The world in figures

Text: Martin Eimermacher

Percentage of Britons who can imagine working their whole life as a Hollywood actor: 31
Percentage of Britons who can imagine working their whole life as a librarian: 42

Average number of hours spent in congested traffic by motorists in Munich in 2016: 49
Average number of hours spent in congested traffic by motorists in Los Angles in 2016: 104

Percentage of Americans with a university degree ever interviewed by a local journalist: 36
Percentage of Americans with no university degree ever interviewed by a local journalist: 18

Percentage increase in transportation by lorry on German roads from 1992 to 2015: 88
Percentage decrease in deaths through lorry accidents on German roads from 1992 to 2015: 58

Percentage of Germans agreeing in 1982 with the statement that small children suffer when their mothers go out to work: 62
Percentage of Germans agreeing in 2012 with the statement that small children suffer when their mothers go out to work: 17

Percentage of fathers receiving paternity benefits for their newborn child in 2007: 15.4
Percentage of fathers receiving paternity benefits for their newborn child in 2014: 34.2

Estimated percentage of counterfeit money in total cash in circulation in Somalia: 98

Mean assets of a black unmarried American woman with a university degree aged 60 upwards in thousands of US dollars: 11
Mean assets of a white unmarried American woman with a university degree aged 60 upwards in thousands of US dollars: 384

Estimate of profits made annually worldwide from forced labour in billions of US dollars: 150

Turnover of the three biggest car manufacturers in the USA in 1990 in billions of US dollars: 250
Persons employed by the three biggest car manufacturers in the USA in 1990: 1,200,000
Turnover of the three biggest Silicon Valley hi-tech companies in 2015 in billions of US dollars: 364
Persons employed by the three biggest Silicon Valley hi-tech companies in 2015: 279,000

Percentage of men in the USA who have cried at least once during a horror film: 3
Percentage of men in the USA who have cried at least once during a sports film: 16