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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.



A new star has been found nine billion light-years from Earth, with help from scientists at the University of Geneva and Lausanne's Federal Institute of Technology. “MACS J1149+2223 Lensed Star 1”, or Icarus for short, is 100 times more distant than the furthest stars studied so far.



Venezuela protested against a series of "grotesque" and "illegal" sanctions imposed by Switzerland, including a ban on seven senior Venezuelan officials from entering or passing through the country.



The number of years Switzerland's most infamous bank robber had spent in prison on his release.



The number of Swiss citizens who live outside Switzerland; 54.5% are women.



Following a decade of annual population growth of above 1%, the rate dropped to levels seen at the beginning of the millennium. A total of 8,482,200 people lived in Switzerland at the end of 2017. Women outnumbered men by 72,676.

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