The world in figures

Text: Martin Eimermacher

Number of Mexicans who moved from Mexico to the USA between 2009 and 2014: 870,000
Number of Mexicans who moved from the USA to Mexico between 2009 and 2014: 1,000,000

Construction costs of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg paid out of public funds in millions of euros: 789
Number of sessions of committees of enquiry of the Hamburg city council investigating the construction of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall: 63
Size of debt owed by German shipping line Norddeutsche Reederei H Schuldt cancelled by the state-owned HSH Nordbank in 2016 in millions of euros: 547
Number of parliamentary committees of enquiry of the Hamburg city parliament investigating the cancellation of the debt: 0

Percentage of US population with no religious affiliation in 2016: 23
Percentage of members of US Congress with no religious affiliation in 2016: 0.2

Number of hospital beds per thousand of Japan’s population in 2014: 13.2
Number of doctors per thousand of Japan’s population in 2014: 2.4
Number of hospital beds per thousand of Norway’s population in 2014: 3.8
Number of doctors per thousand of Norway’s population in 2014: 4.4

Percentage of Americans who cut off contact with a relative or close friend because of political differences during the presidential election campaign: 13.4

Number of teams in the Vatican City football league: 16
Number of football pitches in Vatican City: 0

Percentage of white Americans who agree that one must be careful what one says so as not to offend anyone: 32
Percentage of African-Americans who agree that one must be careful what one says so as not to offend anyone 67

Percentage of new companies in Germany in 2003 set up by holders of foreign passports: 13
Percentage of new companies in Germany in 2015 set up by holders of foreign passports: 44

Number of businesses from emerging economies among Fortune Global 500’s list of world’s biggest companies in 1995: 18
Number of businesses from emerging economies among Fortune Global 500’s list of world’s biggest companies in 2016: 156