The 2017 Global Peace Index


The United States recorded the tenth largest deterioration of peace level during the last year among 161 countries. The country slipped 11 places in the 2017 ranking by Global Peace Index since the previous year to become less peaceful than Brazil, Belarus, and Cambodia. Deterioration of peacefulness in the US was largely due to the increase in the level of perceived criminality in the society which was caused by increasing homicide rate, the number of terrorist attacks and mass shootings.

Eurovision Song Contest in Figures

The top three countries at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 might have been different if Russia had taken part in the event. The matter is that Russia is the most successful country in the history of Eurovision as measured by the share of prize-winning appearances, i.e. the number of times a country finished first, second, or third as a share of the total number of times the country took part in the Grand Final.

The Most Reputable Countries in the World

In 2016, the Reputation Institute ranked Sweden, Canada, and Switzerland as the most reputable countries in the world. The Institute's ranking is based on the collective opinions of 48,000 people surveyed throughout the G8 countries.

The Best Jobs and the Best Cities for Jobs in the US and the UK

It is not only an employer who makes a choice between applicants when hiring, but an employee as well may have his own preferences towards employers. And while wage is generally the key criteria, place of work, occupation, company's image, job's future potential and other factors also make sense.

Refugees to the United States: Policy Uncertainty Taking Hold

Last week a US State Department official notified refugee groups worldwide that they could begin bringing refugees into the United States through the usual multi-year process “unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place” under previous US legal and budgetary requirements. The decision undercuts the executive order issued in January by US President Donald Trump to suspend immediately all refugee admissions for a period of at least four months and to lower the ceiling on the number of refugees allowed annually from 110,000 to 50,000.

US Solar Energy Profile

An extended crisis in the US coal industry and ecological concerns surrounding energy generation are important contributors to the phenomenal growth in solar power generation capacity in the US during the last decade. Net solar electricity generation has increased by 7,135 percent, from about 508,000 MWh in 2006 to 36.8 million MWh in 2016.

Worldwide Box Office: Respect is Earned, Not Given

One way to discover great movies and movie trivia is through browsing the Internet Movie Database - better known as IMDb - which is one of the most popular sources for film, TV, and celebrity-biography content. More than 250 million people visit the site each month. The IMDb database includes more than 185 million unique bits of information related to the more than 3 million film and television productions.

Crime in Major Cities Around the World

Beautiful and interesting cities with rich histories can be found around the world. Unfortunately, some cities are set apart not by their beauty or history but the relative safety of tourists in those cities. How can you know if a city is safe to visit? You may want to leave emotion and sentiment aside in favor of more objective data from the likes of international agencies such as UNODC or step into another's shoes and review experience-based data sources such as Numbeo.

An International Trade Perspective on the War in Syria

The Syrian Civil War is the largest ongoing military conflict in the world, already claiming a total of at least 167,000 lives* since civil unrest first erupted in March 2011 on the heels of the Arab Spring. Human life is one measure of a wars devastation. Today, we examine the devastation of war from an economic perspective: international trade.  The disruption in Syrian trade has already lowered its ranking globally from the 88th largest exporter in 2011 to the 141st in 2015.

Top Vehicle Manufacturers in the US Market, 1961-2016

Over the last three years, car sales in the US market have set new all-time records and have included a collection of manufacturers that extend well beyond the American classics that brought the automobile to American consumers. In 2015, vehicle sales in the US reached 17,470,659 units, a growth of 5.7 percent from 2014 and 25,000 units more than the record setting sales in 2005.

Bicycling and Walking in the United States

It is estimated that just 150 minutes of cycling or walking spent by each adult per week could save the US economy about $28 billion a year. Yet, cycling and walking still lack the widespread popularity required to realize this level of economic benefit.

Nutrient Values of Foods and Food Products

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet requires information well beyond the more easily understood factors such as product quality and sell-by date. Smart consumers understand how to combine food and food products in a diet to meet the recommended daily values of macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals required to not only support life but to support a specific lifestyle.

Negative Interest Rates Around the World

Deterioration in the real interest rate of an economy can lead to an economic downturn. In essence, if inflation rates exceed the interest rates on lending, the profitability of commercial banks is eroded and lending to businesses and individuals dries up. As a result, the production and consumption of goods and services by these would-be borrowers falters.

