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Week in Numbers The week in review: Huawei invests in Switzerland, land of poor sperm quality

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Almost every article published by contains a percentage, an age, an amount of money or some other figure. Here’s a round-up of some of the most interesting statistics to appear in the past week’s stories.



For the first time, all of Switzerland’s top 20 companies have at least one woman in the boardroom. The finding by consultancy firm Russell Reynolds shows the slow but steady progress towards gender equality in the management of Swiss firms.


24 million

A Swiss-led study into the possible consequences of a nuclear meltdown in Switzerland concluded that 16-24 million Europeans would be affected.  


47 million

Swiss men have 47 million sperms per millilitre, putting Swiss sperm quality at among the worst in Europe. Researchers tested over 2,500 army recruits aged between 18 and 22.



Swiss consumers pay a “high price island” premium of up to 245% for magazines and clothing compared to prices being charged for the same goods in neighbouring countries, a consumer group complains. 



Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, suspected by the US of developing spyware, plans to invest heavily in Switzerland, creating some 1,000 new research jobs.

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