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The world in figures





Number of all BASF employees in the world in 2016: 113,830
Number of temporary workers hired by Amazon in the US for the Christmas trade in 2016: 120,000

Number of people living in modern slavery in 2016 in North Korea, in millions: 1.1
Number of people living in modern slavery in 2016 in India, in millions: 18.4

Proportion of nurses in Britain feeling financially worse off now than in 2012: 70%

US gross domestic product in 1990, in trillions: $5.98 (£4.45tn at current rates)
Number of US families headed by a single father in 1990 living in poverty: 349,000
US gross domestic product in 2016, in trillions: $18.57 (£13.8tn)
Number of US families headed by a single father in 2016 living in poverty: 847,000

Italian consumption of chocolate products in 2015, in kilograms per person: 3.38
German consumption of chocolate products in Germany in 2015, in kilograms per person: 11.69

Turnover of dolls and cuddly toys in Germany in 2010, in millions: €431 (£383m at current rates)
Turnover of dolls and cuddly toys in Germany in 2017, in millions: €882 (£783m)

Proportion of young Americans in 2016 who believe in ghosts: 44%
Proportion of adult Americans in 2016 who believe in ghosts: 41%

Average flight delay at the world’s 100 biggest airports, in minutes: 27
Average flight delay at China’s 13 biggest airports, in minutes: 43

New cases of syphilis in Germany in 2009: 2,735
New cases of syphilis in Germany in 2016: 7,178

Sources:
BASF, Amazon; Worldwide Independent Network, Gallup International Association; Tax Foundation; Global Slavery Index; Royal College of Nursing; Robert Koch-Institute; US Census Bureau, World Bank; Caobisco; Statista; The Harris Poll; The Economist, Variflight