Map of the Day: Post-World Cup, Spain and Holland Turn to Different Beverages

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If you're Spanish, you've probably spent the last 24 hours raising a few glasses of rioja to toast your team's World Cup win. And if you're Dutch, you've probably been drowning your sorrows in Grolschs and Heinekens.

Fans of the two teams awoke to drastically different realities today, but when you think about it, they didn't really have that much in common to start with.

As the two fantastic maps below show (h/t Strange Maps), the Spanish love wine while the Dutch prefer beer. Spain is Romantic, Catholic, mountainous, and mostly arid, while the Netherlands is Germanic, Protestant, flat, and soggy.

The Spanish founded breezy San Juan; the Dutch built orderly Grand Rapids. Their divergent characters were even apparent on the pitch yesterday when Spain's crisp and creative style outlasted Holland's solid and physical play.

While the Spanish may be in good spirits today, at least the Dutch can take solace in the fact that their economy is buzzing along at 4.3 percent unemployment while the Spanish rate is a staggering 19.9 percent. (Disclosure: Ottenhoff is Dutch. Very Dutch).

(This first map illustrates Europe's drinks of choice: the burgundy color is wine, amber is beer, and blue is distilled spirits)

Alcohol Belt of Europe

Europes Divides

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Patrick Ottenhoff attends Georgetown McDonough School of Business in the Class of 2012. He previously served as a project manager in the Public Affairs Practice of New Media Strategies and was a staff writer for National Journal Group. Patrick has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. As the name implies, the blog covers news and commentary at the intersection of politics and geography, but it also analyzes the stories, people, culture, sports, and food behind the maps and the votes. Patrick is a native Virginian and graduate of Union College in New York. You can follow The Electoral Map on Twitter and Facebook, and follow Patrick on YouTube.
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