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[–]DenmarkReallyMuhammad 1329 points1330 points  (111 children)

Netherlands and Denmark are just painted on.

[–]DenmarkSocketRience 679 points680 points  (54 children)

we're just the sea weed on the northern coast of germany and france

[–]That_randomdutchguy 219 points220 points  (51 children)

Yeah we have a huge mountain in Limburg NL, one of the tallest in NL, and they just show us as flat? :P

[–]CynicalFarang 549 points550 points  (14 children)

Deventer also has a small bump in the road.

[–][deleted] 70 points71 points  (3 children)

Hey, we also have a mountains here. We have a mountain called "Mount Heaven", which is a towering 147 meters above sea level. And a another one called "Mill High", which is an impressive 170 meters above sea level

[–]That_randomdutchguy 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I'm sorry, did you say above sea level? How? Where are your dikes and dunes to stop the floods? ;)

[–]European UnionZeurpiet 9 points10 points  (0 children)

under sea level obviously. they don't keep out the water by hovering at 1000 m above sea level

[–]Phasko 27 points28 points  (8 children)

That "mountain" is actually just a hill.

[–]That_randomdutchguy 63 points64 points  (6 children)

I am very much aware of that fact.

[–]Phasko 26 points27 points  (4 children)

I think they should at least give us some holes for our polders. Nobody cares about mountains, polders is what it's all about!

[–]SwedenPhhhhuh 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Aye, they get rad after Economics.

[–]Denmarkmcmanybucks 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You can see the little bit thats our mountain..

[–]Just above sea levelWideEyedWand3rer 120 points121 points  (20 children)

What is 'raised relief' that OP is talking about?

[–]trexdoor 109 points110 points  (17 children)

For you guys, it's like a depression map only it's in the other direction.

[–]Just above sea levelWideEyedWand3rer 85 points86 points  (11 children)

I actually think depressions are more of a Danish thing.

[–]Nieder-DeutschlandPresumedSapient 101 points102 points  (9 children)

Finnish actually. And they seek solace in alcohol.

[–]Suomiteel 171 points172 points  (2 children)

Did someone say alcohol?

[–]Just above sea levelWideEyedWand3rer 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Alcoholism, another list where you're above us...

[–]DANMAGnoahravn 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Actually it's more a greenland thing.

[–]Lower Saxony (Germany)reymt 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh, so it's an expressionist map of europe.

[–]Lombardymedhelan 27 points28 points  (4 children)

northern italy too

[–]Portugalwaldyrious 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Oh wow, wtf? I had no idea the contrast was so marked in that region. What's the geological explanation for that?

Edit: Looks like it's the Po Valley:

The plain is the surface of an in-filled system of ancient canyons (the "Apennine Foredeep") extending from the Apennines in the south to the Alps in the north, including the northern Adriatic. (...) Since the Messinian (7-5 mya) the system has been filling with sediment mainly from the older Apennines but also from the Alps.

[–]The NetherlandsCRE178 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Well good. I don't like mountains. They're coarse and rough and irritating...

[–]SimonSmiley 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Denmark is extremely flag Here is a picture of the tallest point, Himmelbjerget (The sky mountain) that I took the other day. (Look for the tower)



[–]European UnionKvalitetstidEnsam 220 points221 points  (103 children)

I like it, but I am not so sure about the depiction of the Iberian Peninsula as a some sort of desert wasteland.

[–]madplayshd 207 points208 points  (8 children)

It's actually a map from 50 years in the future.

[–]The Netherlandspalkab 86 points87 points  (5 children)

Why are we not flooded then? :p

[–]Nieder-DeutschlandPresumedSapient 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Like always: dikes and windmills steam-powered pumps!

[–]Omnilatent 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Cause you guys are the best water engineers in the whole fucking world

[–]The Netherlandsterror406 14 points15 points  (0 children)

We told the North Sea not to, pointing to the corpse of the South Sea to show it what would happen if it tried.

[–]EspañaJorgeGT 134 points135 points  (64 children)

While now in summer it is not very green, it certainly isn't a white, sandy desert. Source: this was taken yesterday.

[–]Arthur_Boo_Radley 123 points124 points  (55 children)

Okay, I gotta ask, does Portugal have some kind of anti-cloud defense system? I mean, what's up with that?

[–]PortugalZe_ 136 points137 points  (37 children)

We have over 300 sunny days per year, sometimes I even forget the sky can be a different color from blue.

