Europe, the big five

The New York Times Magazine has a Europe-themed edition. I thought it would be interesting to look at the five big Western European nations in Google Data Explorer.

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3 Responses to Europe, the big five

  1. paraplanet says:

    Seems like the five differ only on fertility rates, where they divide into two groups: France and UK (near replacement), versus Germany/Italy/Spain (well below replacement, around 1.4).

    Why would they differ on this, if in the other economic factors they are so similar?

  2. Clark says:

    Wow. I didn’t realize Great Britain was doing so well the past decade prior to the recession. Nor Italy for that matter. (I still tend to think of Italy as a train wreck – aided no doubt by what makes the news)

    It’s interesting the infant mortality rate in GB is so much higher than the others.

  3. NorfolkNeville says:


    Why the demographic difference in UK and France? BIG Muslim populations. The increase in the UK over the last decade roughly equates to the 1997-2010 Labour governments attempts to “drown the right in diversity”.

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