Island of Sans Sariffe

Collecting maps is one of my hobbies.  I’ve always loved how people view the world in years gone by and how they tried to represent their views on paper.  There’s a very intersting site,, which highlights the various miscellany of maps and geographical display.  Earlier this month, the site highlighted the great semi-colonial state San Serriffe, one of the great April Fool’s Day pranks by the Guardian newspaper in the UK.  Those of you in the publishing world might find this amusing for the references to typography.  Others in our community focused on the issue of country codes might also find a place for this island nation in ISO 3166.


More about the history of San Serriffe can be found here on the Museum of Hoaxes website.