I've been enjoying what Nathan Yau calls 'The Great Grid Map Debate', as different chloropleths of the United States with equal-area states have been proposed. I thought we should make this a little less American-centric, so I tried my hand at Europe:
Really tiny countries like Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco and Vatican City were left out; I extended Europe as far to the east as the most genererous definitions of Europe I could find allowed, they can always be left out depending on the dataset. I hope I got all the ISO three-letter abbreviations right, I had memorized the three-letter IOC abbreviations when I was a kid and they kept jumping into my head.
Here's the NPR graphic that started it all:
And here's my current favorite, a four-hex grid, posted by Jason Emory Parker of The Post and Courier this morning: