Cultural Difference Map

The map on the left shows the cultural distance between a selected country and the other countries on the map. The darker a country is, the closer it is to the selected country.The distance is computed as a vector distance between the values that each country scores along the six dimensions explained below. The distances are scaled to 0-100, so the maximum culture distance is 100.0. Countries that don't have data for the six dimensions are shown in light blue.

The cultural differences are based on data derived from Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory. There are six dimensions in this theory, which attempts to quantify various characteristics of national cultures. Here are the dimensions:

If you would like to comment on this map, see my blog entry discussing it at Nueva Lengua Translation and leave a comment there.


Original version 3/5/2014.
Last updated 3/30/2014.
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