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Rise in the birth rate in Taiwan in 2012, the year of the dragon, traditionally associated with positive characteristics, as a percentage: 13.4
Decrease in the birth rate in Taiwan in 2010, the year of the tiger, traditionally associated with negative characteristics, as a percentage: 17.6

Number of times “Germany” is mentioned in the German coalition agreement: 230
Number of times “Austria” is mentioned in the Austrian government programme:  540
Number of times Germany is mentioned in the Austrian government programme: 5
Number of times Austria is mentioned in the German coalition agreement: 0

Number of US education secretary Betsy DeVos’s children: 4
Number of US education secretary Betsy DeVos’s children who attend private schools: 4
Number of helicopters privately owned by Betsy DeVos’s family: 4

Number of neo-Nazi concerts in Saxony, eastern Germany, in 2013: 15
Number of neo-Nazi concerts in Saxony, in 2015: 26
Number of neo-Nazi concerts in Saxony, in 2017: 46 

Proportion of Muslims in Germany who feel attached to Germany, as a percentage: 96
Proportion of people in Germany who do not want Muslim neighbours, as a percentage: 19

Gross domestic product of Argentina in 2016 in billions of euros: 493.1
GDP of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2016 in billions of euros: 669.7

Maximum duration of maternity, home care and parental leave for mothers in Finland in months: 37.2
Maximum duration of maternity, home care and parental leave for mothers in the Netherlands in months: 3.7
Amount of benefits paid during this time in Finland in relation to normal salary, as a percentage: 25.2
Amount of benefits paid during this time in the Netherlands in relation to normal salary, as a percentage: 100

Maximum duration of paid maternity, home care and parental leave for mothers in the USA in months: 0 

Length of the worldwide rail network for high-speed trains in 2015 in kilometres: 9,792
Length of the Chinese rail network for high-speed trains in 2016 in kilometres: 22,000 

Sources: German Federal Institute for Population Research, Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan; CDU, FPÖ; Federal Reserve; New York Times, Forbes; kerstin-koeditz.de; Religion Monitor of the Bertelsmann Stiftung; World Bank, Federal and Länder Statistics Agencies; The Atlas, OECD; International Union of Railways, Xinhua News Agency.