Graphs of The Economist 1

In Politics, The Economist on Wednesday 24th May, 2006 by Guy

In the first of an occasional series (so occasional that the last “episode” was in 2003.. Heck, so occasional that I can call this entry the first one in the series. At what point do series get re-numbered?), I shall be presenting Interesting, Revealing or Poignant Graphs of The Economist. No, I’ve never come across a Poignant Graph of The Economist yet, but that doesn’t mean I won’t. One has to be ready.

In case you’ve forgotten, The Economist is the best magazine ever in the world ever. That is so true it doesn’t even require it as a by-line, but instead requires that others call it a newspaper for some flatulatory reasons. Its graphs are not by any means what it is famous for, but they should be. With their dull, slightly painful colour schemes, they stand as totems of truth against, erm, the totems of untruth. The world can be described as a line in the Cartesian plane, and all is well with it.

The first example of this modern miracle:


That’s right, now you know which cities are the best, worst, and in-betweenest to live in, apparently as an expatriot. Combined with the regular graph on prices of cities around the world, you could (but I won’t; after all, you’re the jet-setter, not me) find out which city is the most cost-effective to live in. But then you probably have a business to run. In fact, why are you still reading this? Shoo.


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