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A New Law For Scotland: Nobody Puts Shetland In A Box

Because of its remote location, cartographers have long taken the same approach to representing the Scottish archipelago on maps: they draw a box around it, and put that box wherever it fits.
One of many maps of Scotland that places the Shetland Islands in a box in the upper right corner. Source: whitemay

Shetland is an archipelago of a hundred or so islands in the North Sea, featuring ancient hills, valleys and lochs. The string of islands is known for its remote beauty: it's a 12-hour ferry ride to get there from the northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen.

Because of that location, far off the coast of mainland Scotland, cartographers have long taken a

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