How to create a 

Pie Chart

Show parts of whole, but in the right way.

Ok, before we go through the steps on how to create a pie chart with Datawrapper, a word of warning: 

Pie charts are visually attractive. They add color, catch the eye. But be award that pie charts are the most contested form of visual representation, with some experts advising to not use them at all

Pie charts are designed to to compare "part of whole". This works well if you have few parts to compare, like two or a maximum of five. Beyond that number, simply stick to the advise from above and use a bar or column chart instead. 

Creating a pie chart

Ok, let's demonstrate how to create a pie chart in Datawrapper and trying to show how many values you can add where this chart type is still effective and when the number of pies is too high for meaningful display. 

We take the percentage of native speakers of a certain language. The original list of the biggest languages has a 100 entries, which is a bit longish.

This is a test

So, the data we use looks like this:


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