A Global Perspective on 25 Years of Deforestation

The first trees emerged about 40 million years ago. Humanity needs only about 18,000 years to destroy them completely. This estimate is overly simplistic and assumes a “no change” scenario from current trends in deforestation—an annual average rate of -0.13% during the last 25 years—but it forces us to examine the data from a what if perspective, keeping in mind that forests are one of the most important natural filters and producers of oxygen.

Global Wealth

In 2016, just 1 percent of the world's population owned more than 50 percent of the world's wealth. According to the data from the Credit Suisse Research Institute, inequity of world wealth is growing every year. The Institute's assessment is based on a global analysis of national wealth using the Gini Index, a traditional measure of income distribution and, thereby, inequality.

United States Coal: Revival or Decline?

In March, US President Donald Trump issued the “Energy Independence” executive order, requiring the US Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite the Clean Power Plan, a keystone of former President Obama’s efforts to address climate change. According to experts from the Trump administration, rejecting federal support for alternative energy and delaying the full transition of the US economy to renewable resources will reduce the US budget by approximately 18 percent.

Search Results Page Revised

We are pleased to offer you a new presentation of the search results. Now, in addition to the instant answer to your request, the relevant information such as time series, data sets, and visualizations will appear in the search results.

As our research has shown, in the vast majority of cases, you'll obtain the result that corresponds to your request, directly on the search results page. There is no longer any need to take additional steps to navigate through the Datasets, Time Series, and Visualizations tabs, or click the More results button for more information.


e-Sports: Mainstream Growth Means Big Money

Video games have grown in popularity to become one of the most popular forms of free time activities. Four out of five US households own a device used to play video games, according to research published in 2015 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). And, it’s not only students or stereotypical school-age guys participating in video games: the average game player in the US is 35 years old.

How Much Happiness do Pets Contribute in Your Country?

There is much love to be found in relationships between pets and their owners. And, as love influences our lives for the better, so do our pets make us happier.
  • According to one psychological study, pet ownership improves people's happiness in a meaningful way because relationships with pets complement human relationships rather than substituting one for the other. In essence, pets increase the total happiness an owner can possibly experience. 
  • Another medical study suggests that people benefit from their pets in terms of improved health. 

Knoema’s Predictions for the Final Four and 2017 NCAA Championship

The 2017 NCAA Tournament has come to the Final Four: South Carolina vs Gonzaga and Oregon vs North Carolina. To predict which teams will win the Final Four match ups and the 2017 NCAA Championship, we once again turned to the data. Knoema's prediction: North Carolina wins the NCAA championship after defeating Oregon in the Final Four and South Carolina in the championship game.

New Beautiful Rankings in the World Data Atlas

Ranking is one of the main methods to visualize data in Knoema, allowing you to visually compare countries, regions and other items using a selected indicator.

Rankings of countries and regions appeared in the very first version of the World Data Atlas in 2013, and to date, their appearance has not changed. We decided to update their appearance, and to add new functionality.

Further, let's consider the changes in more detail:

  • Updated design using lighter colors and a thinner type had made the World Data Atlas more pleasant and comprehensible for the user's perception;
  • Combining tables and rankings, we obtained a ranking table for easy analysis and viewing of data in one place;
  • The column headings became clickable - by clicking on one of them, you'll get a ranking for the selected date.


The World's Top 100 Airports

If the quality of airports you transit strongly influences your assessment of your overall travel experience, head to Asia. According to the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2017, Asia boasts five of the world’s top 10 airports. Europe came in a close second with four entries in the top 10, led by Munich Airport, ranked fourth globally.

First place was awarded to Airport Changi (Singapore), a rank attributable in part to its various facilities for leisure and entertainment designed to ensure maximum levels of passenger satisfaction.

Gender Diversity and Corporate Boards: A Review of Global Trends

It will of course require more than a bronzed statue of a strong-willed girl taking on the bull of Wall Street to force a sustained and amplified role for women in the upper echelons of the corporate world. But, how far have we come globally in opening c-suites and corporate board rooms to women? 

On average, during the period from 2008 to 2014, the participation rate of women on corporate boards increased in most of the publicly traded corporations included in major equity indices.

