Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Maps & Graphs - Nordregio


Maps & Graphs

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

OECD Regions at a Glance 2013

From DOI:10.1787/reg_glance-2013-en

Regions at a Glance 2013 showcases the contribution of regions to stronger, fairer and cleaner economies, drawing both on the latest comparable data and on past trends across regions in OECD countries.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sweden 4th in Global Energy Architecture Performance Index 2014 - World Economic Forum


4. Sweden – 0.72
Sweden is the fourth highest performer across the EAPI, receiving its best score in the environmental sustainability dimension, ranking in second place after France. Sweden’s energy sector is defined by its nuclear generating capacity, and a policy and investment focus on renewable energy sources, both in power generation and in the transportation sector. In the 1980s, the Swedish government stated its intent to decommission existing nuclear capacity. However, this policy was repealed in 2010, and there are now life-extension and reactor expansions underway. Nevertheless, Sweden imposes high taxes on nuclear power. In 2009, Sweden’s Climate and Energy Policy outlined the goals of a fossil-fuel independent vehicle fleet by 2030, and net zero GHG emissions by 2050. The policy framework to support the realization of these targets is in part driven by overarching EU energy policies, and partly specific to Sweden’s goals. For example, Sweden leads the way in transport, with a blend of fiscal incentives for the purchase of flexible fuel vehicles and congestion charge systems in urban centres.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

How different countries’ students measure up (surprising results for Canada, Sweden and Finland) - Economist

From The Economist Daily Chart: Dec 3rd 2013, 17:07 by K.N.C., P.K. and P.J.W.

TEST scores are not everything. But they do signal something. By this measure (taken by testing 15 year olds on basic academic skills) industrious Asians have maintained their lead over Americans and Europeans, according to the latest PISA ranking, the Programme for International Student Assessment run by the OECD. Strikingly, the city of Shanghai, China and Singapore are among the top (though test scores do not exist for earlier years, so they are not compared with, for example, 2006). America yet again lags on performance, though it has made some advances on more equitable access to education. The usefulness of PISA rankings is not so much about placement but about changes and what that tells us about the successes or otherwise of education reforms. Some countries have made gains like Slovenia and Spain. Some surprising tumblers include Canada, Sweden and Finland (largely due to poorer maths outcomes). Every three years around half a million pupils are tested per country; the latest study saw about 60 participate. Critics will point out the rankings have imperfections. But it gives us a clue to how successful our classrooms are—and that is hard to ignore.

See a representaion of the data by actual score in our other PISA infographic here.