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The world in figures



Percentage of cyclists in Germany who feel unsafe in traffic: 47
Percentage of cyclists in Germany who do not own a bike helmet: 50
Percentage of cyclists in Germany who own a bike helmet, but rarely or never wear it: 40

Percentage of US hospitals that use or intend to use automatic speech recognition systems for documentation purposes: 90
Percentage of cases in US hospitals in which clinical information was found to have been incorrectly transmitted by speech recognition systems: 16
Percentage of cases in US hospitals in which clinical information was found to have been incorrectly transmitted by speech recognition systems even though a doctor had subsequently checked it: 26

Percentage of US Republican party supporters who believe that being flexible and understanding is the most effective way to achieve personal goals: 59
Percentage of US Democratic party supporters who believe that being flexible and understanding is the most effective way to achieve personal goals: 92

Price of a new Apple iPhone X in Germany: €1,149 (£1,022)
Number of days someone on an average income in Zurich has to work to earn this: 4.7
Number of days someone on an average income in Munich has to work to earn this: 10.1
Number of days someone on an average income in Cairo has to work to earn this: 133.3

Total greenhouse gas emissions (in millions of tonnes)
… of the oil company Exxon Mobil in 2015: 577
… of the world’s five largest meat and dairy companies in 2016: 578


Gross domestic product per capita in China in 1990: $318
Gross domestic product per capita in China in 2014: $6,338
Average “life-satisfaction” level in China in 1990: 7.29
Average “life-satisfaction” level in China in 2012: 6.85
Scale of 1 (= lowest) to 10 (= highest)

Netflix subscribers worldwide in the second quarter of 2012: 27.6m
Netflix subscribers worldwide in the second quarter of 2018: 130m
Netflix debt in the second quarter of 2012: $0.2bn
Netflix debt in the second quarter of 2018: $8.3bn (£6.36bn)

Percentage increase in human reaction time when tested at an
average room temperature of 26.3°C, as compared with 21.4°C: 13.4
Percentage decrease in human memory performance when tested at an
average room temperature of 26.3°C, as compared with 21.4°C: 9.9

Sources: German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Sinus Markt- und Sozialforschung; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston; Harvard Medical School; The Economist; UBS Group; GRAIN, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy; World Value Survey, World Bank; Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health