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The wealthiest politicians in Italy

Silvio Berlusconi remains the richest politician in the italian parliament. For 2011 he declared an income of 35,439.981 millions of Euro. Mario Monti, ex Prime Minister of Italy and life senator, is the third richest leader in italian politics, who has declared an income of  1,092.068 Euro.

To read more about the topic in italian please click here.

Here is an infographic that shows four wealthiest politicians in Italy. Are you jealous yet?Wealthiest politicians in Italy

Main Fish Producers in the world. Facts and Figures

In 2012 EU has published a report on Fisheries Policy in Europe with the main figures and facts from the official Member States and  statistics data from Eurostat, FAO and EU Fleet Register.

A great catch

A great catch

The main world producer of fish is China, that represents about 34,4 % of global fisheries and aquaculture production. China is followed by India (5,4 %), Peru (4,8 %) and Indonesia (4,7). The EU is the fourth producer of fish in the world with 4,4 % of global fisheries. Within the EU the main producers in terms of volume  are  Spain, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

Main fish producers worldwide

Main fish producers worldwide

Within the European Union the main species caught are European sprat (11%),  Herring (10%), Mackerel (7%) and Sand eels (7%).

Main species caught in the EU (percentage of total volume in tonnes live weight)

Main species caught in the EU (percentage of total volume in tonnes live weight)

For the main report with figures and facts on employment in the fisheries sector, vehicles and aquaculture production please click here.

On being a global nomad

They feel at home whether they live in Paris or Beirut, they celebrate Oktoberfest with German friends in Munich and New Year’s Eve on Times Square, they are masters of new technologies and they easily converse in different languages with their friends and family. For them to relate to people in Moscow or Milan, with managers or engineers, does not make much difference. They are ready to understand different cultures, be it African or Russian. They have an open mind and they are always ready to live out of the box. They are the global nomads.

A Global nomad has got the world in his hands

To leave a nomadic life is not a new phenomenon. The history of man is full of people who lead wandering lifestyles, moving from one place to another in search for food and water. Nomads traditionally travelled in a group, on foot or by animals. They moved according to the seasons and lived in tents. They were never attached to one territory.

Today the term global nomad refers to people who lead highly mobile lives, grow up, study or work among different cultures and countries. Due to fast-growing technologies, globalization process and change of values in our society global nomads are continuously on the rise. Various life-long learning initiatives as Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig also facilitate the process of becoming a global nomad.

Global nomads feel no strong attachments to one particular country. Usually elements of different cultures are blended and coexist side by side. They feel they belong everywhere and nowhere at the same time. They are different from immigrants or expatriates: they have less social ties with the country where they were born. They are more adaptable, open, dynamic, mobile, multicultural and cosmopolitan.

Global nomads, however, might struggle to respond to such a simple question as “Where do you come from?” ¬†You will probably hear in reply: “well, I was born in a country X, but at the age of five I moved with my parents to a country Y and then I studied my Master’s in a country Z and now I live here.”

Global nomads stand out from the crowd

Italian writer Adrianna Dagnino in her book “Nuovi nomadi” (New nomads) writes that today’s nomadism is a state of mind, a metaphor that the reality is always in a state of flux and that life will constantly require adaptation. She defines global nomads of the third millennium as a new tribe without a territory, that makes an extensive use of mobile phones, computers, digital cameras to keep in touch with the rest of the world and to have a fixed reference point even within their highly transient lives. It is a new and yet old approach to existence that resembles borderless life of our ancestors.

illustrations by Jakub Krechowicz and Sanja Gjenero
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Born to be a global nomad (Alex Cotoranu shares his experience living in different countries)
Normal person vs Global nomad
How many students study abroad?

Famous Global nomads


How many students study abroad?

According to UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics the number of international students has risen dramatically from 0.6 million worldwide in 1975 to more than three million in 2009. The number of international students is estimated to grow to eight million in 2025.

International student flows impact different countries in different ways. Some countries are the usual host destinations, while others see international students rarely, often only as a part of their studies. The United States remains the biggest destination for international students, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. The largest numbers of international students are from China, India and Korea, followed by the students from the European Union. Asian students represent 52 % of foreign students enrolled worldwide. However, since 2000 the fastest growing regions of destinations for international students are Latin America, Caribbean and Asia.

