Denmark created a World Map Park for everybody to explore, featuring all the countries on Earth, specially created through different landscaping techniques. All the countries are present on the map, which makes the park all the more attractive for worldwide tourists.
Søren Poulsen is the Danish farmer who single-handedly built this amazing World Map Park in Denmark. It took him 25 years to finish building this unique place and it was completed in 1969. The World Map Park is called Verdenskortet (in translation “The World Map”) and it very quickly became the main tourist attraction in Klejtrup, a small village from Denmark.
Søren Poulsen first had the idea of building a World Map Park in 1943, during the Nazi occupation of Denmark in World War II. He was constantly preoccupied about the park, waiting for the seasons to change to settle his rocks, bricks and whatever materials he needed in order to create the map, showing the full detailed borders of each country.
The World Map has total measures of 49 X 98 yards (45 X 90 meters) and the scale for one degree of latitude (69 miles – 111 km) is the equivalent of 11 inches (27 centimeters) on the map. It’s surface covers 54,000 sq ft (5,000 sq m) and each country has its name marked on its national flag and in the grass.
Poulsen died at the age of 81, just a few months after completing the map, which remained unchanged since 1969, leaving a beautiful natural park – Verdenskortet – as a legacy for all geography, map and history addicted fans all over the world.
Explore the gallery to view the whole World Map Park from Denmark in all its natural beauty.