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The world in figures





Percentage of Germans who consider the country to be shaped by Christianity, in 2012: 48
Percentage of Germans who consider the country to be shaped by Christianity, in 2017: 63
Number of people attending Catholic or Protestant church services in Germany in 2009, in millions: 4.1
Number of people attending Catholic or Protestant church services in Germany in 2015, in millions: 3.2

Amount of plastic produced in the world between 1950 and 2015 in millions of tonnes: 8,300
Plastic separated and recycled, as a percentage: 7.2
Plastic separated and recycled that is still in use today, as a percentage: 1.2
Plastic separated then discarded or burned, as a percentage: 68.7

Percentage of people in Germany opposed to the abolition of cash: 93

Hours drivers in Singapore spend annually in rush-hour traffic jams: 10
Hours drivers in Germany spend annually in rush-hour traffic jams: 30
Hours drivers in Russia spend annually in rush-hour traffic jams: 41
Hours drivers in Thailand spend annually in rush-hour traffic jams: 56

Number of newsflashes published by Zeit Online between 1 January and 21 December 2017: 311
The number of these that were about terrorism: 27
The number of these that were about Donald Trump: 37

Percentage of Germans worried about poverty in old age: 40
Percentage of Germans who save less than €50 (£44) a month for their old age: 42

Percentage of mass shootings in the world carried out by Americans: 31
Percentage of privately owned guns in the world owned by Americans: 42
Americans as a percentage of the world’s population: 4.4

Profits of the 29 German companies with the highest turnover in 2016, in billions of euros: 51.6
Profits of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the state bank with the highest turnover in 2016, in billions of euros: 38.1

Average number of days holiday taken by employees in Germany in 2016: 31.3

Estimated amount of energy required annually across the world for mining Bitcoin in terawatt hours: 18.4
Estimated amount of energy required annually across the world for mining and processing gold in terawatt hours: 132

Average daily fall in the number of people in extreme poverty between 1970 and 2015: 90,986

Sources: Sources: Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research (IfD), German Bishops Conference, Protestant Church in Germany; Science Advances; Ergo; Inrix; Zeit Online; Our World in Data, World Bank; Ergo; US Census Bureau, Vox, CNN; ICBC, Forbes; German Statistics Agency; Economist; Marc Bevand, Bloomberg.