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Week in Numbers Embassy rents, private jets and swan shooting


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.

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The amount of rent Switzerland pays out in Swiss francs every month for its embassy buildings around the world. Find out which are the priciest locations.


The number of years the central Swiss canton of Nidwalden has authorisation to shoot swans. They have been flagged as a risk to local flights.


An estimation of the number of private jets chartered for the World Economic Forum summit in Davos. This beats private jet traffic during other high-profile events like the Super Bowl and Champion League finals. 


The number of purchasing power units (an artificial currency used for comparisons) Switzerland spends per capita on social welfare expenses. It is Europe’s biggest spender on this measure.


The number of kilos of waste Switzerland recycles per capita making it the leader in Europe. Unfortunately, the Swiss are also one of the biggest waste producers on the continent.

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