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Week in numbers Double-headed eagles and medieval skeletons

(Hochbauamt, Kanton Zürich )

Almost every article published by contains a percentage, an age, an amount of money or some other figure. Here’s a round-up of the most interesting statistics to appear in the past week’s stories.



The total sum, in francs, that three Swiss footballers were fined by FIFA for “unsporting behaviour contrary to the principles of fair-play”, referring to their “double-eagle” hand gesture during a match against Serbia at the World Cup. 



Canton Bern’s Office of the Attorney General opened a criminal investigation into suspected irregularities surrounding the funding of Switzerland’s merchant navy, which comprises 29 ocean-going cargo vessels. 



The numbers of signatures collected by the rightwingSwiss People’s Party for an initiative to stop the free movement of people between Switzerland and the European Union. The signatures still need to be validated (100,000 valid ones are required), but it look like the issue will at some point end up being put to a nationwide vote. 



Choir practice is on hold until archaeologists finish digging up more than 40 skeletons buried beneath a school auditorium in Zurich. The graves date back to the Middle Ages.  



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the main United Nations body for assessing climate change, needs greater support, a Swiss official told a celebration in Geneva marking the body’s 30th anniversary.

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