[–]Portugalthespiantess 41 points42 points  (27 children)

We must live in totally different places. We have about 9 months of winter where the sky is never blue.

[–]Brazilmarble-pig 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Now I get it why you guys were so comfortable when you came here, the sky behaves just the same! A match made in heaven...

[–]PortugalZe_ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I work with some Brasilians, they all say that each year our weather becames closer and closer to the weather in Brasil. climate change I guess.

[–]Swamp GermanReinierPersoon 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I have the same feeling about the sky, but with grey instead of blue.

[–]United KingdomSidian 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I know that feel bro

[–]Arthur_Boo_Radley 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think the Dutch will wanna have a word with you.

[–]haaam_girl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Malta here. I see the Portuguese have stolen our anti-cloud defense system!

[–]Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)MostOriginalNickname 30 points31 points  (4 children)

We call them windshield for a reason

[–]FranceMnyx 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Probably a picture taken by satellite so it's a mix up of several pictures, they picked one without cloud I think for the land one.

[–]EspañaJorgeGT 27 points28 points  (0 children)

No, it is not the case in this image. This is a single acquisition by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA Aqua satellite, taken yesterday at 13:15 UTC. Here's the raw data.

[–]United Kingdom2a95 13 points14 points  (1 child)

You get the same thing in the UK: https://feww.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/uk-haze-nasa.jpg

Basically it's low cloud that forms because of the difference in temperature between the air above and the sea. Overnight, the low cloud might move inland, and then during the day it burns back, hugging the coastline. In the UK it's often called haar or sea fret.

[–]PortugalodraciRRicardo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That's mostly fog. I'm not sure if technically there's a difference.

Its sometimes like that during the summer. My guess is it's sea water evaporation during very hot days, and depending on the winds.

Yesterday I walked near the sea in the afternoon. 20m-40m near the coast was foggy, but inland was searing hot.

[–]Finlandkuikuilla 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hot air can contain more humidity before it condenses into clouds. Sea = cold air, land = warm air.

[–]i_removed_my_traces 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Where do you get a day old satelite-images?

[–]EspañaJorgeGT 21 points22 points  (0 children)

This one from here. But they have this very handy interface now where you can add a lot of different layers and so on.

Note that all these are low-medium res, for a bit higher (10m per pixel) you can browse Sentinel-2 imaginery here, although revisit time is lower. When the second Sentinel-2 data pipe is fully operative we should get images each 4-5 days I think.

Also you can take a look at the geostationary Meteosat images, they are more real-time but of course of much lower resolution.

[–]Hungaryhowaboot 299 points300 points  (21 children)

[–]Francemosha48 49 points50 points  (12 children)

how/where do you get these pictures ?

[–]Hungaryhowaboot 120 points121 points  (8 children)

I figured there could be a bigger version, so I right-clicked the image in Chrome and hit "Search Google for this image". It brings up a page with "Find other sizes of this image: All sizes - Medium - Large" and I clicked Large. This is a really amazing feature of Google, it tracks images and knows which are scaled versions of each other.

[–]Francemosha48 31 points32 points  (6 children)

I hoped there would be a website where you could select a place and it would render it for you

[–]Swedenaddol95 80 points81 points  (4 children)

the good news is, you can do it yourself!
step 1: choose a 3D modeling package. Blender is free. Cinema4D has a plugin dedicated to this.
step 2: aquire a heightmap. DEM data is what you're looking for. you could even google "europe heightmap
step 3: render that shizniz.

the technique is the same, but terminology can vary between software.
in the end, you use a heightmap to generate 3D geometry.
i actually do the same, using custom generated terrain instead of real world geometry

[–]bj0rnisL 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah I would love to play around in this like google earth. I found some more pictures from the same gallery.


[–]qtx 26 points27 points  (0 children)

The name of the guy who made them is Anton Balazh and you can get most of his maps here, https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Anton+Balazh.

[–]Xabster 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]United KingdomTeskje[S] 448 points449 points  (65 children)

A raised-relief map of central/eastern Europe (with a touch of Turkey ;) )


[–][deleted] 94 points95 points  (14 children)

Greece looks like an uninhabitable rocky wasteland.

[–]poetrywoman 12 points13 points  (0 children)

For the most part it was. What I think Smaug is talking about in his comment is that because of how rocky it was interactions between city states where rare and trade dangerous over land. That's why Greece became such a naval power. The people had to learn to be good sailors just to travel and trade.

