Number of people per one person employed in sport

15/04/2017


Key observations:
  • The number of people per one person employed in sport indicates how many residents of a given country are supported by one person employed in sport. The lower the value of the indicator is, the better access to sport activities people theoretically have.
  • There is one country with less than 100 people per one person employed in sport. It is Iceland (92).
  • There is one country with more than 1000 people per one person employed in sport. It is Romania (1607). It is more than 17 times more than in Iceland.
  • In 22 out of 30 analysed countries (73%) the number of people per one person employed in sport is less than 500.

Methodology and data source information:
Sport encompasses "all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels". Source: Eurostat (latest available data).

Billionaires distribution among countries

09/04/2017


Key observations:
  • There are 67 countries with billionaires (if only the United Nations countries are considered). Besides, there are 4 states with billionaires that are not members of the United Nations. These are: Taiwan, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Macau.
  • The richest person in the world is Bill Gates (Microsoft). His net worth is 86 billion USD. The richest European is Amancio Ortega (Zara) with net worth of 71.3 billion USD.
  • The United States of America is a country with the highest number of billionaires (565), while Monaco is a country with the highest number of billionaires per 1 million residents (106, the population of Monaco is 38 thousand people and there are 4 billionaires).
  • The biggest country in terms of population without billionaires is Pakistan (ca. 200 million people).
  • There are 9 countries in the European Union (out of 28) without billionaires. The biggest one is Hungary with population of 10 million people.

Methodology and data source information:
The analysis is based on the Forbes 2017 Billionaires List. Sources: Forbes, World Bank.

Length of railway lines in kilometres per 1000 square kilometres in European countries

19/03/2017


Key observations:
  • 1000 square kilometres can be visualised as 100 km x 10 km rectangle. Therefore 100 km of railway lines per 1000 square kilometres can be visualised as railway line that lies on the longer side of the rectangle and allows for transportation from one end to the other end of it with no other railway lines within the 100 km x 10 km area.
  • The length of railway lines in half of analysed countries is shorter than 50 km per 1000 square kilometres.
  • Switzerland and the Czech Republic have the longest railway networks. In both countries the length of railway lines is longer than 120 km per 1000 square kilometres.
  • Norway has the shortest railway network (12 km per 1000 square kilometres). It is more than 10 times less than in Switzerland.

Methodology and data source information:
Length of railway lines in kilometres per 1000 square kilometres was calculated by dividing the total length of railway lines in a given country by the area of that country. Railway lines are defined as a line of communication made up by rail, whether electrified or not, exclusively for the use of railway vehicles. They consist of one or more adjacent running tracks forming a route between two points. Where a section of network comprises two or more lines running alongside one another, there are as many lines as routes to which tracks are allotted exclusively. Source: Eurostat (latest available data).

Which European countries have the highest percentage of population that travels?

11/03/2017


Key observations:
  • In half of analysed countries the percentage of population that travels is higher than 50%.
  • In five countries the percentage of population that travels is higher than 70%. These are Norway (76%), Luxembourg (75%), Switzerland (74%), Denmark (73%), Netherlands (71%).
  • Romania has the lowest share of population that travels (10%). The value for Romania is more than 2 times lower than the second lowest value (Bulgaria, 22%).

Methodology and data source information:
Percentage of population that travels was calculated by dividing the number of tourists aged 15 years or over from a given country by the population aged 15 years or over of that country. The number of tourists is the number of residents that travelled for personal purposes for at least 4 consecutive nights in a given year. The analysis covers both domestic and outbound trips. Source: Eurostat (latest available data).

Number of countries in which the top website is ...

24/02/2017


Key observations:
  • In 157 out of 181 countries Google website is the top website (website that generates the most traffic). In 66 countries Google.com is the website that generates the most traffic, while in 91 countries local Google websites (e.g. Google.co.uk) generate the most traffic.
  • In 24 countries the top website is not Google. In 13 out of these countries the top website is Youtube.com. In 2 countries it is Vk.com - Russian social network page. In other 9 countries the top websites are unique (6 of them are news websites and 3 are search portals).
  • In 19 out of 24 countries in which Google is not the top website, it is the second one. Google has the lowest rank in China (12th place).

Methodology and data source information:
The top sites are based on their 1 month Alexa traffic rank. The 1 month rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and page views over the past month. The site with the highest combination of visitors and page views is ranked #1.

Number of direct flight connections to other countries

13/02/2017


Key observations:
  • One of analysed countries (France) has direct flight connections to more than 100 other countries.
  • The lowest number of direct flight connections to other countries have Bosnia and Herzegovina (18) and Slovenia (19).
  • Analysed countries (34 countries) have direct connections to 135 countries in the world. 29 out of 135 countries have direct flight connections to only one of analysed countries. One of these countries is in Europe - it is Monaco with helicopter connection with France.
  • Four analysed countries have direct flight connections to all other analysed countries. They are Austria, Germany, France and United Kingdom. Thirteen analysed countries have direct flight connections to at least 30 of analysed countries.
  • Turkey and Israel are the most connected countries with the analysed European countries. Turkey has connections to 33 analysed countries and Israel to 30 analysed countries.

Methodology and data source information:
The analysis covers flight connections to 195 countries (member states and permanent observers of the United Nations, e.g. Kosovo or Taiwan were not included). Number of flight connections is based on Skyscanner search queries over the period of 15 days. Connections within a given country were not counted.

Population of the metropolitan area of the capital city as a percentage of the country population

04/02/2017


Key observations:
  • In three analysed countries the share of population of the metropolitan area of the capital city over the country population is less than 10%. They are Germany (5%), Italy (7%) and Poland (8%).
  • In two analysed countries the share of population of the metropolitan area of the capital city over the country population is 40%. They are Estonia and Ireland.
  • Countries with higher population tend to have lower share of population of the metropolitan area of the capital city over the country population (correlation coefficient of -0.66). Germany, the most populous country in Europe, has the lowest share of population of the metropolitan area of the capital city over the country population. However, the values for the second and the third most populous countries in Europe (France and United Kingdom) are close to the average for analysed countries.

Methodology and data source information:
Metropolitan area of a city consist of the city itself and "commuting zone" whose labour market is highly integrated with the city. Source: OECD (latest available data).