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Facts for Globalization

Globalization Facts - Debunking a Myth

Can the economy grow as emissions and the consumption of energy and resources decline?
While CO2 emissions are declining per U.S. dollar of value created, emissions overall continue to rise steadily.

Facts about Globalization

Old World

In 1990, life expectancy around the world averaged 65.3 years.
By 2018, it had risen by more than seven years.
In Germany, the average life expectancy is 78.5 years for men and 83.3 years for women.

Facts about Globalization

Gaps in Education

Since 1990, the number of children and young people who do not attend schools has declined by nearly one-third. In 2018, a quarter billion persons of school age received no educational instruction.

While the situation in sub-Saharan Africa has greatly deteriorated – the number of children and young people has grown by 24 percent – the number in East and Southeast Asia has fallen by two-thirds.

Facts about Globalization

More than Half are Online

Since its emergence, the Internet has grown at a rapid pace. More than 50 percent of the world's population use it today.

More than 4.5 billion people now use the Internet, according to estimates, and nearly 4 billion use social media. Facebook alone has more than 2.7 billion users.

High Speeds in Asia and Scandinavia

Taiwan and Singapore end up in first place when average download speeds are compared in various countries.

Germany is in 27th place, with less than a third of Taiwan's average download speed.

Global Unemployment

The projection for 2020 is 222 million unemployed. The actual figure will likely be significantly higher due to Covid 19.

Youth Unemployment

Despite high motivation and educational standards, youth unemployment continues to be a problem, even for OECD nations.

Southern European countries, including Spain and Greece, lag in this regard. In each case, more than one-third of young adults capable of working have no job.

IT as a Job Generator

It is not just the number of users that is rising rapidly, the number of employees in the information technology sector has grown significantly as well.

There are now 7.6 million information and communication technology specialists at work in Europe, 56 percent more than in 2010. As a percentage of overall employment, 3.6 percent of Europeans now work in the information technology sector.

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Sources: Eurostat, OECD, ILO,, ITU,Facebook, Unesco, World Bank, SZ, FederalAgency for Civic Education

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