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Happiness, GSOC, and WhatsApp: The week in numbers

Plus: How many homes are for sale in Dublin right now?

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

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

450 million – The number of users of WhatsApp, which was bought by Facebook this week in a deal worth an estimated $19 billion (€13.8 billion).

8.8 million – The amount in euros that Ireland will spend on reducing suicide rates this year.

260,000  - The total number of electricity customers who had to have their power restored in the days following the severe storms more than one week ago.

> 20,000 – The number of people who have liked a Facebook page set up to protest a decision by IKEA to stop producing a certain type of shelving unit.

3,800 – The number of South Koreans who applied to be reunited with their relatives in North Korea last year, having not seen them since they were separated by the Korean War six decades ago. Just 82 applicants were selected.

3,000 – The number of homes for sale in Dublin right now compared to 6,000 just two years ago. Prices have risen by an estimated 17 per cent.

567 – The amount in dollars that a woman spent on t-shirts after being offended by them and buying every last one from a US shop. Well, that’s one way to deal with it.

34 – Where Dublin ranks on a list of the happiest cities in the world, apparently.

8 – The number of weeks that retired High Court judge John Cooke has been given to carry out an investigation into the GSOC surveillance controversy.

3 – The number of Italian PMs in a row who have been selected rather than elected, following the nomination of 39-year-old Matteo Renzi on Monday.

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