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Below are the 32 improvement graphs that are printed in the book Factfulness, on pages 60 to 63 in the English edition.

This is a temporary solution while we are publishing one page per chart. Our plan is to make all data behind these charts (and all other charts in the book too) available as soon as possible. We really thought we would have done so already before the book was released, but we didn’t manage in time. We’re still working hard on this, and during the next couple of weeks we are also publishing hundreds of pages that are linked to from the book. This page is one of them. Please stay tuned on Facebook or Twitter where we will be posting about all updates. If you’ve got questions, please use the Gapminder Discussion Forum. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Working hours in four rich countries, from 1870 to 2000. Our World in Data

This chart, taken from economist Gregory Clark’s A Farewell to Alms, tracks the height of male skeletons found in Europe across nearly 2000 years, and compares those data points to recent, more complete height data in the US and Sweden. For nearly two millennia, male heights were stable, but upon the advent of the Industrial Revolution, they began to shoot up. There are many determinants of human height, but nutrition and overall living standards are crucial ones. We happen to be living in the first couple centuries of human existence to see huge advances in living standards, which shows up in height data, among many other places.

4) People in developed countries have more leisure time

Of course, other violent crimes are also serious, but they have been decreasing steadily in the US since the early 1990s, as part of the overall dramatic decline in crime rates.

We still have a lot to do to improve access to education, but even in developing countries like China and India, average years of schooling have been growing swiftly.

The next frontier in the battle against smoking, then, is in the developing world, where progress has been harder.