Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Economist: How fuel prices have changed in a year

Mar 26th 2012, 14:34 by The Economist online

FOR motorists in many countries the cost of filling up a car has never been so great. As the gasoline price in America has moved towards the $4 a gallon ($1.06 cents per litre) mark, it has become a entangled in the election campaign. In February, America's drivers were paying 93 cents a litre, 12% more than they were a year earlier. However, the cost in other rich nations may offer some comfort. Italians are forking out over 18% more than they did 12 months ago; only the Dutch and the Norwegians now pay more for fuel. Despite paying record prices at the pump, Britons have seen lower fuel-price inflation than most because of a freeze on a planned increase in duty. Much of the increase is down to the oil price, which has risen by 15% because of supply concerns.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


From:  http://scoreboard.lod2.eu/index.php
European Commission services have selected around 60 indicators, divided into thematic groups, which illustrate some key dimensions of the European information society.

The following pages allow the interactive creation of graphs, visualising the data you are interested in. The complete list of indicators is available at the end of this page.

Please select one of the available graphs:

1. Analyse one indicator and compare countries
This bar-chart allows you to select one indicator, one year, and see which countries are leading the league. You can also check if the ranking of countries has changed over the last few years. Countries are always ordered according to their score. You can also select or de-select countries in order to visualise only those you are interested in.
2. See the evolution of an indicator
To assess progress and estimate future developments it is essential to know where we come from. Time-line charts allow you to visualise this kind of trends for one country and to compare it with some others, as well as with the European average trend.
3. Compare two indicators
Scatter-plot is a kind of chart that compares two indicators, represented on the x (horizontal) and y (vertical) axis. Each country appears as a point whose coordinates are its values on the two selected indicators.
4. See a country profile
This chart presents the values of a country for a group of indicators (or all of them), and compares them with the European average. It allows to see if a country is performing above/under EU average and more or less near to the maximum/minimum observed values. The chart is complemented by a table detailing values for each country according to the quartile they belong to.

Further Information

This visualisation tool was made with the help of the Linked Open data, "LOD2" project, co-funded by the European Commission within the FP7 Information and Communication Technologies Work Programme (Grant Agreement No. 257943).
The project aims at building an integrated technology stack for publishing linked data. The visualisation and open data pages for the digital agenda scoreboard have been executed as part of the publink activities of the LOD2 project by the LOD2 partners: Tenforce, AKSW research group at the University of Leipzig and OpenLink Software

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Economist: Stockhom ranked 20th worldwide and fastest growing in West Europe

Posted 12 Mar 2012 
In particular, European cities, from Stockholm and Frankfurt, to Amsterdam, Vienna and Zurich, all rank highly based on their comprehensive public transport systems, well-established utility networks, high quality building stock, and more. Creating this infrastructure has required a lot of time and capital, but it serves to ease the flow of commerce and people—from sending a parcel to a client, to exporting goods to new markets, to enabling staff to easily commute to work.
Stockholm is ranked as number twenty in overall score worldwide. 
The fastest growing West European city is forecast to be Stockholm, expanding by an average of 3.2% over 2010-2016; all others will grow by less than 3% per annum over that period and many by far less, with the economies of Athens and Lisbon expected to contract.

Economist Intelligence UnitThe Global City Competitiveness Index

Stockholm ranked 8th in Regional GDP per capita

From Eurostat press release 38/2012 - 13 March 2012:
It should be noted that in some regions the GDP per capita figures can be significantly influenced by commuter flows. Net commuter inflows in these regions push up production to a level that could not be achieved by the resident active population on its own. The result is that GDP per capita appears to be overestimated in these regions and underestimated in regions with commuter outflows. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Economist: Sweden number one for females

Economic opportunity for women :Where to be female
Mar 8th 2012, 14:58 by The Economist online

Where women have the most and least economic opportunities
MARKING International Women's Day on March 8th, the Economist Intelligence Unit,The Economist's sister company, has published its second Women's Economic Opportunity Index , assessing the environment for female employees and entrepreneurs across 128 countries. Nearly half the world’s women of working-age are not currently active in the formal labour market. As governments seek to revive ailing economies, welcoming these 1.5 billion women into formal employment will become ever more important. The EIU’s index brings together 29 indicators measuring access to finance, education and training, legal and social status, and the general business environment. The chart below shows how a selection of countries have scored this year and where conditions have improved or declined.

Sweden ranked 7th in e-government development

From: unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/un/unpan048065.pdf

The Republic of Korea (0.9283) maintains its position as achieving the greatest e-government development, in 2012 it is followed by three European countries, with the Netherlands (0.9125) advancing by three and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (0.8960) by one to become the 2nd and 3rd leading e-ready governments in the world. Denmark (0.8889), the United States of America (0.8687), France (0.8635) and Sweden (0.8599) follow close behind among the global leaders.

Monday, March 5, 2012

worldshapin - compare countries through their shape

worldshapin uses the Human Development Index (HDI) as its foundations. The HDI is a composite statistic used to rank countries by level of human development, through comparing measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide.

worldshapin is an ongoing project in data visualization by carlo zapponi(concept, design and coding) and vasundhara parakh (design and visual).

Goto: http://www.worldshap.in/#/01/FR/CH/BR/SG/US/SO/AU/SE/CN/

The Country Comparator

made by Anthony Veyssiere aka inwebitrust

all data from OECD website 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Youth unemployment rate - Less than 25 years - Trend cycle

Unemployment rate
The unemployment rate represents unemployed persons as a percentage of the labour force. The labour force is the total number of people employed and unemployed.
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Age group: Less than 25 years
Seasonality: Trend cycle
Seasonal adjustment.
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Unemployment rate - Seasonally adjusted data

Unemployment rate
The unemployment rate represents unemployed persons as a percentage of the labour force. The labour force is the total number of people employed and unemployed.
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Seasonality: Seasonally adjusted data
Seasonal adjustment.
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Saturday, March 3, 2012

UNECE Statistical Database Presents Globalization Indicators

Published on 02/03/2012
UNECE Statistical Database now contains indicators that give a snapshot of economic globalization in the countries of the region. The indicators are available for every year dating back to 1990.
Traditional economic statistics does not reflect fully the importance and consequences of the continuing economic globalization. As a result, many users of statistics expressed their need of additional indicators that describe different aspects of economic globalization.
Most of the indicators are based on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's definitions of reference globalization indicators. The ones in the UNECE Database focus on international trade and foreign direct investments. Those indicators are derived from official national statistics already available in the economic database and will be regularly updated.

For further information:

Country Overview by Country and Time

Sweden Indicators Overview:

Information: Information details Footnotes Marking tips

You must choose at least one value from boxes coloured yellow. To select more than one line an a list box, press the button CTRL and click the left mouse button on the selected line simultaneously.
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Eurostat Imbalance Scoreboard

To select country go to link below:
The indicators in the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure (MIP) Scoreboard are used to identify emerging or persistent macroeconomic imbalances in a country. The Scoreboard is a part of an annual exercise, where the first step is the compilation of an Alert Mechanism Report. This report draws its information from, especially, the MIP Scoreboard data. The data used in the Alert Mechanism Report are 'frozen' close to the publication pdfMIP Scoreboard Headline Indicators (30 Jan 2012). The data on this web-page are regularly updated and may differ from the Alert Mechanism Report. 

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