Monthly Archives: October 2012

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.

1:51:15

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