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Mars, Luiz Suarez, and property prices: The week in numbers

Plus: What was the average temperature around the world last month?

NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars
NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

200 million - The number of Europeans who have the European Health Insurance Card, according to the latest figures.

€158 million - The amount of money that the HSE was over budget by the end of May.

32 million - The estimated value of the cigarettes seized in Drogheda Port on Tuesday – the largest seizure in Europe so far this year.

687 - The number of Earth days in one Martian year. Why does this matter? NASA’s Curiosity Rover celebrated its first year on the Red Planet this week with a selfie.

155 - The number of people on board a flight from Belfast which had to make an emergency landing at Cork Airport just before midnight on Tuesday due to a faulty instrument in the cockpit.

132 - The total number of years that eight men were sentenced to spend in jail for their part in a fatal arson attack in England which killed the family of an Irish neurosurgeon.

66 - The percentage of adults with Asperger Syndrome who have had suicidal thoughts. The rate for the general population is 17%.

17 - The number of career games Luis Suarez has missed as a result of two previous biting injuries.

15.5 degrees - The average temperature across the planet last month, making it the warmest May since records began.

15 - The number of days until the World Cup final.

10.6 - The percentage increase in residential property prices in Ireland since last year (Dublin prices alone surged by 22%).

3.3 - The number of hours that men in Ireland work per week more than women, according to an EU study.

2 - The number of weeks that anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy was sentenced to spend in jail for trespassing at Shannon Airport during a protest. The sentence was suspended.

1 - Where Ireland ranked on a list of the best countries in the world this week. Libya came last on the list in 125th place.

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