Cheat Sheets on Financial Markets, Energy, and Agriculture for You

What are the best datasets on stock markets and economic forecasts at Knoema? What sources provide the latest data on oil supply and demand? Where to find monthly statistics on agricultural production and food prices in different countries?

United States: E-Commerce and the Retail Sector

Electronic commerce, aka e-commerce, was introduced more than 50 years ago to share financial or business documents from one company to another. Today, with the spread of the Internet and retail giants such as eBay and Amazon, online shopping is probably what comes to mind for most people when they hear e-commerce mentioned. According to the US Census Bureau, e-commerce retail sales in 2000 were valued at $27.6 billion. By 2016, e-commerce grew more than 1,300 percent to over $390 billion.

World's Top Festivals of 2018

Driven by geography, culture and so much more, countries around the world host an amazing diversity of festivals, some to celebrate, some to remember, and some, … just because! Everfest publishes FEST300, a list of the 300 best upcoming festivals. Here are some fun facts pulled from FEST300.

How Did Zimbabwe Change Over 37 Years of Robert Mugabe's Rule?

On Wednesday, November 15, the oldest among the longest ruling national leaders, Robert Mugabe, 93 years old president of Zimbabwe who ruled the country for 37 years was taken into custody by the military which appears to take control over the country.

Road Systems and Corruption Around the World


Some countries are famous for the quality of their roads (and maybe also the speeds you may go on them). According to the Global Competitiveness Report, the UAE boasts the best roads. France, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Switzerland also have very high-quality roads—with a ‘quality of roads' score higher than 6—and yet none make the top 100 countries by land area and thus all fall outside the group of countries with the largest road networks.

Overboard! Cruise and Ferry Passengers & Crew

When we read headlines about mishaps aboard cruise ships and ferries, we immediately wonder, “How safe are these ships?” even if statistically plane crashes are more common and deadly and more highly relied upon by passengers each year. Ship staffs and vessel captains are always on the lookout for a variety of potential disasters at sea including “man overboard” calls that send the ship into emergency rescue mode.

Legal Status of Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoins, ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, commonly known as "digital gold", are gaining exposure globally through various media outlets even though very few countries officially recognize cryptocurrency as legal currency. Official national-level regulatory positions relative to cryptocurrency may be separated into three main groups: totally against, legalized, and uncertain. The most interesting situation is uncertain because of the market basis at stake if governments turn away from digital gold.

Difference of Daily Diet Across Countries

Which countries have the healthiest diets? Food poverty is about the inability to afford and/or access food in sufficient quantity and of required quality and it is pervasive, regardless of the income per capita of a population. Ideally, food intake should be balanced, which implies access to fresh vegetables and fruits, grains, proteins (meats and beans), dairy products, and healthy oils while minimizing or reducing consumption of alcohol, salt, and sugar. For a variety of reasons, income being paramount, disparities in access to quality food undermines the average daily diets of millions of people worldwide.