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Week in Numbers Aerial photography, ‘voice phishing’ and quotas for Brits

Harvesting cranberries in a bog near Plymouth, Massachusetts, US, 1988

(Georg Gerster/Keystone)

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



Swiss researchers found that around 158,000 cubic kilometres of ice are home to the world's glaciers, with the exception of the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. This is significantly lower than estimates made a few years ago. 



The Swiss assisted suicide organisation EXIT helped a total of 1,204 people end their lives in 2018, a sizeable jump on the previous year.  



The number of Britons who will be allowed to enter Switzerland every year to live and work if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal on March 29. 



A woman was charged for allegedly persuading dozens of people to give their online banking details over the phone, stealing more than CHF2 million, in a scam known as voice phishing. 



The age at which Georg Gerster, the Swiss aerial photography pioneer whose images often look like abstract paintings, died.

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