Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/02/chrome_european_map/

Google cedes Belgium to Germany

Chrome redraws the map of Europe

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 2nd September 2008 14:25 GMT

We've got some rather shocking news this afternoon for those of you who've spent years believing you're Austrian, Belgian, Danish or Dutch - you're not.

In fact, you're German, as this map from Google's comic book guide to Chrome proves:

Map from Google Chrome guide showing Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Holland as part of Germany

Yes indeed, see page 13 for evidence of your "reallocation" to a Greater Germany. As an added twist to this piece of cartographical mischief, our informant Jestyn Thirkell-White notes that the Sudetenland appears to have been returned to the Czech Republic "in a strange treaty that saw it exchanged for most of Northern Switzerland".

He asks: "What do Google know that we don't?" What indeed? ®