Mapping Modernity

18. The European Union

23 October 2023

Subtle differences in Europe

This map of the European Union from 2013 may appear quite ordinary, displaying an austere, objective, and institutional representation. It emphasises Estonia’s smallest province while deeming mountains insignificant. However, beneath this surface lies a subtle message: The map highlights the Union’s commitment to multilingualism by labelling all countries with their respective names in their own language.

European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication, Representation in the UK / L. Johns, The European Union, London 2013. Coll. S/T Y.2g.12, 86.5 x121 cm.