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Zurich statisticians do it by numbers

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Zurich statisticians do it by numbers
Devin Carraway (File)
15:45 CET+01:00

The Zurich Statistics Office is keeping residents amused and entertained by revealing fresh nuggets of information about the city each week.

It's Advent all year round for Marc Schneider, the head of the Statistics Office in Zurich. Every Monday, he 'opens' a little window on the office's homepage in an attempt to attract visitors.

Schneider wants to show citizens there is a world of knowledge and intrigue behind numbers that at first glance may seem boring.

For instance, by clicking on the 'number of the week', Zurich citizens can discover that:

-   32 cents was the cost of the cheapest item on sale in Zurich in 2009. It was the price for an egg from a foreign farm.

-   76 of the 275 banks with operations in Switzerland were headquartered in Zurich.

-   166 nations were represented among Zurich's residents in 2009.

-   1,224 fountains can be found in Zurich, making it one of the world's most fountain-friendly cities.   

-   29,877 Germans live in Zurich, making them the largest foreign population after Italians.

-   389,992 people lived in the city of Zurich at the end of September 2011.

-   2,600,000 overnight stays is the aggregate average each year for the city’s 111 hotels.

For more fantastic facts, see the statistics' office website.

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