Recovery by Region, Streaming Music Wars, Dog Origins

This week’s charts and graphs include a look at aggregate cumulative GDP growth across the world’s regions since 2008, the most expensive office space in the world, and new nuclear reactors soon coming online.
The St. Louis Fed reports on recession recovery by (global) region. Chart #1:
Chart #2:
gdp growth
Who is winning the streaming music service race?
The Atlantic is out with a global survey on canine diversity and origins.
Pricey office digs:


New nuclear plants:


Some great fall photos from The Atlantic.
Green countries:


Most Generous Humans, Best Performing CEOs, Most Corrupt Nations, and What Keeps the World Up at Night

The 20 most generous people in the world.
The 25 best-performing CEOs in the world.
Where the world’s wealth lives, from Business Insider:

high net worth

At-a-glance global wealth distribution:


Which country has the most Nobel laureates?
Finance experts to follow on Twitter.
Global jobless youth:


Who has the most jobless college grads?


How the U.S. pays three times more for drugs than Europe and elsewhere:
Got corruption?


Source page: Statista
Got deep vein thrombosis?
What keeps the world up at night?


Source: World Economic Forum

Capital Flow Across International Borders, Cash Circulation, Real Estate Valuation Forecasts

Even in the midst of increased global uncertainty, Cushman & Wakefield say global corporate confidence is still generally high and provides corresponding forecasts.
Their capital flow map is interesting:

capital flows

Source: Cushman & Wakefield

The most popular liquor in the world may surprise you.
Reuters has released the third of their “Earthprints” photo and .gif series showing how humans are changing the landscape of the planet. This one features the immense Andasol Solar Power Station in Spain.
Statista looks at the countries with the most foreign-trained MDs:



Apparently Koreans love their cash:


The Delta Flume – a man made wave maker – is the latest way by which the Dutch have been getting creative on flood prevention. (Watch the short video and be amazed.)
A union protest in France gets ugly.
The National Geographic photo contest deadline approaches. Here are some great entries.


Putin v. Obama, London v. NYC, Men vs. Women

Putin’s fan club is smaller than Obama’s:
London edges out NYC as world’s leading financial center.
Tax haven nation:


Countries that imprison the most people:



The Atlantic’s always great photos of the week.

Um… Posted without comment.
Why is Europe suddenly so optimistic?
It’s good to be an IT guy (or gal) in Switzerland:


The gender gap in the global workforce is shrinking:


The preference for free markets remains strong in the U.K. and U.S.:


What Do 500 Years of Worldwide GDP Stats Tell Us?

First, here’s a wonderful collection of photos at the ends of various roads across the globe. Which remote spot would you most like to see in person?
Where migrants might fit in but aren’t being accepted. Note that Hungary, which has tried to close its borders to refugees, is at the top of the list:


An interesting look at 500 years of GDP stats in China and the U.S plus eight charts showing the largest GDPs in the world at various intervals in time. Here’s the chart from 515 years ago:

Source: New Geography

The best of the best in higher ed:


Infrastructure anyone?


A fun way to measure wages:
my wage
Faith census results:
Selfies have killed more people than sharks this year.
And finally, The Atlantic’s stunning photos of the week for 9/12 – 18.

Moving Walkways of the Future, a World Happiness Report, and China’s Mega-cities

This week’s planet-wide look-sees include a futuristic walkway design, a surprisingly detailed and data-rich happiness ranking of nations, and a story on the most important hominid discovery in history. Enjoy.
The Atlantic’s always great photos of the week.
ICYMI an amateur cave explorer and a South African geologist found a new hominid.
Future, here we come. A radical new concept in moving walkways.
A map showing the world’s top countries by refugee population:


Satellite imagery shows activity at one of North Korea’s plutonium production complexes.
Mexico was ranked HIGHER than the U.S. in recent World Happiness Report. (Caveat: North America as a whole is generally happy compared to the rest of the globe.)
The smoking ban in Macau casinos is giving a boost to Singapore gaming.
And China has 4 mega cities of over 10 million people, the most of any country:

Around the World in 80 Seconds

Global stock losses in trillions, private islands for sale, nuclear detonation map, the ugliest building you’ve ever seen, the new Rolls Royce, Europe’s migrant crisis in a graphic, and more!
Australia, anyone?

Or buy a private island, if you prefer.


An amazingly detailed London map that took ten years to draw.
The ugliest building in London and possibly the world.
Visualizing London’s evolution from Roman Times through now.
A world map showing the 2,153 nuclear detonations since 1945.
Who holds the world’s nuclear weapons:


Live from Sweden, the World’s Greatest Used Car Classified Ad.
If you don’t want his Volvo, here’s a first look at the new Rolls Royce Dawn with 563 horsepower starting at $300,000.


Then there’s this hot new road trend.
Or this re-designed previously trendy model.
The state of global monetary policy in one big map.
The economic slowdown in China:
Average wages around the world:


A case against mandatory retirement:




Greece’s got nothin’ on Japan:


Things could always be worse, America.


Excellent article and graphic explaining Europe’s migrant crisis:



Stunning Worldwide Population Projections, Saudi Fire Sale, Sovereign Debt by Nation, and More

The world will look dramatically different in 2100, from World Economic Forum:
world pop projection
Nigeria will become the world’s third most populous nation by 2050:
See which nations hold the most sovereign debt in raw numbers and by percent of total world debt in a globe-shaped graph.
Fascinating study on China’s geography as a historical driver of political boundaries, from Stratfor (video runs 2:17):

The asset-rich, cash-poor Saudis sell off some bonds to cover spending. (Fun fact:  Oil makes up 90% of government revenues in The Kingdom.)