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Week in Numbers Empty homes, aid experts and university ranking

Around 30 demonstrators floated down the bright green river between the Münster and Rathaus bridges on Tuesday in protest. 

Around 30 demonstrators floated down the bright green river in central Zurich between the Münster and Rathaus bridges on Tuesday. 

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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 some of the most interesting statistics to appear in the past week’s stories.



The number of empty homes in Switzerland on June 1, representing 1.66% of the total housing stock. The number of empty dwellings continues to grow, but at a slower rate than previously. 



Around 30 climate activists floated down the bright-green Limmat River in central Zurich to protest “the impending collapse of our ecosystem”. They had poured a harmless dye into the river to colour it green.



The Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich was ranked 13th in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020. It dropped two places compared to last year. Switzerland was the only nation outside Britain and North America to make it into the top 20.



The number of signatures handed into the Federal Chancellery in Bern (a minimum of 100,000 needed) for a people’s initiative to try to force a nationwide ballot to ban tobacco advertising targeting young people in Switzerland.



Switzerland has sent five humanitarian aid specialists, as well as relief supplies, to the Bahamas to help cope with the aftermath of Cyclone Dorian.

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