The world as it is

L’économie de la planète en quelques chiffres.

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65 000 centenarians live in Japan, a record.

23.3% of households in Alsace donate on average 391 euros each year, making it France’s most generous region.

79.7% billion euros: domestic spending on R&D in Germany— compared to 47.5 in France and 33.9 in the UK.

333 million Internet users in India; 300 and 721 million in the US and China, respectively.

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France
Industrial tourism

For French people feeling nostalgic about school trips to the fsh market in Boulogne-sur-Mer or the cellars where Roquefort is matured, a wide selection of unusual sites is available to satisfy the curiosity of one and all. We’re all familiar with successful reconversions, like the artifcial ski slopes built on the fanks of slag heaps, and abandoned stations refurbished into cultural and community spaces. Now, an increasing number of businesses are opening their doors to the public. Following on from workshop visits at cutlery manufacturers, perfumers, confectioners, glove makers and the like, this industrial tourism has taken on surprising proportions, including tours to diverse and improbable sites, along the lines of the châteaux circuits. Visitors can discover nuclear power stations and tidal power plants, hydroelectric dams, steel mills and salt marshes. In 2015, some 13 million visitors showed up to tour EDF, SNECMA, RATP and multiple other facilities.

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5 to 10% of stars are visible in urban settings.

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548 km: length of Shanghai’s subway system, the longest in the world, ahead of Beijing, London and New York.

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France
Off the beaten track

Companies sometimes venture into sectors far removed from their original activities, like Toyota, with its hoverboard prototypes and investments in artifcial intelligence, and Peugeot, with electric foot scooters. These initiatives were geared to the demands of urban mobility and the environment. While promoting diversifcation, some of these offshoots have become long-term projects contributing to brand recognition. The Weiss chocolate factory in Saint-Étienne has made design part of its company strategy. A founding partner of the Cité du Design (opened in 2009), the frm then invested in the construction of Les Ateliers, a glass and steel building set in the middle of the chocolate factory, open since October. Willy Wonka is nowhere in sight, but an idealized world is showcased, complete with temporary contemporary art and architecture exhibitions (the theme of the frst one, through late February, is “The Gesture”), a shop and refreshments area.

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