Are cartograms the better map?

Population densities can of course be mapped differently – obviously using common density maps. They can give a better clue where densities are highest, but they can hardly show what is behind those numbers: What does a certain density really mean? How many are the many that are living in the more dense areas? And how do those compare to other populated areas? This is what a cartogram can show far better – and also show more true, when mapping human-related figures.
The following map shows a density map compared to our UK population cartogram. None of these maps is worse or better, it all depends on the purpose what you want to show, so that our new maps do not supersede traditional mapping approaches…
UK maps compared
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