Share of women in parliaments all over the world

The worldwide average for representation of women in national parliaments is about 21 percent. This number isn’t great. But 1990 the average was about 10 percent. We made at least some progress, even though there is a lot of space for improvement. Even in Europe with the highest average it’s just about a quarter.

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The relation of the Swiss immigration-referendum and the share of foreigners


In 2014 Switzerland had a referendum about the initiative “against mass immigration”. I passed with 50.33 percent to the surprise of most people. The result caused a turmoil in Swiss politics. The goal of the initiative was to introduce upper limits for immigration. This seemed to contradict the Schengen-agreement with the European Union. Implementing it would probably mean the end of free movement and risk the Bilateral treaties with the EU, which are an important pillar of the economic success of Switzerland. Continue reading “The relation of the Swiss immigration-referendum and the share of foreigners”

Which European country has the highest share of foreign born population?

For this graph I was interested in which countries had the highest immigration in recent times. I used data from the European Census 2011. Unfortunately the data is a bit old and there doesn’t exist a new version yet. Because Asia can mean a lot of things, I checked from which countries the most people come from. I didn’t count Russia as Asian here.

Because the numbers are quite old, I looked into recent numbers from Germany, where many would expect the most change. I found the Data on the website of the federal bureau for statistics. Unsurprisingly the number of immigrants has risen.


How much do the countries of Europe invest in R&D?

I created this map some weeks ago with a dataset from the OECD. I wanted to visualize the role of research and development (R&D) in different European countries. The results aren’t to surprising: There seems to be a correlation with the wealth of the country. Switzerland is the country which spends the most on R&D.

Colors and the number of the countries have a different meaning, which is rather confusing.  I tried to put more information on the map, but I have to think of a better way in the future. And I made two mistakes: I didn’t show clearly  that the was no data for Ireland and I used a map-shapefile which labeled the Krim as Russian territory.