elections in Germany: visualized

Germany’s elections turned out to be much more exciting than expected. While I hope my vote made it over the Atlantic (I don’t want to be counted on this map of non-voters), I’d like to share with you a couple of visualizations on last Sunday’s Bundestagswahl. While researching, I quickly came across this great collection of visualizations by Netzpolitik.org, so I won’t add any new ones to the lists, only a couple of my favorites.

The Hochburgen – or strong holds

Hochburgen translated literally from German to English means high castle. It is also a ruin close to Freiburg, my home town. This graphic by the Zeit tries to identify these party strong holds within the German’s party landscape. It took me a while to get a grasp of it, but once I did, I actually found it quite revealing. The geographic mix-up continues to confuse me though.

The black Republic

Probably the graphic that most impressively illustrates the election results – and an overall sentiment in Germany: not only by number of votes is the CDU near an absolute majority,   even more so it is so by across East and West, and North and South. A green enclave in Berlin Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain, a couple of spots covered by the Linke, some more by the SPD and the rest: black. Not much of a difference actually when looking at the votes for the candidates, or the party.


Despite the black Republic, Berlin shows a somewhat differentiated picture. The Berliner Morgenpost has analyzed local election results by the smallest possible entity (making of), and Michel Jansen follows the path of where the Berlin Wall blew its breach (illustration via @albertocairo).

(I tried to embed this tweet, but it did not work. Ideas for what I am doing wrong anyone?)

And yours?

What are your favorite visualizations? Did you do your own? Here are the official numbers (not really open, but at least in tables). Historic data visualized here.

advent calendar waste

I know, it may be something totally trivial, but when I saw, it just struck me as something very fascinating. It may not be very advent like and the image is quite raw, but I hope you get the idea. To dispose the waste, you just through it in this little waste elevator in one direction (down), just outside of your door in the hallway, and you’ll never see it again. I’ve been told that is not typically Moroccan, and that it exists in the US as well, but coming from would-like to be green and recycling Germany – in practice this is frighteningly not happening – it seems to be worth a calendar entry.

14 December - waste

14 December - waste