[–]The NetherlandsSmaugtheStupendous 18 points19 points  (7 children)

Which is a good part of the reason the ancient Greek city states were able to thrive in the way they did.

[–]jtr99 6 points7 points  (1 child)

And a good part of why the Greeks were so keen to colonize the flat agricultural valleys of what is now western Turkey.

[–]EarthChipAyten 20 points21 points  (1 child)

gib island pls

[–]Nieder-DeutschlandPresumedSapient 211 points212 points  (6 children)

Silly man, if you made that a second post you could have harvest double the karma!

[–]United KingdomTeskje[S] 181 points182 points  (5 children)

That's okay :D you can post it for the karma


Thanks to /u/Orleanian for my first gold ❤️❤️

[–]piankolada 127 points128 points  (2 children)

Are you reddit Jesus?

[–]TEGEKEN 67 points68 points  (0 children)

He got downvoted for our sins

[–]Sjeiken 13 points14 points  (15 children)

may i ask how this is made?

[–]United KingdomTeskje[S] 55 points56 points  (6 children)

The author took 3D spatial data from a NASA and then re-scaled the z axis to exaggerate the relief. I'm not sure exactly what software was used, sorry :/

[–]Sjeiken 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Thanks, gotta love NASA

[–]AlcaDotS 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Do you have a link? :)

[–]United KingdomTeskje[S] 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Here you go my friend


That's the author's shutterstock. It is all royalty free afaik

[–]BelgiumBombastik_ 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You may ask.

[–]De_Rossi_But_Juve 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Permission granted.

[–]Swedenaddol95 7 points8 points  (4 children)

step 1: choose a 3D modeling package. Blender is free. Cinema4D has a plugin dedicated to this.
step 2: aquire a heightmap. DEM data is what you're looking for. you could even google "europe heightmap
step 3: render that shizniz.

the technique is the same, but terminology can vary between software.
in the end, you use a heightmap to generate 3D geometry.
i actually do the same, using custom generated terrain instead of real world geometry

[–]EthpanyaJames_Locke 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Is Eastern Europe Mordor?

[–]III Spanish Republicneonmarkov 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Makes sense, Hungary fits the bill with the weird-ass language and of course the shape, plus they have some hot water springs...there must be a volcano somewhere in there

[–]Irelandshanemitchell 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You can really see why Ukraine is known as the Bread Basket of Europe

[–]NorwayHelenEk7 13 points14 points  (9 children)

This is why Norway doesn't fear climate change. We will definitively still be above water...

[–]SirWinstonSmith 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Too bad most houses are by the coast, and fairly close to the water line...

[–]d4n4n 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Meh, not close enough for a significant portion to go under.

[–]RR1294 124 points125 points  (30 children)

Ahh, the glorious Roman Empire!

[–]Franconiacmfg 59 points60 points  (0 children)


[–]kebab who is whiter than a nordic guy.Montezumawazzap 60 points61 points  (2 children)

It looks like a Civ V map.

[–]spamjavelin 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I was thinking r/civ would like this.

[–]Nieder-DeutschlandPresumedSapient 26 points27 points  (0 children)

With exaggerated relief Spain, Portugal, and France have no flat land at all. And the Italian Po-valley is about as flat as the Netherlands (which is clearly not entirely flat, the Veluwe area is hilly).

It's also nice to see how expansive the Norwegian relief is. Driving in the Alps has some fun parts, but you stick mostly to long valleys. Driving in Norway is like a vast region of only interesting & fun parts :D

[–]Guernseysolzhe 22 points23 points  (2 children)

I didn't realise just how mountainous the Pyrenees and Alps are. Makes Hannibals crossing all the more impressive.

Also, glad to see Guernsey on a map of Europe!

Edit: Oh I see it's an exaggerated relief. I should have read the title I'm an idiot

[–]Union of Iberian Socialist Republicstheluckkyg 26 points27 points  (1 child)

You didn't realise how mountainous those two mountain chains are?

[–]Guernseysolzhe 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It was probably a bad choice of words. I meant I was surprised how stark the contrast was. Bear in mind I come from a tiny island that barely has so much as a hill. Mountains are a bit alien to me it's easy to forget the scale of stuff in real countries!

[–]Timitzi 57 points58 points  (23 children)

Could we have a version of Scandinavia?