Forbes 2016 World's Most Powerful People

Every year Forbes publishes a list of nearly 80 people who make the world turn. The annual list is made up of presidents, prime ministers, CEOs, spiritual leaders, and the world's richest people. This year's edition includes the new president of the U.S., Donald Trump, who was ranked the second most powerful person on the planet, right after Vladimir Putin, who tops the list since 2015. In today's viz, we share the most recent results and some of the underlying data behind the rankings.

What Are the Busiest Months for Births?

It is assumed that births are unevenly distributed throughout any given year, with the distribution influenced by such factors as climate, culture, and major economic and social events. But, is there evidence for this hypothesis? We at Knoema believe that the best evidence starts with data. So, we collected demographic statistics on the number of births monthly from January 2009 through December 2015 for two countries—Russia and the United States—to see what the data could tell us.

The data clearly shows that births are not randomly distributed throughout the year, instead, births seem to correspond with climate and leisure conditions, which may influence parents’ desire to conceive children. 

Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States


Deaths by drug overdose have surged in the US in recent years, reaching what some call epidemic levels in select states and among certain segments of the US population. Drug overdose deaths in the United States have increased three-fold since 1999 from roughly 17,000 deaths to about 52,500 deaths in 2015, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over the same period, the overdose death rate increased from 6 to 16 deaths per 100,000 people, which means that it grew at a much higher pace than did the US population. To put this further into perspective, the CDC data tell us that in 2015 more people died from drug overdoses in the United States than died from armed conflict in Africa.

The Largest Commodity Price Changes of 2016


Sustained swings in commodity prices attract the attention of a variety of people around the world from traders, researchers, and analysts to policymakers and interested citizens. Commodity prices respond to changes in demand and supply forces as well as irrational exuberance of the markets. In today’s viz we opt to set aside price theory to focus instead on uncovering the largest price changes of 2016 for a selection of internationally traded commodities as well as the largest historic prices changes during the period monitored by the World Bank for the same commodities.

World's Safest Vehicles of 2017


Even as the design of cars become increasingly safety focused and even automated, speed, texting, and driving while under the influence contribute to a rising number of deaths from motor vehicle crashes, particularly in the United States. Asian car manufacturers nearly swept the 2016 motor vehicle safety rankings by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), securing nine of the top 10 spots. Only Daimler's (Germany) Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class joined Toyota, Hyundai, Subaru, and Honda in the top 10.

Health-Care Efficiency Around the World

The Russian health-care system is one of the least efficient in the world, but how inefficient is it? As low as it gets within the universe measured by the Health-Care Efficiency Index from Bloomberg. This year’s Index scored Russia as the least efficient of the 55 countries covered. Jordan, Colombia, Azerbaijan and Brazil rounded out the bottom five, with the US not far behind, scoring 50th in the ranking.

The index evaluates data for countries with populations of 5 million people or more, GDPs per capita of at least $5,000, and population life expectancy over 70 years, with a weight assigned to each measure. Life expectancy is weighted heaviest at 60 percent of the total score.

Is the Newspaper Industry Dying?

Dying might be too strong, but an industry in a recession would not be an exaggeration. Data suggests traditional news outlets have not yet reinvented themselves sufficiently within the evolving sphere of Internet and social media news services to recapture the revenue stream the industry once derived from largely print media.

According to the latest data from the Pew Research Center, weekday newspaper circulation fell by seven percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2015 while Sunday circulation dropped by four percent over the same period, the greatest decline for each since 2010.

Royal Record: Elizabeth II Celebrates Sapphire Anniversary of Reign

February of this year is notable for the fact that the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is celebrating her sapphire anniversary, marking 65 years on the British throne. She has reigned as queen of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom since 6 February 1952. Elizabeth II is not only the first monarch in British history to celebrate the sapphire anniversary, surpassing Queen Victoria who ruled for 64 years, but her reign marks a multitude of other records globally.

Did the World Become Safer in 2016?

News headlines around the world inundate us with stories about terrorism, conflict, social unrest, plane crashes, natural disasters, global economic crises and more, always more. One might even think that 2016 was the worst year ever for humanity. But, was it? At Knoema, we let the data speak for itself. We have collected the most frequently updated and the most up-to-date statistics from reliable sources to take a practical view of the state of the world and how it has changed over the last year. By at least some measures, the world ended 2016 better than it ended 2015, with at least one notable exception.