Poland: Long-Term Population Decline

Poland’s natural population decline has reached its highest level since the Second World War, according to new data from Statistics Poland (GUS), a government agency.

Notes from Poland

Poland is also losing population due the emigration of an estimated 1.7 million Poles to other parts of the EU.


ADL Launches Online Tracker of Anti-Semitic Incidents

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has launched an online Tracker of Anti-Semitic Incidents. The Tracker is a compilation of recent cases of anti-Jewish vandalism, harassment, and assault reported to or detected by ADL.

This tool allows users to see the activity that has taken place, not just around the country, but in localities potentially nearby.

The ADL’s mission to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”

See also, The Washington Post.


Five Star Hotel Rooms with a View, 2019

Deutsche Bank researched prices for five star hotel rooms in 54 cities world wide, which it defined as a Hyatt Regency with a view. Where Hyatt Regency did not have a property in a prominent location, Park Hyatt Hotels were used. In some cities, the bank ended up using other brands of hotels.

The results are interesting. New York City is in 22nd place at $415. Boston was in 46th place at $239. In last place was Kuala Lumpur at $164.

RankCity2019 USD
4Buenos Aires714
Source: Deutsche Bank


World's Best Employers, 2019

3Red Hat
6Costco Wholesale
7Contemporary Amperex Technology
8Cisco Systems
Source: Forbes

Alphabet was number one for the third year in a row. Amazon was number ten despite criticism of its employment practices.


Biggest Airlines – A Decade of Change

It is interesting to see the airlines that have grown and declined over the last decade. Measured by scheduled seats, OAG reports that American Airlines is the largest airline in the world beating out Delta, which held the top spot in 2010. Even so, Delta’s scheduled seats grew by 20% from 2010 to 2019.

Other items of interest:

  • There are four US carriers in the top ten: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN) and United (UA). US Airways and Continental have been merged and are no longer flying.
  • China holds three spots on the top ten list: China Southern Airlines (CZ), China Eastern Airlines (MU) and Air China (CA).
  • The largest non-US carrier is Ryanair (FR), based in Ireland. Ryanair is now number 5 on the list having risen from number 7 in 2010.
  • Turkish Airways (TK) is now the tenth largest airline and easyJet (U2) based in the UK is number eight.
  • Lufthansa (LH), one of my favorite airlines, is no longer on the list.
Source: OAG

The Magnitude of WWII

Worldwide Deaths in World War II by country – in millions – total civilian and military deaths:

  • Soviet Union: 24
  • China: 20
  • Germany: 6.6 to 8.8
  • Poland: 5.6
  • Japan: 2.6 to 3.1
  • India: 1.5 to 2.5
  • France: 0.6
  • UK: 0.45
  • US: 0.42

Truly a world war. The Soviet Union and China lost 44 million people.

Source: The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana


Global Wealth: China on the Rise

Credit Suisse has released its 2019 Global wealth report. Credit Suisse analyzes the household wealth of 5.1 billion adults across the globe. The report disregards the relatively small amount of wealth owned by children on their own account which explains why the report does not account for the total world population of 7.7 billion people.

The report shows a high level of wealth inequality. The United States continues to dominate but China is on the rise at the expense of Japan.

The bottom half of adults account for less than 1% of total global wealth in mid-2019. The richest top 10% of adults have 82% of global wealth and the top 1% alone owns nearly half (45%) of all household assets.

There are 47m millionaires in the world. The United States has 18.6m of these millionaires or 40% of the total. China is second place with 10% of the total followed by Japan (6%). The UK and Germany are tied. They each have 5% of the total.

Average wealth per adult in 2019 was $70,849 (USD).

The full report is available for download along with a 179-page data book. There is a lot to mine.

Global wealth 2019: The year in review

Africa’s Population Expected to More Than Triple by 2100

The Pew Research Center analyzed new data about world population from the United Nations and concluded that Africa’s population is projected to more than triple in the next 80 years:

Between 2020 and 2100, Africa’s population is expected to increase from 1.3 billion to 4.3 billion. Projections show these gains will come mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, which is expected to more than triple in population by 2100. The regions that include the United States and Canada (Northern America) and Australia and New Zealand (Oceania) are projected to grow throughout the rest of the century, too, but at slower rates than Africa.

Five African countries are projected to be in the world’s top 10 countries by population by 2100.

In addition, India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country by 2027. That’s just around the corner.

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