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Cyprus, stadiums, and shots on target: The week in numbers

Plus: just how many of Ireland’s bankrupt are going to Britain to declare their insolvency?

32 - The squad number that David Beckham wears for Paris Saint Germain. They'll probably sell more than 32 jerseys though.
32 - The squad number that David Beckham wears for Paris Saint Germain. They'll probably sell more than 32 jerseys though.
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EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

€5.8 billion – The amount that Cyprus intended to raise through its unprecedented ‘bail-in’ deal that was rejected during the week. The deal would have seen a mandatory levy on the balances in bank accounts, with depositors then given shares in the banks instead.

0 – The number of MPs who actually voted in favour of that deal when it was put to a vote on Tuesday evening.

25 per cent – The purported levy that could now be slapped on accounts with balances over €100,000, in order to make up the full amount without levying accounts under €100,000.

€910,000 – The amount that Bank of Ireland was prepared to pay its chief executive Richie Boucher last year. Boucher gave up €67,000 of his pay, but still took a salary of €690,000, pension contributions worth €186,000 and a company car worth €34,000.

€2,166,000,000 – The amount, before tax, lost by Bank of Ireland in 2012.

€57,510,000,000 – The approximate amount of bailout loans which have been granted to Ireland so far in the course of its EU-IMF bailout, following the release of nearly €1 billion from the IMF. That means there’s just under €10 billion left to be borrowed from the EU, IMF, the UK, Sweden and Denmark before Ireland is left with only the bond markets for help.

8 – The possible number of stadiums needed to host the Rugby World Cup. The GAA today gave the green light for Croke Park and other GAA grounds to be used to host a world cup in Ireland. New Zealand’s tournament in 2011 used only eight venues; England 2015 is planning to use 12, while Japan may make do with 11.

129 – The number of Irish people who travelled to the UK for bankruptcy proceedings in 2012 – over three times the number (35) who were actually declared bankrupt in Ireland itself. The number going to the UK had increased from 69 in 2011.

One in three – The proportion of young families who are planning to drop their private health insurance because of the rising cost of cover. Laya Healthcare’s survey said one in six policy holders said they could no longer afford their cover.

27,700 – The approximate number of people killed in traffic accidents throughout the European Union in 2012. This is down by about 9 per cent compared to 2011, and is the lowest number of fatalities (proportionate to the population) since records began in 1965.

112,000 – The number of civilians who are thought to have died in the ten years since the War in Iraq began in 2003. One group reckons the total could be as high as 174,000.

5 – The number of Irish people who are estimated to live in Uruguay, where St Patrick’s Day was probably not a major event.

0 – The number of shots on target registered by the Republic of Ireland team against Sweden last night, where the boys in green will be the happier side after a stoic 0-0 draw.

Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces>

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