Global Restrictions on Religion

The Americas, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region all had increases in overall restrictions on religion in 2011. Government restrictions declined slightly in Europe, but social hostilities increased. Asia and the Pacific had the sharpest increase in government restrictions, though the level of social hostilities remained roughly the same.

By contrast, social hostilities edged up in sub-Saharan Africa, but government restrictions stayed about the same. Both government restrictions and social hostilities increased slightly in the Americas.

Best Highlights of 2013

Thank you for being with us this entire year! 2013 was great and busy so we've collected the whole bunch of fascinating visualizations and important changes. And we invite you to recollect the best of them with us. 

This year we were trying hard to make the service useful for absolutely everyone. We do believe that data should be easily accessible and understandable both for data enthusiasts and data experts. So all the tools and all the changes that we applied this year went that way with us.

So let's review the best highlights of 2013!

Europe Demographic Forecast up to 2060

In this visualization it is presented demographic projections for European countries from two sources: Eurostat and United Nations.

Charts and data below are focused on the zero-migration variant of forecast, i.e. estimates of natural population change only due to births and deaths. That is why predictions are based on the assumptions of levels of fertility rate and life expectancy at birth which will prevail across the forecast period in the given country.

Rule of Law

The World Justice Project report indicates that the United States is far behind other modern nations like Sweden and the Netherlands in maintaining a relevant and applicable rule of law among its government, the public, and other nongovernmental influences.

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Meet Our New Dataset Viewer

Today we are pleased to announce the launch of our new Dataset Viewer. Please try it out and see how we've brought visual intelligence efforts to a completely new level.

With new Dataset Viewer you'll make sure that data analysis and data visualization aren't really hard to do if you have a handy and easy tool for that.

For now click this dataset link and you'll proceed straight to a new Dataset Viewer. But before you play with data or build a viz, let us tell you what is so amazing about it.

Timeline for Pie Charts

Good news for pie chart lovers! Now you can build beautiful visualizations on the go and display as much data over the time as you need: we have added timeline to pie charts.

This option now is set by default. Though you can still play with options and enable timeline so the pie chart contains multiple rings corresponding with the number of years in time selection.

G20 Economic Forecast 2013-2015 and up to 2060

Present dashboard integrates most recent medium and long term forecasts of key economic indicators for G20 countries estimated by major international organizations, namely, World Bank, IMF, United Nations, OECD, European Commission and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The data presented covers projections of real GDP growth, characterizing country's output of final goods and services; consumer price inflation, as a measure of price level movements; unemployment rate or percent of those willing and able to work but cannot find it; current account balance, providing an idea of a country's position in the international exchange; government debt that shows relative value of government liabilities affecting its stability and confidence level.

The Big Mac Index

The Big Mac Index invented by The Economist is an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies. Calculation of PPPs is based on the assumption that the dollar cost for a Big Mac in a particular country would be the same as in the United States.

The indicator is chosen by The Economist as a measure of PPP and is based on the fact that the ingredients used in the preparation of Big Mac are the same over the globe, and hence variation in dollar cost in any country is a direct measure on the valuation of the currency. The study also points to the fact that, some of the developing countries, purposely undervalues their currency, in an effort to be competitive in the global market.

Modern Slavery

According to Walk Free Foundation there are an estimated 29.8 million people enslaved around the world. The countries with the highest numbers of enslaved people are India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Taken together, these countries account for 76% of enslaved people around the world.

In 2013, modern slavery takes many forms, and is known by many names: slavery, forced labour or human trafficking. Whatever term is used, the significant characteristic of all forms of modern slavery is that it involves one person depriving another people of their freedom: their freedom to leave one job for another, their freedom to leave one workplace for another, their freedom to control their own body.