Growth in international students enrolled outside of their home country¬†(1975 ‚Äď 2025, in million, source OECD and UNESCO)


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Normal person vs Global nomad

global nomad vs normal person

Contraceptive use around the world

The map below displays a percentage of contraceptive use in selected countries. The data come from United Nations Population Division Database on Contraceptive Use (Department of Economic and Social Affairs). The data refer to married women aged between 15-39. Contraception in this table includes use of the birth control pill, the IUD (intra-uterine device), condoms, male and female sterilization and other modern methods.  Bulgaria with 86 % ranks as the country with the highest usage of contraceptive, followed by China 84 % and Switzerland 82%.

Here is the list used to create the table. For more data check out here.

country amount
Bulgaria 86 %
China 84 %
Switzerland 82 %
Spain 81 %
Korea, South 80 %
Brazil 77 %
Colombia 77 %
United States 76 %
Canada 75 %
New Zealand 75 %
Vietnam 75 %
Iran 73 %
Thailand 72 %
Ukraine 68 %
Kazakhstan 66 %
Mexico 66 %
Jamaica 66 %
Ecuador 66 %
Turkey 64 %
Peru 64 %
Romania 64 %
Domenican Republic 64 %
Turkmenistan 62 %
Bahrain 62 %
Lebanon 61 %
Armenia 60 %
Nicaragua 60 %
Kyrgyzstan 60 %
Mongolia 60 %
El Salvador 60 %
Italy 60 %
Lithuania 58 %
Paraguay 57 %
Indonesia 57 %
Algeria 57 %
Egypt 56 %
Uzbekistan 56 %
South Africa 56 %
Bangladesh 54 %
Zimbabwe 54 %
Cape Verde 53 %
Jordan 53 %
Austria 51 %
Belarus 50 %
Morocco 50 %
Honduras 50 %
Kuwait 50 %
Bolivia 48 %
Latvia 48 %
India 48 %
Philippines 46 %
Qatar 43 %
Libya 40 %
Georgia 40 %
Kenya 39 %
Guatemala 38 %
Gabon 33 %
Burma 33 %
Saudi Arabia 32 %
Malawi 31 %
Nepal 28 %
Haiti 28 %
United Arab Emirates 28 %
Papua New Guinea 26 %
Zambia 25 %
Oman 24 %
Pakistan 24 %
Cambodia 24 %
Ghana 22 %
Yemen 21 %
Comoros 21 %
Madagascar 19 %
Cameroon 19 %
Benin 16 %
Cote d’Ivoire 15 %
Nigeria 15 %
Central African Republic 15 %
Uganda 15 %
Senegal 13 %
Rwanda 13 %
Burkina Faso 12 %
Niger 8 %
Ethiopia 8 %
Mali 7 %
Mozambique 6 %
Guinea 6 %
Eritrea 5 %
Chad 4 %

My first half-marathon in Cologne

I made it. Yes I actually did. Being runner since about 5 years ¬†I do not remember when I arrived at a point when I said to myself: I now want to run a real race! I wanted to run Cologne’s half-marathon already last year when I moved to Germany, but my injuries (due to probably excessive training) never let me do it. Even this year I was hesitating until the very last moment. The last two weeks before the race (doing training in Berlin) I was training very little. But things turned out to be even better than I had planned and expected from me.


We started the race in Ottoplatz (Deutz), then crossed the bridge along the Rhein and ¬†headed towards the center of the city passing through several churches and some nice parks. The weather was just perfect. As soon as we passed the 10 km sign, the sun started to shine making the running more difficult but definitely more encouraging and fun! Along the way you could hear several live bands playing different music: from Koelsch Carnival music to Shakira’s songs. The participants coming mostly from Germany seemed to enjoy the race. While still running my first kilometers, I met a German middle-aged women (not being really fit) who was drinking coke, eating a banana and running at the same time! Sometimes I envy such people….I do not know how they do it?! I actually stopped only once to sip some water on my way.

Age at first marriage for women and men

Age at first marriage for women

click on the image to see an interactive bubble map

Age at first marriage for men

AIDA Camp & The WALL in pictures

I have just returned home from a wonderful holiday in Israel & Palestine & Jordan. I know this post has nothing really to do with media or research or infographics or whatsoever, but I thought to share some pictures of THE WALL without adding a lot of comments…..the pictures are self-explanatory…

Palestinian refugee camp 2 kilometers north of Bethlehem

There is a nice restaurant in front of this Wall where we had lunch with the locals. The owner of the restaurant was projecting Football matches on the  Wall every night during the UEFA 2012. Brilliant Idea! There is a nice article about that here.

A Palestinian house circulated by the wall….