes, has been viewed by a half billion fans. Picture: Yanko Tsvetkov
  • Europe according to USA: Americans thinks the French are "smelly," the Italians "godfathers" and Russians "Commies." At least that's the view of a Bulgarian artist living in London who has created seven maps of different nations' stereotypes that have become an internet hit. Picture: Yanko TsvetkovEurope according to USA: Americans thinks the French are "smelly," the Italians "godfathers" and Russians "Commies." At least that's the view of a Bulgarian artist living in London who has created seven maps of different nations' stereotypes that have become an internet hit. Picture: Yanko Tsvetkov

Yanko Tsvetkov, a Bulgarian designer and illustrator living in London, has produced seven maps in which countries and regions are labelled according to the stereotypes of their inhabitants held by the people of other nationalities.

In a map titled Europe According to USA, Russia is blocked out in red and labelled “Commies” while France reads “Smelly People” and Germany reads “Dirty Porn”. Britain is simply labelled: “Mummy”.

In the map of Europe according to Britain, the mainland is labelled “Evil Federated Empire of Europe” while Ireland reads “Rascals” and Turkey is labelled “No Pork Meals Here”. Click here to see a bigger version of this map.

Mr Tsvetkov, 33, said he was inspired to create the first map in the series during the gas row between Ukraine and Russia in 2009.

In the first map, titled Where I Live, Russia is labelled “Paranoid Oil Empire”, while Ukraine is labelled “Gas Stealers”.

The graphic designer said: “I created the first one in 2009 because at that time there was an energy crisis in Europe.”

“I just created it to amuse my friends but when I put it up on my website so many people liked it that I decided to really focus on the project of mapping the stereotypes based on different places in Europe. I was surprised by the reaction because I never really expected it to take off like this,” he added.

Mr Tsvetkov’s website has been inundated with around half a billion visitors since he published the series, called Mapping Stereotypes.

As well as maps of Europe according to the US and Britain, the continent is shown as seen by France, Germany, Italy and Bulgaria.

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