[–]United KingdomTeskje[S] 118 points119 points  (22 children)

[–]Lower Saxony (Germany)Banane9 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I see you rightfully included the whole Swedish Empire ;)

[–]NorwayHelenEk7 23 points24 points  (5 children)

What a beautiful sight...! I'm almost tearing up. (And no, I'm not kidding..)

[–]ScotlandCGP_Yellow 69 points70 points  (6 children)

Spain and Italy are thicc

[–]Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)MostOriginalNickname 11 points12 points  (0 children)

No need to worry about sea level

[–]AlacantMarranyo 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Bit of ironing wouldn't be bad, no. :P

I love mountains.

[–]ImperialDeath 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Reminds me a bit about the crusader kings 2 opening map.

[–]AlbaniaEdliA 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Reminds me of medieval total war

[–]sgst 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Would love to see it with country borders drawn on for a bit more context.

[–]AustriaZinnsoldat 28 points29 points  (12 children)

Question: The scale of this map is not correct, right? What I mean is that the mountains appear way too high. Or am I wrong?

[–][deleted] 72 points73 points  (1 child)

That's what raised relief means

[–]NorwayHelenEk7 17 points18 points  (2 children)

If this was real we would all need to learn rock climbing up here..

[–]AustriaZinnsoldat 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I would probably die when I want to visit my parents

[–]Drummk 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Crazy how mountainous Spain is. Brits tend to think of it as a massive beach.

[–]Swedenkattmedtass 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Reasonable. Whales usually don't venture inland.

[–]AustraliaCaptainDavian 21 points22 points  (7 children)

Victoria 3 confirmed?

[–]Australialanson15 19 points20 points  (6 children)

Vicky 3 really is starting to become like Half-Life 3 at this point

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[–]Alsace (France)-Golvan- 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That's a new one

[–]AustraliaCaptainDavian 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I'd say. The main issue is how their studio works. For projects like that to get started you as a dev need to get a team together and have a proof of concept. This takes a lot of effort and so you'd have to be quite invested in it. Basically if they aren't hyped about making the game it won't be made.

[–]SloveniaPrincessMagnificent 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Plus their main devs are currently in love with CK2, EU4 and Stellaris.

HoI4 lives in a cupboard under the stairs.

[–]AustraliaCaptainDavian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

lol true that

[–]phillibl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's a relief.

[–]Austriatr_22 5 points6 points  (1 child)

What is this North Africa you speak of, that large mass in the south is the hallowed land of jakubmarian.com

[–]The Netherlandsswirly023 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Yup, The Netherlands is definitely flat! Also, I knew Spain had mountains, but I had no idea they were all over the country.

[–]DetritusPieceMaker 19 points20 points  (2 children)

You should play Rome:Total War. Takes forever to move troops by land across the peninsula. Much quicker by sea.

[–]BelgiumBombastik_ 11 points12 points  (0 children)

that explain why they have been so good at navigating the sea. they were kind of forced to evolve this way (historically speaking)

[–]EuropeBackupChallenger 11 points12 points  (12 children)

It's pretty scary how much of Spain looks like desert or ar least treeless. Would it be possible to make Spain more foresty?

[–]Andalucía (Spain)essergio2 34 points35 points  (8 children)

Spain The Iberian peninsula has lots of vegetation, it's just that it's addapted for our climate, so it all kinda dries up in the summer, but it's very green in the winter. Here you have a satellite image in winter and summer.

[–]EuropeBackupChallenger 6 points7 points  (1 child)

How interesting :D

[–]EnglandFistipup 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It's weird as a tourist I only ever see the Summer versions of most countries. It'll be interesting visiting at different seasons.

[–]madplayshd 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Dat hercynian striking. 👌

[–]European Unionstefantalpalaru 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Try to guess by what factor they multiplied the altitude. Looking at the Dolomites, I'd say around 100.

[–]Diet America™LateralusYellow 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I don't really know much about history in that area, but the Pyrenees mountains make Spain look like such a nice little defensible area from a military perspective.

[–]FatPiNi 3 points4 points  (4 children)

And without most of South Italy, I would have loved to see my beloved Sicily

[–]Rick-C-137-Reddit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Really good work! Spain is awesome

[–]the_peckham_pouncer 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Ireland is not quite right. The whole south east coast is mountainous in this image

[–]bubblebuts 16 points17 points  (0 children)

The height is exaggerated on the whole map.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (2 children)