Federica Cocco

For ten years a majority of Britons have said that public spending should not be increased, but recently there was a move back towards support for more spending.

Now the public evenly split over whether it should be increased or kept at the same level. Read more

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Federica Cocco

Fewer people died as a result of the cold last year, the ONS has reported, while the summer’s heatwave proved particularly deadly.

The increase in deaths during non-winter months is a concern to statisticians as it could mask high excess mortality in winter months. Read more

Valentina Romei

Declining interest rates have led to unexpected savings on interest costs for governments. Reduction over the period 2015-2017 are expected to be sizable in Italy but smaller in France and the UK , as old debt at higher yields matures.

Valentina Romei

Daycare provision is subsided heavily in South Korea and Portugal but it is a burden in most anglophone countries. In the UK the cost is more than a third of dual-earner net family income, or about three times the EU average.

Valentina Romei

Protectionist pledges by the US president-elect -particularly against China- might mean inter-Asia trade grows. About 60 per cent of goods exported by Asian countries now stay withing the region, up from 50 per cent in the early 2000s.

The FT’s Work and Careers team, part of the features department, is looking for a data journalist to work on our highly successful Business Education rankings.

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic journalist with strong numerical and writing skills to work at the heart of one of the FT’s strongest brands. Read more

Valentina Romei

India last week scrapped all Rs500 ($7.50) and Rs 1,000 notes in a move designed to crack down on the black market. However, those notes are widely used in a country where family-run shops account for nearly all grocery sales.

Andrew Whiffin

Donald Trump’s social media mentions soared the day before last week’s vote, after being roughly level with Hilary Clinton’s in preceding days. Trump mentions topped 1m on November 7 while Mrs Clinton’s fell below 700,000

Valentina Romei

The share of GDP taken by wages has been declining for most advanced countries, stoking claims that workers are not getting their fair share from growth. In the US and Japan it fell to 60 per cent in 2014 from 64 per cent in 2000.

Simon Greaves

Onion prices in Poland, a key producer in the EU, have fallen almost 60 per cent since the start of the year following a better than expected harvest.

Commodities data firm Mintec predicts that Polish production this year is up 15 per cent to some 630,000 tonnes as a result of favourable weather conditions during the growing season. Read more

Valentina Romei

The lowest 10 per cent of US earners need to work longer than in other advanced nations to escape poverty. A single person needs to work about 20 hours a week in the UK, Italy, France and Japan, but more than 44 hours in the US.

Valentina Romei

Tokyo is still the world’s largest city with about 38m people, but Delhi, whose population has more than double over the past 20 years, could challenge it. Shanghai has passed Mumbai and New York to take third place.

Afghanistan, the world’s largest producer of illicit opiates, saw an estimated 10% increase in poppy cultivation in 2016. The potential for opium production grew 43% – the result of huge increases in the Northern region. Hectares eradicated fell by 91% because of the extremely poor security situation in many provinces.

London Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe and the sixth busiest in the world by passenger traffic. The number of passengers using Heathrow grew 2.2 per cent in 2015 – slower than at many other European hubs

Kate Allen

It’s a startling stat: golf courses occupy more English land than housing does. The claim was first made by housing consultant Colin Wiles in 2013 and publicised by Britain’s biggest housing charity Shelter.

English golf courses occupy 270,000 hectares, he calculated – 2% of the total land area. By contrast 1.1% of England’s landmass is occupied by homes, according to official figures dug out by Shelter. It is a shocking contrast.

In the three years since Mr Wiles first published his estimate, his stat has taken on a life of its own, picking up news coverage (and wildly varying headlines) from outlets including Huffington Post and City AM. It popped up again last week in discussions about a hard-hitting new documentary on homelessness, “No Place To Call Home”.

The golf courses stat has become one of those bits of pub-quiz trivia with which to wow people at parties. But is it actually true?

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Federica Cocco

Since 2005 the number of displaced migrants in the Middle East has grown fourfold, from about 5m to 23m. Much of this rise was the result of recent conflict in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

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Federica Cocco

10 percent of jobs held by under-30s in OECD were lost from 2007 and 2015. The number of employed youth halved in Spain, Greece and Ireland.

Some countries, like Luxembourg and Chile actually saw an increase in the youth employment rate. This is mainly attributable to more young women taking up work. Read more

Federica Cocco

Israel and the US have the highest poverty rates among OECD countries, according to this year’s Society at a Glance.

In both cases the problem appears to center around the lack of government intervention. Read more

Uber and other ride-hailing services have fueled a surge in the number of self-employed drivers in the US. Read more

More than 496m air passengers departed from, or arrived at, Europe’s 10 busiest airports in 2015, a 19 per cent increase from 2006. London’s Heathrow airport recorded an increase of 11.3 per cent, compared with Gatwick’s 18.1 per cent.

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